Faculty & Staff
Linda M. Callejas, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Linda M. Callejas, Ph.D. is an applied cultural anthropologist with expertise in community-engaged research and qualitative methodologies. Her research and evaluation activities focus on behavioral health disparities and use of community-based support interventions that increase engagement of critically underserved communities. Most recently, Dr. Callejas has focused on better understanding the experiences of parents involved in child welfare systems in Florida, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Callejas is currently the lead evaluator for the Parent Partners for Families of Miami-Dade, a federally funded evaluation study including families with substance use disorder, who are at risk of permanently losing custody of their children. This study, conducted collaboratively with Citrus Family Care Network, the lead child welfare agency in Miami-Dade County, FL, includes an experimental study to test the effectiveness of peer support for families in foster care. She is also leading a rapid ethnographic assessment in Florida’s Panhandle communities to better understand the effects of COVID-19 restrictions on the child welfare system, including families with children in foster care.
Dr. Callejas serves as a lead faculty member and advisor for the USF Master of Science Program in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, which prepares students to serve in public sector and nonprofit organizations that address the behavioral health needs of children, youth, and families. She leads the program’s Leadership Focus Area and teaches courses designed to prepare students for positions of executive leadership with skills and knowledge in organizational capacity building, program implementation, and research translation.
Davidson Abella, A., Ismajli, F., and Callejas, L. M. (2021). Exploring the Potential Benefits of Virtual Child Welfare Services. In R. Adams (Ed.), Child Welfare League of America Essay Collection, COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Challenges and Responses. Washington, DC: CWLA Press.
Callejas, L.M., Abella, A.D., & Ismajli, F. (2020). Rapid ethnographic assessment of pandemic restrictions in child welfare: Lessons from parent and provider experiences. Human Organization, 79, 4, 304-312.
Yampolskaya, S. & Callejas, L.M. (2020). The effect of child mental health service use on child safety and permanency in substance misusing families. Children & Youth Services Review, 111, 104887.