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Aging

Randy Basham

Randy Basham, PhD
Associate Professor

Faculty Profile
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

Noelle Fields

Noelle Fields, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor

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

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

Ling Xu

Ling Xu, PhD
Assistant Professor

Faculty Profile
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


Children and Families

Karla Arenas-Itotia

Karla Arenas-Itotia, LMSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

Faculty Profile
Research Interests: Family, Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Violence Prevention, Trauma, Victim Services, Relationship and Sexual Violence, Higher Education, Student Development and Leadership, Field, Mental Heath, Community Education

Philip Baiden

Philip Baiden, PhD
Assistant Professor

Faculty Profile
Research Interests: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Bullying and Suicide-Related Behaviors, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Child Abuse and Neglect, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health, Social Support and Complete Mental Health, International Social Work Research.

Beverly Black

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

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

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

Catheleen Jordan

Catheleen Jordan, PhD, LCSW
Professor

Faculty Profile
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

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

Sabine Rakos

Sabine Rakos
Assistant Professor in Practice

Research Interests: individual, marriage, and family practice, mental health, substance misuse, employee assistance programs, affirmative therapy and LGBT, behavioral health clinic and program administration, and clinical supervision

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

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, University/Agency Collaborations and Workforce Development

Dawnetta Smith

Dawnetta Smith, Ed.D. MSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Research Interests: Community Capacity Building, Poverty, Economic Supports, Health, Low-Income Single Mothers and Families, Student Development, Non-Profit Administration, Higher Education Administration, Policy, and Advocacy

Rachel Voth Schrag

Rachel Voth Schrag, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor

Faculty Profile
Research Interests: Violence Against Women, Trauma and Mental Health, Convergence of Poverty and Interpersonal Trauma, Violence Against Women in Diverse Educational Settings; Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Intervention


Health

Philip Baiden

Philip Baiden, PhD
Assistant Professor

Faculty Profile
Research Interests: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Bullying and Suicide-Related Behaviors, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Child Abuse and Neglect, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health, Social Support and Complete Mental Health, International Social Work Research.

Marcela Gutierrez

Marcela Gutierrez, LMSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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

Diane Mitschke

Diane Mitschke, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor
MSW Program Director

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

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

Regina T. Praetorius

Regina T. 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

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


Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Karla Arenas-Itotia

Karla Arenas-Itotia, LMSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

Faculty Profile
Research Interests: Family, Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Violence Prevention, Trauma, Victim Services, Relationship and Sexual Violence, Higher Education, Student Development and Leadership, Field, Mental Heath, Community Education

Philip Baiden

Philip Baiden, PhD
Assistant Professor

Faculty Profile
Research Interests: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Bullying and Suicide-Related Behaviors, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Child Abuse and Neglect, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health, Social Support and Complete Mental Health, International Social Work Research.

Ly-Huong Barrett

Ly-Huong Barrett, JD, LMSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

Faculty Profile
Research Interests: Health and Mental Health, Risk Management, Professional Ethics, Field, Leadership and Professional Development

Randy Basham

Randy Basham, PhD
Associate Professor

Faculty Profile
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

Norman Cobb

Norman Cobb, PhD
Associate Professor

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

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

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

Regina T. Praetorius

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

Faculty Profile
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

Sabine Rakos

Sabine Rakos
Assistant Professor in Practice

Research Interests: individual, marriage, and family practice, mental health, substance misuse, employee assistance programs, affirmative therapy and LGBT, behavioral health clinic and program administration, and clinical supervision

Rachel Voth Schrag

Rachel Voth Schrag, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor

Faculty Profile
Research Interests: Violence Against Women, Trauma and Mental Health, Convergence of Poverty and Interpersonal Trauma, Violence Against Women in Diverse Educational Settings; Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Intervention

Debra Woody

Debra Woody, PhD
Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
PhD Program Director

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


Community and Administrative Practice

Courtney Cronley

Courtney Cronley, PhD
Assistant Professor

Faculty Profile
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

Marcela Gutierrez

Marcela Gutierrez, LMSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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

Rebecca Hegar

Rebecca Hegar, PhD, LCSW, ACSW
Professor

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

Richard Hoefer

Richard Hoefer, PhD
Professor

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

Dawnetta Smith

Dawnetta Smith, Ed.D. MSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

Faculty Profile
Research Interests: Community Capacity Building, Poverty, Economic Supports, Health, Low-Income Single Mothers and Families, Student Development, Non-Profit Administration, Higher Education Administration, Policy, and Advocacy