Dr. Ellis is a tenured professor of Counselor Education and Supervision on the faculty of the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois.
Dr. Ellis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rider College and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Services from Rider University located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. While a student at Rider University in graduate school, Dr. Ellis earned the honor of receiving the Lincoln Scott Walter award in Counseling in the spring of 1996. Dr. Ellis completed his formal education by completing his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from The Curry School of Education at The University of Virginia in the Spring of 2000. While a doctoral student, Dr. Ellis received the honor of being awarded The William Van Hoose award in Counselor Education from The Curry Foundation at The University of Virginia. Dr. Ellis completed his dissertation in three years by focusing on the Self-Concept Development of Low Income, Urban, African American Adolescents.
Dr. Ellis has led the life of a citizen soldier. Dr. Ellis, at the age of 17, joined the US Army. He began his 20 years of service, Dr. Ellis served as an enlisted man on active duty, earned a Green to gold scholarship, earned a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and completed his time in service as a Captain in the Quartermaster corps. Dr. Ellis received many decorations for his duty to the U.S. Army. Dr. Ellis retired from service in the summer of 2004.
Dr. Ellis’ professional career involves tenure track and tenured service to the professoriate. He has served on faculty teaching, advising, and directing students and research concerning professional counseling, diversity, group work and treatment outcomes. His scholarly output involves addiction studies, racial studies, counselor training and social/diversity commentary. In addition to Dr. Ellis’ academic pursuits, he has a 20 year history of counseling, treating and developing scholarly articles on addiction as it relates to drug of choice, minority populations and treatment modalities. Dr. Ellis is a member of and serves as the Chief faculty advisor for Chi Sigma Iota, an International Honor Society for Professional Counselors.
Dr. Ellis’ scholarly publications involve social justice, relationships of African Americans, relapse and relapse prevention, race and racial identity development. Scholarly presentation covers the range of topics and have been illuminated at the American Counseling Association, Alexander Street Press, and numerous universities across the United States, Nepal, England and Thailand.
Dr. Ellis is an advocate for adolescent development, addiction recovery, the political fallout from mixing race and politics, African American history, education, love and relationships. Dr. Ellis is also an energetic speaker and uses his Minister abilities to engage with and motivate and audience. Audiences will leave his speeches informed and energized to get involved and make a difference in the lives of others.
RESEARCH & SCHOLARLY WORK SUBMITTED (S) AND IN PREPARATION (IP)
Ellis, Cyrus M. (In Press). Conducting a Structured Observation. In Bradley Erford’s (Ed) The Professional school counselor’s handbook (2nd Ed). New York: Longman Press.
Ellis, Cyrus M. (In Press). Helping students with HIV and other health problems. In Bradley Erford’s (Ed) The Professional school counselor’s handbook (2nd Ed). New York: Longman Press.
21st Century Learning Program for Family Support and Family Enrichment
(Fall 2003 to Spring 2004)
This program was part of the No Child Left Behind legislation and grant awarded to GSU’s Family Development Center. There were specific benefits afforded to the children participating in the program. Children participating in this program benefited by being able to receive (a) academic tutoring in reading, math, literature, and science, (b) develop new and creative ways of expressing themselves through art and drama, (c) develop technical skills through computer science activities, (d) participate in and develop various recreational activities such as swimming, and (e) work hand in hand with their family of origin to develop stronger family ties and emotional support.
The parent education component of the project emphasized parent participation throughout the program by creating unique family time and activities and psycho-educational group information sessions for parents and/or significant adult members of the children’s family. Parents participated in the program (six to eight weeks) covering topics such as (a) effective parenting, (b) supporting your child’s educational goals, (c) anger management (adult and child), (d) health, wellness and nutrition, (e) personal and child safety,(f) improving family literacy,(g) communal advocacy and (h) strengthening family ties.
Graduate students enrolled in the Group Practicum course assisted in the facilitation of the groups. This was a joint project between the counseling program at Governors State University and the Governors State University Family Development Center.
Ellis, Cyrus M. (2013). No one gets left behind. In Jeffrey A. Kottler’s, Matt Englar-Carlson’s and Jon Carlson’s (Eds) Helping beyond the 50 minute hour: Therapists involved in meaningful social action (pp. 177 – 185). New York: Routledge Press
Dunham, S. & Ellis, C.M. (2010). Restoring intimacy with African American couples. In J. Carlson’s and L. Sperry’s Recovering Intimacy in Love Relationships: A clinician’s guide (pp 295 – 316). New York; Routledge Press.
Ellis, Cyrus M. & Carlson, J. (2009). Cross cultural awareness and social justice in counseling. New York: Routledge Press.
Ellis, Cyrus M. & Carlson, J. (2009). The next step. In Cyrus M. Ellis’ and Jon Carlson’s (Eds) Cross cultural awareness and social justice in counseling (pp. 301 -306). Routledge Press: New York, New York.
Ellis, Cyrus M. (2008). It’s all gumbo to me: Examining the world through the metaphor of gumbo: SE. Lulu Press: Chicago, IL.
Starkey, D & Ellis, Cyrus M. (January, 2006). Counseling and the Counseling Process. In Bradley Erford’s (Ed) Introduction to Counseling. New York: Allyn and Bacon.
Akos, P. & Ellis, C.M. (2006). Racial Identity Development in Middle School: A Case for School Counselor Individual and Systemic Intervention. Journal of Counseling andDevelopment.
