Elana Wolkoff Elana Wolkoff, PhD, LEP

elana_wolkoff@williamjames.edu

Role(s)

  • Assistant Professor, School Psychology Department
  • Associate Director of Field Education, School Psychology Department

Degrees

  • PhD, Northeastern University, Boston. MA,   School Psychology
  • EDM, Harvard University, Cambrdige, MA, Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments  
  • BA, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA , Education and Political Science

Teaching

  • Children and Adolescents with Special Needs (SN 512)
  • Consultation in Schools (CO 650)
  • Clinical Seminars III & IV (FP 601; FP 602)
  • Internship Seminar (CS 702)

Research and Practice Interests

  • School and parent consultation
  • Educational equity
  • Program development, particularly in urban charter schools
  • Self-regulation and executive functioning
  • Increasing resilience for vulnerable youth
  • Growth mindset
  • Chronic absenteeism and school refusal
  • Field supervision of interns and practicum students

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Educational Psychologist (Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services)
  • Licensed School Psychologist (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)
  • Special Education Teacher K-12 (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Publications and Presentations

Recent Presentations

Wolkoff, E. & Li, C. (2018, July). Developing high quality supervisors.  Roundtable discussion session at the International Association of School Psychologists, Tokyo, Japan.

Wolkoff, E. (2018, February). Having productive conversations with students about race. Professional conversation session at the National Association of School Psychologists Convention, Chicago,IL

Wolkoff, E. (2018, February). Understanding, preventing, and treating chronic absenteeism. Mini-skills session presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Convention, Chicago, IL.

Cort, N., Wolkoff, E. & Bloom, J. (2017, July). Understanding and preventing suicide in Guyana: A gatekeeper training workshop.  Two day workshop presented to employees and local leaders at Suddie Hospital,   Essequibo, Guyana.

Wolkoff, E. (2017, July). Understanding, preventing and treating school refusal and truancy.   All day workshop presented at the Center for Professional Innovation (CPI), Mansfield, MA.

Wolkoff, E. & Jocoby, S. (2017, June). Integrating self-care into supervision. Session presented at the Massachusetts Trainers of School Psychology Supervision Institute, William James College, Newton, MA.

Silva, A. & Wolkoff, E. (2017, March). Promoting culturally responsive practice in the schools.  Workshop presented to Needham Public Schools guidance staff, Needham, MA.

Wolkoff, E. & Grossman, S. (2017, February). Small changes in mindset mean big changes in resilience.  Mini-skills session presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Convention, San  Antonio, TX.

Wolkoff, E. (2016, November). Understanding, preventing and treating school refusal and truancy. All day workshop presented for the Center for Professional Innovation (CPI), Hyannis, MA.

Wolkoff, E., Silva, A., & Feinberg, A. (2016, June). Mentoring and teaching: Fostering student development over time. Session presented at the 2016 Massachusetts Trainers of School Psychology Supervision Institute, William James College, Newton, MA.

Wolkoff, E. (2016, June). Understanding, preventing and treating school refusal and truancy. All day workshop presented for the Family Resource Centers (FRConnect), Sturbridge, MA.

Wolkoff, E. (2016, April). Understanding, preventing and treating school refusal and truancy.    All day workshop presented for the Center for Professional Innovation (CPI), Chelmsford, MA.

Wolkoff, E. & Silva, A. (2015, May). Weaving resiliency into the fabric of school communities. Session presented at the 2nd Annual Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience Conference, William James College, Newton, MA.

Wornum, K. & Wolkoff, E. (2014, January). Talking to your children about race. Workshop presented at the Wellesley Mothers Forum, Wellesley, MA.

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

Professional Leadership:

  • Chair, Task Force for a Strategic Plan on Diversity and Inclusion at William James College
  • Chair, William James College Faculty Diversity Committee
  • Member, William James College Black Mental Health Initiative Committee

Work Experience:

  • Educational Consultant, Boston area charter schools
  • Professional Development, public and private K-12 schools

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • School Psychologist, Wellesley Public Schools
  • Adjunct Faculty, Northeastern University
  • Founding Member and Director of Student Support, South Boston Harbor Academy Charter School (later Boston Collegiate Charter School)
  • School Psychologist, Cambridge, MA
  • Special Education Teacher, Somerville, MA

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • Massachusetts School Psychologists Association

Community Engagement

  • Trained Volunteer for American Red Cross Disaster Relief
  • Participant, Boston Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity
  • Special Education Parent Consultant