Linda M. Callejas, Ph.D.
Linda M. Callejas is a socio-cultural anthropologist with expertise in qualitative methodologies and community-engaged research. Her research interests include behavioral health disparities among underserved populations, health equity, community-derived behavioral health practices, and the community conditions that support or detract from individual well-being. She is particularly interested in studying the motivations that underlie social behaviors associated with health and wellness, as well as interventions that engage with social support networks and local indigenous knowledge.
Dr. Callejas currently serves as the Principal Investigator 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. The IMPACT Project also examines collaboration among child welfare and behavioral health treatment providers in Miami-Dade County.
Dr. Callejas also leads 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 the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (Children’s Mental Health Initiative or CMHI). In this role, Dr. Callejas oversees the technical assistance, training and support provided by the CLC TA Team to ensure that 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 in children's mental health systems across the country.