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ELLIE ROSENTHAL

Ellie was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. She graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in Psychology and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She currently works as a Research Associate for the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy. She is passionate about poetry, reading in general, and cappuccinos. 

In terms of why I do Sibs’ Journey -- here’s a little bit about me. My sister, born a year and a day before I was, was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum when I was in middle school. Her official diagnosis is Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Along with ADHD, NLD, and many other neurological disorders, she is, to say the least, complicated and our relationship even more so.

Since Sibs' Journey began, I have fallen in love with the world of research. I have found that understanding the sibling experience from psychological, policy-related, and sociological perspectives have only enhanced my goal to study this portion of family dynamics. 
I am embarking on this journey because I am curious, motivated, and ready to take on this difficult factor of my life. I am ready to learn and I am ready to listen. I am ready to find others like me. I am ready to find others unlike me. I am ready to hear more stories.