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Ellen Goldstein, PhD, MFT

Assistant Professor

Department of Population Health Nursing Science

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

1044 NURS


845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone:

(312) 355-2790


Ellen Goldstein, PhD, MFT, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Nursing Science in the College of Nursing. Dr. Goldstein obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and PhD in Nursing Science and Health Care Leadership at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California at Davis. She completed her T32 postdoctoral training in Primary Care Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin. Building on her clinical experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with at-risk youth and families, Dr. Goldstein’s research goal is to develop a trauma-informed approach for prenatal care to advance maternal and child health outcomes. As a behavioral and social scientist, Dr. Goldstein’s research is centered on developing and testing the acceptability and effectiveness of trauma-informed interventions that can improve pregnancy outcomes and be delivered adjunct to routine prenatal care. Thus far, her research has taken steps to demonstrate feasibility of adverse childhood experiences (ACE) screening and brief intervention services within community-based clinics serving patients at high risk for health inequities. This research has contributed to a deeper understanding of how to translate a patient’s ACE score into clinical care and address ACE’s impact on mental and physical health in patients served in community clinics. She is co-founder of the National Collaborative on Trauma Informed Health Care Education and Research (TIHCER) whose mission is to advance interprofessional trauma-informed health education across the continuum of learners.

Selected Grants

Center for Health Equity (CHER) Chicago, Reducing Stress-Sensitive Problems among Pregnant Black Women with Childhood Adversity: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Motivational Interviewing and Mental Wellness Skills, Principal Investigator

College of Nursing Dean’s Fund (IRSP), Multi-Level Framework for Trauma-Informed Prenatal Care Implementation, Principal Investigator

National Institutes of Health/NIDA/R34DA050270, Promoting Resilience in Children: Protocol Development for a Birth Cohort Study to Assess Factors Impacting Neurodevelopment, Multi-Principal Investigator

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Funds, Supporting Expectant and New Mothers in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic, Principal Investigator

University of Wisconsin (UW) Institute Clinical Translational Research (ICTR)/Advancing Health Equity and Diversity Pilot Awards (AHEAD)/UL1TR002373, Addressing adverse childhood experiences and health risk behaviors among low-income black primary care patients: Testing feasibility of a motivation-based intervention, Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

Goldstein E., Stillerman A., Jelley M., & McCaw B. (2024). Introduction to the Special Section on Innovations in Trauma-Informed Health Care. Perm J, 28(1), 88-90.

Goldstein E., Chokshi B., Melendez-Torres G.J., Rios A., Jelley M., & Lewis-O’Connor A. (2024). Effectiveness of Trauma-Informed Care Implementation in Health Care Settings: Systematic Review of Reviews and Realist Synthesis. Perm J, 28 (1), 135-150.
Goldstein E., Merrick J. S., Edwards R.C., Zhang Y., Sinche B., Raven J., Krislov S., Robledo D., Brown R. L., Moskowitz J. T., et al. (2024). Personalized Mobile Health-Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Maternal Distress: Examining the Moderating Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Perm J, 28 (1), 111-123.

Lewis-O’Connor A., Linzer P.B., & Goldstein E. (2024). Nurses’ Experience After First Wave of COVID-19: Implications for a Trauma-Informed Workforce. Perm J, 28(1), 124-134.


Goldstein E, & Brown R.L. (2023). Influence of Maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences on Birth Outcomes in American Indian and non-Hispanic White Women. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 48(5), 258-265.


Goldstein E, Bakhireva LN, Nervik K, Hagen S, Turnquist A, Zgierska AE, Marquez LE, McDonald R, Lo J, Chambers C. Recruitment and retention of pregnant women in prospective birth cohort studies: A scoping review and content analysis of the literature. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2021 Mar 22;85:106974.

Goldstein E, Topitzes J, Miller-Cribbs J, Brown RL. Influence of race/ethnicity and income on the link between adverse childhood experiences and child flourishing. Pediatr Res. 2020 Oct 12;

Goldstein E, McDonnell C, Atchley R, Dorado K, Bedford C, Brown RL, Zgierska AE. The Impact of Psychological Interventions on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Pain Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Clin J Pain. 2019 Aug;35(8):703-712.

Publication Aggregators

Service to Community

Guest Editor for Special Section on Innovations in Trauma-Informed Health Care

2022 – 2023                  The Permanente Journal,

Editorial Advisory Board Member

2022 – present              The Permanente Journal,

Professional Leadership

Founding Member, National Collaborative on Trauma Informed Health Care Education and Research;


T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Primary Care Research, University of Wisconsin Family Medicine and Community Health
PhD, University California at Davis School of Nursing, Nursing Science and Health Care Leadership
MA, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, Clinical Psychology
BA, University California at Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies

Licensures and Certifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic #49859)

Professional Memberships

2018 - Present             Founding Member, National Collaborative on Trauma Informed Health Care Education and Research (TIHCER)

2018 - Present             Founding Member, TIHCER-PACEs Connection Community Group

2018 - Present             Founding Member, TIHCER monthly webinar series, (25-35 members regularly in attendance) features the work of TIHCER members followed by discussion.


Selected Presentations

Goldstein E. Differential Effects of a Prenatal Stress Reduction Intervention on Maternal Distress and Resilience by Presence or Absence of Adverse Childhood Experiences. American Academy Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) 70th Annual Meeting in New York City, NY, October 23-28, 2023

Goldstein E., Lewis-O’Connor A. Advancing Trauma-Informed Care in Health Care Settings. Interprofessional Wellness Seminar Series for UI Health & Hospital System – Grand Rounds, March 13, 2024.

Goldstein E., Listening Session for TIHCER’s Future Directions. National Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Health Care Education and Research (TIHCER) Monthly Meeting. March 21, 2024.