Ellen is a child psychiatrist and post-doctoral research fellow. Ellen studied biochemistry at the SUNY Stony Brook Honors College (1995-1999). She received an MD with Recognition in Research degree from SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine (1999-2003), where she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Gail Mandel. She did her residency training in general psychiatry (2003-2006) and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry (2006-2008) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. During her residency, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Deanna Benson, and during her fellowship, she worked with Dr. Joseph Buxbaum, studying the genetics of autism. Ellen is in the NIMH T32 Training Program in Childhood-Onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders at the Yale Child Study Center.
 She is involved in a collaboration between the State laboratory and the laboratory of Antonio Giraldez, where she is working on developing a zebrafish model for studying rare variants in candidate genes in autism spectrum disorders.