Earlise Ward

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Faculty Director



Faculty Director Dr. Earlise Ward at the Morgridge Center for Public Service

Earlise Ward leads the Morgridge Center for Public Service in its mission to boost civic engagement, promote community-based teaching and learning and create and support partnerships between UW-Madison and communities. She oversees the Morgridge Center’s public service, community-based research and service learning activities. Since 2007, Ward has served as a faculty member in the School of Nursing. Her research examines disparities in mental health experienced by minorities, with a focus on major depressive disorder.  A licensed psychologist, Ward has witnessed first-hand in her clinical practice the impact of mental health disparities on minority communities. Ward moved to Madison from Brooklyn, New York in 1997 to pursue her PhD.