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Sharon Telleen, PhD

Sharon Telleen, PhD

Title: Research Associate Professor Emerita
Company: University of Illinois at Chicago
Location: Wilmette, Illinois, United States

Sharon Telleen, PhD, Research Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public health and academia.

Desiring to work with children from a young age, Dr. Telleen often spent time with community groups in order to create a supportive environment. Deciding thereafter to delve into psychology, she attended Augustana College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in education and a minor in psychology in 1968. Receiving a Master of Education from the University of Maryland at College Park the following year, she worked for several years as a public school teacher in New York, Michigan and Illinois before joining the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. Drawing upon a prior Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland at College Park, she served as a research associate professor from 1984 until attaining emerita status in 2011. Since 1982, she has also been a researcher and licensed psychologist in the State of Illinois. From 2014 to 2020, Dr. Telleen excelled as an officer on the board of the Lutheran Campus Ministry at Northwestern University.

Contributing more than 70 publications throughout her career, including collaborative research through the American Public Health Association, Dr. Telleen authored “Transition from Welfare to Work: Challenges and Outcomes.” She has maintained affiliation with the American Psychological Association, the Chicago Health Policy Research Council and Delta Omega, and sat on the board of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health between 1989 and 1993. Attributing her success to her supportive family, including her husband, children and parents, Dr. Telleen is especially proud of receiving many grants from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Looking toward the future, she intends to continue mentoring others, conducting research and writing.

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