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Earlise Ward
Earlise Ward
Professor of Nursing, Faculty Director UW Carbone Cancer Center Health Disparities Initiative, and Faculty Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service

Earlise Ward is a member of the U24 research grant team at UW–Madison. Ward conducts community-based clinical research focused on older African American women’s mental health. Her research examines their beliefs about mental illness, whether these beliefs may serve as barriers to seeking mental health services, and coping behaviors in response to mental illness. This line of research is geared to develop more culturally appropriate and effective mental health interventions for older African American women. Professor Ward’s current research projects have used a life-course perspective and the Common Sense theoretical framework.


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Counseling Psychology
MS, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Guidance and Counseling
BBA, Baruch College, City University of New York; International Marketing