Dr. Ellis is a Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She received her doctoral degree in child clinical psychology from Michigan State University in 1993 and completed post-doctoral training at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  Her research interests are in the areas of behavioral interventions, including parenting interventions, to improve adherence to medical regimens in children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions.  She has been continuously funded as a principal investigator for the past 15 years with grants from the National Institutes of Health focusing upon developing behavioral interventions to improve health outcomes among low income and minority adolescents.

Dr. Ellis has published over 50 peer reviewed publications and co-authored a text on behavioral assessment methods in youth with chronic conditions. In addition, she serves as the Chair of the Behavioral Institutional Review Board at Wayne State University (WSU). She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including WSU SOM Excellence in Teaching and Research awards.