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Émilie M. Ellis

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

PhD student and graduate research assistant

My research broadly focuses on exploring the impact of systemic oppression on the mental health of marginalized groups. Currently, my research is centered on applying feminist theory to suicide and trauma intervention research.


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
M.A. Marital and Family Therapy University of San Diego 2015
B.Mus. Music McGill University 2013


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences University of Georgia 2020
Costa Fund Student Travel Award The University of Georgia Research Foundation 2019
Diversity Guest Scholarship American Family Therapy Association 2019
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences University of Georgia 2018

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Student reviewer Journal of Feminist Family Therapy 2019- present


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Student member & LGBTQ2S interest group member 2019- present Membership
HDFS Graduate Student Organization Student-Faculty Liaison 2019-2020 Leadership
UGA Marriage and Family Therapy Program Student-Faculty Liaison 2019-2020 Leadership
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Member 2013- present Membership


Ellis, É. (2020, January). Invited to participate on expert mental health panel at 3rd Annual Mental Wellness Summit, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Ellis, É. (2019, March). Building the resistance within: Addressing internalized oppression in the LGBTQ community. Presentation at the Connect Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Morgan, D. Ellis, É. (2017, April). Integrating Spirituality & Psychotherapy: Healing Creatively Through the Arts. CEU event and presentation at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

Benator, G. Ellis, É. (2016, September). Does my child have an eating disorder? Free outreach presentation available to community members at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, Atlanta, GA.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Elizabeth Wieling (major professor)

Dr. Maria Bermúdez

Dr. Margaret Caughy

Areas of Expertise

Family therapy; feminist theory; traumatic stress; suicide

Georgia Composite Board of LPCs SWs and MFTs: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#1793)

Current Research

My current research involves integrating feminist theory in family therapy and exploring the link between suicide and traumatic stress. To me, social justice issues are implicit in a systemic lens and therefore are inextricably linked to the practice of therapy. Similarly, identity-based disparities in suicide and traumatic stress disorders indicate that systemic oppression needs to be taken into account in such research and interventions. I am focused currently focused on exploring traumatic stress as a risk factor for suicide in high-risk groups.

Journal Articles

Boe, J., Ellis, É., Sharstrom, K., Gale, J. (in press). Disrupting cisnormativity, transnormativity, and transmisogyny in healthcare settings: Advancing trans inclusive practices for medical family therapists. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy.

Ellis, É., Bermúdez, J. M. (2020). Funhouse mirror reflections: Resisting internalized sexism in family therapy and building a women-affirming practice. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1080/08952833.2020.1717903

Ford, M., Ellis, É., Goetz, J., Archuleta, K., Gale, J., Grossman, B., … Gonyea, J. (2019).
Depression and financial distress in a clinical population: The value of interdisciplinary services and training. Contemporary Family Therapy, 42, 5-14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10591-019-09514-9

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