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Karla Arenas-Itotia

Karla Arenas-Itotia, M.A., MSSW, LMSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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

Philip Baiden

Philip Baiden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Suicide Prevention Research; Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); Adolescent Substance Use Behaviors; Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health; Barriers to Health Service Utilization; International Social Work Research

Ly-Huong Barrett

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

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

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

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Research Interests: Violence, Prevention Programming, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

LaShaunn Bold

LaShaunn Bold, LMSW
Associate Professor in Practice

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

Saltanat Childress

Saltanat Childress, PhD
Assistant Professor

Norman Cobb

Norman Cobb, PhD
Associate Professor

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

Ryon J. Cobb

Ryon J. Cobb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: His program of research elucidates how experiences of mistreatment combine with one’s racial identification to affect the health of adults in the United States.

Jandel Crutchfield

Jandel Crutchfield, Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: School social work in traditional and charter schools, cultural competence of school social workers, colorism and social work practice.

Maxine Davis

Maxine Davis, MSW, MBA, PhD
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Intimate partner violence/abuse perpetration; Community-based intervention; Black-American and Latin populations; Black-church; Religious-faith; Religion-spiritual abuse; Program evaluation; Community-engaged research (i.e. CBPR)

Sophia Fantus

Sophia Fantus, PhD
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Reproductive ethics, specializing in LGBTQ advocacy and inclusivity, moral distress, and clinical social work ethics.

Noelle Fields

Noelle Fields, Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Aging in Place, Home and Community-based Services, Family Caregiving, Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia, Assistive Technology, Transportation Equity

Pamela Fox

Pamela Fox, Ph.D., LCSW-S
Assistant Professor in Practice

Genevieve Graaf

Genevieve Graaf, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Children's Mental Health Policy and Service Systems; Evidence-Based Practice in Community Settings; Implementation Science and Knowledge Translation in Social Work; Medicaid Home and Community-Based Service Policies; Medicaid and disparities in access to care

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

Richard Hoefer

Richard Hoefer, PhD
Professor

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

Darlene Hunter

Darlene Hunter, LMSW, Ph.D. Family Studies
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Research Interests: Disability; Disability and Sports

Pamela Johnson

Pamela Johnson, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Catheleen Jordan

Catheleen Jordan, MSW, PhD, LCSW
Professor

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Research Interests: Family assessment and treatment, Family violence, Baby boomers, Technology and elders

Catherine LaBrenz

Catherine LaBrenz, PhD
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Child Welfare; Reunification; Permanence; Family Engagement

Jim Langford

Jim Langford, LCSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Kathy Lee

Kathy Lee, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Health and well-being of older adults with cognitive impairment, non-pharmacological interventions, social engagement, minority older adults and family caregivers, home- and community-based services, and health disparities.

Karen Magruder

Karen Magruder, LCSW
Director of Undergraduate Programs

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Research Interests: Aging, mental health, health promotion, long-term care, hospice, dementia, sustainability, environmental justice

Pamela Malone

Pamela Malone, PhD, LCSW, FT
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Research Interests: Loss and Grief, Trauma and Disaster, Adolescent Development, Substance Abuse Intervention and Treatment, Clinical Supervision

Rebecca Mauldin

Rebecca Mauldin, LMSW, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Aging, Social Integration/Isolation, Social Network Analysis, Social Support and Generosity

Diane Mitschke

Diane Mitschke, PhD, MSW
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

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

Marcela Nava

Marcela Nava, LMSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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

Anne Nordberg

Anne Nordberg, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor

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Research Interests: Problem-Solving Courts, Forensic Social Work, Populations At-Risk for Criminal Justice Involvement, Structural Violence, Qualitative Methodologies, Innovative Approaches to Reduce Recidivism

Tracy Orwig

Tracy Orwig, LCSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Research Interests: Health Interventions, Health Disparities, Health Literacy and the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Health Students

Diana Padilla-Medina

Diana Padilla-Medina, PhD, LMSW
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Latino adolescent dating violence, interpersonal violence in global contexts, Latino adolescent decision making.

Ashley Palmer

Ashley Palmer, PhD, LMSW
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Experiences and connections during the transition from adolescence into young adulthood as they relate to health and well-being; housing policy and interventions.

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, Ph.D., LMSW-AP
Director of Graduate Programs

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Research Interests: Trauma, Suicide, Military and Veteran Issues, Suicide, Suicide Bereavement, Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis (QIMS) and Social Work Education

Ericka Robinson-Freeman

Ericka Robinson-Freeman, LCSW
Associate Professor in Practice

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Research Interests: Retention and Empowerment of Social Workers within Child Welfare, primary medical needs challenges in foster and adoptive homes, youth aging out of foster care, and supportive services for families and children.

De’An O. Roper

De’An O. Roper, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor in Practice

Research Interests: Sexual and gender minority health disparities, the intersection of behavior change and technology, health risk behaviors, substance abuse, mental health and criminal justice.

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

Marie Salimbeni

Marie Salimbeni, Ph.D, LCSW CAS
Assistant Professor in Practice

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Research Interests: Forensic Social Work, Military Families and Children, Qualitative Research, Action Research, Race and Ethnicity, Relationship Violence and Prevention, Trauma, Higher Education, Student Development and Leadership, Community Education

Katherine Sanchez

Katherine Sanchez, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs
Associate Professor

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Research Interests: Integrated health care, mental health disparities, implementation science, health services research, behavioral health issues of disparity populations, cultural and linguistic competency in mental health services, social work in medical settings and disease management, motivational interviewing and other brief clinical interventions, and the role of social work in chronic disease care.

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

Donald Schuman

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

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Research Interests: Substance use disorders, addiction treatments and suicide prevention in the general population with emphasis on veterans and service members; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment, group psychotherapy, developing interdisciplinary health treatment teams, and measuring the impact and relevance of feedback on the treatment experience.

Eusebius Small

Eusebius Small, PhD
Associate Professor

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

Rachel Voth Schrag

Rachel Voth Schrag, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor

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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

Allison Tomlinson

Allison Tomlinson, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor in Practice
Diversity Studies Liaison

Research Interests: Maternal incarceration, stress theory and non-normative family stress, couple and marriage dynamics in African American families, and mental health.

Micki Washburn

Micki Washburn, PhD, LMSW, MA, LPC-S
Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Health disparities related to mental health and substance misuse in historically underserved communities, applications of technology in behavioral health assessment and treatment, mindfulness based clinical interventions for women with co-occurring mental health and substance use concerns, social policy related to SOGIE for child welfare involved youth and families.

Debra Woody

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

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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