Former Clinical Scientist
Dr. Ernestus completed her Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship in the Nathanson Family Resilience Center at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Ernestus received her doctorate degree from the University at Albany, State University of New York after the completion of her pre-doctoral internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ernestus is passionate about helping children and families overcome stressful life events and other risk factors, and is particularly interested in the influences of contextual factors (such as families or school) on children’s development of resilience. Her research has focused on using person-centered methods of examining the idiosyncratic development of risk and resilience in psychological presentations. Clinically, she has worked in several clinical settings with parents, families, and multi-disciplinary teams to assist in promoting a stable environment to sustain positive change. Dr. Ernestus is now a faculty member at Stonehill College.