Robert James Ellingson, PhD, MD



Robert James Ellingson, PhD, MD


Robert James Ellingson, PhD, MD, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 7, 1923. From 1943 to 1946 he served as Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he constructed and published psychological test forms for trainees. During this time, he also attended college, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1947 and his PhD in psychology in 1950 from Northwestern University.

Dr. Ellingson joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at UNMC in 1951. While teaching, he also pursued his medical degree, graduating from UNMC in 1963. After graduation, Dr. Ellingson joined the Nebraska Health System, serving as a psychiatrist at Clarkson Hospital, University Hospital, Methodist Hospital, the Richard Young Center, and Creighton Medical Center. Dr. Ellingson served as joint chair for UNMC and Creighton’s Department of Psychiatry from 1992 to 1993 and retired from UNMC a year after stepping down from the post in 1994. He retired from the state health system in 2002.

Dr. Ellingson focused his work on neurology, psychiatry, and medical psychology, specializing in sleep studies. He worked the most with the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology where he served as president from 1981 to 1985. Dr. Ellingson passed away in 2020 at the age of 96.


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