Dr. Pellack earned his doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington. David’s dissertation focused on characteristics that predict patient program compliance for chronically homeless mentally ill individuals, many of whom had issues with drug and / or alcohol abuse. While at IU, David did an extended practicum at the Kinsey Institute where he worked with clients with a variety of sexual issues and received training on numerous treatment modalities. As a Kinsey intern, David also co-facilitated a weekly group for transgender individuals. David completed his internship at the Syracuse Veterans Administration hospital where he focused his training on traumatized veterans in hospice. David has over 15 years of experience working with traumatized children and their families in foster care and psychiatric community residences. He has been with the ECU since 2016, and was the assistant director for 5 years before becoming the director in 2021.
David became EMDR trained and incorporates this into the intense trauma work done at at KeyStone.
As director, David enjoys educating the public and professionals by providing trainings on addiction, trauma and sexual compulsivity. David continues to utilize his clinical skills by having an “open door” policy with the clients, facilitating a variety of psychotherapy groups and assisting clients with trauma through EMDR therapy.