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Elissa Lang

Elissa Lang, American psychiatric rehabilitation administrator, consultant. Certified rehabilitation counselor, psychiatric rehabilitation trainer. Recipient Innovations in Volunteer Opportunities for Mentally Ill award American Red Cross, 1988.


  • Lang, Elissa was born on July 3, 1950 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States. Daughter of Vincent and Joan (Coughlin) Lang.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Psychology, Japanese Studies, Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York, 1972. Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling and Master of Education in Vocational Psychology and Rehabilitation, Columbia University, New York, 1974.


    • Supervisor Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center, Glen Oaks, New York, 1974-1977. Program coordinator Adult Day Hospital New York Hospital-Cornell, White Plains, 1977-1981, director vocational rehabilitation/intensive rehabilitation, 1981-1987. President Careerscope, Inc., since 1975.

      Director psychiatric rehabilitation Westchester division New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, 1987-1995. Lecturer in psychiatry Cornell Medical College, New York, since 1987. Secretary faculty council Cornell Medical College, White Plains, 1982-1985, 89-95.

      Coordinator National Institute of Mental Health grant Psychiatric Rehabilitation Dissemination grant, Cornell University. Vocational expert consultant Department Health & Human Services, Social Security Administration, Baltimore, since 1982. Project advisory Cornell University, American Indian Rehabilitation Research Center, since 1994.

      Director special program Young Women’s Christian Association, White Palins, since 1996.

    Major achievements

    • Certified rehabilitation counselor, psychiatric rehabilitation trainer.


    • Contributor chapters to books, articles to professional journals.


    Volunteer coordinator Project Steppingstone Volunteer Service Bureau, White Plains, 1979-1984. Den parent Boy Scouts of America, White Plains, since 1993. Member American Counseling Association, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, International Association Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services.



    Avocations: sailing, vocational astrology, American Indian history, reproducing children's drawings with cloth.


    • Married John Jay Rio, November 23, 1984. 1 child, Nicholas Matthew.
    • father: Vincent Lang
    • mother: Joan (Coughlin) Lang
    • spouse: John Jay Rio
    • child: Nicholas Matthew Lang
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    Born July 3, 1950
    (age 67)