• Hunstman Cancer Institute Investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • 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 Professor at the College of Nursing, a clinical psychologist, and a Huntsman Cancer Institute Investigator. She holds the Robert S. and Beth M. Carter Endowed Chair and is the Director of the Family Caregiving Initiative. Dr. Ellington has an interdisciplinary program of research in family-patient-provider communication. Her primary interest is in meeting the health and well-being needs of family caregivers of advance cancer patients through communication processes.  She is the PI of an R01 Cancer Caregiver Interactions with the Hospice Team: Implications for End of Life and Bereavement Outcomes (RNR016249). She has studied interpersonal health communication in a range of health care contexts, including primary care, genetic counseling, poison control, and hospice home care.  Her focus is on the interpersonal communication mechanisms which predict health and psychosocial adjustment.

Dr. Ellington also Co-Directs the T32 Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer, Caregiving and End-of-Life Care (T32NR013456) . Her primary teaching responsibilities are in the nursing PhD program. She mentors pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and junior faculty who have a research interest in family caregiving.

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