The Ellis Research Team, led by Katrina R. Ellis, MSW, MPH, PhD, works to understand, support and improve the lives of families managing multiple health challenges, with a specific focus on African Americans. Dr. Ellis is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Her research focus includes family health interventions, cancer survivorship, racial and ethnic disparities in health, and family management of chronic health conditions. 

Research Interests
Where I've Been

New Orleans, LA

Dillard University

BA in Secondary Education & Art

*2020 Alumni 40-Under-40 Award Winner



Former Peace Corps Volunteer, Served as a Health Promotion Officer with the Ministry of Health in Fiji.


Ypsilanti, MI

RWJF Program Evaluation Fellowship Program

Highscope Educational Research Foundation 

Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan

PhD in Health Behavior and

Health Education

Chapel Hill, NC

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cancer Health Disparities Training Program (NCI T32) and UNC Center for Health Equity Research

Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan,

School of Social Work

Assistant Professor

Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan

Master of Social Work in

Interpersonal Practice & Health

Master of Public Health in

Health Behavior & Health Education