Dr. Averett received a PhD in clinical psychology from Duke University and a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Prior to joining the University of Kansas faculty in 2004, Dr. Averett was engaged in consulting and clinical practice. As a provider in our health care system, she has practiced in a number of settings including private practice, a managed care group model HMO, state and private hospitals, a college counseling center and as a supervisor at a psychology internship training site.
In the Department of Health Policy and Management, Dr. Averett teaches the foundation course, the U.S. Health Care System. She also teaches Health Services Ethics and co-teaches Health Services Research Methods.
Dr. Averett's consulting and research interests include health communications, public health education and disease prevention, health-related behavioral change, training long-term care workers in communication and leadership skills, quality improvement methods in health care organizations and public health systems. Recent publications of hers appear in the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases and in the American Journal of Health Behavior.
Dr. Averett's professional service includes being a board member and chair of the Research and Evaluation section of the Kansas Public Health Association; an examiner with the Kansas Award for Excellence, the Malcolm Baldrige-based quality award program for the State of Kansas; and a member of Academy Health and the American Society for Quality.
Ellen P. Averett, PhD, MHSA