Ellen Goldstein, MFT, PhD
Department of Population Health Nursing Science
Building & Room:
845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612
Ellen Goldstein, MFT, PhD 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 perinatal 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 perinatal 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. Dr. Goldstein 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. As Co-Investigator with the University of Wisconsin team on the NIH/NIDA-funded Healthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) Study, Dr. Goldstein is leading recruitment efforts for a nationwide longitudinal birth cohort study that investigates effects of environmental and biological factors on early child development spanning in utero through 10 years of age.
National Institutes of Health/NIDA/U01DA21020, Healthy Brain and Child Development National Consortium, Co-Investigator
National Institutes of Health/NIDA/R34DA050270, Promoting Resilience in Children: Protocol Development for a Birth Cohort Study to Assess Factors Impacting Neurodevelopment, Co-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
Goldstein E, Nervik K, Hagen S, Hilliard F, Turnquist A, Bakhireva LN, McDonald R, Ossorio PN, Lo J, Zgierska AE. A socioecological framework for engaging substance-using pregnant persons in longitudinal research: Multi-stakeholder perspectives. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2021 May 21;87:106997.
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, Benton SF, Sarino KP. Evaluation of a Motivation-Based Intervention to Reduce Health Risk Behaviors among Black Primary Care Patients with Adverse Childhood Experiences. Perm J. 2020 Nov;24:1-9.
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; doi.org/10.1038/s41390-020-01188-6.
Goldstein, E., Benton, S.F., Barrett, B. Health Risk Behaviors and Resilience Among Low-Income, Black Primary Care Patients: Qualitative Findings From a Trauma-Informed Primary Care Intervention Study. Fam Community Health. 2020;43(3):187-99.
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.
Goldstein E, Topitzes J, Birstler J, Brown RL. Addressing adverse childhood experiences and health risk behaviors among low-income, Black primary care patients: Testing feasibility of a motivation-based intervention. Gen Hosp Psychiatry.2019 Jan – Feb;56:1-8.
Goldstein E, Topitzes J, Brown RL, Barrett B. Mediational pathways of meditation and exercise on mental health and perceived stress: A randomized controlled trial. J Health Psychol. 2018 May 1;1359105318772608.
Goldstein E, Murray-García J, Sciolla AF, Topitzes J. Medical Students’ Perspectives on Trauma-Informed Care Training. Perm J. 2018;22:17-126.
Goldstein E, Athale N, Sciolla AF, Catz SL. Patient Preferences for Discussing Childhood Trauma in Primary Care. Perm J. 2017;21:16-055.
Co-Founder, National Collaborative on Trauma Informed Health Care Education and Research
2020, William E. Scheckler Award for Outstanding Research Publication, University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
2019, William E. Scheckler Award for Outstanding Research Publication, University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Licensures and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic #49859)