Interest areas: Dissemination and implementation science; Child and adolescent mental health; Recovery-oriented system transformation; Trauma-informed practice and policy; Child welfare; Poverty and inequality; Quality improvement in social service agencies; Public health; Mixed methods
Dissertation title: "HIV Stigma and Gender: A Mixed Methods Study of People Living with HIV in Hyderabad, India"
Interest areas: Poverty and Inequality; Welfare Policy; Income Instability; Social Networks; Social Capital; Financial Health and Mental Health and Well-Being; Earned Income Tax Credit; Work/Family Balance; Financial strategies of single parents; Quantitative methods; Qualitative methods; Mixed methods
Interest areas: Substance use disorder services and policies; behavioral and physical health disparities; health systems and services integration; Asian American and Pacific Islander populations; recovery support and mutual aid
Dissertation title: "Understanding Addiction Recovery and the Scope of Services Within a Publicly-Funded Recover-Oriented System of Care"
Interest areas: Community based violence prevention and mental health promotion
Interest areas: Community organizing, individual and organizational political identity
Interest areas: Global mental health service provision, victims of political violence
Interest areas: Equity in higher education, postsecondary transitions, inequalities in college access, college choice strategies, urban education, higher education reform
Interest areas: Refugee children and adolescent development; schooling among disadvantaged populations; school social work and urban education; school-based interventions; international social work; qualitative research methods
Dissertation title: "Studying School Supports and Student Engagement among Iraqi Refugee Youth: A Case Study Design"
Bridgette M. Davis
Interest Areas: Transitions to Adulthood; Disconnected Youth; Post-Secondary Education and Employment Organizations; Policy Advocacy; Race, Poverty, and Place
Interest areas: Undocumented Immigrant Youth and Young Adults, Immigration Policy, Adolescent Development and the Transition to Adulthood, Developmental and Educational Trajectories of Immigrant and Minority Youth, Identity Development
Dissertation title: "The Impact of Legal Status and Timing of Immigration: The Incorporation Experiences and Developmental Trajectories of Undocumented Adolescent Arrivals"
Interest Areas: Work-family policy; Poverty and inequality; Work supports and barriers to employment; Integrated social service delivery; Mixed methods
Interest areas: Reproductive health and justice
Interest areas: Older foster youth, Chinese child welfare policy and social work profession development
Interest areas: Child welfare policy and practice; bureaucracy; institutions; organizational theory; public-private partnerships; psychotropic drugs
Dissertation title: "An Ethnographic Study of Psychotropic Drugs and Professional Practices in Illinois's Child Welfare System"
Interest areas: HIV Interventions among Gay and Bisexual Men of Color
Dissertation title: "Exploring the Impact of Antiretroviral-Based Prevention Strategies on the Institutional Logics of HIV Prevention: Implications for Community-Based Organizations"
Interest areas: Fathers and fathering; Father engagement and involvement; Fathers involved in the child welfare system; Young fathers under the care of the child welfare system; Fatherhood programs and interventions; Fathers and child development; African American fathers; Incarcerated fathers; Social support among fathers; Child support enforcement; Theories of father involvement
Interest areas: Positive youth development; afterschool programs; school social work; alternative youth services; adventure therapy; adolescent health; adolescent sexuality
Dissertation title: "Out-of-School Activities, Noncognitive Factors and Academic Performance"
Interest areas: Investigating social inequities and health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth; LGBTQ youth in the criminal legal system; HIV prevention
Dissertation title: "A mixed methods study examining criminal legal system involvement among young transgender women"
Interest areas: Organizational Cultures and Program Effectiveness
Dissertation title: "Needs and Numbers: Perceptions of Performance Contracts in Human Service Organizations"
Amanda Michelle Jones
Interest areas: Youth Homelessness; LGBTQ Youth; Anti-Oppressive Social Work and Research; Trauma-Informed Social Work; Social Work with Groups; Community Organizing; Youth Participatory Action Research; Adolescent/Young Adult Development; Youth Political and Civic Engagement; Qualitative Research Methods; Evaluation Research; Visual Sociology; Research-based Arts
