Ellen has been a school counsellor, IBDP & university psychology lecturer for international institutions in Greece for the last 15+ years.
Her passion for engaging youth ages 12-24 in community service- learning prompted her to initiate the non-profit organization, EIMAI-Center for Emerging Young Leaders. As director of EIMAI and PeaceJam Greece, Ellen provides programs for youth leadership development by bringing together university mentors and vulnerable youth with Nobel Peace Laureates to empower their transition to adulthood. Ellen has served on the executive board of Habitat for Humanity, Greater Athens and the Greek Adlerian Psychological association, where she has been trained as an Adlerian therapist. Her service- learning work with youth has been awarded by the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas schools, the Nobel Peace Laureate initiative- Billion Acts of Peace, the Loukoumi-Make a Difference Foundation and best practices in character education by Character.Org.
Ellen’s research interests include: adolescent purpose, youth trauma, student voice, transitions to adulthood, experiential learning, youth in social care and unaccompanied refugee minors.
Her dissertation topic will explore a trauma informed approach to service-learning to increase agency in learning for vulnerable youth.
Ellen has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Arizona State University, a Master’s of Education—Special Emphasis School Counseling from University of La Verne, California and Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis.