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I'm honored to receive the California Psychological Association's 2014 award for distinguished contribution to psychology


Upcoming Events


I'll be at the Calamari Crime conference in Monterey, California from 3/​20-23 rubbing shoulders with mystery writers and mystery readers. It's my honor to moderate a panel
titled "Behind the Badge: What readers and writers need to know." Most first responders run the other way when they see a psychologist. My panelists have all "served time" in law enforcement before they started writing and they aren't afraid to talk about it with me. Join former special prosecutor Marcia Clark, retired LAPD Captain Connie Dial, and retired FBI agents George Fong and Arthur Kerns and me on Saturday at 1:30.

My books are available in print or as e-books. Click on a title for more information, reviews, and links to your favorite vendors.

Burying Ben: A Dot Meyerhoff Mystery


Praise for Burying Ben

Burying Ben is a compelling novel with a brisk, fast-moving plot, and engaging characters. Ellen Kirschman draws from her years of experience as a police psychologist to imbue her book with realism, drama, and great insight into the world of law enforcement. This crime novel is a skillful debut.” —Miles Corwin, bestselling author of Kind of Blue and Midnight Alley


“So real you’ll swear it’s nonfiction! With a heroine you’d want as a friend, and a tale so gripping it will keep you up at night, Ellen Kirschman turns her incredible insight as a police psychologist into cop fiction with soul. Do yourself a favor and grab Burying Ben right away.” —Shane Gericke, author of the #1 Kindle bestseller, Torn Apart


“With confident, compelling prose, and a fast-paced story, Kirschman manages to make the life of a police psychologist seem as exciting as that of a SWAT team. Burying Ben explores themes of power, manipulation, and ethics that go beyond the usual thriller. The vulnerable Dr. Dot is the most interesting heroine to come along in a long time.” —Camille Minichino


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