Raquel Ellis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office Phone: 951-552-8366
E-mail: raellis@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building Room 266
Office Hours: Mondays 2-5pm; Wednesdays 1-6pm

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Social Work University of Illinois at Chicago 2007
M.S.W. Social Work California State University Long Beach 2001
B.A. Psychology Pepperdine University 1999
  • Courses Taught

    Foundational Skills in Behavioral Sciences II (BA)
    Statistics and Research Methodology I (BA)

    Social Welfare Policy (MSW)
    Capstone I & II (MSW)
    Social Research (MSW)
    Field Practicum I & II (MSW)
    Program Evaluation (MSW)

    Community Based Participatory Research Methods (DSW)

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    My research interests include child abuse prevention, adoption, family support and preservation, out-of-home care, child welfare casework practice, child welfare systems change, and evidence-based practice. I worked for the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services for several years and have 15 years of experience conducting program evaluations and research on issues that impact vulnerable populations.

    I currently serve on two research teams. The first is for a grant that supports capacity building and program evaluation activities with a camp that serves children of incarcerated parents. The second is a collaborative with Dr. Amy Stumpft (Faculty in the School of Christian Ministries) and Dr. Robin Duncan (Dean of School of Education) to explore undergraduate student experiences with faith integration at CBU. I am also a research associate for the Center for the Study of Human Behavior.

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Liberty University Department of Social Work (Assistant Professor and Founding Field Director) (2015-2017)
    University of Illinois, Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work (Lecturer) (2006)

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications


    Ellis, R.T. (2020, Nov). My journey to merge my interests in child welfare and research. Center for the Study of Human Behavior. https://blogs.calbaptist.edu/cshb/2020/11/17/my-journey-to-merge- my-interests-in-child-welfare-and-research/#comment-764

    Ellis, R. (2020). Mystery and the Adopted Child . Social Work & Christianity, 47(3), 126-127. https://doi.org/10.34043/swc.v47i3.134

    Winokur, A.J., Ellis, R., Drury, I., & Rogers, J. (2015). Answering the big questions about differential response in Colorado: Safety and cost outcomes from a randomized controlled trial. Child Abuse and Neglect, 39, 98-108.

    Sedlak, A.J., & Ellis, R.T. (2014). Trends in child abuse reporting. In J.E. Korbin and R.D. Krugman (Eds.), Handbook of child maltreatment (pp. 3-26). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

    Ellis, R. (2011). What helps and hinders me from being adopted: Voices of youth in foster care from the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Evaluation. Washington, DC: Child Trends.

    Ellis, R. (2011). Achieving successful adoptions: Voices of prospective and current adoptive parents from the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Evaluation. Washington, DC: Child Trends.

    Guzman, L., Peterson, K., Ellis, R., Andrews, K., & McCoy-Roth, M. (2011). Peeking into the bedroom: Relationships and contraceptive behaviors of community college students. Washington, DC: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

    Williams, S.C., Malm, K., Allen, T. & Ellis, R. (2011). Bringing family to the table: Tips and techniques for effective family engagement. Washington, DC: Child Trends.

    Allen, T., Malm, K., Williams, S.C., & Ellis, R. (2011). Piecing together the puzzle: Tips and techniques for effective discovery in family finding. Washington, DC: Child Trends.

    Ellis, R. T. (2010). Family Finding services: Establishing, re-establishing, and maintaining family connections for children in foster care. Fostering Families Today.

    Ellis, R. T. (2010). Exploring the influence of juvenile court personnel on child welfare practice. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 4(2), 158-173.

    Ellis, R.T., Malm, K., & Bishop, E. (2009). The timing of termination of parental rights: A balancing act for children’s best interests. Washington, DC: Child Trends.

    Gleeson, J. P., Wesley, J., Ellis, R., Seryak, C., Talley, G.W., & Robinson, J. (2009). Becoming involved in raising a relative’s child: Reasons, caregiver motivations and pathways to informal kinship care. Child & Family Social Work, 1-11.

    Lee-Johnson, C. & Ellis, R. (2020). How servant leadership can facilitate an inclusive and supportive MSW program environment. The 66th Annual Council on Social Work Education APM, Virtual.

