Elissa Madden, Ph.D.

Elissa Madden, Ph.D.

Board Member

Elissa Madden is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).  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 hospital.  Dr. Madden has co-authored several publications regarding the need increase adoptions from the public child welfare system 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.  Dr. Elissa Madden received a Ph.D. in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin and an MSW and a BA in Social Work from Baylor University. Elissa began teaching at UTA in the Fall of 2010.