Ellis Ballard, MSW, MPH

Associate Director

Ellis Ballard is the Associate Director at the Social System Design Lab at Washington University in St. Louis.  His research and practice focus is on applying community based system dynamics and group model building approaches to problems of health equity and human rights in low- and middle-income countries.  He teaches Community Based System Dynamics and System Dynamics simulation modeling at the Brown School.

Prior to joining the lab Ellis worked for three years on an impact evaluation of a community-based disability rehabilitation program in Afghanistan, and has a number of years of experience on disability rights human rights policy and promotion in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, India, and Tajikistan.  Ellis has a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Public Health from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in English and History from Oberlin College in Ohio.