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 12:30-2:30pm; Wednesdays 1-3pm; Thursdays and Fridays 4-6pm

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

    Social Welfare Policy
    Capstone I & II
    Statistics and Research Methodology I
    Field Practicum I

  • 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 spent 10 years conducting research and evaluations of programs that serve children and families who come into contact with the child welfare system.

    I currently serve on a research team for a grant that supports capacity building and program evaluation activities with a camp that serves children of incarcerated parents.

  • Teaching Experience

    Liberty University Department of Social Work (2015-2017)
    University of Illinois, Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work (2006)

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications


    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.


    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: I am one of the leaders who teaches a portion of the New Members Orientation. I am also a member of the prayer ministry team.

  • 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