Child Welfare

Esaa Mohammad Sabti Samarah


  • M.S.W., 2019, Florida State University, Social Work
  • B.A., 2015, University of Florida, Sociology

Articles Published

Staras, S., Tauscher, J. S., Rich, N., Samarah, E., Thompson, L. A., Vinson, M. M., ... & Shenkman, E. A. (2021). Using a Clinical Workflow Analysis to Enhance eHealth Implementation Planning: Tutorial and Case Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 9(3), e18534.

Zhe Yang


  • M.S.W., 2019, Peking University, Social Work
  • B.S.W., 2017, China Youth University of Political Studies, Social Work


  • Christopher D. Hefren Child Welfare Endowed Doctoral Scholarship, 2021

Tracy McDade

Areas Of Focus 

  • Child Welfare
  • Clinical Social Work 
  • Addiction
  • Social Work Administration
  • Social Policy


  • MSW, 1999, Norfolk State University; Social Work
  • BS, 1991, Old Dominion University; Human Services Counseling

Jessica Pryce

Areas of Focus

  • Child Welfare
  • Family Social Work
  • Race/ Ethnicity


  • PhD, Howard University, Social Work
  • MSW, Florida State University, Social Work (Child Welfare)
  • BA, Florida Southern College, Sociology & Criminology

Selected Peer Review Articles and Publications

Dina Wilke

Areas of Focus

  • Domestic Violence 
  • Social Work Education 
  • Child Welfare


  • PhD, 2000, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Social Welfare
  • MSW., 1985, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Social Work
  • BA, 1982, Indiana University, Sociology/Journalism

Selected Publications

Wilke, D. J., Rakes, S., & Randolph, K. A. (2019).  Predictors of early departure among recently hired child welfare workers.  Social Work, 64, 188-197. DOI: 10.1093/sw/swz020

Susan Osborne

Areas Of Focus 

  • Bereavement 
  • Child Welfare
  • Clinical Social Work
  • End of Life Issues
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Family Practice
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness 
  • Resilience
  • Stress & Coping
  • Women's Issues


  • MSW, 2000, Florida State University; Clinical Social Work
  • MS, 1981, The Ohio State University; Agricultural Education with minor in Counseling
  • BS, 1976, Virginia Tech, Animal Science and Agricultural Education

Karen Oehme


Karen Oehme is a research associate and Distinguished University Scholar with the College of Social Work and is the director of the FSU Institute for Family Violence Studies.  Her research and the mission of the institute center around addressing domestic and intimate partner violence, trauma, and resilience, child welfare, and family law and social work issues. She is currently also the Chair of the global Academic Resilience Consortium (  

Gerri Goldman

Gerri Goldman is an assistant teaching professor with the College of Social Work located at the FSU Panama City campus. She is a licensed clinical social worker, a qualified supervisor for clinical social workers and mental health counselors and is a Florida Board certified addiction professional. Her research areas of expertise include substance use, trauma, and experiential learning. She also teaches courses on child welfare, family social work, homelessness and women’s issues.

Carol Campbell Edwards

Carol Campbell Edwards is an assistant teaching professor and director of the BSW Program and Professional Development with the College of Social Work. She is also a licensed clinical social worker and approved clinical social work supervisor with expertise in child welfare. She is a Florida Board Certified Child Welfare Trainer and certified as a facilitator by True Colors International. She is also a private consultant on foster care and adoption, child welfare training and curriculum development.