The Department of Psychology


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Ehrensaft, Miriam

Associate Professor


10.65.13 NB

PhD  Stony Brook, State University
MA    Stony Brook, State University
BA    Queens University at Kingston

Dr. Miriam Ehrensaft is an associate professor of psychology at John Jay College. Prior to joining the department at John Jay, Miriam was assistant professor of clinical psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University, where she completed an NIMH Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K-Award). Miriam is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of disruptive behavior disorders and antisocial behavior in boys and girls. She enjoys supervising and training doctoral and Masters students in cognitive behavioral therapy, parent management training, and related interventions for disruptive behavior. She completed her undergraduate training at Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada, her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University at Stony Brook, and her post-doctoral training in child psychiatric research at Columbia. Miriam’s research interests focus on the association of developmental psychopathology with the risk for interpersonal violence. She has expertise in longitudinal studies of the intergenerational transmission of antisocial behavior and intimate partner violence. She is particularly interested in the influence of family violence, parent-child relationships, and poverty on the transmission of problem behavior across generations. She is currently directing a 4-year study of intimate partner violence prevention, funded by the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. This study follows up a sample of younger siblings of adjudicated juvenile delinquents, to test whether their prior participation (at NYU’s Child Study Center) in a randomized clinical trial to prevent the early development of conduct problems will also prevent those youth from involvement in abusive opposite sex relationships as they enter adolescence and early adulthood. In her leisure time, Miriam enjoys adventure travel with her family, running, and restoring old houses.

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