Carlson, J. & Ellis, C.M. (2004). Treatment agreement and relapse prevention strategies In couple and family therapy. The Family Journal, 12, 352-357.
Ellis, Cyrus Marcellus (2004). Putting race on the table: Counselors addressing race. Journal of Human Growth and Development, 37, 1-10.
Ellis, Cyrus M. (2004). I Shall Not Be Moved: Teaching race in a
multiethnic classroom. In Darrell Cleveland’s (Ed) Broken Silence: Conversations about Race By African American Faculty and Students On the Journey to the Professoriate. New York: Wadsworth Publishing.
Ellis, Cyrus M. (2004). Conducting a Structured Observation. In Bradley Erford’s The Professional school counselor’s handbook. New York: Longman Press.
Ellis, Cyrus M. (2004). Helping students with HIV and other health problems.
In Bradley Erford’s The Professional school counselor’s handbook. New York: Longman Press.
Ellis, Cyrus M. (2004). Book Review: Fighting for your African American Marriage. The Family Journal, 12, 101-102.
Colmore, O.M., Ellis, Cyrus M. & Ford, T. (2003). An Examination of
Amphetamine Use among Female College Students. Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse, 2, 35-52.
Ellis, Cyrus M. (2002). Reverberations: Brothers of the Academy. Journal of Critical Inquiry Into Curriculum and Instruction, 4, 43.
Ellis, C.M. (2002). Examining the pitfalls facing African American males. In Lee Jones (Ed.) Making It on Broken Promises: African American Male Scholars Confront the Culture of Higher Education. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
Ellis, C. M. (2002, March). Why is Recovery from Substance Abuse So Difficult? Published Through the Counseling Corner of the American Counseling Association.
Ellis, C.M. (2000, November). How cultural diversity affects predominately white towns. [Letter to Dignity, Development, and Diversity]. ACA Counseling Today, p.25
PAPERS PRESENTED AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
Ellis, Cyrus M. (January, 2015). Community Psychology to address addiction prevention. Two day, eight hour workshop in Kaen Kan, Thailand.
Ellis, Cyrus M. (January, 2015). Sustaining NCD through positive psychology. Chang Mai Government hospital, Chang Rai, Thailand.
Ellis, Cyrus M. (January, 2010). Social Justice and the culture of being American. Guest lecture at Thamasatt University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Ellis, Cyrus M. (January, 2005). Counseling skills and its use in medical facilities. Paper presented to the Royal Family’s Ministry of Health, Chitwan, Nepal.
Ellis, Cyrus M. (January, 2003). Urban Athletics’ health, education and sports program. Paper presented at the 1st Annual International Education Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING INSTITUTES
A = Accepted R= Refereed I= Invited
(R) Ellis, Cyrus M. (2008, April). Learning In the Home and at the School House: Explicit and Implicit Learning from the Living Room to the Classroom. All day Learning Institute for The White Privilege Conference (9) Springfield, MA.
(R) Ellis, Cyrus M. (2008, March). Time to roll up our sleeves: Introducing the A-P-C Approach to address issues in economically challenged communities. Eight hour Pre-convention Learning Institute for the American Counseling Association’s National Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
(A/R) Ellis, Cyrus M. & Snow, T.K. (2005, March). Putting race on the table: Assisting Counselors address race. Pre-convention All Day Learning Institute for the American Counseling Association’s National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
(A/R) Ellis, Cyrus M. (2003, March). Counselor Education Training: The Three Bracket Approach. Pre-convention Learning Institute for the American Counseling Association’s National Conference, Anaheim, California.
PAPERS PRESENTED & ACCEPTED AT NATIONAL CONFERENCES
A = Accepted R= Refereed I= Invited
(R) Ellis, Cyrus M. (2005, October). Social justice and advocacy. Panel presentation at the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors National Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(R) Coker, A., Ellis, C., Bryant, R., Holcomb-McCoy, C., Bradley, C., Rush, L.C., & Butler, K. (2005, March). A Roundtable discussion on HIV/AIDS and the African American Community: How can counseling be used address the Issue? Panel presentation at The American Counseling Association’s National Conference, Atlanta, GA.
(A/R) Ellis, Cyrus M. (2004, March). Children, Risky Behavior & HIV: School and Community Counselors Collaborating to Make a Difference. Convention Education Session for the American Counseling Association’s National Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.
(A/I) Ellis, Cyrus M. (2003, October). Lead Moderator: Successful Tips for Creating Success in College for People of Color. Think Tank Module for the Brothers of the Academy National Think Tank/Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
(A/I) Ellis, Cyrus M. (2003, October). Lead Moderator: Rejuvenating the Black Community: Education, Wealth and Mental Health. Think Tank Module for the Brothers of The Academy National Think Tank/Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
(A/R) Ellis, Cyrus M. (2003, March). Multiculturalism: Examining the Pitfalls of African American Males. Paper presentation for the American Counseling Association, Anaheim, California.
(A/R) Moore, James L. III, Ellis, Cyrus M. (2003, March). Speaking Truth to the Power Structure: A Town Meeting with Up and Coming African Americans. Panel presentation for the American Counseling Association, Anaheim, California.
(A/R) Colmore, Octavia M., Ellis, Cyrus M. & Moore, James L. III (2003, March). Women of Color and Substance Abuse. Paper presentation for the American Counseling Association Anaheim, California.