Karen Skean, Psy.D
Karen is a licensed psychologist who specializes in couples therapy, trauma therapy and short-term dynamic psychotherapy. She is an Associate Teaching Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, where she has taught classes, large and small, for over twenty years. She maintains a private practice in Highland Park, NJ. Dr. Skean has trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as well as several other modalities of couples therapy. With Dr. Brown, she is Co-Director of the Couples Therapy Training Clinic at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University.
She also has training in EMDR, Sensorimotor and AEDP, all modalities that actively engage emotion, mind and body. Dr. Skean holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University, an M.Ed. in Counseling from Boston University, an M.A.in Philosophy from Yale University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Colorado College.
Elisabeth Brown, Psy.D, ABPP
Elisabeth is a licensed psychologist and Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and Supervisor in private practice. In independent practice since 1984, she specializes in working with couples. She is currently a clinical supervisor for the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University and, with Dr. Skean, Co-Director of the Couples Therapy Training Clinic there. She has training and experience in psychodynamic therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Sensorimotor Therapy, EMDR and AEDP.
As an integrationist, she strives to help couples negotiate the minefields of intimacy to develop safe, secure and loving relationships. Dr. Brown’s previous experience includes serving as Outreach Coordinator for the Rutgers College Counseling Center, where she ran large-scale workshops on relationships for students. She holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, an M.Ed. in Counseling from Boston University and a B.A. in Psychology from Connecticut College.
Shalonda Kelly, Ph.D
Shalonda Kelly’s primary research foci are couples and racial and cultural issues, which she has investigated in the contexts of normal families, therapy, and substance abuse settings. She studies couples prevention, assessment, and therapy. She is involved in the understanding and measurement of racial constructs, such as Afrocentricity, racial identity, and stereotypes. Dr. Kelly seeks to understand how people of color are affected by experiences of racism and how racial and cultural perspectives affect individual, couple, and family adjustment. She is the editor of Diversity in Couple and Family Therapy: Ethnicities, Sexualities, and Socioeconomics. Dr. Kelly teaches couple therapy and diversity courses and conducts couple and family therapy and supervision from an integrative cognitive behavioral, emotionally focused, multicultural, and systems orientation. She has a background in urban studies, and is interested in programs designed to have a positive impact on minority communities and families. She is currently President, APA Division 43 (Society for Couple and Family Psychology).