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Phylicia Allen Photo
  • Phylicia Allen

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  • African American adolescents; internal, external- and neighborhood assets; educational trajectory; K-12 education structure
Enoch Azasu Photo
Darejan Dvalishvili Photo
  • Darejan Dvalishvili

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  • Child maltreatment and Child Welfare; Gender-Based Violence, Child Poverty, Economic Strengthening Interventions, Global Child Protection
Eleni Gaveras Photo
  • Eleni Gaveras

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  • Homelessness, homelessness among veterans, serious mental illness with a focus on serious symptoms of PTSD, stigma, LGBT veterans, and mental health service delivery global and domestic settings
Mark Hawes Photo
  • Mark Hawes

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  • Health and healthcare inequities impacting adults with serious mental illness (SMI); community integration of adults with SMI; implementation science
Dominique Horton Photo
  • Dominique Horton

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  • African American families, education equity and outcomes, education policy, mental health interventions, racism and poverty
Ashley Jackson Photo
  • Ashley Jackson

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  • Police Violence, Racial & Legal Socialization, Mental Health, Mixed-Methods Research
Kakada Kuy Photo
  • Kakada Kuy

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  • Social policy on aging, intersections of technology and aging, and impacts of Asian family breakdown, labor immigration and past traumatic experiences on well-beings of older adults
Kyle Pitzer Photo
  • Kyle Pitzer

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  • Urban poverty; neighborhood effects; community development
Christopher Weatherly Photo
  • Christopher Weatherly

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  • Climate Change and Mental Health; Rural Mental Health; Participatory and Community-Based Research; Severe and Persistent Mental Illness
Yingying Zeng Photo
  • Yingying Zeng

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  • Poverty, asset building policy and community development
Jihye Baek Photo
  • Jihye Baek

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Aging in place; Social and health service integration; Housing and Neighborhood; Service coordination; Socioeconomically marginalized older adults; Technology in Aging
Dennis W. Boyd Jr. Photo
  • Dennis W. Boyd Jr.

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • African American mother-son dyad & school success for AFAM & Latinx youth
Kyria Brown Photo
  • Kyria Brown

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Maternal child health equity; Street-involved women and pregnancy
Jun-Hong Chen Photo
  • Jun-Hong Chen

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Poverty prevention and alleviation; child and family well-being, inequality
Jacquelyn Coats Photo
  • Jacquelyn Coats

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • mental and physical health disparities among Black Americans, racial discrimination, organizational climate, and religion as a protective factor
Flora Cohen Photo
  • Flora Cohen

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Global mental health and psychosocial support, humanitarian settings, implementation science in low resource settings, and community-based interventions
Fithi Embaye Photo
  • Fithi Embaye

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Early childhood education policy and intervention research, child welfare, global child mental health, child trauma and resilience study, school and community based interventions, social determinants of health, Africa, immigrants, refugees
Cao Fang Photo
  • Cao Fang

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Services for children and families impacted by MH; Autism spectrum
Maria Gandarilla Ocampo Photo
  • Maria Gandarilla Ocampo

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Child maltreatment epidemiology and child welfare policy; well-being across the life span; Group work and interdisciplinary teamwork
Greg Gross Photo
  • Greg Gross

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Social Determinants of Health; HIV prevention/intervention; Community-based Participatory Research
Tzu-Hsin Huang Photo
  • Tzu-Hsin Huang

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Youth development among minority and traumatized youth
Xuan Huang Photo
  • Xuan Huang

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • School bullying intervention, Violence prevention & Building resilience in children who experienced trauma
Dylan Jones Photo
  • Dylan Jones

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Improving outcomes for children involved in child welfare and kinship care; Administrative data
Christi Lero Photo
  • Christi Lero

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Palliative, hospice and end-of-life care; dementia and dementia caregiving; death, dying, bereavement, grief, loss; death education, perceptions and practices; qualitative methods; narrative research
Woodjerry Louis Photo
  • Woodjerry Louis

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Youth MH/Young men of color with a focus on EBP dev and implementation
Ashley Maier Photo
  • Ashley Maier

