College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Ellen G. Levine, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a medical (clinical) psychologist and epidemiologist. She was Director of Psychosocial Oncology Research at California Pacific Medical Center from 1992-2003 and was a Senior Scientist at San Francisco State University (SFSU). She is currently a contributing faculty member at Walden University. She has extensive training and experience in medical psychology and behavioral medicine, and has worked and conducted research with cancer patients for more than 35 years. In 1994 and 1997, she received grants enabling her to develop and conduct a pilot for a spiritual support group for women with metastatic breast cancer and a complementary medicine retreat for low-income women with breast cancer. She was also a co-Principal Investigator a study granted to SFSU on the impact of social support, mood, spirituality and quality of life of breast cancer survivors from different ethnic groups, and was a co-PI on a grant developing and testing a peer support program for African American and Chinese cancer patients. She was also a member of the Member of the Consensus Conference on Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care in 2009, and has written extensively on spirituality, quality of life, racial and ethnic differences in cancer. She is a member of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society where she was director on the Board of Directors, participated in the development of the annual meetings and education, and was the founder and chair of the Spirituality Special Interest Group. She is also a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.