Godfrey Ellis

Chair, counseling psychology

Professor, counseling psychology


Old Main 412
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503


Dr. Ellis has over 40 years of experience teaching family studies and/or family therapy in a university setting. Despite this length of time, his commitment, enthusiasm, and love of both teaching and learning has never wavered. He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Washington. He has also served as a national Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor for over 35 years.

Dr. Godfrey Ellis also sets a model of a Scientist-Practitioner. Over the course of his clinical career, he has also published over 60 refereed journal articles, several book chapters, and four books. Selected titles include:

Ellis, G. J., Lee, G., & Petersen, L. (1978). "Supervision and conformity: A cross-cultural analysis of parental socialization values," American Journal of Sociology, 84, 338-403.
Ellis, G. J., & Stone, L. (1979). "Marijuana use in college: An evaluation of a modeling explanation," Youth and Society, 10, 323-334.
Ellis, G. J., McCaghren, D., & Clayton, L. (1989). "The family systems environment of the recovering female agoraphobic," Family Perspective, 2, 99-112.
Ellis, G. J, & Petersen, L. (1992). "Socialization values and parental control techniques: A cross-cultural analysis of child-rearing," International Journal of Marriage and the Family, 23 (1), 39-54.
Ellis, G. J. (2009). Thomas Hatcher:  Royal Artillery Gunner/Driver.  Lacey, WA.  Family History Archive holdings of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
Ellis, G. J. (2015). The Ellis Book: Volume I – East Grinstead to Stone Cutter’s Yard and Beyond. Lacey, WA. Family History Archive holdings of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Dr. Ellis has presented to a large number of diverse groups. In 2014, he was the keynote speaker at a conference with 500 attendees. His keynote speech addressed, “Understanding the Present by Understanding the Past: The intergenerational transmission of psychological dynamics.” During the 2015 to 2016 academic year, he has continued his writing in the areas of family psychology and family history, and produced several book-length documents and miscellaneous publications for the MAC Program. During this same time period, he prepared and presented eight professional presentations on areas related to family psychology and family history research. He also presented to several groups on family history research.