Linda M. Callejas, Ph.D.
Linda M. Callejas conducts research and evaluation in the areas of collaborative community development initiatives, behavioral health disparities among minority populations, and racial and ethnic identity formation, especially among U.S. Latino populations. Dr. Callejas’ research and evaluation activities have often employed mixed methods design, with an emphasis on utilizing qualitative research as a means for understanding complex social processes and capturing essential aspects of social phenomena from the perspective of study participants, especially with regard to the motivations that underlie social behaviors such as those associated with health and wellness.
She currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the Miami-Dade IMPACT Project Evaluation, which includes a randomized controlled trial designed to test the effectiveness of the Engaging Moms/Parents Practice (EMPP) (Dakof et al., 2009) to engage and retain substance-abusing parents at risk of losing their children removed due to maltreatment. In addition to overseeing this critical study component, the IMPACT Project will also examine collaboration among diverse child welfare and children’s mental health representatives and implementation of the EMPP.
Dr. Callejas is a member of the USF team within the Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network), the national center for states and communities funded by the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (Children’s Mental Health Initiative or CMHI). USF faculty members, including Dr. Callejas, provide support to CMHI grantees as they work to ensure the hallmarks of systems of care – a coordinated network of services and supports that is family-driven, youth-guided, culturally and linguistically competent, and data-driven – are in place.
Dr. Callejas received her doctorate in Applied Anthropology in the fall of 2010 from the University of South Florida. Her dissertation examined issues related to cultural heritage representation and ethnic/racial identity formation among 4th and 5th generation descendants of Black Cuban cigar workers in Ybor City, Florida.