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Ellen Levine

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Ellen Levine is a clinical (medical) psychologist and epidemiologist. She received her Ph.D. in medical psychology from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1990 and her M.P.H. in epidemiology in 1988. After an internship and postdoc at two Veterans Administration medical centers (Palo Alto and Martinez, CA) she was the project coordinator for the Stress and Health study at the University of California-San Francisco. She then moved to the California Pacific Medical Center where she was the Director of Psychosocial Oncology Research for 12 years. In 2006 she became one of the two first scientists in the Biobehavioral Research Center at San Francisco State University and is a founding member of the cancer Health Disparities Research group there. Since 2008 she has been an adjunct faculty member in the Health Psychology Program at Walden University where she teaches statistics, research design, health psychology, gerontology, psychopharmacology, and serves as a mentor for dissertation students. From 2010-2014 she served as a clinical supervisor in the Health Psychology program and as the research coordinator for all of the psychology programs at Alameda Health System Highland Medical Center in Oakland, CA. Her specialties and research interests are in psychosocial oncology, spirituality, coping, health disparities, and autoimmune diseases. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (where she founded the Spirituality Special Interest Group, and has been on the annual conference committee), as well as a member of the International Psychosocial Oncology Society, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and National Association of Professional Women. A native Californian, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her permanent and foster cats. In her spare time she volunteers at her local animal shelter and is a vice-president of Maine Coon Rescue, a national rescue for Maine Coon cats.

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