Elizabeth Studwell, Psy.D.

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

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Name: Elizabeth Studwell, Psy.D.
Title: Clinical Psychologist
Phone: (212) 337-3565 Ext. 11
Email: ES@rennickeassociates.com

* Until we move to the new office space
Tuesday from 8am to 10:30am
Wednesday from 4:45pm to 8:45pm
Friday from 9am - 6pm

Young Children (< 5), Children (6 - 12),
Tweens (11-13), Teens (14 - 18),
Adults (19+)
Client Types: Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Families

"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 complexities present themselves."


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 areaof 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
  • - Adoption Country Visit, Search and Reunion Support
  • - Child and Adolescent Emotional Regulation, Parent Coaching, and Behavioral Support
  • - Life Transitions, Grief, and Loss
  • - Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • - Anxiety and Depressive Disorders in Children and Adult
  • - Development in Identity: Children, Adolescents, Adults,and Adoptive/ Transracial Families
  • - 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 Psychology, Philosophy, 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.


  • Studwell, E. (2012). Paradigm Shift: Using Neuroimaging to Identify Pathology Related to
    Frontotemporal Abnormalities. PsychInfo, USA.
  • Studwell, E., Hamilton, E., &amp; Konopka, L. (2010). Correlations between psychometric and
    neurometric tests: A qEEG study on pediatric patients. American Academy of Clinical
    Neuroscience, Chicago Illinois.
  • Hymer, J., Studwell, E., Poprawski, T., &amp; Konopka, L. (2009). Biological Markers for Physically
    Aggressive Children and Adolescents: Electrophysiological Study. International Symposium on
    the Neurogenomics and Neuroimaging of Developmental Disorders, Dubrovnik Croatia.
  • Studwell, E., Hymer, J., Poprawski, T., &amp; Konopka, L. (2009). Focal Abnormalities in Pediatric
    Biopolar Disorder: QEEG Study. International Symposium on the Neurogenomics and
    Neuroimaging of Developmental Disorders, Dubrovnik Croatia.


Psychologist, New York State



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