Alice V. Ely, Ph.D.


Dr. Alice Ely is a licensed psychologist, with a doctorate in clinical psychology from Drexel University and a clinical internship at the VA San Diego and University of California, San Diego. Dr. Ely completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD and the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to her position as a staff psychologist at Bryn Mawr Psychological, Dr. Ely will be a part-time visiting professor in the psychology department at Haverford College. Her prior position was as a psychologist in the Heart and Vascular Department at Christiana Hospital in Delaware.

Dr. Ely treats high school students, college students, and adults for anxiety, depression, school and work stress, low self-esteem, relationships problems, and substance abuse issues. She builds a warm and trusting relationship with clients and works to meet each individuals specific needs including those who feel hesitant to try therapy.

Dr. Ely specializes in treating adults and older adolescents experiencing problems with eating and body image, including eating disorders. She has additional specialization in working with adults and older adolescents struggling with the stress and psychological impact of medical illness.

Dr. Ely believes that how we feel physically is intertwined with how we feel emotionally and is committed to helping others feel comfortable in their bodies. She follows evidence-based practices, combining cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and acceptance-based therapy techniques along with other empirically-supported strategies to support her clients as they improve their well-being.

Dr. Ely has conducted considerable research in eating disorders, obesity, and health psychology. She has published over 15 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on how the brain and body interact to influence how we see and think about the world.