PhD Students

Stephanie Ratliff


Master’s in Social Work, University of Kentucky
Bachelor’s in Social Work, University of Kentucky

Teaching Interests

  • Practicum
  • Child welfare courses
  • Social work practice with children and families

Research Interests

  • Intimate partner violence survivors with co-occurring substance use
  • Child welfare issues specific to substance use by families involved with public child welfare
  • Professional development of the public child welfare workforce
  • Social work field education


  • Pope, N.D., Gibson, A., Engelhardt, E., Ratliff, S., Lewinson, T. & Loeffler, D.N. (2022). Conversations about community, connection to place, and housing preferences among aging adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
  • Gibson, Pope, N., Loeffler, D., Ratliff, S., & Engelhardt, E. (2022). Identifying aging adults’ housing preferences: An age-friendly initiative. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 1–21.
  • Pope, N. D., Ratliff, S., Moody, S., & Benner, K. (2022). Peer support for new foster parents: A case study of the Kentucky Foster Parent Mentoring Program. Children and Youth Services Review,
  • Ratliff, S. H., Englehardt, E., Pope, N. D., & Gibson, A. (2021, April). Lexington home & neighborhood preferences survey. [Research Report].
  • Englehardt, E., Ratliff, S. H., Pope, N. D., & Gibson, A. (2021, April). Focus group research report: Lexington home preferences project. [Research Report].
  • Sanford, R.L., Ratliff, S.H., & Staton-Tindall, M. (2017). Working with parents who use alcohol and drugs. In L. Dixon, D. Perkins, L. Craig & C. Hamilton-Giachritsis (Eds.), What works in child protection: An evidenced-based approach to assessment and intervention in child protection (pp. 466-492). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Logan, T.K., Walker, R., Cole, J., Ratliff, S.H., & Leukefeld, C. (2003). Qualitative differences among rural and urban intimate violence victimization experiences & consequences: A pilot study. Journal of Family Violence, 18(2), 83-92.

Conference Presentations

  • Ratliff, S. H., Mayhorn, E., & Black, P. (2022, May). One true thing: Lessons learned from implementing and sustaining the Kentucky Public Child Welfare Certification Program. National Title IV-E Roundtable, Bowling Green, KY.
  • Sar, B.K. & Ratliff, S.H. (2022, May). The future for university-agency partnerships: What the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us. National Title IV-E Roundtable, Bowling Green, KY.
  • Ratliff, S. H., & Sar, B., (2020, November). Empower through education: Child welfare practice with families affected by substance use [Conference session]. Council on Social Work Education 66th Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Ratliff, S. H., & Carlton, K. (2019, October). Transforming child welfare workforce learning: Safe-guarding an evidence-informed curriculum while shifting to a hybrid course design, American Public Human Services Association National Staff Development Training Association Educational Conference, Columbus, OH.


Stephanie is a clinical instructor at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Social Work and is currently pursuing a PhD in social work. In her current faculty role, Stephanie serves as the Assistant Director of Social Work Field Education, and she is the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare Practice. She was also the Co-PI and director of the Credit for Learning (CFL) program, a Federal Title IV-E Child Welfare Program. Stephanie has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of mental health assessment, co-occurring disorders, policy, child welfare, and field education. She has more than 18 years of rural and urban-based practice experience in the areas of intimate partner violence, substance abuse, mental health, child welfare, and implementing coordinated community-based mental health and substance use assessment services across Kentucky. Additionally, she serves as a substance use and mental health content consultant and trainer for the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the state coalition of domestic violence shelters.