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Faculty and Staff

Gail Adorno

Gail Adorno, PhD, LCSW, ACSW
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: End-of-life and Palliative Care, Geriatric Oncology, Health and Social Work, Identity Theory, Qualitative Methods

Randy Basham

Randy Basham, PhD
Associate Professor

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Research Interests: Program and Practice Evaluation, Research Methods, Information Technology, Health and Behavioral Health Aging,Child Welfare and Disaster Response, Service Delivery, Group Measurement, International Issues, Sustainability

Beverly Black

Beverly Black, PhD
Jillian Michelle Smith Professor in Family Violence Research
PhD Director

817-272-3928
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Research Interests: Violence, Prevention Programming, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

LaShaunn Bold

LaShaunn Bold, LMSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Research Interests: Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, Victim Services, Community Development, Non-profit management, Volunteer Coordination

Bruce Bower

Bruce Bower, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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John Bricout

John Bricout, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Community Outreach

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Research Interests: Social technologies and the community participation of people with disabilities Building social work research capacity through university-community partnerships. Disability, Assistive Technology, Technology and Ethics, Community Participation

Norman Cobb

Norman Cobb, PhD
Associate Professor

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Research Interests: Mental Health Treatment, Cognitive and Behavioral Theory, Decision making, Professional Ethics

Courtney Cronley

Courtney Cronley, PhD
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Organizational and Community Influences on the Prevalence of Social Issue Homelessness and New Technologies Community-level Social Control Geographic Convergence of Race, Economics, and Social Issues. Research Interests: Homelessness, Community Development, Organizational Change, Program Evaluation, Community-based Research, Implementation of New Technologies Within Social Systems, Service Learning

Noelle Fields

Noelle Fields, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Aging in Place, Caregiving, Adult Day Care, Dementia, Assistive Technology

Jan Finch

Jan Finch, PhD
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Marcela Gutierrez

Marcela Gutierrez, LMSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Research Interests: Health Equity, Community Based  Participatory Research, Immigration, Policy Advocacy

Kiva Harper

Kiva Harper, MSSW, LCSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Research Interests: Military Social Work, Trauma Therapy (PTSD, Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault), Traumatic Grief

Rebecca Hegar

Rebecca Hegar, PhD, LCSW, ACSW
Professor

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Research Interests: Child Welfare, Kinship Care, Supervision and Mid-level Management, Social Work History, Social Work and Law

Jane Hickerson

Jane Hickerson, PhD
Assistant Professor in Practice
Assistant Dean of Field Education

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Richard Hoefer

Richard Hoefer, PhD
Professor

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Research Interests: Program Evaluation; Nonprofit Management; Social Policy; Comparative Social Policy; and Nonprofit Advocacy

Catheleen Jordan

Catheleen Jordan, PhD, LCSW
Professor

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Research Interests: Family assessment and treatment, clinical research and program evaluation, Family Violence, Baby Boomers and their Elderly Parents,  Elders and Technology

Michael Killian

Michael Killian, PhD
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Social Work Practice with Children and Families, Pediatric Chronic Illnesses and Adherence to Medical Regimens, Quality of Life and Long-term Health Outcomes in Pediatric Chronic Illnesses

Pamela Kleespies

Pamela Kleespies, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Jim Langford

Jim Langford, LCSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Peter Lehmann

Peter Lehmann, PhD
Professor

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Research Interests: Child Welfare practice signs of safety, Therapeutic Alliance Building and Social Work, Domestic Violence Offender Populations, Solution Focused Fidelity Development

Marta Mercado-Sierra

Marta Mercado-Sierra, PhD
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Diane Mitschke

Diane Mitschke, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor
MSW Program Director

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Research Interests: Health and Mental Health of Vulnerable Populations; Refugee and Immigrant Health and wellness

Anne Nordberg

Anne Nordberg, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Mental Health, Racial Disparities

Vijayan Pillai

Vijayan Pillai, PhD
Professor

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Research Interests: Adolescent social problems , Reproductive health , National and International social policy, Population, Community Planning, Demographic Techniques, Zambia, Social Policy, Reproductive rights, Development

Philip Popple

Philip Popple, PhD
Professor

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Regina Praetorius

Regina Praetorius, PhD, LMSW-AP
Associate Professor
BSW Program Director

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Research Interests: Trauma, Suicide, Veterans' Issues, Social Work Education, Somatization of Mental Health Issues, Suicide, Suicide Bereavement, Impacts of Community and Individual traumas, Military Social Work, Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis (QIMS) and Social Work Education

Ericka Robinson-Freeman

Ericka Robinson-Freeman, MSW, LMSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Scott Ryan

Scott Ryan, MSW, MBA, PhD
Dean and Jenkins Garrett Professor

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Research Interests: Leadership in Higher Education, Child Welfare/Adoptions, Intervention Research, Systematic Review Syntheses and Survey Methodology

Katherine Sanchez

Katherine Sanchez, LCSW, PhD
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Integrated Health Care, Treatment of Mental Health in Primary Care Settings, Mental Health Issues of Latino Populations, Linguistic Competency in Mental Health Services, Motivational Interviewing, and Multilingual Family Issues

Maria Scannapieco

Maria Scannapieco, PhD, MSW
Professor

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Research Interests: Child Welfare, Implementation, Indian Child Welfare, Youth Aging Out Foster Care, Child Maltreatment, Mental Health Problems of Children and Adolescents, Kinship Care, Unversity/Agency Collaborations and Workforce Development

Donald Schuman

Donald Schuman, PhD, LCSW, LCDC
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Eusebius Small

Eusebius Small, PhD
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: International Social Work, The Intersection of HIV and Contextual Social Norms, Adolescent Risk Behaviors, Comparative Social Policy

Alexa Smith-Osborne

Alexa Smith-Osborne, PhD, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Associate Professor

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Research Interests: Intervention and resiliency research in veterans' health, child and adolescent mental health, maternal and child health, and for persons who are differently-abled; outcomes and intervention evaluation; mixed methods research designs and methodologies. Intervention, Life Course Trajectory Anomalies, Resiliency Research Military and Veterans' Health/Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Health/Mental Health, Maternal and Child Health

Debra Woody

Debra Woody, PhD
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

817-272-9474
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Research Interests: Substance Abuse, School Based Social Work Services

Ling Xu

Ling Xu, PhD
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Aging, grandparents, ethnicity (Chinese), assistive technology, Intergenerational Support and Healthy Aging, Health Disparity, Health Care Utilization, Acculturative Stress, Social support and Well-being of Older Adults, Asian American Older Adults