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Elly Maras, MEd, EdS

Therapist | Doctoral Trainee

Elly is pursuing her Ph.D. in Child, Family, and School Psychology Program at the University of Denver. She received her Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees in School Psychology from John Carroll University in 2019. Elly earned her B.A. in Psychology with Research Distinction from The Ohio State University in 2016. While there, she minored in Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness and Professional Writing — two areas of passion for Elly. During her undergraduate career, she completed an observational thesis on the quality of parent-teacher relationships in early childcare centers and worked as an intern at the Ohio Senate and the Greater Ohio Policy Center, all of which prompted her interest in advocating for equitable policies and practices for children and families. Elly regularly collaborates with teachers and families and works with students who have a variety of needs, including those with developmental delays, learning disabilities, autism, behavioral difficulties, and mental health struggles. She is also passionate about mindfulness meditation and wellness strategies. Elly is also a graduate researcher for the Center for Rural School Health and Education at DU. As a Doctoral Trainee at Reaching HOPE, Elly is looking forward to combining trauma-informed therapy with evidence-based wellness practices to promote the healing and empowerment of children and their families.  

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