Ellen, Founder and Senior Technical Advisor at the Center for Social Innovation, is a pioneer in documenting the causes and consequences of family homelessness. She has given a voice to homeless children and families for over 30 years. As a clinical researcher, she has investigated the connections among poverty, homelessness, trauma, and mental illness, and developed solutions to preventing and ending homelessness. Ellen is a board certified psychiatrist who served as Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School for more than 30 years. She also served as Editor-In-Chief of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. She received a M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine, a B.A. from Brandeis University, and an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from Northeastern University.
Ellen Bassuk, M.D.
Samples of Ellen’s Work
- Trauma-Informed Care for Street Involved Youth by C4’s Ellen L. Bassuk & Jeff Olivet as well as Elizabeth K. Hopper was published in Mental Health & Addictions Interventions for Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for Front-line Providers in January 2018.
- There’s a lot We Can Do: Improving the Lives of Children Experiencing Homelessness, an episode on t3’s Changing the Conversation podcast.
- Assessment of Families Experiencing Homelessness: Analysis of Current Practice by C4’s Ellen L. Bassuk & Molly K. Richard as well as Carmela J. DeCandia was published in Child and Family Well-Being and Homelessness: Integrating Research into Practice and Policy in February 2017.
- Universal Design for Underserved Populations: Person-Centered, Recovery-Oriented and Trauma Informed by C4’s Ellen L. Bassuk, Robert Sember & Molly K. Richard as well as Rachel Latta and Sheela Raja was published in Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved in August 2017.
- Peer-Delivered Recovery Support Services for Addictions in the United States: A Systematic Review by C4’s Ellen L. Bassuk, Justine Hanson, R. Neil Greene, and Molly K. Richard as well as Alexandre Laudet was published in Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment in January 2016.
- Developing an Instrument to Measure Organizational Trauma-Informed Care in Human Services: The TICOMETER by C4’s Ellen L. Bassuk, Kristen Paquette, and Molly K. Richard as well as George J. Unick was published in the Psychology of Violence in January 2016.
- The Prevalence of Mental Illness in Homeless Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis by C4’s Ellen L. Bassuk and Molly K. Richard as well as Alexander Tsertsvadze was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in February 2015.
- Family Homelessness, an episode on t3’s Changing the Conversation podcast.