PhD, Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
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: Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

Adolescents and Young Adults, Ethnography, Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems,


Dr. Lisa Schelbe is an Associate 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. 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.

Dr. Schelbe works with interdisciplinary teams on mixed method projects often in the role as the expert in qualitative methods. She 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 Maltreatment & Child Welfare, Child Welfare Practice, and Qualitative Research Methods.