PhD, Public Health- Health Policy, George Washington University
Cohort Seven Fellow


Academic Mentor
William Dietz, MD, PhD
Professor & Director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention & Wellness at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University

Policy Mentor
Anne De Biasi
Director of Policy Development, Trust for America's Health

Current Institutional Affiliation
Building Community Resilience Collaborative, George Washington University: Director

Areas of Expertise
Equity, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Dynamic Systems Modeling and Public Health policy


Dr. Wendy Ellis is the Director of the Building Community Resilience Collaborative and Networks at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. The Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative and networks are testing and implementing a process based on Dr. Ellis’ research in designing a strategic approach for multiple systems to align resources, programs and initiatives with community based partners to address adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments-- or as Ellis has coined it "The Pair of ACEs". The strengths-based approach is aimed at building the infrastructure to promote resilience in vulnerable communities. At the University of Washington, Dr. Ellis led a study investigating factors associated with disparities in access to mental health care among children in Washington State. Prior to joining George Washington University, she served as Manager of Child Health Policy in Nemours’ National Office of Child Health Policy and Practice in Washington, D.C. In this role, Dr. Ellis led policy research and development efforts in the area of population health, prevention, child behavioral health, toxic stress, and adverse childhood experiences. Dr. Ellis also managed Policy and Communications for the Kresge-funded Moving Health Care Upstream initiative. Previously, she served as Manager of Health Services Research and Health Policy at CSR, Incorporated, a research and technical services firm in Arlington, VA. At CSR, Dr. Ellis led research and policy analysis projects on an array of health services topics including: patient-centered medical homes, access to care issues for children and families, reducing health disparities, and child mental health. She has conducted health promotion activities and program evaluation for the Centers for Disease Control, the National Association of County and City Health Organizations, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration and others.

Dr. Ellis received her PhD from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University in Health Policy. Dr. Ellis holds an MPH from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and a BS from Seattle University.