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Center for Transforming Lives is thrilled to announce the Transforming Lives Lecture Series — a quarterly, open-to-the-public event featuring conversations with some of North Texas' most acclaimed community leaders, researchers, and advocates.
Led by CTL CEO Carol Klocek, this timely and educational event will explore a multitude of topics, from early childhood education and family homelessness to mental health awareness and equity for small business owners.



CHILDREN, covid-19 & mental health

may 11, 2021 | 11am - 12pm cst
virtual lecture via zoom

Dr. Lisa Elliott, Child Psychologist and Clinic Manager at Cook Children’s Clinic in Denton, will talk with Carol Klocek, CEO for CTL, about the mental health trends she and her team have observed in children and teens during the past year and what they are concerned about as we move forward. Dr. Elliott will help us to think beyond COVID-19, to what our children will need in the months and years ahead, including providing ideas on how the caring adults in children’s lives can provide support. 


Lisa M. Elliott, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist/neuropsychologist and clinic manager for Cook Children’s Behavioral Health Clinic in Denton. She also serves as an onsite post-doctoral fellowship supervisor. Dr. Elliott obtained her BBA from Wichita State University and was a human resources director prior to pursuing her doctorate. Dr. Elliott earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in 1989.

Dr. Elliott specializes in psychological and neuropsychological testing, as well as psychotherapy. Areas of specialties include:

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Learning disabilities
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental/neurocognitive disorders
  • Play therapy

Dr. Elliott served as the chair for the Wellness Alliance for Total Children’s Health which is led by Cook Children’s Center for Children’s Health for the past four years. Currently, Dr. Elliott is the Co-Chair of the United Way Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team, as well as serving as a co-chair for the DCBHLT Child and Family Workgroup.

Dr. Elliott is a frequently requested speaker for Cook Childrens Medical Center. Dr. Elliott is passionate about educating children/teens, young adults, parents and other professionals on topics that impact their lives including:

  • Neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Bullying
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety Stress management
  • Depression/Mood Disorders
  • Suicide Awareness & Self-harm
  • Parenting, Relationships and Self Esteem

Since 2009, Carol has been the CEO for Center for Transforming Lives, which works alongside women and their children to disrupt the cycle of poverty by providing comprehensive homeless services, early childhood education and economic mobility services. These comprehensive services include traditional child care and Early Head Start, family housing and trauma intervention services for women and children experiencing homelessness. The Center also offers one-on-one financial coaching and asset building, as well as other economic mobility interventions.

Klocek holds a master’s degree in social work from University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s in business from Texas Christian University. She serves as a board member for DFWI, UNT Health Science Center’s Academic Community Partnerships, and has served on boards that address homelessness, mental health, and maternal and child health.