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Ellis C. Dillon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences
UConn Center on Aging
Academic Office Location:
Center on Aging
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-5215
Phone: 860-679-3650

Center on Aging

Curriculum Vitae:

Dr. Dillon is an Assistant Professor in the Center on Aging with a faculty appointment in the Department of Public Health Services. Dr. Dillon received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Diego, and was trained in health services research as a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center and Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. Prior to joining UConn, Dr. Dillon was an Assistant Scientist and health services researcher at Sutter Health, a large healthcare system in the California Bay Area. She uses mixed methods and qualitative research to evaluate how to improve serious illness care and experience for patients and families, especially in the areas of hospice and palliative care, and psychosocial care. Her research also commonly focuses on access to and delivery of mental health care and the psychosocial well-being of patients, families, clinicians and other healthcare workers. She works closely with the Center on Aging team focused on evaluation of innovations in Connecticut Department of Social Services programs for older adults and people with disabilities.

B.A.Cornell UniversitySociology
M.A.University of California, San DiegoSociology
Ph.D.University of California, San DiegoSociology

Post-Graduate Training
PostdoctoralStanford Univ. Clinical Excellence Research Ctr & Palo Alto Med. FoundationFellow, Health Services Research

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
AGING Initiative Multiple Chronic Conditions ScholarAGING Initiative

Dr. Dillon's research focuses on older adults, serious illness, hospice and palliative care, multiple chronic conditions, patient and family experience of illness, shared decision making, mental health, and the psychosocial well-being of patients, family members, other caregivers, and health care workers.

Journal Articles


Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Emergency Presentation as a Novel Indicator of U.S. Cancer Disparities by Patient Race, Ethnicity, and Income LevelPosterNCI Symposium on Cancer Disparities2023Bethesda, MD
Techniques for Overcoming Challenges to Research with Individuals Nearing the End of LifeOtherGerontological Society of America2023Tampa, FL
Holistic Approaches to Aging and Dying and Health Care System ChangeTalkHealth Care Systems Research Network2023Denver, CO
Impact of a New Cancer Journey Companion Social Worker Program on Palliative Care ReferralsTalkHealth Care Systems Research Network2023Denver, CO
Mixed-methods analysis of patient and caregiver experiences of advanced cancer: desire for prognostic information and challenges navigating healthcareTalkHealth Care Systems Research Network2023Denver, CO
Experience of the Prostate Cancer Navigation Program: Is Virtual Navigation Associated with Shared Decision Making and Patient Satisfaction?TalkHealth Care Systems Research Network2023Denver, CO
Analyzing Encounter Note Text to Determine Hospice Care Utilization Patterns at End of Life Among Deceased Advanced Cancer PatientsPosterHealth Care Systems Research Network2023Denver, CO
Hospice Utilization Among Medicaid-Only and Dually Eligible Decedents in ConnecticutLectureGerontological Society of America2022Indianapolis, IN
Clinician Experience with Perioperative Psychosocial Strengths and Challenges Among Older AdultsLectureAmerican Geriatrics Society2022Orlando, FL
The Lived Experience of Geriatric Surgical Patients Who Describe Challenging Postoperative Symptoms: A Qualitative Thematic AnalysisLectureAmerican Geriatrics Society2022Orlando, FL
Clinicians with Caregiving Responsibilities Need More Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results from Two Surveys in a Large Healthcare SystemLectureHealth Care Systems Research Network2022Pasadena, CA
Preoperative Psychosocial Challenges in Older Adults undergoing Major Surgery: A Qualitative StudyPosterAmerican Geriatrics Society2022Orlando, FL
Outcomes of Implementing Universal Suicide Screening among Youth in a Large Integrated Healthcare System’s HospitalsPosterHealth Care Systems Research Network2022Pasadena, CA