School of Social Work
Shelby McDonald, Ph.D.
I received my bachelor's and master's of social work from North Carolina State University. During my graduate studies, I worked as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Family and Community Engagement, a research center that promotes community and government partnerships and provides training and evaluation for child welfare practitioners in North Carolina.
Prior to doctoral studies, I worked as an adoption social worker within a North Carolina county department of social services.
Based on my practice experience and personal experience as an international adoptee, my research interests broadly focus on the mental health and well-being of children with involvement in child welfare systems in the United States and globally and on interventions that support positive longterm outcomes for this population.