Her work focuses on health, psychology, food, faith, and travel for the Washington Post, New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents Magazine, and Reader's Digest, among others.
As Prevention magazine's editor-at-large for seven years, she traveled across the country writing articles and editing its psychology column—after which she helped launch live happy magazine, where she was the editor-at-large for five years.
She also authored or co-authored some 20 books which have been translated into a half-dozen languages—including the award-winning Blessed: Living a Grateful Life (Readers Digest), which was named by USA BookNews as the #1 Spiritual/Inspiration Book of the Year.
As if that weren't enough to keep a writer busy, she also initiated, developed and authored the award-winning Master Class: Sensational Recipes from the Chefs of the New England Culinary Institute and Ellen Michaud, (University Press of New England), which was named one of the top 10 cookbooks of the year by NPR, and the #1 cookbook of the year by the New England Book Festival.
Ellen has also been both the book review editor of Friends Journal and writer-in-residence at Earlham School of Religion.