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Allison J. Bell, Psy.D.
Allison J. Bell, Psy.D.
Trainer at Collaborative Divorce Training Consortium
The Greater New York City Area
ALLISON J. BELL, Psy.D. has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University. She also holds 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. She has an additional office in Northampton, MA. Since 1997, Dr. Bell has performed forensic custody evaluations in both Family and Supreme Courts in the southern New York State region and testified as an expert witness. She also performs parenting evaluations, bonding assessments, and testifies throughout Western Massachusetts. Dr. Bell is certified to practice EMDR with victims of trauma, and performed critical incident stress debriefings for victims of 9/11 around New York City. In her 33+ years of clinical practice, Dr. Bell has lectured widely throughout Westchester County, including teaching at the Judicial Institute in Westchester. She has been an advocate for children with special educational needs in many school districts throughout the county.
Currently, Dr. Bell is a member of Collaborative Practice Associations in New York and Massachusetts: the Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce and Dispute Resolution Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. Dr. Bell serves as both a Divorce Coach and a neutral Child Specialist on Interdisciplinary practice teams, and trains other practitioners of Collaborative Divorce. Dr. Bell is also a founding member of the New York Civil Collaborative Group. She has completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Harvard Program on Negotiation and completed her training as a Mediator through the Center for Understanding in Conflict, along with additional advanced training hours in mediation. 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 and radio appearances on local cable access networks in Westchester, Long Island, and MA, and appeared on the CBS Early Show in August of 2007 with her former husband, advocating for Collaborative Divorce on a program called “Reconcilable Differences”.
She has lectured numerous times at the annual International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) Forum on child development, collaborative practice issues, gender bias in negotiation and neuroscience. In 2012, the NYCCG made a video for Westlaw continuing legal education, in which Dr. Bell is featured, depicting the use of interdisciplinary collaborative practice in settling employment cases.
Dr. Bell periodically blogs about the myriad ways in which people navigate their journey through divorce. In addition, Dr. Bell has spent most of her life dancing and teaching movement to non-dancers. Her blogs about the art of movement in everyday life can be found on her website.