PhD, Social Work, University of Pittsburgh (2013)
Cohort One Fellow

Academic Mentor
Jeffrey Shook
Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and School of Law

Policy Mentor
Erin Dalton
Deputy Director, Allegheny County Department of Children and Family Services

Current Institutional Affiliation
Florida State University College of Social Work: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Youth Development, Case Study Research, Ethnography, Grounded Theory, Participatory Action Research, Adolescents and Young Adults, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Big Data


Dr. Lisa Schelbe is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University College of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate at the Florida Institute for Child Welfare. She serves as a co-Editor-in-Chief of the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. She earned her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 and her MSW from Washington University in 2001. 

Dr. Schelbe’s primary research interest focuses on youth aging out of the child welfare system. She is interested in the lived experiences of youth as they transition out of the child welfare system and into adulthood and specifically their experiences with post-secondary education and parenting. An additional area of Dr. Schelbe’s scholarship is child maltreatment prevention. Her current study, funded through the Florida Institute for Child Welfare, is an adaptation an empirically supported parenting intervention for youth aging out of child welfare who are parenting.

Dr. Schelbe works with interdisciplinary teams on mixed method projects often in the role as the expert in qualitative methods. A prime example is her involvement as a co-Principal Investigator on an evaluation of a medication therapy management program for Medicaid recipients where she directs the qualitative component of the study.

At Florida State University College of Social Work, Dr. Schelbe teaches across the curriculum in the bachelor and master of social work programs as well as the doctoral program. Her classes taught include Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Child Welfare Practice, and Qualitative Research Methods.