    Ellis, R., Hays, K., Flores-Carter, K., & Breitenbucher, P. (2020). “I Can Do All Things”: Strategies for integrating faith into social science research courses. The Annual North American Christians in Social Work California Chapter Convention, Riverside, CA.

    Ellis, R., Hays, K., Flores-Carter, K., & Lindsey, V. (2019). What were we thinking? Lesson learned from the development of MSW Capstone curriculum. The 69th Annual North American Christians in Social Work Convention, Indianapolis, IN.

    Ellis, R. (2018). Strategies for doctoral degree attainment for first-generation college students. Guest lecture at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA.

    Fuller, T., Ellis, R., & Murphy, J. (2014). Examining outcomes of differential response: Results from three randomized control trials in Colorado, Illinois, and Ohio. The 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, New Orleans, LA.

    Fuller, T., Winokur, M., Ellis, R., & Murphy, J. (2012). The family voice in the evaluation of differential response. The 7th Annual Differential Response in Child Welfare Conference, Henderson, NV.

    Ellis, R. T., Allen, T., & DeStefano, D. (2012). Engaging Foster Youth and their Biological Families: Lessons Learned from the Family Finding Model Evaluation. The 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Washington, DC.

    Ellis, R.T. & Allen, T. (2011). The Challenges of and Strategies for Improving Adoption Recruitment: Voices of American Foster Youth. Conference of Black Administrators in Child Welfare. Philadelphia, PA.

    Ellis, R.T. & McKlindon, A. (2011). Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Evaluation: Lessons Learned. New York State’s Citizens’ Coalition for Children Conference, Albany, NY.

    Malm, K., Ellis, R.T., & Vandivere, S. (2011). Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Evaluation: Lessons Learned. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Summit, Columbus, OH.

    Ellis, R. T. & Malm, K. (2010). The Timing of Termination of Parental Rights: A Balancing Act for Children's Best Interests. National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges 73rd Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

    Malm, K. & Ellis, R.T. (2010). Connecting Foster Kids to Families: An Evaluation of Family Finding. American Humane Association Family Group Decisionmaking Conference, Burlington, VT.

    Ellis, R. T., Ross, T., & Detlaff, A. (2010). Making Connections a Strategy to Address Racial Disparities in Child Welfare. Black Administrators in Child Welfare Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
    Ellis, R.T. (2010). Measuring Connections in Family Finding Programs. Measuring Family Connections Children’s Bureau Fostering Connections Grantees Teleconference Meeting, Washington, DC.

    Allen, T. & Ellis, R.T. (2008). Multi-Ethnic Placement Act Biennial Comprehensive Self- Assessment Report: Common Themes among 12 Ohio Metro Counties. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Columbus, OH.

    Ellis, R. T. & Allen, T. (2008). Strategies for Developing Foster and Adoption Family Recruitment Messages: Summary of Child Trends Survey Findings. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Columbus, OH.

    Ellis, R.T. (2008). Informal Kinship Care Policies. Guest lecture at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

    Ellis, R. T., Ruiz, M., & Gleeson, J. (2006). Engaging Latino Families in Research on Informal Kinship Care: Lessons Learned. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Chicago, IL.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Saddleback Church:
    Teacher of New Members Orientation Classes
    Prayer Ministry Team Leader
    Food Bank Volunteer (Evangelism Team, Welcome Team, and Food Packing Team)
    Care Call Ministry
    Purpose Coaching (Discipleship) Ministry

  • Community Service & Involvement

    2020-current Member, 44 Women for Orangewood Foundation
    2020-current Chair of Board of Directors, Bethany Christian Services Southern California
    2020-current Editorial Board Member, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
    2018- current Editorial Board Member, Journal of Mental Health and Social Behaviour
    2016-current Member, Council on Social Work Education (Appointed to serve on Council on Leadership Development in 2020)
    2016-current Member and Manuscript Reviewer, North American Christians in Social Work

  • Interests & Hobbies

    I enjoy spending time with my family, going to festivals, mentoring young women, and volunteering at church and in the community. I love traveling abroad and have been on international mission trips to Jordan, the Philippines, and Ecuador.

  • Personal Philosophy

    Proverbs 3:5-6