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Linda Callejas, PhD

Linda M. Callejas, PhD

Associate Research Professor

Phone: 813-974-6328
Fax: 813-974-4640
Office: MHC-2423

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Research Interests:

Reducing the burden of inequities in communities that experience social marginalization; parents involved in child welfare systems

Linda M. Callejas, Ph.D. is an applied cultural anthropologist with expertise in community-engaged research and qualitative methodologies. Her research and evaluation projects are focused on understanding the mechanisms that lead to behavioral health inequities and implementation of strategies to increase behavioral health equity. One important element of this work involves building knowledge of genuine research collaboration between behavioral health researchers and diverse community members. Through her work, Dr. Callejas seeks to contribute to knowledge and practice focused on reducing the burden of inequities in communities that experience social marginalization. 

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.


Jones, N., Callejas, L.M., Brown, M., Colder Carras, M., Croft, B., Pagdon, S., Sheehan, L., Oluwoye, O., & Zisman-Ilani, Y. (2023). Barriers to meaningful participatory mental health services research and priority next steps: Findings from a national survey. Psychiatric Services. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.20220514

Callejas, L.M. & Jones, N. (2022). “Meaningful” participatory research in a multi-stakeholder collaborative on youth pathways to care: implementation and reflections. Psychiatric Services, 73(9), 1077-1080. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.202100567

Callejas, L.M., Jayaram, L., & Abella, A.D. (2021). “I would never want to live that again”: Exploring mothers’ acquired knowledge to better understand their experiences in child welfare prevention services. Child Welfare, 99(4), 304-312.