Elizabeth Studwell, Psy.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Studwell is a trained clinical psychologist with expertise in adoption, attachment-focused family interventions, and adult health and well-being.

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Elizabeth Studwell, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
P: (212) 337-3565 Ext. 11

* Until we move to the new office space
Friday 9AM - 6PM

Young Children (< 5)
Children (6 - 12)
Teens (13 - 18)

"I love what I do and am passionate about supporting children, families, and adults as they traverse the many challenges presented by life. Every individual is unique and deserve highly attuned treatment when life’s bumps present themselves."
E. Studwell


I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in working with children, adolescents, and families. My passion is working with children and young adults with their families. I have experience working in psychiatric hospitals, behavioral day schools, and mental health clinics. I am highly trained in working in the area of adoption and attachment. I have worked at an orphanage in Colombia counseling children and parents as they prepared for adoption. I have many years of experience helping parents and their teenage children connect and thrive. As a bilingual (English and Spanish) psychologist, I am qualified to perform neuropsychological assessments and have been trained in several modalities including psychodynamic psychotherapy, non-directive play therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment-based trauma-focused psychotherapy, and dyadic developmental psychotherapy.
- Dr. Elizabeth Studwell, Psy.D.


  • -    Pre- and Post-Adoption Issues and Family Attachment Related Matters
  • -    Development in Personal Identity- Transracial Families, Adolescents, and Adults
  • -    Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Grief, and Loss
  • -    Adoption Country Visit, Search and Reunion Support
  • -    Child and Adolescent Emotional Regulation, Parent Coaching & Behavioral Support
  • -    Anxiety and Depressive Disorders in Children and Adults
  • -    Gender Identity Issues and Exploration


M.A. and Psy.D. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology
as part of a specialized child and adolescent track with a neuroscience focus.

B.A. from Tulane University
with majors in Philosophy, Psychology, and Dance.

Advanced Clinical Training

Level 1 Training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
Trainers: Daniel Hughes, Ph.D. and Courtney Rennicke, Ph.D.
Training: A framework for therapy and parenting developmentally traumatized children

Level 2 Training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
Trainer: Daniel Hughes, Ph.D.
Training: In-depth training on attachment focused family therapy specifically designed for children with past traumatic experiences and struggles with attachment, trust, and loss

Level 1 Training in Theraplay- The Theraplay Institute
Trainer: Rand Coleman, PhD
Training: Introductory Theraplay and Marschak Interaction Method Training

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Certification- (TF-CBT)
Completed a 10 hour, on-line training course for Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Awarded February 2011 by Daniel W. Smith, PhD from Medical University of South Carolina- National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center; provided 10 continuing education hours

13th Annual Young Child Expo and Conference
Director: Zusuzsanna Kiraly, PhD, Fordham University
CEO: Scott Mesh, PhD, Los Niños Services

Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Trainers: R. McHaelen and N. Clark
Training: Working with LGBTQ Foster/Adoptive Parents and Youth in Care

Partnering for Success: CBT+ and Trauma Focused-Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Trainers: Elissa Brown, PhD, St. John’s University
Training: CBT+ and TF-CBT within Foster Care Agencies

Connecticut Trauma Focused-Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Conference
Keynote speaker Judith A. Cohen, MD on TF-CBT for Youth with Complex Trauma
Presenter: Carrie Epstein on Adoption and Implementation of TF-CBT: The Role of a Supervisor
Presenter: Tim Kearney on Integrating Play Therapy Techniques into PRACTICE Components

The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Keynote speaker Andrew Solomon, Author of Far From the Tree
Helped to facilitate event and discussion

Child Trauma Academy Teaching Series by Dr. Bruce Perry
Completed a series of lectures on the Neurosequential Model of Trauma
Weekly recorded teleconferences with visual representations and a case explanation

Advances in Neurogenomic Approaches to Developmental Disorders
Technical Workshop-Neurogenomics and Neuroimaging of Developmental Disorders
Integrating Medical and Behavioral approaches to Psychiatric Treatment

Workshops & Presentations

Attachment and Identity in Interracial Adoption: How the Adoptee and Family are Impacted
Studwell, E. (2017). Researcher and Speaker at North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) 2017 Conference, Atlanta, GA

Impact of Complex Trauma on Learning and the Young Child
Studwell, E (2016). Researcher and Speaker at 2016 Young Childhood Expo and Conference, New York, NY.

Adoption and Foster Families: Prevalence, Awareness, and Methods of Support
Studwell, E (2013). Researcher and Presenter at Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, New York

Paradigm Shift: Using Neuroimaging to Identify Pathology Related to Frontotemporal Abnormalities
Studwell, E (2012). Researcher and Presenter at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL.


Paradigm Shift: Using Neuroimaging to Identify Pathology Related to Frontotemporal Abnormalities.
Studwell, E. (2012). PsychInfo, USA.

Correlations between psychometric and neurometric tests: A qEEG study on pediatric patients.
Studwell, E., Hamilton, E., & Konopka, L. (2010). American Academy of Clinical Neuroscience, Chicago Illinois.

Biological Markers for Physically Aggressive Children and Adolescents: Electrophysiological Study. International Symposium on the Neurogenomics and Neuroimaging of Developmental Disorders
Hymer, J., Studwell, E., Poprawski, T., & Konopka, L. (2009). Dubrovnik Croatia.

Focal Abnormalities in Pediatric Biopolar Disorder: QEEG Study. International Symposium on the Neurogenomics and Neuroimaging of Developmental Disorders
Studwell, E., Hymer, J., Poprawski, T., & Konopka, L. (2009). Dubrovnik Croatia.


Psychologist, New York State



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