Carrellas is a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University. She is currently working on analyzing quantitative and qualitative data bases related to the health concerns of youth transitioning from foster care. She has presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence, the International Association of the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities World Congress, the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Conference, and has been accepted to do a poster presentation at the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
As a research assistant at the Developmental Disabilities Institute, Carrellas manages several projects related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities and their families in all facets of society and their quality of life. Currently, she is the project director for Project TEAM (Teens making Environmental and Activity Modifications), an intervention study of an empowerment model for teens with disabilities in their transition years from school to adult life. She also serves as a collaboration partner on a project to form a model program that addresses the needs of persons with developmental disabilities who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. Carrellas has a long history of advocacy, partnering with individuals, families and systems to enhance the civil and human rights of persons with disabilities. She has extensive administrative and direct service experience in programs serving adults with developmental disabilities. Additionally she served for four years as a rural health Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa.
Degrees and Certifications
- M.S.W., University of Michigan, School of Social Work
- M.A., Learning Disabilities, Madonna University
- M.A., Elementary Education, University of Michigan
- B.A., Sociology, Boston University
- Interpersonal Practice Methods
- Federal Welfare Policy (Social Security, Medicaid, Foster Care, TANF)
- Macro theory (organizational and systems change)
- Social justice and issues related to race, gender, class, and other oppressive social structures
Areas of Expertise
- Screening individuals for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
- Foster care and developmental disabilities related policies
- Health care needs of transitioning foster youth
Carrellas is interested in research concerned with the intersection of youth and young adults involved in child welfare systems who have developmental disabilities including those who have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. In particular, her focus is on effective interventions and policy development that promote best practice in terms of supporting youth as they transition into adulthood.
- Oral Health Care Needs of Youth Transitioning from Foster Care
- Policies Related to Youth Diabilites Aging Out of Foster Care and Access to Transition Services
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SW 7040: Methods of Social Work Practice
Human Diversity and Social Justice