Cézanne Elias

Research Interests

Active learning, scholarship of teaching, digital education, community research, health and well-being


I completed my graduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. My research focuses on how physical health, well-being, and activation impact individuals, caregivers, and subsystems within and outside of the family system. My current work also includes the examination of best educational practices and pedagogical approaches to undergraduate teaching and learning. 

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Selected Publications

  • Elias, C. M., Shields, C. G., Griggs, J. J., Fiscella, K., Christ, S. L., Colbert, J., & Henry, S. G. (2017). The Social and Behavioral Influences (SBI) study: Study design and rationale for studying the effects of race and activation on cancer pain management. BMC Cancer, 17(1), 575. doi:10.1186/s12885-017-3564-2

  • Karam, E. A., Clymer, S. R., Elias, C., & Calahan, C. (2014). Together face-to-face or alone at your own pace: Comparing traditional vs. blended learning formats in couple & family relationship coursework. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 41, 85-93.

  • Shields, C. G., Finley, M. A., Elias, C. M., Coker, C. J., Griggs, J. J., Fiscella, K., & Epstein, R. M. (2013). Pain assessment: The roles of physician certainty and curiosity. Health Communication, 28(7), 740-6. doi:10.1080/10410236.2012.715380


  • PhD, 2010, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Purdue University

  • MS, 2005, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Purdue University Calumet

  • BS, 2002, Human and Community Development, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA

Courses Recently Taught

  • HDFS 100: Orientation to Current Issues in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 201: Introduction to Family Processes

  • HDFS 330: Sexuality and Family Life

  • HDFS 43030: Human Development and Family Studies Student Mentors

  • HDFS 454: Career Assessment and Professional Development

  • HDFS 455: Field Experience in HDFS


  • 2019-2020, Teaching for Tomorrow Award – Junior Fellow

Cezanne Elias
Clinical Assistant Professor

(PhD, Purdue University)

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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