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Alison D. Curley, Ph.D.

Alison D. Curley, Ph.D.Dr. Curley completed her undergraduate education in psychology at Stanford University, graduating with honors and distinction. She earned her Masters and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology at Stony Brook University, where her dissertation research on childhood epilepsy was awarded the “Blue Ribbon Award” by Division 40 (Neuropsychology) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Curley completed an APA-approved internship (adult clinical neuropsychology track) at the West Haven VA Connecticut Healthcare System, a Yale University School of Medicine affiliated education and training institution, where she divided her time between the epilepsy surgery (child and adult), general neurology (adult), and psychiatry (adult) services. She completed a two-year, APA-approved postdoctoral fellowship in child neuropsychology through the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University Medical School, where she received specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology involving the assessment and treatment of children in diverse medical, psychiatric, and educational settings.

Dr. Curley has published many research papers on neuropsychological aspects of epilepsy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tourette Syndrome and psychiatric illness. She has made many presentations to medical professionals, educators, and parents on a variety of issues relating to neuropsychology, and she has presented her research at national medical and neuropsychology conferences. A founder of Associates in Mental Health and Neuropsychology in 1990, Dr. Curley specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults.

Erica R. Ellis, Ph.D.

Erica R. Ellis, Ph.D.Dr. Ellis received her doctorate in 1984 from the University at Albany. She did her pre-doctoral internship at the VA Medical Center in Northport, New York, where she treated veterans and their families on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. She also did a child psychology rotation at South Oaks Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital.

Since receiving her doctorate, Dr. Ellis has had extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. She has worked at Northeast Parent and Child Society and was one of the first psychologists on the Adolescent Unit at Four Winds Hospital from its inception in 1986. She has been with Associates in Mental Health and Neuropsychology since 1992. Dr. Ellis has also taught at the graduate level at the University at Albany, spoken extensively on the topics of eating disorders and adolescent/family psychopathology, and published numerous articles on a variety of clinical topics. Dr. Ellis’s specialties include psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and families with a particular interest and expertise in helping children and families cope with the process of divorce and its aftermath.

Dr. Ellis is also actively involved with an alternative to the traditional litigated and conflict-ridden divorce process. Collaborative Divorce is a model of divorce that is facilitated by a mental health professional who serves as a neutral coach. While each spouse has their own attorney, the process is guided by the principles of respect, compromise, and open communication. There is a commitment by both parties to settle the divorce amicably and without court intervention. The goal is to restructure the family, rather than to destroy it, which is what typically happens with a more contentious divorce. Dr. Ellis completed advanced training in the Collaborative Process and is a member of the Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District (CDACD), Collaborative North, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). She is trained to serve as both a neutral coach as well as a child specialist, who helps to negotiate a child-rearing plan that is both mutually acceptable to the divorcing spouses and in the best interest of the child.

Dr. Ellis also created Children of Divorce Consultation Services. Through this service, she provides expert guidance for divorcing parents on how to best help their children manage the painful divorce process. Due to the fact that this is not therapy, these services are not reimbursable through insurance.

Most recently, Dr. Ellis authored a book entitled “Your Healthy Divorce Journey: A Step by Step Guide Through the Process of Divorce”. She has also developed an online resource for divorcing parents entitled Child Centered Divorce Journey. Please visit her facebook page www.facebook.com/childcentereddivorcejourney or website www.childcentereddivorcejourney.com for more information on those valuable resources for divorcing families with children.