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.