Julie Ellis, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC

Julie Ellis, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC
Assistant Professor
jellis@uwm.eduCunningham Hall 427
Assistant Professor

Dr. Ellis joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) College of Nursing in 2015 She was previously on the faculty of Columbia College of Nursing. Dr. Ellis is a certified Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist. Prior to teaching, she held roles in long term care and health system leadership. She has served on the Wisconsin Board of Nursing.

She has taught courses on cultural diversity in health care, nursing leadership and gerontological nursing and end of life care. Her area of research focuses on health improvement in African American older adults in central city churches.


PhD Nursing UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Current Research

Medication Self-Management in African American Older Women
120 African American low-income women, community-dwelling with chronic disease. Studying the relationship between medical mistrust, caregiver role strain and medication regimen and medication self-management behaviors with self-efficacy and goal congruence as mediators
Julie Ellis, Christine Kovach

Secondary Analysis of Medication Management in African American clients of a Community Nursing Center
Julie Ellis, Murad H Taani

The meaning of medication self-management to African American older women
Qualitative interviews Content Analysis
Julie Ellis

Intellectual Contributions

Kwak, J., and Ellis, Julie L. “Factors related to advance care planning among older African American women: Age, medication, and acute care visits.” Palliative & Supportive Care.

Ellis, J. L., Kovach, Christine R., Fendrich, Michael, Olutokun, O., Baldwin, V., Ke, W., and Nichols, B. “Factors related to medication self-management in African American older women.” Research in Gerontological Nursing 12.2 (2019): 71-79.

Kovach, Christine R., Ellis, Julie L., and Schiffman, Rachel F. Is assisted self-management a viable concept for individuals with cognitive impairment?. 11.3 Research in Gerontological Nursing, 2018: 116-117.

Ellis, Julie L., and Morzinski, J. A. “Reaching and supporting at-risk community based seniors: Results of a multi-church partnership.” Journal of Community Health 43.5 (2018): 920-928.

Kovach, Christine R., Ellis, Julie, and Evans, Crystal-Rae. “Patterns of new physical problems emerging in long-term care residents with dementia.” Journal of Gerontological Nursing 43.8 (2017): 25-32.