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Fall Focus: Ella Johnson '17

Fall Focus: Ella Johnson '17

Ella Johnson has been a key member and leader in the front court for the highly successful Camel volleyball program.

Off the court, Johnson is gaining valuable experience in clinical psychiatry as an intern with the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

The experience was made possible with the generous contributions from Connecticut College's Charles and Ruth Polan Award.

This award is given to deserving students who are gaining experience with meaningful summer internships in the medical field. 

Johnson's mornings are spent assisting on a research study that examines whether or not an online treatment program can be effective in treating individuals with Bipolar Disorder.  Afternoons are spent in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) working directly with individuals with Bipolar Disorder.

"Being able to sit in on various outpatient treatment programs has been the most rewarding part of the experience for me," Johnson said.. "It has been very interesting seeing different clinician's styles and approaches to treating mental illnesses, especially in a group setting." 

A Dean's Honors Student from Seal Beach, California, Johnson has been honored on the New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Academic Team in each of the past two years.

On the court, Johnson has been a major contributor for a Camel volleyball program that has posted a 46-30 (.605) record during her first three-years of action in New London. 

In a productive junior campaign for the Camels Johnson posted a team-best 44 blocks while finishing second on the squad with 180 kills.

Johnson's progression in the starting line-up paid major dividends as the Camels won 11 of their last 12 regular season matches to lock up their 11th consecutive post-season berth in the NESCAC Championship.

Johnson put up some gaudy number down the stretch in October, notching 50 kills over her final 14 sets of conference action (3.57 kps.) to lead her team into the playoffs. 

Johnson and the Camels will open the 2016 season with a 7:00 p.m. match against Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.

On Friday, September 16, Connecticut College will host Colby College for an 8:00 p.m. match in its conference and home opener.