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Ellen S. Abell, M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D.

Faculty / Director, BA in Psychology and Human Development

Ellen S. Abell, M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D.
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220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301

Ellen's areas of expertise are women's studies, counselor education, narrative therapy and critical psychology. The courses she teaches are designed for students interested in personal and social change, as they require the learner to blend self-reflection with social consciousness. Ellen is particularly interested in helping students analyze the role of power, well-being, oppression and liberation within mainstream psychology, and encouraging students to use their knowledge and position to help eradicate the injustices and inequities proferred by the mental health and other social, economic and political systems. In her work as an educator, Ellen encourages her students to question valued assumptions on which the field of psychology is based, and apply the concepts of critical psychology to psychological inquiry, research methods, and clinical practice.



Ed.D. Counseling Psychology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 1991

MA; M.Ed. Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, 1983

B.A. Psychology/Women’s Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 1981



 Abell, E. (2017). The Trump Dance. SJS Newsletter/Social Justice/Social Work/Psychology. Manuscript submitted for publication.

 Abell, E. (2017). Loving Sammie year round. https://www.iheartdogs.com. Manuscript submitted for publication.

 Abell, E., & Pitts. C. (2017). Sara Sharratt:  A feminist global pioneer. Women & Therapy. Vol. 3-4, Taylor & Francis.

Abell, E. (2016).  Picking the bones.  The fat pedagogy reader.  Peter Lange Publications. 

Abell, E. (2002). Women & money. Healing Path Community Magazine, Jan/Feb 2002.

Abell, E. (2001).  Stress busting.  Community Business Journal,  Vol. 111, 16.

Abell, E. (2001). Watchful eyes: The events of September 11th.  Healing Path Community Magazine, Oct/Nov 2001.

Abell, E., & Simons, S. (2000).How much can you bend before you break? Constructionist  consulting in the corporate world..  European Journal of Occupational & Industrial Psychology.

Abell, E. (1994). Our toughest challenge. In G. Simons & A. Zuckerman, Working together: Succeeding in a multicultural organization (rev. ed.). p.62. Menlo Park, CA: Crisp Publications.

Abell, E. (1993). Seven strategies for a more inclusive workplace. Managing Diversity, 3 (3), 2.

Abell, E. (1993). How diverse are we?  Training & Development, 47 (10), 4.           



Select Presentations

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (2014)  Differentiated Leadership 

Prescott College (2012, 2011, 2005, 2004, 2003) The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Prescott College (2011) Serving gender non-conforming students

Prescott College (2011, 2010, 2009) Narrative Therapy: A feminist approach to helping

Prescott College (2010) Microagressions in the classroom  

Prescott College (2010, 2009) A feminist critique of the DSM  

Prescott College (2010, 2009) Gender, sexuality & culture

Arizona Children’s Association (2009) Advocating for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth 

Prescott College (2009, 2008) The three waves of feminism:  A historical perspective

Annual Women’s Empowerment Breakthrough Conference Who me, a feminist? (2009, 2008)

Prescott College (2009, 2008, 2007) Gendered communication

Annual Out in the Wilderness Conference (2011, 2010, 2009 2008) Breaking free of the boxes: Viewing the spectrum of sexuality

Annual Women’s Empowerment Breakthrough Conference (2007) The web of connection: Building community from within

Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce (2002) Managing conflict wisely

Westchester State University, PA (2000) Raising awareness about racism, power & privilege: Using reflecting teams with student leaders

Colorado School Counselors Association (2000) The Way Home: Stories of Hope and Despair

Colorado State University, CO (2000) Leadership in the 21st Century

Social Construction and Relational Practices Conference, Durham, New Hampshire  (1999) How much can you bend before you break?  Constructionist consulting in the corporate world

Larimer County Employment & Training, CO (1999) The 21st Century leader

Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, Denver, CO (1999) Strategic planning for organizational leaders

Hewlett-Packard Company, CO (1999) Building collaborative teams

Hewlett-Packard Company, CO (1999) Harassment prevention for employees and managers

Hewlett-Packard Company, CO (1999) Leading edge skills and practices for the human resources professional

Child Advocacy Resource & Education (1999) Sexual harassment prevention for supervisors and employees

Pro Bono, Mental Health Association (1999) Cultural competence

Colorado State University (1999) Off the straight & narrow: Lesbians, gays, bisexuals & television

Justice Now Conference, Equality Colorado, Denver, CO (1998) Seven not so easy steps to replenishing the soul of an activist

The Department of Education & Training, CO (1998) The positive role of conflict in the workplace

Hewlett-Packard Company, Northern Colorado Region (1998-1999) Leadership for the 21st Century (year-long course)

Westchester State University, PA (1998) Becoming an effective student leader

Chase Bank, Wilmington, DE (1998) Being gay and gay-friendly in corporate America

Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO (1998) Cultural competence in treating HIV positive consumers

Colorado State University, CO (1997-1999) Multicultural counseling seminar (annual presentation)

Hewlett-Packard Company, Loveland CO (1997-1999) Barriers to effective team work

American Counseling and Personnel Association/National Association of Student Personnel Administrators International Conference, Chicago, IL (1997) Equity and diversity: From stories of despair to stories of hope

Equality Colorado Annual Conference, Denver, CO (1997) Racism within the gay, lesbian and bisexual community

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Conference, San Francisco, CA (1996) Training tools for sexual orientation diversity training

Industry Liaison Group’s National Conference Phoenix, AZ  (1996) Sexual orientation issues in the workplace

American Society for Training & Development International Conference, Dallas, TX (1995) Finding the Words:  A Trainer’s Toolkit for Sexual Orientation Diversity Training

The Fifth Annual National Diversity Conference, Boston, MA (1995) Subtle Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The Fourth Annual National Diversity Conference, San Francisco, CA (1994) Subtle Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

American Society for Training & Development International Conference, Anaheim, CA (1994) Sexual Orientation Issues in the Workplace

Hewlett-Packard Company, Northern Colorado Region (1994, 1995) Building Allies Across Cultures

Business-to-Business Expo, New York, NY (1994) Training Activities for the Multicultural Workplace

Hewlett-Packard Company, Northern Colorado Region (1994) Train-the-Trainer:  Facilitating Harassment Prevention Programs

Colorado State University, CO (1994) Gay and Lesbian Issues in School and in the Workplace

United States Department of Agriculture- Forest Service, CO (1994) Partners at Work:  Men and Women Working Together

American Automobile Association (1993) Harassment Prevention for Managers and Employees

Colorado State University (1993) Lesbians and Self-Esteem

Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce (1993) Multicultural Awareness for Community and Business Leaders

Gay & Lesbian Community Center, Denver, CO (1992)  Becoming an Effective Speaker

Instruction at Prescott College

Instruction at Prescott College

Psychology, Human Development, and Counselor Education

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Critical Psychology

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Ecopsychology BA

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Gender & Sexuality

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Human Development

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Psychology/Human Development

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