School of Social Work

Patricia Welch Saleeby


Assistant Professor of Social Work

206 Bellerive Hall
Telephone: 314-516-4654
Fax: 314-516-6416

Office Hours:  By appointment. Schedule by e-mail (preferred) or telephone.

Education:  Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis; M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University; B.A., Oberlin College


Research Interests:  Social Health and Disability Policy; Disability and Chronic Conditions; Health Disparities; International Health Systems; Social and Economic Development

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Patricia Welch Saleeby, Assistant Professor, received her BA from Oberlin College, MSSA from Case Western Reserve University, and she has completed her Ph.D. at Washington University. Her professional areas of interest include social, health, and disability policy, disability and chronic conditions, health disparities, international health systems, and social and economic development.

She has conducted research at Washington University School of Medicine on several projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a National Science Foundation Fellowship recipient, she conducted a comparative research project on disability policy between the U.S. and Japan. Most recently she has been the principal investigator on a grant funded by the Japan ICF Collaborating Center, World Health Organization Family of International Classifications, in which she has been examining the subjective aspect of functioning and disability and developing an electronic data base of literature on this subject

Trish has consulted for multiple organizations in the area of disability and health including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Locally, she has worked with the Starkloff Disability Institute in collaboration with the East-West Gateway Council of Governments to improve the accessibility of transportation services in the Greater St. Louis area. Currently, she is consulting with Paraquad Center for Independent Living to improve breast health services for women with disabilities on two related projects funded by the St. Louis Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Her clinical experiences include practice as a group home supervisor for the Lorain County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in Ohio and as a program specialist at the American Youth Foundation in St. Louis. She is the current Board President of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association.