Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

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Applications Due
September 30th, 2023

Dulce Madrid

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Alissa Ellis, phD


Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor

Director, thinkSMART® Program


Dr. Ellis is a clinical neuropsychologist who received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at UCLA, and then received a T32 post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology and child and adolescent mood disorders at UCLA. She is now an assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry in the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human behavior. In addition to being the Director and creator of the thinkSMART program, she works as an attending psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP). Dr. Ellis is also a prolific researcher who was awarded a K23 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to examine how neural response patterns of frustration and reward are associated with symptoms of depression and mania over time in youth with significant mood difficulties.Dr. Ellis maintainsa private practice in Los Angeles.


  • 2004             University of Southern California, B.A.
  • 2007             University of Texas  at Austin, M.A.     
  • 2012             University of Texas at Austin, PhD      
  • 2011-2012   Pre-doctoral Internship, Pediatric Neuropsychology, University of California Los Angeles
  • 2012-2015   Post-doctoral Training, University of California Los Angeles

Research & clinical interests

Research interests involve underlying mechanisms involved in reward processing and motivational systems and how these can predict the course of psychopathology in mood and attention disorders.   These research interests map closely on to her clinical work as an attending in the child and adolescent mood disorders program, and in her role as director of the thinkSMART program. 

Roles within the division/Fellowship

  • Director, thinkSMART® Program
  • Attending psychologist in the Max Gray Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program
  • Clinical and research mentor
  • Lectures on topics related to mood and executive functioning