Elissa Madden

PhD, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin
MSW, School of Social Work, Baylor University
BA, School of Social Work, Baylor University
Full Curriculum Vita
Research Interests
  • Child welfare (foster care)
  • Adoption (public and domestic)
  • Child and family mental health
  • Use of service learning in social work education
Selected Publications
  • Tobolowsky, B., Madden, E. E., & Scannapieco, M. (2017). Living on the edge: The postsecondary journeys of foster care alumni. College Student Affairs Journal, 35, 86-100. DOI: 10.1353/csj.2017.0007
  • Chanmugam, A., Madden, E. E., Hanna, M., Ayers-Lopez, S., McRoy, R. G., & Ledesma, K. (2017). Agency-related barriers experienced by families seeking to adopt from foster care. Adoption Quarterly, 20, 25-43. DOI: 10.1080/10926755.2015.1121187
  • Madden, E. E., Scannapieco, M., Killian, M., & Adorno, G. (2016). Exploratory factorial analysis and reliability of the Child Welfare Trauma-Informed Individual Assessment Tool. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 11, 58-72. DOI: 10.1080/15548732.2016.1231653
  • Madden, E. E., McRoy, R. G., Chanmugam, A., Kaufman, L., Ledesma, K., & Martin-Hushman, D. (2016). The impact of formal and informal respite care on foster and adoptive parents caring for children involved in the child welfare system. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 33, 523-534. DOI: 10.1007/s10560-016-0447-3
  • Cronley, C., Madden, E. E., & Davis, J. (2015). Making service-learning partnerships work: Listening and responding to community partners. Journal of Community Practice, 23 (2), 274-289. DOI: 10.1080/10705422.2015.1027801
  • Madden, E. E., Aguiniga, D., & Zellmann, K. T. (2014). Religious faith and depression among Child Protective Services involved mothers with young children. Journal of Family Strengths, 14(1), 1-20.
  • Zellmann, K. T., Madden, E. E., & Aguiniga, D. (2014). Bachelor of Social Work students and mental health stigma: Understanding student attitudes. Journal of Social Work Education, 50(4), 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2014.947900
  • Madden, E. E., Scannapieco, M., & Painter, K. (2014). An examination of retention and length of employment among public child welfare workers. Children and Youth Services Review, 41, 37-44. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.02.015
  • Madden, E. E., Davis, J., & Cronley, C. (2014). Comparative analysis of service learning in criminal justice and social work education. Journal of Teaching in Higher Education, 19(5), 470-483. DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2014.880680
  • Madden, E. E., & Aguiniga, D. (2013). Permanency outcomes of child protection mediation in Texas. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7(1), 98-121. DOI: 10.1080/15548732.2012.740442
  • Madden, E. E., Maher, E., McRoy, R. G., Ward, K., Peveto, L., & Stanley, A. (2012). Family reunification of youth in foster care with complex mental health needs: Barriers and recommendations. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 29, 221-240. DOI: 10.1007/s10560-012-0257-1
  • Faulkner, M., & Madden, E. E. (2012). Open adoption and post adoption birth family contact: A comparison of non-relative foster and private adoptions. Adoption Quarterly, 15(1), 35-56. DOI: 10.1080/10926755.2012.661333

Dr. Elissa Madden joined the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work in August 2016 after previously serving as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her primary research interest is in child welfare, with a particular focus on ways to promote permanency for children in foster care. Dr. Madden is a former child welfare conservatorship worker with Child Protective Services (CPS) in Texas. She is a licensed social worker and has extensive experience working with children and families in a variety of practice settings. Prior to working at CPS, she served as a project director for a transitional housing program and as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) social worker at a local hospital. Dr. Madden has co-authored publications regarding the need to increase adoptions from the public child welfare system and child welfare workforce issues and has presented numerous times at national child welfare and social work conferences regarding various child welfare topics, including post adoption services, the retention of child welfare workers, wraparound child welfare services, and openness in adoption. Additionally, Dr. Madden currently serves as the Assistant Editor of Adoption Quarterly, a peer-reviewed international, multidisciplinary journal that addresses continuity in adoption issues. Most recently, Dr. Madden was awarded a grant through the Donaldson Adoption Institute to complete a study to better understand the decision-making experiences of women and men who have placed a child for adoption, as well as the context in which options are discussed with expectant mothers and fathers by professionals in the adoption community.

Dr. Madden is married to David B. McLendon. They are the proud parents of Michael (2014).