Gretchen Ely
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2003
(859) 257-5740
  • Women's Health Disparities
  • Gender Issues
  • Dating and Partner Violence
  • Social Work Education and Ethics
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Dr. Gretchen Ely received her PhD in social work from the University of Tennessee in 2003, her MSW with a concentration in mental health from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998, and a BA with a major in Speech Communication from the University of Tennessee in 1993. Dr. Ely joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in fall 2004. Her research interests are related to women and social justice mainly in the areas of reproductive health and partner violence.

Dr. Ely's recent publications include: “A psychosocial profile of adolescent pregnancy termination patients”, which is currently in press in Social Work in Health Care, and “The abortion counseling experience: A discussion of patient narratives and recommendations for best practices” which was published in the latest edition (Summer 2007) of Best Practices in Mental Health. Dr. Ely has also published in the area of partner violence, has other papers currently in review related to reproductive health, and has presented at national conferences.

Currently, Dr. Ely is partnering with senior faculty in the College of Public Health to work on projects related to health attitudes and behaviors in rural areas, one of which will focus on the attitudes of parents in rural areas towards the HPV vaccine. In addition, Dr. Ely is working with an MSW level independent study student to conduct a study of MSW student attitudes towards reproductive health issues at the UK, Morehead and Hazard campuses. Dr. Ely and a colleague received an internal petite grant from the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women to conduct a study in a family planning clinic related to the relationship between abortion and partner violence. This project is in the final stages of analysis. Dr. Ely also serves on the board of the Sunflower Kids, a Lexington agency that provides court ordered supervised visitation for families who have been affected by family violence.