Undergraduate Program Director and Associate Professor
Dr. Patricia Welch Saleeby is an Associate Professor at the SIUC School of Social Work. She is a leading expert on disability in social work and public health – recognized internationally for her scholarly work promoting the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in social work and the application of the Capability Approach as an alternative framework for better situating disability. Her work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and books across various disciplines. She has been an invited speaker and presenter at over 40 national and international meetings including presentations at Cambridge University in the UK, East China University of Science and Technology in China, and the University of Pavia in Italy.
Dr. Saleeby was one of the first social workers worldwide involved in the World Health Organization’s ICIDH revision process that led to the ICF. She was appointed as the professional representative by the National Association of Social Workers in the development of the ICF Clinical Manual. She has been a consultant for the American Psychological Association on ICF and Co-PI on a study examining ICF applications across clinical professions funded by the National Center for Health Statistics. Her related research efforts at Washington University School of Medicine involved evaluating community participation and the environment funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. As a National Science Foundation Fellowship recipient, she has conducted comparative research on disability policy in the U.S. and Japan.
Prior to coming to SIUC in 2012, Dr. Saleeby served on faculty at the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she was the Principal Investigator on a multi-year study examining the barriers to breast health services for women with disabilities funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She was Co-PI on two related projects funded by the local Komen Affiliate and the Missouri Foundation for Health in collaboration with Paraquad Center for Independent Living. Her recent research has expanded to evaluate the impact of rural communities on access to breast health care services for women with disabilities funded through a Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Award from University Women’s Professional Advancement and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. In 2013, Dr. Saleeby was selected for the Early Career Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Education and Human Services.
Dr. Saleeby has served in local and national leadership with organizations such as the American Parkinson Disease Association, American Public Health Association Barnes Jewish Hospital Auxiliary, Center for Hearing and Speech, Gifted Resource Council, National Association of Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the CSWE Diversity Center Advisory Taskforce, and she is a consulting editor for Health and Social Work.
Dr. Saleeby received a Ph.D. in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, M.S.S.A. in Non Profit Management/Social Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College in Ohio.