Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., 1996, Stony Brook University, SUNY
Dr. Ehrensaft is a clinical psychologist specializing in translational research on violence prevention. Her program of research has concentrated on prospective longitudinal, intergenerational studies linking developmental psychopathology, adverse parenting practices, and risk for family violence, including child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control, and numerous private foundations. She is currently completing a collaboration with researchers at the NYUMC Child Study Center, funded by the CDC. The project involves following up a sample of at risk, urban youth who, as preschoolers 10 years earlier, participated in a randomized controlled trial of the Building Blocks parenting intervention to prevent conduct disorder. The aim is to test whether the risk for intimate partner violence 10 years later can be reduced by preventing the development of early conduct disorder. She is most recently transitioning to applied research, and has grants from several private foundations to pilot a web-deployed parenting intervention in at risk young mothers. Before joining John Jay College, she was Assistant Professor in the Div. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center for almost 10 years, where she continues as voluntary faculty since her recent move to John Jay College.