Ellen Kirschman, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in police and public safety psychology. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (psychological services sub-section), the Society for the Study of Police and Criminal Psychology, The American Psychological Assciation and the International Assiociation of Women in Law Enforcement. She's the recipient of the California Psychological Association's 2014 award for distinguished contribution to psychology as well as the American Psychological Association's 2010 award for outstanding contribution to the practice of police and public safety psychology.
Ellen writes both fiction and non-fiction (see below). Her mystery series is told from the perspective of police psychologist, Dr. Dot Meyerhoff who is too dedicated for her own good and should be counseling cops, not solving crimes. Ellen's professional practice includes giving workshops world-wide for police families, teaching self-care to cops, training peer supporters, and helping clinicians become culturally competent to treat first responders. She volunteers as a clinician for The First Responders Support Network (FRSN.org), an organization holding six-day retreats for first responders with post-traumatic stress injuries and for their significant others and spouses. As a writer, she is active in several organizations, Sisters-in-Crime, the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and the Public Safety Writers Association.
Ellen lives in Redwood City, California with her husband, the photographer,S. Hollis Johnson. She doesn't have a lot of hobbies, unless you count exercise to stay healthy as a hobby. She reads widely and always has a book in hand. She dabbles in cooking although her husband prepares most of their meals. She loves to travel and regularly attends the Insight Meditation Center. She blogs with The Lady Killers and invites visitors with questions to visit her website and sign up for her newsletter.