Elena H. Ross is an extern for the Child Mind Institute’s School and Community Programs. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Elena has a specialized interest in behavioral and mood disorders in children and adolescents. She has experience in education and case management, and as a clinical team leader at the Child Mind Institute’s Summer Treatment Program for children with ADHD and other behavioral disorders.
Elena spent five years teaching English Language Arts to students ages 10–14 in Washington, DC. Over the course of her teaching career, she witnessed the power of social-emotional education and the potential for young people to thrive when they feel empowered by the adults in their lives. She noticed the interconnectedness of social-emotional health and educational success and became increasingly passionate about mental health care among young people.
As a case manager for the East Side House Settlement, Elena worked to provide both tangible resources and mental health care to families in need. While her caseload consisted of 3- and 4-year-olds, she worked equally closely with the adults in their lives. She learned the importance of navigating family systems in order to uplift and support young people’s needs, and she developed an interest in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Elena is committed to creating a world where all young people have access to the high quality and individualized mental health care that they deserve. She believes that when young people are cared for with a balance of empathy and evidence-based practices, they will develop self-esteem and coping mechanisms that will benefit them throughout their lives.
- Clinical Team Lead, Child Mind Institute Summer Treatment Program, New York, NY
- Intern, East Side House Settlement Early Childhood Education Program, New York, NY
- Graduate Assistant, Disability Justice at Columbia University, New York, NY
- The New Teacher Project, Washington, DC
- Workshop Facilitator, Young in Prison Project, Cape Town, South Africa
- MSW, Columbia University, expected Spring 2023, New York, NY
- BA, Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI