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Faith Ellis
M.S. Student, MFT


B.S. Applied Psychology (minors in Human Development & Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Montana State University, 2020

Research interests
• Sexual health in couples
• Relationship dynamics in LGBTQ+ populations
• Romantic debut in adolescents

Ellis, F. (2020, March). “Both have to work hard”: Perceived gender roles in heterosexual adolescent romantic relationships. Oral presentation at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research, Bozeman, MT. (Event cancelled due to COVID-19).

Ellis, F., Haugo, A., & Vaterlaus, J. M. (2019, April). Relationship expectations in high school dating relationships. Poster presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Convention, Denver, CO.

Research projects
Relationships and Health Lab Coordinator and Research Assistant for Josh Novak, Ph.D.

Ronald E. McNair Scholar

Fun Facts
Any lessons learned?
My grandpa used to always say “100 pounds of flour makes a mighty big biscuit.” I always wondered what it meant until I realized he was just pointing out something obvious. Moral of the story: sometimes the answer you’re looking for is simple and right in front of your face.

Favorite quotes/sayings?
“Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.” - Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

If you could study any random thing other than HDFS/MFT, what would it be?
I would definitely study marine biology with a specific focus on octopi (that’s the plural, right?) because they’re so weird and cool. If there were to be aliens on Earth, I’ve always believed they would live in the ocean.

What advice would you offer to someone thinking about graduate school?
I almost didn’t even apply to graduate school because I didn’t think my application would be competitive enough, yet here I am. So my advice to you is if feeling like you’re not good enough is what’s holding you back, take a deep breath and try anyway. You never know what amazing opportunities you are missing out on if you’re too scared to pursue them! Even if it doesn’t initially work out, there is always the option to develop more and try again. This is applicable to graduate school, but also anything else in life.