Specializing in Child Custody/Therapeutic Visitation/Family & Supreme Court Matters
I obtained my PhD in Clinical Psychology from New York University in 1999 and my New York State License in Psychology in 2000. I obtained a B.A. in Music at Williams College followed by Post-Baccalaureate work in Psychology at Yale University. I speak Spanish, having rediscovered the language in graduate school after studying it in high school. I conduct evaluations in Spanish.
Areas of specialization include: Psychological Assessment, Mental Health Evaluations, Forensic (Custody Evaluations), Parental Alienation, Understanding the impact of Interparental conflict upon children's emotional well-being.
Review posted on CareDash by client on October 5, 2020
"Dr Weld has been instrumental in coordinating supervised visits between myself and my child. She is very professional, compassionate and caring. We are extremely comfortable and happy with her services. I recommended her to anyone who needs supervised visits or other services."
2 years ago
"Doctor Weld is an excellent and honest psychologist. She was appointed by the court to my case. My ex-wife has sadly alienated my five children from me. The Doctor is highly knowledgeable and experienced and clearly saw right through those tactics."
Ellen C. Weld, PhD
I am a Clinical Psychologist specializing in forensic evaluations and therapeutic visitation pertaining to custody/visitation matters in the Family Court and Supreme Court. I am a member of the Supreme Court Appellate Division Mental Health Expert Panel and am regularly appointed as an expert in all 5 boroughs of NYC as well as in Nassau and Suffolk County.
I love my work, high-conflict as it can be. My perspective is that in most cases, children benefit from a relationship with both parents, although there are instances in which mental health challenges, substance abuse, domestic violence, and the like, make it difficult and sometimes impossible for a child to have a relationship with a parent in the short-term, and sometimes in the long-term.
I try to bring empathy to my work, also drawing from my life experiences as a parent and simply a human being. In my nearly 20 years of work in the Court system, I have learned that families going through a separation are already experiencing a traumatic life event, and that this trauma can be made worse by the intense conflict inherent to litigation.