Faculty & Staff
Linda M. Callejas, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Linda M. Callejas, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist with expertise in community-engaged research and qualitative methodologies. She conducts research and evaluation in the areas of behavioral health disparities, innovative interventions designed to increase engagement among critically underserved populations, and collaborative community initiatives to improve health and well-being. She is especially interested in understanding how aspects of the social environment in urban neighborhoods affect residents’ mental health and well-being. Dr. Callejas has done extensive work studying how residents of marginalized communities work within their neighborhoods to provide support and assistance to their neighbors. Aside from research, her activities in this area include consultation, evaluation, and training and support for programs that include natural helpers, peer specialists, promotoras and other community-based supports.
Dr. Callejas has served as Principal Investigator (PI) on a number of research and evaluation projects. She is the PI for the Parent Partners for Families of Miami-Dade and the Miami-Dade IMPACT Project, two federally funded evaluation studies including families with substance use disorder who are at risk of permanently losing custody of their children. These studies, conducted collaboratively with the lead child welfare agency in Miami-Dade County, FL, Citrus Family Care Network, include randomized controlled trials testing in-home interventions, including peer support.
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. In this capacity, 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.