Ellen P. Averett, PhD, MHSA
Professor and MHSA Program Director
PhD, Duke University
MHSA, University of Kansas
Dr. Ellen Averett is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and MHSA Program Director at the University Of Kansas School of Medicine. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University and subsequently a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the Health Policy and Management faculty in 2004, Dr. Averett practiced clinical psychology consultation and supervision for over 20 years in various settings including private practice, a managed care group model HMO, state and private hospitals, and a college counseling center and psychology internship training site. In the Department of Health Policy and Management, Dr. Averett has taught Health Systems, Health Services Ethics, Research Inquiry to Support Evidence-Based Practice, Health and Social Behavior, Instructional Methods in Health Services Education, and Health Care and Social Policies in Sweden and Finland.
Dr. Averett's consulting and research interests include health communications, public health education and disease prevention, health-related behavior change, health system ethics, the impact of hospital ethics committees, training long-term care workers in communication and leadership skills, quality improvement methods in health care organizations and public health systems, and evaluation and survey research. Her publications have appeared in Emerging Infectious Diseases, American Journal of Health Behavior, Cancer Control, Journal of Environmental Health and the Journal of Disability Policy Studies. She has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Health Administration Education.
Dr. Averett is the Immediate Past President of the Kansas Public Health Association, and a member of the Science Board of the American Public Health Association. Additionally, she serves on the board of a grant funding organization, the Menorah Legacy Foundation. She is past chair of the Ethics Faculty Network in the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and a former member of the KU Hospital Ethics Committee. She has served as an examiner with the Kansas Award for Excellence, the Malcolm Baldrige-based quality award program for the State of Kansas. Her other memberships include Academy Health, KUMC's Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS), the American Society for Quality and the American Public Health Association.