gretchen ely

Gretchen Ely

Associate Professor

“Women in particular face unique challenges in terms of access to healthcare, making them vulnerable to negative health outcomes. My research is focused on examining and addressing barriers to healthcare for women and other vulnerable groups, with the goal of making healthcare accessible to everyone.”

Contact Information

657 Baldy Hall
Amherst, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-1243
Fax: 716-645-3456

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Contact Information

657 Baldy Hall, Amherst, NY 14260 (view map)
Phone: 716-645-1243; Fax: 716-645-3456


  • PhD, Social Work, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2003)
  • MSW, Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis (1998)
  • BA, Speech Communication, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1993)

Professional/Research Interests

Health disparities; sexual and reproductive health; cancer prevention; partner violence; social justice; social work education


Gretchen Ely’s teaching interests include policy, with research exploring policy in addition to health disparities, behavioral and physical health related to intimate partnerships, and social justice. She is a member of the Council on Social Work Education, the Society for Social Work and Research, and the Social Work in Health Inequities Network. Ely’s publications are in the area of women’s health disparities, reproductive health disparities and gender issues. Most recently, she co-authored "Effectiveness of a patient navigation intervention increase adherence to follow-up recommendations for women with abnormal Pap tests in Appalachian Kentucky" for the inaugural edition of Health Behavior & Policy Review. She also serves as a member of the editorial board for Social Work in Public Health, along with acting as a manuscript reviewer for several other publications, and is a and founding advisory board member for Social Workers for Reproductive Justice (SWRJ).