Preparing tomorrow’s psychologists for a diverse world

Ellis Human Development Institute

photo of the duke e. ellis human development instituteThe fulfillment of a vision created in 1982 by the faculty of the School of Professional Psychology, the Ellis Human Development Institute opened in the fall of 1989. The training mission, the range of services offered at the institute, its location within a major urban renewal area, and the administration of the facility by the SOPP have set the Ellis Institute apart from any other facility in the state of Ohio, and possibly within the United States. The primary goals of the Institute are: to provide and train for the next generation of practicing psychologists, to assist in meeting individual and community needs, to overcome human problems, and promote human effectiveness through utilization of the clinical and educational resources of the SOPP.

The Ellis Institute promotes state-of-the-art training, service provision, and research. The Ellis Institute is accreditated by the Council on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health to provide community mental health services. The services provided at the Ellis Institute span a broad array of the traditional and innovative, and are intended for use by individuals, couples, families, health and human services, educational and law enforcement agencies, community organizations, and businesses. Services are provided primarily to residents of the Dayton community and also to persons or agencies throughout the southwestern region of the State of Ohio. The providers of these services are advanced doctoral trainees in professional psychology who are supervised by a highly qualified, licensed, and distinguished faculty.

Consistent with the SOPP’s commitment to multiculturalism and diversity, the Institute emphasizes excellence in training and the provision of the highest quality psychological services to individuals of all ages, ethnicities and races, genders, mental and physical abilities, spiritual and religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and social and economic status.

Clinical Training & Services at the Ellis Institute

Assessment Clinic

  • Provides psychological and psychoeducational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults for a wide range of psychological and educational problems
  • Referrals accepted from mental health providers, physicians, attorneys, guidance counselors, and college disability offices.  Self-referrals also accepted

General Practice Clinic

  • Community-based, fee-for-service, training clinic
  • Staffed by doctoral-level clinical psychology students, interns, and post-doctoral fellows, under the supervision of SOPP faculty
  • Offers a wide array of traditional and innovative psychological services and consultation to individuals, couples, families, schools, agencies, and organizations

Center for Child & Adolescent Violence Prevention

  • Local training: Parents Early Childhood Education/ Positive Action Choices Training
  • National training: Positive Adolescent Choices Training
  • Program development: Head Start children and families
  • Integrated violence prevention curriculum

For further information, please contact Dr. Janeece Warfield or Kimberly Hudson at the Ellis Institute (937) 775-4300.

S.A.F.E. Classes

The Ellis Human Development Institute will host two self-defense awareness classes.


Ellis Human Development Institute
9 North Edwin C. Moses Boulevard
Dayton, OH 45402-6837
(937) 775-4300

  • Located about 20 minutes away from the Wright State University campus, just west of downtown Dayton
  • The building housing the institute has won numerous architectural awards and incorporates classrooms and seminar space, office space for faculty and trainees, and an outpatient clinic
  • Corner of Edwin C. Moses Boulevard & W. 3rd Street, west of the Third Street Bridge