Joy Elwell


Clinical Professor

Director, DNP Program

Dual Appointment with UConn’s School of Medicine


A nationally recognized expert in health policy, in a career spanning 40 years, Dr. Elwell helped design, draft, and pass successful legislation, advancing nurse practitioner practice (NP) at the state and federal levels, eliminating artificial barriers, improving regulations, and increasing access to health care for vulnerable, underserved populations. Committed to reducing health care disparities and barriers to NP practice, she has served on boards at both the state and national levels, representing advanced practice nursing interests. Dr. Elwell’s commitment and dedication to UConn’s DNP program has resulted in significant growth of our program, while maintaining its reputation for excellence.

Research/Scholarship Interests

  • Health policy
  • Health equity
  • Self-care
  • Resilience
  • Social determinants of health
  • Professionalism in nursing
  • Travelers health
  • Pediatric and adult vaccination


  • DNP – Rush University
  • Post-MS Certificate (FNP) – Pace University
  • MSN – Lehman College-City University of New York (CNS)
  • BSN – Long Island University

Honors & Awards

  • 2024: AANP’s State Award for Excellence-Advocate-Connecticut
  • 2016: Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
  • 2016: Connecticut Nurses Association’s Agnes Ohlson Diamond Jubilee Award
  • 2011: Inducted as a Fellow of the AANP
  • 2007: The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State’s Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award
  • 2004: Long Island University’s Distinguished Alumna Award
  • 2003: American Association of Nurse Practitioner’s State Award for Excellence-Nurse Practitioner-New York

Selected Publications

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information
Office LocationSH 211