Ellyn Leighton-Herrmann, PhD

Ellyn is a Senior Staff Associate at Columbia University Medical Center’s Division of Stroke at the Neurological Institute. She manages the day-to-day activities of two federal research grants focused on stroke disparities funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Both of these research projects, one adult-centered and the other child-centered, target the public’s awareness of stroke symptoms and stroke prevention through entertainment-enhanced health education. Ellyn holds a Ph.D. in Social and Behavior Health from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her M.A. in Psychological Sciences with a concentration in Clinical Research at James Madison University in 2010. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Human, Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise with a concentration in Dietetics from Virginia Tech in 2008. She has a broad background in social science research, including adolescent psychology, women’s physical and mental health as well as obesity and cancer screening. In her spare time, Ellyn enjoys spending time outdoors, running, reading and baking.