Dr. Elmendorf is the director of the Therapeutic Community Program and the Activities Program at the Austen Riggs Center. Dr. Elmendorf also serves as a psychotherapist and a psychotherapy supervisor in the Center's Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program and Fellowship in Hospital-Based Psychotherapy. She provides group consultation and supervision and leads the Center's consultation service. She also leads the Human Development Strategic Initiative, bringing developmentally informed, relationship-based interventions to our local Berkshire community. She has written and presented in the areas of symptomatic behavior as interpersonal communication, competence and regression in group dynamics, and social cognition in young children. She is the chair of the Leadership Committee of the American Residential Treatment Association and has served on the consulting staff of many group relations conferences.
Dr. Elmendorf received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. She earned an MA and PhD in child clinical psychology from the University of Denver. Following her internship in adult clinical psychology at Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital she completed two year-long fellowships at McLean in adolescent and family treatment and psychological assessment. Dr. Elmendorf is actively involved in the Berkshire community, having served on the board of several local and state organizations involved with mental health, education, and environmental conservation.
For a list (and downloadable copies) of Dr. Elmendorf's publications, see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Donna_Elmendorf