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Ellen Levine

Ellen Levine

Walden U

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Ellen's work combines: Medicine, Education, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Psychologist Contributing Faculty

I teach graduate students in psychology and conduct research in psychosocial oncology.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Hayward High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Psychology, General

    University of the Pacific

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Sociology, General

    University of the Pacific

  • Graduate Degree

    Health/Medical Psychology

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Doctorate

    Health/Medical Psychology

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Graduate Degree


    University of Alabama at Birmingham

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Psychology, General

Bachelor's Degree: Sociology, General

Graduate Degree: Health/Medical Psychology

Doctorate: Health/Medical Psychology

Graduate Degree: Epidemiology

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Got a degree in medical psychology.

  • 2.

    Did a clinical internship and postdoc in behavioral medicine.

  • 3.

    Networked with other professionals.

  • 4.

    Had a job created for me as Director of Psychosocial Oncology Research.

  • 5.

    Wrote grant proposals and carried out research.

  • 6.

    Started teaching.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    With all of that work you could have become a real doctor. Why not just go into medicine?

  • How I responded:

    I knew that I wouldn't be a good physician because I can't stand blood. I knew I was good at psychology. With support from my father I persevered.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • It's hard to get funding for research. I can't work full time so it's hard to find a job that will let me work 1/2 time.

  • I have lupus and ovarian cancer so I can't work full time. I learned to cope with both and am now working on getting my energy back post chemo so I can work more.