Faculty & Staff

Carol Hall Ellenbecker, PhD, RN



Areas of Expertise

Health Services Research, Health Policy


PhD, Brandeis University
MSN, Boston College
BSN, University of New Mexico

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Dr. Ellenbecker’s research has focused on the exploration of health care delivery systems for the purposes of expanding knowledge in the areas of regulation, development and implementation of health policy. Her initial work explored the delivery of home health care services as well as the organizations and individuals involved in delivering services, the changing nature of home health care services, the documentation of care, and the quality of service delivery. Additional research explored managed care and hospital delivery systems, developing mechanisms to evaluate care. Dr. Ellenbecker’s research has emphasized the concept of quality of care and the methods used to assess quality including nurse job satisfaction, retention and work environment. Most recently she is examining PhD Programs in nursing education, their offerings and outcomes. Dr. Ellenbecker’s research expertise includes conducting large surveys with representative samples, instrument development and model testing.  She has contributed to policy on a national level in 2000, Dr. Ellenbecker became a Visiting Professor for the National Association for Home Care at Homecare University in Washington DC and in 2009, and she was awarded an AARP Center to Champion Nursing in America Fellowship, where she contributed to workforce policy.  Her work has implications for improving the work environment and retaining nurses which is necessary for assuring access to and the quality of patient care in the future.

Teaching Expertise
Health Policy Analysis, Nursing Research, Informatics, Community Health