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Stephen Ellenbogen

After completing his PhD at McGill, Dr. Stephen Ellenbogen joined the faculty of the School of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundalnd. He is involved in a number of research projects, usually pertaining to Child Protective Services (CPS) clients.  In the past, Dr Ellenbogen has published original research on school dropout, bereavement, program evaluation, and gambling. His clinical career spans two decades and includes experience in both clinical and community settings. He has worked with youth in transition, youth in care, homeless men, unemployed adults, and other at-risk populations.

Contact Information

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL  A1C 5S7

tel #: (709) 864-2559
e-mail: sellenbogen [at] mun [dot] ca

Current activities

Evaluation of Family TIES program

Working in collaboration with Bashaw Youth and Family Centres, Dr. Ellenbogen is lead investigator in an initial evaluation of Family TIES, a family-centred intervention for maltreated youth with anger, aggression, and interconnected problems. A preliminary investigation yielded promising results as positive changes in the youth and parents were observed. A follow-up RCT of Family TIES is warranted.

A Test of the Shame-Rage Model

Dr. Ellenbogen is exploring of whether aggressiveness is associated with abuse-related shame, guilt and blame in a CPS-involved sample. Indications are that shame is associated with pent-up anger and hostility, but not physical aggression.