Shelton, Jama | MSW | PhD

Associate Professor
Phone: (212) 396-7548
Office: 449
Areas of Expertise:
LGBTQ youth homelessness
Child welfare and juvenile justice
Inclusion, support, and affirmation of LGBTQ youth in youth-serving systems
Social policy (macro and micro levels)
Qualitative and arts-based research methods

Ph.D., The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
M.S.W., New York University, Silver School of Social Work

Child Welfare: Children, Youth, and Families (platform course)

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Shelton, J. (in press). Transgender youth homelessness: Understanding programmatic barriers through the lens of cisgenderism. Children and Youth Services Review.

Shelton, J. (under review). Finding a gender home: Gender identity assertion among unstably housed transgender and gender expansive youth. Social Service Review.

Shelton, J. & Winkelstein, J. (2014). Librarians and Social Workers: Working Together for LGBTQ Youth. Young Adult Library Services, Fall 2014, 20-13.

Shelton, J. (2013). There’s no place like home? The experiences of unstably housed transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Doctoral Dissertation, CUNY Graduate Center.

Shelton, J., Sabatino, C., Winterkorn, G., Brigham, F. & Gay, H., (2011). Providing to one’s own community: A panel discussion. The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 15(2), 211-217.


Dr. Shelton is currently working on the Homeless Youth Risk and Resilience Study (HYRRS), a multi-city study of risk and protective factors among youth experiencing homelessness; and a research study, “They Should Just Ask: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Pronouns Among Homeless Youth,” which explores how, when, and what to ask regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. They are also co-editing a peer-reviewed book on LGBTQ2S youth homelessness in the U.S. and Canada, with Toronto-based researcher Alex Abramovich, in partnership with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness.