ELIZA DRAGOWSKI, PH.D.
Dr. Dragowski is a New York State licensed psychologist holding a doctoral degree in School Psychology from New York University. She also serves as an Associate Professor in the School Psychology, Counseling, and Leadership Department at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, where she has taught since 2005. In that role Dr. Dragowski trains and supervises graduate school psychology and counseling students. She has also researched and published extensively in the area of gender and sexuality.
Dr. Dragowski’s clinical training focused on trauma-informed culturally competent clinical interventions with children, youth, and adults; it culminated in a clinical internship at the North Shore University Hospital, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In addition to her service as a university faculty, over the past 14 years, she has worked as a psychoeducational evaluator, parent and teacher consultant at a preschool, and a clinician-researcher at a trauma treatment development center.
Dr. Dragowski’s approach to therapeutic work is grounded in an empathic, reflective, and collaborative engagement with children and families. Children present with a variety of symptomatic behaviors, ranging from excessive shyness, through anxiety, sadness, aggression, or refusal to follow rules. The reasons for these symptoms are not always immediately clear, and the same behaviors can stem from completely different causes for different kids. Dr. Dragowski emphasizes the importance of understanding every child’s individual characteristics, developmental abilities, as well as environmental circumstances, including those surrounding the child’s family, school, peer groups, and the larger community. In addition to individual work with children, she engages with families, offering emotional, psychoeducational, and practical support. Dr. Dragowski also consults with schools and other community organizations to make sure that the children’s needs and capacities are empathically understood and well-matched with environmental demands.