Ellen M. Daley, Ph.D.
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Education and History
Came to USF
B.A. State University of New York, 1976
M.P.H. University of Michigan, 1980
Ph.D. University of South Florida, 2000
Maternal & Child Health
Dr. Ellen Daley, a Professor in Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health has teaching and research interests in women's health, reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections (specifically Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection), adolescent health and health risk-taking behaviors.
These related interests began when Dr. Daley became involved with the Women's Health Movement (WHM) in the early 1970's, and continued through the organization of several women's health centers in New York, Michigan and Florida. A long-time activist and advocate of women's reproductive health rights and equality in research, Dr. Daley is the Co-Director the Center for Transdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health (CTR-WH), an innovative center that was created to assemble teams of investigators, community partners and graduate students to address complex women’s health issues from across disciplines.
Dr. Daley serves as the Chair of the College of Public Health’s Research Committee, and also is a Core Faculty Member of CRUSH, the Collaborative for Research in Understanding Sexual Health, along with Drs. Stephanie Marhefka and Cheryl Vamos. In addition to her research interests, Dr. Daley teaches various graduate level courses in women's health, reproductive health population and community health, and serves as the Certificate Program Director for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Women's Health. This is a program that she developed in conjunction with faculty across the USF campus, encompassing four colleges and 9 departments. Also in conjunction with the colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy in USF Health, Dr. Daley created and supervised a research and training program called The Women's Health Collaborative. This long-standing program brought together teams of graduate students from across disciplines to address health care issues among marginalized and uninsured women.
Dr. Daley has directed several large research projects related to improving women's health issues. From 2002-2005, she directed a study for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that assessed the impact of an HPV-related diagnosis in women who are at increased risk of cervical cancer. She has also directed a large study for the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that assesses the cognitive and emotional responses to an HPV diagnosis in men (R01 CA123346-01). She is currently directing an NIH-funded research project on HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers, and the role of health literacy in the prevention of those cancers. She has planned and implemented innovative research studies that approaches women’s health through the oral/systemic connection of health – a truly transdisciplinary approach that involves collaborators from across USF and other state universities in Florida.
Dr. Daley is the past President of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH) – a national organization that serves as the academic arm of MCH programs across the U.S. ATMCH is dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in teaching among faculty and graduate students. She also sits on national advisory boards for the HPV vaccine and for women’s health curriculum, and on state advisory boards for cancer research and control.