Émilie M. Ellis
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
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|
|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|
|Position||Name of Journal||Year(s)|
|Student reviewer||Journal of Feminist Family Therapy||2019- present|
|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.
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)
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.
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