Charlie Pitre Hoy-Ellis portrait
  • Assistant Professor, College Of Social Work
  • Faculty Research Affiliate , W. D. Goodwill Initiatives on Aging , University of Utah, College of Social Work
  • Faculty Affiliate, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program , Con Nursing

Research Summary

My research is focused on the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) populations, particularly mid-life and older adults. Understanding and addressing the social determinants of population health disparities (i.e., the causes of the cause)and downstream bio-psycho-social-spiritual-behavioral issues is critical to working toward health equity among marginalized groups.


  • PhD, School of Social Work/Social Welfare, University of Washington, Seattle. Project: The Mental Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults: Do Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Play Differential Roles?
  • MSW Clinical/Contextual Practive, School Of Social Work, University of Washington. Project: The Lazarus Syndrome: Gay Men, HIV/AIDS, & Life after Death
  • BA, Psychology (Honors), College of Arts & Sciences, Seattle University. Project: Type-A Behavior Pattern & Ego Development


Charles P. Hoy-Ellis received his Bachelor's in Honors Psychology at Seattle University (2002), and his Masters in Clinical/Contextual Social Work (2004). and Doctorate in Social Welfare (2015) at the University of Washington, Seattle. He joined the faculty at the University of Utah, College of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in 2015.

Dr. Hoy-Ellis' research on the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority (SGM) people and communities is recognized nationally and internationally. He is a Co-Investigator with the Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging & Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS), and a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Fellow at the University of Utah's College of Nursing.