Undergraduate Research Program

Britney Ellisor

Britney smiling in front of a poleMajor: Biochemistry
Mentor: Joyce Yi-Frazier- Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Contact: bellisor@uw.edu

Current research project: Palliative Care and Resilience Lab – Promoting Resilience in Stress Management


Britney is a junior in Biochemistry at the University of Washington. She is very interested in applying her biochemistry knowledge to help advance treatment plans in Medicine. Since January of 2019, she has been working with the Palliative Care and Research Team at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. There she works with her mentors on the PRISM Project (Promoting Resilience in Stress Management) with pediatric diabetes patients as well as advanced cancer patients. She has also worked on her own individual project that explored associations between glycemic control, using A1c values, with diabetes-distress, resilience, and psychosocial comorbidities, such as depression, over the first five years of diagnosis. As for her personal interests, Britney loves to hike, read books of various genres, and watch movies with friends.


Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
The research that I have worked on has identified a group of adolescents, between the ages of 10-17, who are at risk of developing poor physical and psychosocial outcomes following their diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Specifically, we have determined that a crucial period, that will influence the patient’s projected physical and psychosocial outcomes, occurs within the first year of their diagnosis. Understanding this, we can preemptively work with patients and physicians to introduce targeted psychosocial interventions with the goal of boosting resilience and decreasing diabetes related distress within the first year. By doing this we can improve long term outcomes and reduce health concerns that are common within this specific patient population.


When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
I became involved in research during the Winter quarter of my freshman year. I wanted to get involved in research to be able to start applying what I have learned from my classes to the research that I do. I also wanted to be able to get involved because I wanted to learn more about the research process to see if I wanted to do this as a career.


What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
If you are interested in research, my advice for you is to push yourself to get involved and stay involved! Find a topic that piques your interest and allows you to learn more about something you have a passion in.