• Hunstman Cancer Institute Investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychology Department
  • Adjunct Professor, Communication
  • Professor, College Of Nursing


  • B.A., Sociology, University of Cincinnati
  • M.S., Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Psychology Internship (APA approved), Psychology, Veteran’s Administration Medical Center; Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Ph.D., Psychology Department-Clinical Psychology, University of Utah
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Family and Preventive Medicine and University Counseling Center , University of Utah


Lee Ellington is a tenured Associate Professor at the College of Nursing, a clinical phychologist, and Hunstman Cancer Institute Investigator.  She teaches in the nursing doctoral program.  Dr. Ellington has an interdisciplinary program of research in family-patient-provider communication.  She has studied interpersonal health communication in a range of health care contexts and among diverse groups of health care providers, including family practice, genetic counseling, poison control, and hospice home care.  Her focus is on the communication mechanisms of interpersonal interactions which predict adherence, coping, health behaviors, psychosocial adjustment.  In particular, she is interested in communication which facilitates the cognitive and emotional processing of health information.

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