Dr. ALLISON J.BELL, Psy.D. has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University and a Master’s degree in dance/movement therapy from Hunter College. She has been in private practice in Westchester County, N.Y. since 1987, and is specialty-trained in child psychology, neuropsychological evaluation of children and marital therapy. For the past 17 years, Dr. Bell has performed forensic custody evaluations in both Family and Supreme Courts in the southern New York State region. Dr. Bell is certified to practice EMDR, a specific technique for use with victims of trauma, and performed critical incident stress debriefings for victims of 9/11 in and around New York City.
In her nearly 30 years of clinical practice, Dr. Bell has lectured widely throughout Westchester County, including teaching at the Judicial Institute in Westchester. She is a Collaborative Divorce Trainer with the Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce and Dispute Resolution Association, NYACP, and has provided Advanced Collaborative training to the MCLC.
Currently, Dr. Bell is a member of 3 Collaborative Practice Associations: the Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce and Dispute Resolution Association, the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. Dr. Bell serves as both a Divorce Coach and a neutral Child Specialist on Interdisciplinary practice teams. She has completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Harvard Program on Negotiation and has completed her training as a Mediator through the Center for Mediation and Understanding. She is a founding member of the New York Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and a charter member of the Forensic Division of the New York State Psychological Association.
Dr. Bell has made television appearances on local cable access networks in Westchester and Long Island, appeared on the CBS Early Show in August of 2007, advocating for Collaborative Divorce on a program called “Reconcilable Differences”, and was interviewed on Massachusetts radio WHN in 2011.