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Ellen Volpe, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
200 Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079



  • NIH Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (“Research on Vulnerable Women, Children & Families”), Center for Health Equity Research, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, 2010-2012
  • PhD, Health Practice Research, University of Rochester, School of Nursing, 2010
  • MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, Vanderbilt University, 1997
  • BS, Biology (Anthropology minor), Wake Forest University, 1994

Areas of Research

Dating violence | Relationship power | Adolescent Risk Behaviors | Physical and mental health | Health care disparities/health equity

Teaching Responsibilities

Human Sexuality Research
Evaluating Research Evidence


Brawner, B. M., Volpe, E. M., Stewart, J. M., & Gomes, M. M. (2013). Attitudes and beliefs toward biobehavioral research participation: Voices and concerns of urban adolescent females receiving outpatient mental health Treatment. Annals of Human Biology, 40(6), 485-95. doi:10.3109/03014460.2013.806590

Volpe, E. M., Hardie, T., Cerulli, C., Sommers, M. M., & Morrison-Beedy, D. (2013). What’s age got to do with it? Partner age difference, power, intimate partner violence, and sexual risk in urban adolescents. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(10), 2068-2087.

Naylor, M. A., Volpe, E. M., Lustig, A., Thompson, H. K., Melichar, L., & Pauly, M. (2013). Linkages between nursing and the quality of patient care: A 2-year comparison. Medical Care, 51, S6-S14.

Volpe, E. M., Hardie, T., & Cerulli, C. (2012). Relationships among power, dating violence victimization and aggression and depression in urban, adolescent girls. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 41(4), 506-518.

Hocking, M. C., Hobbie, W. L., Deatrick, J. A., Lucas, M. S., Szabo, M. M., Volpe, E. M., & Barakat, L. P.  (2011). Neurocognitive and family functioning and quality of life among young adult survivors of childhood brain tumors. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 25(6), 942-962.

Fiscella, K., Volpe, E. M., Winters, P., Brown, M., Adris, A., & Harren, T. (2010). A novel approach to quality improvements for chronic disease in primary care: An RCT of concurrent peer review visits. Journal of National Medical Association, 102(12), 1231-1236.

Volpe, E. M., Nelson, L. E., Kraus, R. A., & Morrison-Beedy, D. (2007). Adaptation and refinement of the HIV knowledge questionnaire for use with adolescent girls. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 18(5), 57-63.

Carroll, J., Epstein, R., Fiscella, K., Gipson, T., Volpe, E., & Jean-Pierre, P. (2007). Caring for Somali women: Implications for clinician-patient communication. Patient Education and Counseling, 66(3), 337-345.

Carroll, J., Epstein, R., Fiscella, K., Volpe, E., Diaz, K., & Omar, S. (2007). Knowledge and beliefs about health promotion and preventative health care among Somali women in the United States. Health Care for Women International, 2(4), 360-380.

Morrison-Beedy, D., Nelson, L. E., & Volpe, E. (2005). HIV testing and risk behaviors in adolescent girls: Evidence for clinical practice. Pediatric Nursing, 31, 508-512.

Honors and Awards

  • KL2 Program Mentored Career Development Award, Clinical and Translational Science Award, 2015
  • Dissertation Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Xi, 2010
  • Katharine M. Donohoe Scholarly Nurse Practitioner Award, 2009
  • Loretta Ford Scholarship, 2003-2005
  • Valerie Potter Academic Scholarship, 1996-1997
  • Kathleen S. Nelson Academic Scholarship, 1995-1996
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