Elana Wolkoff Elana Wolkoff, PhD, LEP

617-327-6777 x1296, Work Space 208D

Role(s)

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

Degrees

  • PhD, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, School Psychology
  • EDM, Harvard University, Cambridge, 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

  • Trauma Sensitive Schools and Classrooms
  • Difficult Conversations in K-12 Settings
  • School psychology as social justice
  • School and parent consultation
  • Developing self-regulation and executive functioning
  • 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)
  • Licensed School Psychologist (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)
  • Licensed Special Education Teacher K-12 (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Publications and Presentations

Publications

Wolkoff, E., Goodale, R. & St. Louis, G.  (2019). Talking with children about race (pp. 41-52). In G. Macklem & A. Silva, (Eds.), Lessons from school psychology: Practical strategies and evidence-based practice for professionals and parents.New York, NY: Routledge.  doi.org/10.4324/9781315229331

Wolkoff, E. (2019). Teaching children to self-regulate (pp. 88-100). In G. Macklem & A. Silva,  (Eds.),Lessons from school psychology: Practical strategies and evidence-based practice  for professionals and parents.New York, NY: Routledge.  doi.org/10.4324/9781315229331

 

Recent Presentations

Wolkoff, E. (2020). Talking with Children about Race. Presentation at the MLK Day Community Conversation on Race: The Necessity of Talking about Race and Racism at Home, Lexington, MA.

Wolkoff, E. & Bratica, R. (2019). Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools: Strategies for the School and Classroom. EDCO Collaborative, Bedford, MA.

Wolkoff, E. (2019). Desarrollo de la independencia y mejorar el comportamiento (Developing independence and improving behavior). Workshop for parents of children with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities, Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Wolkoff, E. (2019). Having Difficult Conversations and Making them Productive.  Facilitation of a roundtable discussion session at the International School Psychology Association's 41st annual conference, Basel, Switzerland.

Wolkoff, E. (2019). Teaching Children to Self-Regulate.  Workshop at the International School Psychology Association's 41st annual conference, Basel, Switzerland.

Wolkoff, E. (2019). Apoyo a la inclusión para niños con síndrome de Down y discapacidades intelectuales (Supporting inclusion for children with Down syndrome and intellectual    disabilities). Webinar for 100 special and general education teachers, Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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

  • Educational Consultant, Boston area charter schools
  • Professional development for K-12 educators

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

Prior Professional Leadership 

  • Chair, William James College Faculty Diversity Committee
  • Chair, Task Force for a Strategic Plan on Diversity and Inclusion at William James College

Prior Professional Work Experience

  • School Psychologist and Team Leader, Wellesley Public Schools, Wellesley, MA
  • Director of Student Support, South Boston Harbor Academy Charter School (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 Red Cross Disaster Mental Health
  • Trained Volunteer for American Red Cross Disaster Relief
  • Boston Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity
  • Volunteer Special Education Family Resource