Dr.Ellen Preen is the founder and clinical director of Farmington Valley Neuropsychology Associates, LLC, specializing in clinical neuropsychology. She has extensive experience in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of both adults and children with one or more neuropsychological deficits that include Attention-Deficit /
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Sports-related Concussions, Traumatic Brain Injury, learning disorders (reading, writing and mathematics), mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar and schizophrenic disorders), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Huntington’s Disease, Dementia and White Matter Diseases.
Dr. Preen is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), American Academy of Clinical Psychology (AACN), National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) and American Psychological Association (APA) – Division 40 Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Preen also holds a clinical associate position at the University of Connecticut, School of Medicine, where she gives seminars and supervision to medical residents and fellows, neuropsychology externs and psychology interns. Additionally, she gives seminars to post-doctoral fellows in clinical neuropsychology at Yale University, School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery and workshops to psychiatric residents at Yale University, School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, CCMC and workshops to clinical and psychiatric residents t UCHC. She is a clinical associate of University of Connecticut’s School of Medicine and was on the adjunct faculty of both Central Connecticut State University and Southern Connecticut State University where she teaches Abnormal Child Psychology, Infant and Child Development, and General Psychology.
Dr. Preen has presented at several conferences, nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics that include ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, White Matter Diseases, multi-cultural aspects of family therapy, and resiliency factors in non-substance abusers.
- An abstract on the relationship between White Matter Disease (WMD) and reaction time, appearing in “The Clinical Neuropsychologist” The Clinical Neuropsychologist.
- “Impulsive Aggression in ADHD: Symptom Severity, Comorbidity, and ADHD Subtype “, appearing in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology – Volume 20, Issue 2, April 2010.
- Circadian Blood Pressure Pressure Patterns and Cognition in the Normal Elderly,” The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 2009.
- White Matter Abnormalities and Levels of Information Processing in the Normal Elderly, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 2009.
- External Validation of Autistic and Asperger’s Disorder: Different Aspects of Executive Functioning, Dissertation, 2007, Publication Number 3273473.
Dr. Preen was a clinical examiner for a cohort study, collecting longitudinal data on patients with Huntington’s Disease. She also collected data for a gait and balance study (BAGEL) at the University of Connecticut Health Center. The study is concerned with the cognitive functioning of a geriatric population greater that 80 years of age.
At Yale University. School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Preen was an active member of various research projects, including the pre-dormal study of individuals with a familial history of schizophrenia, the efficacy of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Transcranial Magnetic Simulation (TMS) on depression, and normative data collection for African Americans with dementia. She has presented workshops to post doctoral fellows at the Department of Neurospsychology as well as psychiatric residents and fellows at the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Preen is licensed to practice in the state of Connecticut (#002894 ). Licensure can be verified at https://www.elicense.ct.gov/. Dr. Preen has no past or pending violations with the state licensing board. Dr. Preen is currently seeking a national board certification through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN).
Fellowships, Residencies and Practicas:
- University of Connecticut, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Neuropsychology (2007-2009)
- University of Connecticut, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2008-2009)
- University of Connecticut, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, The Huntington’s Disease Program (2007-2009)
- Yale University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment Services (2006-2007)
- Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital, Division of Neuropsychology Services (2006-2007)
- Yale University, Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center, Neuropsychology Services (2006-2007)
- Yale University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Connecticut Mental Health Center, Acute Inpatient Unit (2006)
- Yale University, School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Neuropsychology Services (2005-2006)
- Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Children’s Consultation Center (2004-2006)
- Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Extended Day Program (2004-2005)
- Connecticut Pediatric Neuropsychology Associates (2003-2006)
- Doctor of Psychology, University of Hartford, Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, 2007
- Master of Arts, University of Hartford, Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, 2004
- Bachelor of Science, Hawaii Pacific University, 1996
Dr. Preen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband, two children (in high school!), two rescued dogs and an assistant-dog-in-training. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, painting, playing the piano and is very involved in advocacy of rescued animals.
Dr. Preen is also fluent in these foreign languages: Chinese Mandarin and Chinese Cantonese; and is proficient in Malay.