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Faculty - Teresa Judge-Ellis

Teresa Judge-Ellis
Associate Professor (Clinical)
428 CNB

DNP, University of Tennessee
MSN, Pacific Lutheran University
BSN, Saint Louis University

  • General psychiatry
  • Mental health in the primary care setting
  • Unexplained physical symptoms (somatization)
  • Cultural competence for health care professionals
  • Rural primary health care

Teresa (Tess) Judge-Ellis received an MSN from Pacific Lutheran University (Family Nurse Practitioner) in 1996 and completed her DNP (with a post-grad Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner emphasis) from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in May 2008. Dr. Judge-Ellis has been on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Nursing (UI CON). From 1999-2011 she served as the FNP program coordinator. In 2007, the UI FNP program was ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report. Her teaching responsibilities are primarily with the graduate nurse practitioner and DNP programs.

In 2013, Dr. Judge-Ellis was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Judge-Ellis is nationally board certified in family practice and psychiatry/mental health. She practices two days per week in a rural primary care clinic and one day per week in a private psychiatric office. Her interests include general psychiatry, all aspects of mental health care in the primary care setting, medically unexplained physical symptoms (somatization), family practice and cultural competence in health care providers. In 2005, Dr. Judge-Ellis was awarded the Friends of Iowa Civil Rights, Inc. Individual Award and the Catalyst Award from the University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity in recognition for her leadership efforts towards developing cultural competence and the elimination of health disparity. 

Dr. Judge-Ellis has served as President-elect, President and Past President for the Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society (INPS). She was a leader in the formation of a state NP policy and legislative committee that coordinates legislative efforts and employs a lobbyist on behalf of Iowa NPs. She also served as an active member of this committee from 2000-2004. Dr. Judge-Ellis served as a board member for the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and has attended national leadership conferences through both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner, the American College of Nurse Practitioners and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

Dr. Judge-Ellis is an associate lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc. Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc. is an NP-owned company dedicated to helping nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses achieve certification and maintain professional competence by providing live continuing education seminars, including NP Certification Exam Review to more than 60,000 NPs throughout North America. Presentations include the NP Certification Exam Review and Advanced Practice Update for Psychiatric Mental Health NPs. Dr. Judge-Ellis developed and delivers the FHEA psychiatric nurse practitioner review course.