Stephanie Ezell

2016 cohort, University of Illinois at Chicago
Stephanie Ezell, MS, MPH, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in research centered on end of life care for vulnerable populations, healthcare disparities, and the influence of war and violence on public health. She hopes to focus on the correlates of trauma and impact on mental health in each of these areas.

In 2016, she earned dual MS, MPH degrees in the College of Nursing and School of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago with concentrations in advanced population health and community health sciences. Earlier, she earned a BA in psychology from Texas Woman’s University.

For the past four years, while completing her masters’ degrees, she has worked as a staff nurse at the Marshak Family Hospice CareCenter, an inpatient hospice unit in Glenview, IL. The work involves caring for patients at the ends of their lives, who require 24 hour nursing, medical management, and psycho-social support for acute symptoms associated with terminal diagnoses and end of life processes. In 2013, as a Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellow, she designed and led a yearlong service project, guiding older adults to better understand the connection between physical and mental health and to develop stronger meaning and purpose in their lives. While preparing for nursing school, she worked as an instructor at Misericordia in Chicago with adults with profound intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to nursing, she was a secondary teacher and grant writer at two alternative schools in Dallas, TX. She focused on helping students overcome academic challenges, address health concerns, and develop resiliency in response to the effects of learning differences, mental health issues, and community responses to diversity in sexual orientation and gender expression and identity.

Ezell lives in Chicago, IL.