- The Catholic University of America, PhD, Clinical Social Work, 2015
- University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Social Work, MSW, Clinical Social Work, 1985
- Western Maryland College (McDaniel College), BA, Social Work, Interpreter Training Program (ASL), 1983
Dr. Ellen Schaefer-Salins became an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Salisbury University in the Fall of 2016. She is also the Director of the Center for Families in Transition, a mental health private practice for clients who are deaf and hard of hearing. Her interests include mental health for people with disabilities, especially the deaf population, diversity issues, and international studies. She also has an interest in the writings of Lewis Carroll.