Ellen DeVoe is a nationally recognized expert in trauma and families. She is interested in developing and disseminating community-driven and culturally responsive prevention and intervention programs to mitigate the impact of violence exposure on families and children. Her work has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For more than a decade, DeVoe has directed the Strong Families Strong Forces program, an intervention research project funded by the Department of Defense focused on developing a parenting program to support military parents with very young children throughout cycles of deployment and reintegration.
At BUSSW, DeVoe served as director of Trauma & Violence specialization and the inaugural director of the PhD Program in Social Work. At the national level, DeVoe is a member of the consensus study team for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Strengthening the Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society. In 2019, DeVoe contributed to two policy briefs for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Center for Child Policy. She also was an invited member of two Council of Social Work Education’s Curriculum Task Forces on Military Social Work and Trauma-Informed Care.