Ross Ellenhorn

Ross EllenhornWith a PhD in sociology and extensive experience as a psychotherapist, Ross Ellenhorn specialises in the integration of psychology and sociology as a conceptual and treatment model for those suffering from psychiatric disorders. Because of the typically rigid separation of these two disciplines, psychiatric problems are usually understood—and treated—as exclusively psychological phenomena.

In sharp contrast, Ellenhorn views psychiatric disorders through a unique psychosocial lens. His psychosocial perspective and the methods of treatment it engenders, continue to yield strikingly positive patient outcomes not achievable through standard medical/psychiatric paradigms of care.

For 25 years, Ellenhorn has put his psychosocial vision into practice by creating and running programmes that enable individuals with psychiatric disabilities to develop the psychological and equally important social resources to successfully remain outside institutions. He created the first fully operating intensive hospital diversion programme in Massachusetts, and created and led one of the first Assertive Community Treatment teams in the commonwealth.

In 2005, with Madhavi Prakash, Ellenhorn created Prakash Ellenhorn, an intensive and holistic outreach programme serving clients with psychiatric disorders in the Boston area. Prakash Ellenhorn accepts clients typically perceived by mental health professionals as needing hospital care, effectively treating them outside the hospital, in their own communities. Today, Prakash Ellenhorn employs more than 60 full-time staff. The programme regularly receives referrals from prestigious psychiatric institutions throughout the world, many for whom Ellenhorn consults.

Ellenhorn has given talks and seminars throughout the US, and provided consultation to numerous mental health agencies and psychiatric hospitals on the subjects of hospital diversion, psychosocial rehabilitation, patient careerism, and the PACT model.  His book, Parasuicidality: Breaking Through the Medical Model (Springer Publishing, 2007), documents successful techniques for diverting hospital use. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Social Welfare and the first person to receive a joint PhD from the prestigious Florence Heller School for Social Welfare Policy and Management and the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University.

In addition to Prakash Ellenhorn, Ellenhorn runs a small private psychotherapy practice in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Credits to Psychology Today

You can follow him on Twitter @REllenhorn

Published: 10 March 2014

Last update: 09 April 2015


Travis Langley

Travis Langley, Ph.D.Superherologist Travis Langley, author of the book Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight, is a psychology professor who teaches on crime, mental illness, social behaviour, and media (including comic books), not to mention a course titled “Batman,” at Henderson State University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College and his MS and PhD in psychology from Tulane University. Travis has also been a child abuse investigator, courtroom expert, and undefeated champion on the “Wheel of Fortune” game show even though none of the puzzles they gave him were about psychology or superheroes.

Thousands follow Dr Langley as @Superherologist on Twitter. An organiser of the Comics Arts Conference, he regularly speaks as a panelist discussing the psychology of superheroes at conventions like San Diego Comic-Con International, WonderCon, Wizard World, and New York Comic Con, joined by great people like Bat-Films executive producer Michael Uslan, legendary comic book writer Dennis O’Neil, “Batman” actor Adam West, and West’s motion picture Catwoman Lee Meriwether. As part of their ongoing ERIICA Project (Empirical Research on the Interpretation and Influence of the Comic Arts), Travis and his students investigate how fans see themselves and their heroes.