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Linda Callejas, PhD

Linda M. Callejas, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Phone: 813-974-6328
Fax: 813-974-4640
Office: MHC-2439

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Linda M. Callejas is a socio-cultural anthropologist with expertise in qualitative methodologies and community-engaged research. She conducts research and evaluation in the areas of behavioral health disparities, innovative practices/interventions designed to increase engagement among critically underserved populations, and collaborative community initiatives designed to improve health and well-being. Dr. Callejas is especially interested in understanding how aspects of the social environment in urban neighborhoods affect residents’ mental health and well-being, particularly in cities experiencing large-scale redevelopment. She has also done extensive work studying how community residents work within their neighborhoods to provide support and assistance to their neighbors in marginalized communities. Aside from research, her activities in this area include consultation to community-based organizations, evaluation, and training and support for a variety of programs that include natural helpers, peer specialists, promotoras and other community-based workers.

Dr. Callejas has served as Principal Investigator (PI) on a number of research and evaluation projects, and currently serves as the PI for the Miami-Dade IMPACT Project Evaluation, which includes a randomized controlled trial designed to test an intervention designed to help substance misusing parents receiving intensive child welfare services maintain their parental rights. In addition, Dr. Callejas serves as director of the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Team of the Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network), the national center for states and communities funded by SAMHSA’s Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (CMHI). In this role, she leads a team that provides technical assistance, training and support to CMHI grantees in a number of areas to support culturally competent service delivery and promote behavioral health equity for racially and ethnically diverse populations and LGBTQI+ communities around thecountry.

Dr. Callejas recently joined the core faculty of the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Master of Science degree, which prepares students to serve in public and nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of children, youth and families experiencing behavioral health needs. In this capacity, she currently serves as Co-Director of the Leadership focus area in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, and teaches courses designed to prepare students for positions of executive leadership with skills and knowledge in innovation, organizational capacity building, change management, and research translation.

Current Research

Parent Partners for Families of Miami-Dade County

This project examines efforts to establish an integrated continuum of care for families with parental substance misuse/use disorders and children in substitute care. A key component of this project will include a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to test a peer specialist intervention focused on the following child safety outcomes: reducing child length of stay in out of home care, reducing the number of child placements once in care, and reducing re-entry into the system, as well as an implementation sub-study to document project implementation and assess factors associated with implementation of the peer support model (“Parent Partners”). In addition, we will focus on the following child/family well-being outcomes: increasing parental engagement into substance treatment,
increasing parental protective capacities, and increasing child engagement into needed behavioral health services.

PI: Linda Callejas, PhD
Funder: Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc.

Identify, Measure, and Prevent Addiction and Childhood Trauma (IMPACT)

The Identify, Measure, and Prevent Addiction and Childhood Trauma (IMPACT) Project is focused on improving the provision of targeted child welfare services for children and families and increasing parental retention in substance abuse treatment and other needed services. The ultimate aim of the project is to
enhance child and family well-being, as well as reduce incidences of re-abuse, child welfare re-referrals, and child removals. CFS faculty researchers are conducting the IMPACT Project evaluation.

PI: Linda Callejas, PhD
Funder: Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc.