About Dr. Ellen

Mental Health

Education: Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities ('68) from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis Campus); Masters of Special Education (W&M '71); Advanced Certificate in Counseling (W&M '76); Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (W&M '77); Extensive Post-doctoral training affiliation in Family Systems Theory at the Bowen Family Center in Washington, DC

Clinical Specialty: The Bowen Theory

Clinical and Consultative Experience: 25 years in outpatient community mental health services and private practice, many of those as a senior staff psychologist in Virginia's Chapter 10 Community Mental Health System; focus included outpatient family work, staff training, consultation responsibilities with regional human service professionals (emergency rescue and ICU personnel, Hospice, fire department and police personnel, city/county governments, school systems and educator groups, the Virginia courts system), as well as a keynote speaker for local, state and national professional conferences and conventions for many years
Family Book Credit: How Families Work by Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph (author, illustrator and webmaster); this book focuses on the relationships between husbands and wives and children over several generations of marriage. It is available as a free online public service project
Children's Book Credit: Willi Gets a History Lesson in Virginia's Historic Triangle by Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph (author and illustrator): targeted to elementary school-aged children. See also this promotional video with children from the Rawls Byrd Primary School in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is available as a free online public service project
Teaching Affiliations: adjunct faculty positions with Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA); the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA); Eastern State Hospital Psychiatric Residency Program (Williamsburg, VA); Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton, VA); and Pellissippi State Technical Community College (Knoxville, TN)

Community Activism: active on numerous board of directors of city and county human service agencies in Tidewater Virginia; active in local government citizen committees in James City County, VA; long-time Board President of the Williamsburg Area Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Williamsburg, VA (1979-1992); experienced Virginia wildlife rehabilitator and educator; member of the Board of Directors of the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation (SMACF) in Blount County, TN during the construction of a first-ever county-wide animal center; founder and charter board member of Mountain Miatas of East TN; official pro bono photographer for Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, TN for 4 years

4-year Federal HEW Grant: for the research, design and implementation of the prototype for teacher-centric Elementary School Guidance Programs (under the auspices of a four-year federal HEW grant). Project was based in the Williamsburg-James City County (Virginia) School System (1970-1975) and at the Rawls Bryd Primary School under Theresa M. Runyans, Principal



World-Wide Projects:

South Africa; Namibia; Singapore; continental Australia; Suriname & the French Guianas (South America); Provence, France; Costa Rica; the Ecuadorian Highlands

North America Projects:

Northern Minnesota's Lake Superior Region; Canada's Remote Ontario Region; Central Florida Springs; Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Virginia's Historical Triangle Region; NM's Albuquerque Balloon Festival; the South Carolina Lowcountry; pro bono photography for Appalachian Bear Rescue in East TN; 20-yr Official Photographer for the ITA Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame; 20-yr Official Photographer for the College of W&M

Professional Memberships:

Nikon Professional Services (NPS)


International League of Conservation Writers (FELLOW)

Major Photography Client:
The College of W&M

20-yr Official photographer for the College of W&M including venues for the President’s Office; the President’s House; various W&M Endowment Boards; Office of University Development, Office of University Publications; W&M Alumni Association, W&M Alumni Gazette; W&M News, VIP graduation and Charter Day events; Christopher Wren Building events including intimate Wren Chapel weddings; Mason School of Business and Executive MBA Programs; W&M Law School; W&M’s Muscarelle Museum of Art; W&M’s master garden program; various W&M archtectural documentaries; Official Photographer for W&M’s McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center and its ITA Women’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame (for 20 years), and more

Professional Equipment:

Nikon DSLRs, Nikon prime lenses, Nikon SB's, Nikon-only accessories; a range of Gitzo Tripods; Wimberly Heads; Apple iPHONE imaging capabilities; iMAC Apple computers and iPADS

A Self-portrait

Cultural Avocations: Piano, saxophone, flute; dancing; fine art and documentary photography; Apple computers; roadsters; theoretical physics; constitutional politics; American history; editorial commentary; living systems theory; the Bowen Theory; books on science, biography and world history; world travel; conservation education...oh, and cats



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