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Katrina R. Ellis

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Katrina R. Ellis

Katrina R. Ellis is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work. Her research interests include family health interventions, cancer survivorship, racial and ethnic disparities in health, and family management of chronic health conditions. An overarching goal of her research is to support the health of families facing multiple, coexisting illnesses, with a specific focus on African Americans. Dr. Ellis employs a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies in her work with families, clinicians and community groups. Her published research includes examinations of the influence of co-occurring illnesses on the psychosocial and behavioral health and well-being of cancer survivors and their family caregivers using quantitative dyadic data analysis techniques. She has also published research investigating psychosocial factors that influence the health behaviors and well-being of African Americans. Dr. Ellis' future program of research includes the design and implementation of interventions to support the quality of life and healthy lifestyle and coping behaviors of cancer survivors, caregivers and family members.

She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Cancer Health Disparities Training Program (Department of Health Behavior, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health), the Center for Health Equity Research (Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine) and Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time as a postdoctoral fellow, she worked with community-based participatory research projects in Greensboro and Rocky Mount, North Carolina focused on reducing the disproportionate burden of cancer morbidity and mortality and cardiovascular disease risk among African Americans and on digital health projects to support the wellbeing of peer supporters and families after a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Ellis is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer, having served as a Health Promotion Officer with the Ministry of Health in Fiji.

Research Interests/Focus

African American family health interventions; cancer prevention and survivorship; self and family management of multiple chronic conditions; racial and ethnic disparities in health; digital health; community-based participatory research

Education

Year Degree   School
2015 PhD Public Health - Health Behavior & Health Education University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2008 MSW Interpersonal Practice/Health University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2008 MPH HBHE University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2002 BA Secondary Education/Art Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
Year Description
2018 Ellis, K.R., Kowitt, S., Carlisle, C., Bhushan, N.L., Black, K.Z., Brodar, K., Cranley, N., Davis, K.L., Eng, E., Martin, M., McGuirt, J., Sokol, R.L., Tang, P.Y., Vines, A.I., Walker, J.S., Fisher, E.B. (April, 2018). Peer support opportunities across the cancer care continuum: A systematic scoping review of recent peer-reviewed literature. Oral presentation to be presented at the 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
2018 Ellis, K.R., Cuthberson, C., Rimmler, S., Carthron, D.L., Phillips, A., Callahan, L. & Rini, C. (2018). Multimorbidity influences support for physical activity among adults with osteoarthritis and their partners. Poster presentation to be presented at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA.
2018 Samuel, C. A., Schaal, J., Mbah, O., Elkins, W., Robertson, L., Baker, S., Black, K. Z., Dixon, C., Ellis, K., Eng, E., Guerrab, F., Jordan, L., Lightfoot, A., Padilla, N., Younge, C., Cykert, S. (2018). Racial and Educational Differences in Symptom Burden and Supportive Care among Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy. Poster presentation to be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2018 Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, New Orleans, LA.
2018 Samuel, C. A., Schaal, J., Mbah, O., Eng, E., Robertson, L., Baker, S., Black, K. Z., Dixon, C., Ellis, K., Guerrab, F., Jordan, L., Lightfoot, A., Cykert, S. (2018). Examining the role of perceived respect on racial disparities in cancer-related pain. Poster presentation to be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2018 Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, New Orleans, LA.
2017 Ellis, K.R. (February, 2017). Breadth of peer support in cancer: Preliminary results of a systematic review. Oral presentation presented at the Facilitating and Expanding Peer Support in Research and Applications for Cancer and Other Health Challenges Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.
2017 Lightfoot, A.F., Jones, N., Samuel, C., Black, K., Cykert, S., Ellis, K.R., Eng, E., Foley, K., Guerrab, F., Hardy, C., Kollie, J., Mayhand, A., Morse, C., Robertson, L., Schaal, J., Smith, B., Wiley, T., & Yee, M. (2017). Building new community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships using the CBPR charrette model: Lessons from the Cancer Health Accountability for Managing Pain and Symptoms (CHAMPS) study. Oral presentation to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.
2017 Eng, E., Schaal, J., Black, K., Cykert, S., Ellis, K.R., Hayes Greene, D., Hislop, S., Jones, N., Kotey, A., Lightfoot, A., Muhammad, T., Padilla, N., Samuel, C., Guerrab, F., Robertson, L., Smith, B., Thatcher, K., Walker, J., & Yongue, C. (November, 2017). Building a CBPR partnership around an anti-racism framework to address inequities in cancer care outcomes through system change. Oral presentation to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.
2016 Baker, S., Ellis, K.R., Hoffman, L., Thatcher, K., & Wilson, S. (2016). A racial equity and community-engaged approach to nonprofit work. Oral presentation at the #NonprofitSTRONG Conference, Raleigh, NC.
2016 Samuel, C.E., Schall, J., Robertson, L., Eng, E., Kollie, J.G., Yongue, C., Foley, K., Smith, B., Yee, M.K., Black, K., Ellis, K.R., Hoffman, L., Lightfoot, A., Morse, C., Padilla, N., & Cykert, S. (2016). Equity in patient-provider communication regarding treatment-related symptoms and HRQOL among breast cancer survivors. Poster presentation at the ASCO Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, San Francisco, CA.
2016 Ellis, K.R., Schaal, J., Baker, S., Black, K.Z., Cothern, C., Davis, K., Doost, K., Eng, E., Goettsch, C., Guerrab, F.*, Hardy, C., Lightfoot, A., Padilla, N., & Samuel, C. (2016). A system-change and community-based participatory research approach to understanding the role of informal social networks during the cancer care journey. Poster presentation at the Ninth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
2016 Bak, E.*, Ellis, K.R., & Northouse, L.N. (November, 2016). Symptoms, symptom clustering, and quality of life in advanced cancer patient-caregiver dyads. Oral presentation presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Tampa, FL.

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