Dissertation title: "It's Complicated: The Relationship Between Structural Violence in Youth Homelessness Policy and the Lives of LGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness"
Interest areas: Poverty; Child Development
Dissertation title: "Workplace Flexibility, Family Relationships, and Family Resources for Single and Two Parent Households"
Interest areas: Social Inequality and Policy, Identity Formation, Decision-Making, Positive Youth Outcomes, and Urban Education
Interest areas: Substance Abuse Services
Dissertation title: "Effect of Organizational Factors on Integrated Service Intervention and Outcomes for Substance-Involving Parents in the Child Welfare System"
Interest areas: Health Services Research, Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health, Clinical Social Work Practice in the Healthcare Context, Health Policy, Medicaid
Interest areas: Social Service Disparities; Nonprofit Engagement; Social Policy; Economic Inequalities
Dissertation title: "Assisting the Latino Diaspora: Human Service Availability in New Immigrant Destinations"
Interest areas: Childhood regulatory disorders; Family support
Interest areas: Social Capital; Social Networks and Social Support for Children Affected by HIV/AIDS; Child Poverty and Asset Building Policies; International Comparative Welfare Policies
Dissertation title: "Family Economic Strengthening and Non-kin Support Networks for AIDS-Orphaned Children Living in Low Resource Communities"
Megan Nordquest Schwallie
Interest areas: Direct Practice and Psychotherapy; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Qualitative Research Methods
Dissertation title: "Familial Experiences and Perspectives of Childhood OCD: A Qualitative Study and Clinical Analysis"
Interest areas: Ethnographic Methods; Immigration and Immigrant Youth; Youth Political Participation Youth Activism; Urban Governance; Community; Education
Interest areas: Child welfare systems and services, service provision in the juvenile justice system, educational programming for vulnerable children and youth, and service integration between child welfare and other social services systems serving children and families
Dissertation title: "The influence of social surroundings on juvenile and criminal justice involvement of 17-year-olds transitioning from foster care to adulthood: A longitudinal and life-course approach"
Interest areas: Ethnic minority immigrant youth development; Intersection of race/ethnicity, and culture in immigrant youth development; The racialization process of ethnic minority immigrant youth both in home and host society; Asian American family process
Sunggeun (Ethan) Park
Interest areas: Community development & nonprofits
Interest areas: Violence Prevention, Program Evaluation, Mental Health, & Impact of Exposure to Community Violence
Interest areas: Ethnographic Methods; Urban Spaces and Movement; System-Involved Youth
Interest areas: Disability and incarceration; intellectual and developmental disabilities; disabilities and health and crime policy; racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care and the criminal justice system among people with disabilities.
Interest areas: Criminal-Legal Actors as Street-Level Bureaucrats; Discretion and Decision-Making Among Criminal-Legal Actors; Discretion as a Tool to Transform Penal Policies and Practices
Interest areas: Liminally legal statuses; immigration policy; immigrant integration; formerly long-term incarcerated re-integration; law and society
Bikki Tran Smith
Interest areas: mental health and health care access, ACA implementation, GIS
Jill E. Spielfogel
Interest areas: Parenting in social context, Child welfare practice, Relational therapeutic contexts, and Child welfare permanency planning
Dissertation title: "Relationships between birth parents and foster parents: Do they matter for child well-being and permanency?"
Interest areas: Race and Ethnicity; Urban Poverty; Sociology of Punishment; Reentry and Desistance from Crime; Intersection of Mental Health and the Criminal Legal System; Social Policy; Critical Social Work
Dissertation title: "The New Rehabilitationism? Examining Mental Health Courts in an Age of Neoliberal Penal Governance"
Interest areas: U.S. health care policy and its impact on immigrant communities, especially for members with precarious legal status; Social work education and immigration policy
Interest areas: Social determinants of maternal and infant health, health across life course