Ellen Doernberg


Mather Memorial

Other Information

Research Areas: Child Clinical Psychology

Research Advisors/Mentors: Dr. Sandra Russ and Dr. Anastasia Dimitropoulos

Research Interests: I am broadly interested in processes of emotional, social, and behavioral development in early childhood, and investigating the manner in which these processes may deviate from typical development in children with certain neurodevelopmental disorders. Specifically, I am interested in measuring and hopefully intervening in said areas through play-based assessment and intervention strategies, and well as utilizing parent coaching and education techniques to disseminate treatment options into the community.

Selected Recent Publications and Presentations:
Doernberg, E., Zyga, O., Russ, S.W., Dimitropoulos, A. (2017). Establishing Baseline Characteristics for Social Cognitive Processes in Preschoolers with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Case Western Reserve University. Presented at the Foundation for Prader-Willi Syndrome (FPWR) Scientific Day Conference – Indianapolis, IN.

Doernberg, E., Zyga, O., Russ, S.W., Dimitropoulos, A. (2017). Evaluating changes in imagination in children with Prader-Willi Syndrome after a 6-week play-based telehealth behavioral intervention. Case Western Reserve University. Presented at the 125th Annual American Psychological Association (APA) Convention. Washington, D.C.

Zyga, O., Doernberg, E., Russ, S., and Dimitropoulos, A. (2016). Promoting Parent-Child Engagement and Social Interaction in Preschoolers with Prader-Willi Syndrome: The Feasibility of a Telehealth Parent-Training Program. Case Western Reserve University. Presented at the Gatlinburg Conference – UC Davis MIND Institute. San Antonio, TX.

Doernberg, E., Hollander, E. (2016). DSM vs. ICD Diagnostic System: A Review of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Autism and ADHD). CNS Spectrums. 21, 295-299.

Hollander, E., Doernberg, E., Shavitt, R., Waterman, R.J., Soreni, N., Veltman, D., Sahakian, B.J., Fineberg, N.A. (2016). The cost and impact of compulsivity: a research perspective. European Neuropsychopharmacology (ENP). 26, 800-809.

Deoni, S.C.L., O’Muircheartaigh, J., Elison, J.T., Walker, L., Doernberg, E., Waskiewicz, N., Dirks, H., Piryatinsky, I., Dean, D.C. III, Jumbe, N.L. (2014). White Matter Maturation Profiles Through Early Childhood Predict General Cognitive Ability. Brain Structure and Function. 1-15.