Elaine Willerton, PhD

Core Faculty, School of Marriage & Family Sciences

ewillerton@ncu.eduElaine Willerton

Areas of Expertise:

  • Marriage & family therapy
  • Medical family therapy
  • Military families


  • Ph.D., Purdue University    
  • M.S., Texas Tech University               
  • B.S.,  Abilene Christian University

Dissertation Title:

Trajectories of relationship functioning and psychological well-being of U.S. Military Service Members during and after deployment

Selected Publications:

  • “Military fathers’ perspectives on involvement,” Journal of Family Psychology (2011)
  • “Medical family therapy with Latinos,” Families, Systems and Health (2008)
  • “Ambiguous Absence, Ambiguous Presence: A Qualitative Study of Military Reserve Families in War Time.” Journal of Family Psychology, (2008)

Professional Experience:

  • Senior Research Scientist , Purdue University, Military Family Research Institute 
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Family Medicine Residency Research Coordinator, Chicago Center for Family Health

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