Faculty Spotlight

Social work professor named fellow of national society

Lisa Schelbe, an assistant professor in the FSU College of Social Work has been named a member of the 2017 class of fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). 

This distinction recognizes members of the society who have furthered its mission – to advance, disseminate and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable and just society. 

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Eyitayo Onifade

Dr. Eyitayo Onifade joined the College of Social Work at Florida State University in fall 2010. Dr. Onifade has experience as a victim-witness advocate, juvenile probation officer, and policy analyst/evaluator for child welfare and juvenile justice systems. He earned his MSW from the University of Georgia, where he also worked with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government as an analyst. Dr. Onifade completed his Ph.D. at Michigan State University in the field of Ecological-Community Psychology.

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Eric Garland

Dr. Eric Garland came to FSU in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to that, he worked as an LCSW psychotherapist and clinical supervisor at a wilderness therapy program near Asheville, NC. He holds more than a decade of clinical experience working in mental health and integrative medicine settings, and he has been trained in the conduct of clinical research through a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.

FSU professor to lead construction mentoring program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Florida State university professor is spearheading a new outreach program to  mentor disadvantaged youth in the Big Bend on careers in residential construction.

Florida State University College of Social Work Professor Eyitayo Onifade is the leader of the new  program, which is called Construction-Coaching Opportunities to Reach Employment (C-CORE).

The program, which is a partnership between the college and the Home Builders Institute, is set to launch in mid-March.

Two social work faculty members named ‘Educator of the Year’

Two faculty members of the Florida State University College of Social Work — Claire Calohan and Pam Graham — have been named Social Work Educator of the Year by their respective units of the National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter.

Calohan, a research associate at Florida State’s Panama City Campus, received the distinction from the Emerald Coast Unit.

Welcome new faculty! Jeffrey Lacasse and Lisa Schelbe

We are most fortunate to have two new assistant professors joining us this fall!

Lisa Schelbe, MSW, Ph.D. joins the College of Social Work faculty as an Assistant Professor, having most recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Schelbe earned her MSW at Washington University, George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Lisa brings a wealth of experience relating to domestic violence and child welfare (particularly youth aging out of the child welfare system).

Janet Berry retires: A legacy of social work education online, on campus, and ongoing

Faculty member Janet Berry retired at the end of this summer to begin a new chapter in her life.  On top of being an alumna of the FSU College of Social Work, Janet has been a long-time faculty member at the College, taking on various roles and responsibilities.  Included among these roles were the development of the online MSW degree program and the online Leadership in Executive and Administrative Development (LEAD) Certificate Program as well as coordinating and designing the Capstone Assignment for Field Seminars.