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Erica Shifflet-Chila - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Erica Shifflet-Chila

Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work | Michigan State University


Professor Shifflet-Chila focuses on public policy, homelessness, technology, and social work.






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Professor Shifflet-Chila focuses on public policy, homelessness, technology, and social work.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Social Work


Public Policy


Accomplishments (3)

The University of Michigan - Flint Maize and B lue Distinguished Scholarship Award Nominee (professional)


Michigan State University Graduate Office Fellowship Award (professional)

2006, 2007 and 2008

The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Social Work Merit Scholarship (professional)

2004 and 2005

Education (3)

Michigan State University: Ph. D., Social Work 2013

Dissertation Title: Information Technology and the Net Generation: The Impact of Technology and Adolescent Communication and Interaction

The University of Michigan: M.S.W, Social Work 2005

The University of Michigan-Flint: B.A.S.W., Education and Human Services 2004

Affiliations (4)

  • Council on Social Work Education, (2008 - Present)
  • National Association of Social Workers, ( 2002 - Present)
  • Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, President , ( 2003 - 2004 )
  • Golden Key In ternational Honor Society, ( 2003 - 2004 )

Journal Articles (1)

Adolescent and family development: Autonomy and identity in the digital age

Children and Youth Services Review

Erica D.Shifflet-Chila PhD, LMSW Rena D.Harold PhD, LMSW Victoria A.Fitton PhD, LMSW, ACSW Brian K.Ahmedani PhD, LMSW

2016 Adolescence is a time when youth are faced with multiple tasks that intersect and influence one another, e.g., increased desire for autonomy, salience of identity issues, peer orientation, self-focus and self-consciousness, and a continuing need for a safe environment in which to explore autonomy and identity. These all occur in a dynamic ecosystemic environment, which in the past would have mostly included family, peers, and school, but today also includes cyberspace as both a system, and a means to interact with many other systems through the use of multiple forms of information technology (IT). This paper uses the voices and experiences of 128 adolescents, captured in qualitative interviews, to look at autonomy and identity in the digital age as they talk about their parents vis Ă  vis their use of IT...

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