Kelli Canada

Kelli Canada


Associate Director of Research and Associate Professor

Research at a glance

Research Topics

Research Summary

Dr. Canada studies interventions to improve health and mental health for adults with mental illnesses who contact the criminal-legal system.


  • PhD, University of Chicago, 2012
  • MSW, Columbia University, 2003
  • BA, DePauw University, 2001

Research interests

Serious Mental Illness; Clinical Social Work; Older Adults; Mental Health Courts; Criminal Justice System and Mental Illness.

Teaching interests

Clinical Social Work Practice; Psychiatric Social Work; Advanced Clinical Practice.

Select publications

Canada, K. E., Huebner, B., Garcia-Hallett, J., Givens, A., Inzana, V., Taylor, E., & Peters, C. (in press). Community-engaged prison-based research in a pandemic: The efficacy of summative content analysis for understanding prison culture and climate. Journal of Crime & Justice

Popejoy, L. L., Vogelsmeier, A. L., Canada, K. E., Kist, S., Miller, S. J., Galambos, C., Alexander, G. L., Crecelius, C., & Rantz, M. (2022). A call to address RN, social work, and APRNs in nursing homes: Solutions from MOQI. Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

Canada, K. E., Easter, D., & Banks, A. (2021). Paving the path for tele-mental health services: Transitions in a student-led behavioral health clinic during COVID-19. Journal of Social Work Education, 57(1), 4-18.

Canada, K. E. (2021). Behavioral health services following release from jail: A widening racial disparity gap. American Journal of Public Health, 111(2), 178-179.

Canada, K. E., Watson, Amy C., & O’Kelley, S. (2020). Utilizing crisis intervention teams (CIT) in prison to improve officer knowledge, stigmatizing attitudes, and perception of response options. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 48(1), 10-31.


2016 Distinguished Teacher Award, MU College of Human Environmental Sciences.

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