Ellen is a pioneer in documenting the causes and consequences of family homelessness. For over 30 years, she has given a voice to homeless children and families. As a clinical researcher, she has investigated the connections among poverty, homelessness, trauma, and mental illness, and developed solutions to prevent and end homelessness for families and children. Ellen is a board certified psychiatrist who served as Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School for more than 30 years. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University, her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine, and an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from Northeastern University. She served as Editor-In-Chief of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.