Dr. Cristina Nedelcu is a lecturer at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Nedelcu is a licensed independent social worker and has a doctorate in Social Welfare. Her research in child welfare focuses on three areas: 1) impact of early deprivation on child development; 2) family, children and systemic issues in adoptions; 3) early adult developmental transitions of vulnerable populations, specifically young adults in the foster care system and international adoptees who were subjected to institutional deprivation before adoption.
Dr. Nedelcu has extensive teaching experience: she has taught over the years numerous graduate level courses in social work theory, research and practice. Dr. Nedelcu is highly skilled in curriculum development. She has developed multiple practice, policy and research courses for the Mandel School’s virtual program. Since 2002, Dr. Nedelcu has been involved in various child welfare technical assistance, research and training projects in Cleveland. Her research, training and technical assistance has been used to change public policy, develop social services and improve the quality of the workforce in child welfare.