- Foster care
- Child and Family Services
- Permanency Planning
- Mental health services for children and adolescents in foster care
- Following foster youth into adulthood
- Evidence-based mental health practice for children and adolescents (certificate program)
- Social work practice
- Child and adolescent mental health issues
Eight years direct practice experience in child welfare settings
Selected Recent Publications
Leathers, S.J., Falconnier, L., & Spielfogel, J.E. (in press). Predicting Family Reunification, Adoption, and Subsidized Guardianship Among Adolescents in Foster Care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.
Leathers, S.J., Atkins, M.S., Spielfogel, J.E., McMeel, L.S., Wesley, J.M., & Davis, R. (2009). Context-specific mental health services for foster children. Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 1289-1297.
Leathers, S.J., McMeel, L., Prabhughate, A., & Atkins, M.S. (2009). Trends in Child Welfare's Focus on Children's Mental Health and Mental Health Services from 1980-2004. Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 445-450.
Affiliations, Associations & Consultations
Member, Society for Social Work Research
Member, IL Division of Mental Health Committee on Evidence-based Practice for Children Initiative
Consultant, California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
Children and Youth Services Review