Welcome to the world of Dr. Alissa Ellis, a distinguished neuropsychologist dedicated to motivating change by tapping into you.  Dr. Ellis invites you to dive into the ocean of your potential as you harness the power of your brain and your behavior to transform your life.

“You are not a drop in the ocean.  You are the entire ocean in a drop.


We are the Ellis Effect. We are a team of scientist-practitioners leading cutting-edge research on brain science, affective processes, intervention, and family relationships.

The thinkSMART® Program, conducted at UCLA, is a group-based executive function educational training focused on teaching use of concrete behavioral strategies to individuals with weaknesses in areas of organization, time management, task initiation/completion, and planning.

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Teens Completed thinkSMARTⓇ
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You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

empowering minds


Discover the comprehensive range of services designed to strengthen your mind and motivate your actions to successfully surf life’s waves.

Psychodiagnostic Assessment

Thorough assessment of current psychological difficulties using standardized instruments, record review, and client interviews


Using a cognitive-behavioral approach, treatment for mood, anxiety, attention, and trauma/stress disorders.


Consultation to clarify diagnosis, aid treatment planning, and develop a roadmap for future action​

thinkSMART® and Executive Functioning Coaching

Neuropsychological Assessment

inspiring change


Dr. Alissa Ellis captivates audiences with her genuine, down-to-earth, humorous, and relatable approach to helping you take control of your life.

an engaging experience

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Dr. Alissa Ellis has garnered attention from leading publications and platforms.  Through her expertise in areas of adolescent brain development, how the brain affects cognition, and the role of specific brain processes in depression, anxiety, and adhd, she has become a trusted resource in the community.  She has captivated audiences on various stages including keynote speaking and international conferences.

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