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Alberta "Bert" Ellett

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279 Williams Street, Rm 353
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-5409

Teaching Specialties
Social Work with Abusing and Neglecting Families
Social Work in Foster Care and Adoptions

Research Interests
Child welfare workforce issues, e.g. recruitment, selection, retention, turnover
Child welfare and the courts
Evaluation of child welfare education
Development and validation of measures of self-efficacy, human caring, organizational culture

Alberta J. "Bert" Ellett

Ph.D., Social Work, Louisiana State University
MSW, University of Georgia
B.S., Microbiology, University of Alabama

Alberta J. "Bert" Ellett joined the School of Social Work faculty in 2000. She is nationally known as a leader in promoting the continued professionalization of child welfare. Her research interests and specializations center on developing child welfare organizations and strengthening their holding power in ways that retain and promote the development of competent child welfare staff.

Professor Ellett has over 25 years of direct practice and administration in child welfare in Georgia and Louisiana at all organizational levels. From 1979-1982 she was the associate director of the Adoption Curriculum for Placing Children with Special Needs program funded by the Children's Bureau and training conducted in the 10 federal Department of Health and Human Services regions. She was the principal investigator of several research/evaluation and instructional grants/contracts totalling more than $7 million, including a large, mixed methods 2003 statewide study in Georgia of child welfare staff retention and turnover, the Georgia Employee Selection Protocol completed in 2007, the Children's Bureau two-year Doctoral Research Fellowship grant, and PI and director of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program at UGA since 2000.

Ellett's honors include the 2010 Council of Social Work Education Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award. In 2014 she was named a Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Ellett's scholarly child welfare publications include 20 refereed journal articles, four book chapters, five book reviews, and several major reports. She has presented over sixty evaluation and research papers at national child welfare and social work conferences and professional meetings. Ellett was co-editor of the Journal of Public Child Welfare (2004-2010) and has served as editor-in-chief since 2011. She served secretary of the Society for Social Work and Research from 2008-2011 and was re-elected for 2011-2014.


Selected Publications

Ellett, A. J. (in press). Child protective services maltreatment investigation/assessment: An overview for attorneys. In D. N. Duquette, A. M. Haralambie, & V. S. Sankaran (Eds.). Child welfare law and practice: Representing children, parents and state agencies in abuse, neglect and dependency cases, 2nd Ed. (Redbook). Bradford Publishing, Co.: Denver, CO.

"Ellett, A. J. (2014). A first-hand account of Title IV-E child welfare initiatives in social work education and practice. Advances in Social Work 15(1), 63-79.

Ellett, A.J. (2013). Developing a better future for children and families in the United States: Toward a shared vision for child welfare. In K. Nelson & A. A. Lieberman (Eds.), Women & Children First: The Contribution of the Children’s Bureau to Social Work Education (199-220). Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.