Dr. Stephen Ellenbogen

Dr. Stephen Ellenbogen

Associate Professor

School of Social Work
St. John's College, J - 3020
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Phone: (709) 864-2559
Email: sellenbogen@mun.ca

Dr. Ellenbogen joined the faculty in 2009. His current research pertains to (1) the effects of maltreatment in youth, (2) the benefits of early childhood education programs to child protective services recipients, (3) the effectiveness of health services, and (4) social work education. Dr. Ellenbogen’s broad areas of research interest include child welfare, adolescence, evaluation research, mixed-methods research, social perceptions, behavioural and emotional problems, and mental health. His teaching expertise is in research, theory, human development, and community development.

Dr. Ellenbogen was lead investigator in a recently completed pre-experimental evaluation of Family TIES, a family-centred training for youth with anger, aggression, and interconnected problems. Results are promising as positive changes in the youth and parents were observed. A book chapter on the project can be downloaded for free through the link provided in publications section below. Two student research opportunities emerged from this project. First, the team is seeking students interested in participating in further analyses of the Family TIES data and becoming part of a larger SSHRC Partnership project that offers statistics training and other professional development opportunities. Second, an international research team has been formed with the goal of collaborating on a broader evaluation of the Family TIES model. The goal is to pool the data from research conducted in different sites, which will allow exploration of complex research questions like:

Does change in social perception or family functioning mediate associations between program participation and improvements in youth behaviour and well-being?Are the programs effects consistent across different populations of youth, with respect to gender, age, type and severity of youth and family issues, location of program?

Dr. Ellenbogen is also actively pursuing child maltreatment research using data gathered as part of the Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathways project. Most recently, he examined the maltreatment history of adolescents who reported abuse-related shame, guilt, and blame, and explored whether these emotions and attributions are associated with issues of anger, aggression, and hostility. Students and faculty are sought to collaborate on follow-up studies related to this project and to an earlier study on social perceptions (violence outcome expectancies). Finally, Dr. Ellenbogen is collaborating on two projects related to mental health services, one involving colleague and fellow Memorial social work professor, Dr. Heather Hair.

In the past, Dr. Ellenbogen has published original research on school dropout, bereavement, program evaluation, and gambling. He was also involved in research collaborations with child welfare agencies, notably a satisfaction survey and a study of neglect clients, the latter used to inform intervention planning.

During a clinical career that spans two decades and includes practice in both clinical and community settings, Dr. Ellenbogen has worked with youth in transition, youth in care, homeless men, unemployed adults, and other at-risk populations. He received a Ph.D. of Social Work (2009) from McGill University. Earlier degrees include a M.Sc. in Social Work (1995) from Université de Montréal and a B.A. in Psychology (1987) from Concordia University.

Recent Publications

  • Ellenbogen, S., Calame, R., Parker, K., Finne, J., & Trocmé, N. (2014). Treating youth aggression and related problems in a social services agency. In M. F. Taylor, J. A. Pooley & J. Merrick (Eds.), Adolescence: Places and Spaces (pp. 161-174). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-61942-840-9 (e-book); 978-1-61942-831-7 (hardcover). Download chapter for free.
  • Ellenbogen, S., Trocmé, N., & Wekerle, C. (2013). The Relationship between Dimensions of Physical Abuse and Aggressive Behavior in a Child Protective Services Involved Sample of Adolescents. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 6(2), 91-105. doi: 10.1080/19361521.2013.781562
  • Sinha, V., Ellenbogen, S., & Trocmé, N. (2013). Substantiating neglect of first nations and non-aboriginal children. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(12), 2080-2090. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.10.007
  • Ellenbogen, S., Trocmé, N., & Wekerle, C. (2012). Self-generated outcome expectancies concerning violence in intimate relationships: A comparison of aggressive and nonaggressive adolescents in a sample of child protective services users. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue canadienne des Sciences du comportement, 44(4), 300-307. doi: 10.1037/a0028690
  • Ellenbogen, S., Jacobs, D., Derevensky, J., Gupta, R., & Paskus, T. (2008). Gambling behavior among college student-athletes. Journal of Applied Sports Psychology 20(3), 349-362.
  • Ellenbogen, S., Gupta, R., & Derevensky, J. (2007). A cross-cultural study of gambling behavior among adolescents. Journal of Gambling Studies, 23(1), 25-39.
  • Ellenbogen, S., Derevensky, J., & Gupta, R. (2007). Gender differences among adolescents with gambling-related problems. Journal of Gambling Studies, 23(2), 133-143.
  • Lussier, I., Derevensky, J., Gupta, R., Bergevin, T., & Ellenbogen, S. (2007). Youth gambling behaviors: An examination of the role of resilience. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 21(2), 165-173.
  • Gupta, R., Derevensky, J., & Ellenbogen, S. (2006). Personality characteristics and risk-taking tendencies among adolescent gamblers. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 38(3), 201-213.
  • Wright, R., John, L., Ellenbogen S., Offord, D., Duku, E.K. & Rowe, W. (2006). Effect of a structured arts program on the psychosocial functioning of youth from low-income communities: findings from a Canadian longitudinal study. Journal of Early Adolescence, 26(2), 186-205.


  • Ellenbogen, S., Calame, R., Parker, K., Finne, J., & Trocmé, N. (in press; 2015). Tracking Change Among Participants of a Multi-Family Skills-Training Program for Youth Aggression and Associated Problems. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 8(5).
  • Ellenbogen, S., Trocmé, N., & Wekerle, C. (revised submission). Exploring physical abuse-related shame, guilt and blame in a sample of adolescents receiving child protective services: Links to maltreatment, anger, and aggression. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma



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