Deborah A. Ellis (ab5112)

University information

Title: Professor
Unit: Family Medicine
Department: School of Medicine

Contact information

Integrative Biosciences Building
Behavioral Health
6135 Woodward Ave
Detroit, 48202

Faculty Senate / Executive Committee

Title: Member-at-large (2026)

 Professor (Research Educator), tenured

Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences

Office Address:

6135 Woodward
iBio Building

Office Phone:


Deborah A. Ellis

Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences

Administrative Title: Professor
Office Address:

IBio Behavioral Health (H206)
6135 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

Office Phone: 313-577-1055

Deborah A. Ellis, Ph.D. is Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences in the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Director for the Division of Behavioral Sciences. A pediatric psychologist by training, her research focuses upon developing behavioral interventions to improve health outcomes among adolescents with chronic medical conditions such as type 1 diabetes. Her work also focuses on developing culturally competent interventions for youth of color and their families. She currently serves as director of the Community Engagement Core of the NIMHD-funded P50 ACHIEVE Greater Center, which aims to reduce cardiometabolic health disparities among Black adults and associated lifespan inequality. Her research has been published in top-tier journals such as Diabetes Care, Pediatrics and Health Psychology and she has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for the past 20 years.

Please see Dr. Ellis' CV

Education Training:

Ph.D., Child/Family Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University
Fellowship, Pediatric Psychology, Children's Hospital of Michigan

Deborah A. Ellis

Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio)

Honorific: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Deborah A. Ellis

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