Research Mentor: Wes Ely, M.D. M.P.H.
Jo Ellen, MD, MPH is currently an Instructor in Psychiatry in Vanderbilt's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and specializes in Psychosomatic Medicine and is a 3rd year VA Quality Scholar at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) Nashville campus. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in general adult Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. Jo Ellen completed her medical degree (M.D.) at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2009, and both her adult psychiatry residency in 2013 (where she served as chief resident of Inpatient Psychiatry from 2012 - 2013) and her Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship (from 2013 - 2014) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Following her clinical fellowship, Jo Ellen completed a MPH (Epidemiology track) at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, graduating in 2016. Her research mentor is Wes Ely, MD MPH and their research interests include studying catatonia and it's association with delirium in critical illness, as well as exploring risk factors leading to catatonia and resulting outcomes from catatonia in critical illness.
Vanderbilt was an obvious choice given it's reputation for excellence in clinical care and leadership in quantitative and translational research. Staying at Vanderbilt allows me the opportunity to continue my prospective cohort study of critically ill patients and to receive excellent mentorship from Dr. Ely and the rest of my research group (ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group) as well as the space to learn the advanced epidemiologic and biostatistics skills I need to move the science further.