Title: Professor of Instruction
Office: 415E, The Polsky Building
Phone: 330-972-5877
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


Professor Ellis became a full-time member of School of Social Work beginning Fall of 2015. Prior University experience had been as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Social Work at Cleveland State University since 2007.

Overall, he has almost 30 years experience in the field of addictions and mental health. Prior to arriving at UA, his roles included:

  • Clinical Director of two Ohio County Mental Health and Addictions Services Boards;
  • Provider of direct clinical service for persons struggling with addictions & mental illness in hospital, jail, and outpatient settings;
  • Member and former Chair of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

Current and past responsibilities involved: community planning and needs assessments for community behavioral health needs, establishment of funding priorities, launching local coalitions (e.g. Summit County Opiate Task Force, Lorain County Fatherhood Initiative), implementation and evaluation of evidence based interventions (e.g. CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Strengthening Families, Low-dose buprenorphine with counseling), grant writing, and the efficient and effective coordination of services. Other efforts have included the refinement of State rules related to the delivery of addictions treatment, and the enhancement of community college, four year, and graduate curricula relative to addictions and mental illness.

Professor Ellis remains a consultant with the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center in Chicago Illinois, and is on the ATTC National Faculty of Trainers for Contingency Management, Clinical Supervision, Technology Enhanced Clinical Supervision, Trauma Informed Care, and Recovery Oriented Systems of Care. He is a current member of the Ohio Clinical Roundtable, Technical Assistance Consulting Team at the Best Center for Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST Center), and the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (NAADAC).


  • Clinical supervision
  • Healthcare policy
  • Addictions & mental illness
  • Evidence-based clinical practice
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Recovery


  • Motivational interviewing: What, why, and how (Webinar). Great Lakes ATTC. Chicago, IL, September 2016.
  • Opiate epidemic: How did we get here? University of Akron: School of Social Work, September, 2016.
  • Trauma-informed motivational interviewing, ADAMHS Hancock County, OH, October, 2015.
  • Motivational interviewing and supervision, December, 2015.
  • Clinical Supervision. University of Illinois, Jane Addams College of Social Work, Chicago, IL, August, 2015.
  • Using Technology to Enhance Clinical Supervision in Rural Settings. Ohio Opiate Conference, Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health. Authorities, Columbus, OH; Ohio Addiction Studies Institute, Columbus, OH, August, 2015.
  • Technology Enhanced Clinical Supervision for Addiction Professionals. University of Illinois-Chicago, August, 2015.
  • ATTC Training of Trainers: Enhancing Supervision with Technology. Denver, CO, December, 2014.
  • McCarragher, T., Dickey, J., & Ellis, J. (October, 2014). Developing a CBT Training program for MSW Students: A University-Community Collaboration. Council on Social Work Education: 60th Annual Program meeting, Tampa, FL.
  • Clinical Supervision. Ohio Addiction Studies Institute. August, 2012; August, 2014.


  • M.S.W. Cleveland State University
  • B.A. Cleveland State University


  • 7750:646 Social Welfare Policy
  • 7750:663 Psychopathology
  • 7750:665 Supervision