PhD, Social Work, The Florida State University
Cohort Four Fellow

Academic Mentor
Karen Randolph
Professor, Florida State University

Policy Mentor
Henry Stephen Pennypacker
President and Chief Executive Officer, Partnership for Strong Families, Inc.

Current Institutional Affiliation
University of Alabama: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Program Evaluation, Youth Development, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Regression Modeling, Content Analysis, Mixed Methods, Participatory Action Research, Adolescents and Young Adults, Special Education Recipients


Dr. Leah P. Cheatham is an assistant professor of social work at the University of Alabama and enjoys teaching policy and research courses. Her research focuses on the convergence of disability issues and child well-being. Drawing upon her legal and social work training, she approaches research with a particular interest in identifying practices and policies that promote social justice.