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Sexual health and healthy relationships
Kelley McCall Photo
  • Kelley McCall

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Subs Abuse/MH and AIAN health
Molly McLay Photo
  • Molly McLay

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Creative Gender-based violence; creative writing interventions; prevention education; trauma-focused therapies; social norms theory, especially around gender and sexuality; clinical practice; implementation science; intervention research; women’s issues
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  • Selina Miller Forsyth

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Intervention and policy research for financial capability and asset building
Josephine Nabayinda Photo
  • Josephine Nabayinda

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Women’s global econ empower/microfinance
Flavia Namuwonge Photo
  • Flavia Namuwonge

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Children, adolescents/youth and families impacted by poverty, HIV/AIDS, and poor mental health functioning
Jennifer Nattabi Photo
  • Jennifer Nattabi

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Global child and adolescent well-being; Global policy
Deidi Olaya Rodriguez Photo
  • Deidi Olaya Rodriguez

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Interpersonal violence, gender, prevention, politics and institutional responses to sexual violence
Soobin Park Photo
  • Soobin Park

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Aging in place and cognitive impairment
JaNiene Peoples Photo
  • JaNiene Peoples

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Mental health disparities; substance use; health behavior change; risk and resilience in adolescence and emerging adulthood; intervention research
Nancy Pérez-Flores Photo
  • Nancy Pérez-Flores

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Physical and mental health disparities among racial and ethnic communities, specifically the Latinx community
Mustafa Rfat Photo
  • Mustafa Rfat

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Refugee youth well-being and disability-focus on Middle East
Helen Robinson Photo
  • Helen Robinson

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Multi-systemic impacts of community-based intervention research, collective efficacy in communities of color, youth development in urban settings
Emani Sargent Photo
  • Emani Sargent

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • LGBTQ persons of color and health equity
Katie Shires Photo
  • Katie Shires

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Child maltreatment, adolescent development, intergenerational trauma & trauma-informed interventions
Peter Sun Photo
  • Peter Sun

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Productive engagement in later life, aging in place, minority aging
Yadira Tejeda Photo
  • Yadira Tejeda

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Gender in child welfare; Latinx families
Daniela Tuda Photo
  • Daniela Tuda

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Evidence-based practice, mental health, implementation science
Tysen Tyson Photo
  • Tysen Tyson

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Social Justice and Health Disparities; LGBTQ+ Comorbidity (MH/SA) Recovery Models; Intervention Research; Evidence-Based Clinical Practice; Heterosexism and Racism; Intersectionality mixed-research methods
Xinli (Sinko) Wang Photo
  • Xinli (Sinko) Wang

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Child Maltreatment Prevention; Program Evaluation and Intervention Research
Wynette Whitegoat Photo
  • Wynette Whitegoat

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • AIAN positive parenting; educational success
Yuanyuan Yang Photo
  • Yuanyuan Yang

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Poverty policy; Asset-building; Evidenced-based mental health interventions
Haotian Zheng Photo
  • Haotian Zheng

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Financial security in retirement; policy and disparities; Global focus
Sara Beeler-Stinn Photo
  • Sara Beeler-Stinn

  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2021
William Byansi Photo
  • William Byansi

  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated
Shih-Ying Cheng Photo
  • Shih-Ying Cheng

  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2021
Christina Drymon Photo
  • Christina Drymon

  • Research Scientist (Public Health) of NORC at the University of Chicago
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2020
LaShawnda Fields Photo
  • LaShawnda Fields

  • Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2020
Carlos Andres Gallegos Photo
  • Carlos Andres Gallegos

  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated
Michael Galvin Photo
  • Michael Galvin

  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2021
Alexandra Morshed Photo
  • Alexandra Morshed

  • Research Project Manager, Prevention Research Center in St. Louis
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2020
Robert Motley Photo
  • Robert Motley

  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2021
Erin Stringfellow Photo
  • Erin Stringfellow

  • Substance Abuse Research Scientist, Missouri Institute of Mental Health
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2019
Sicong Sun Photo
  • Sicong Sun

  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2021
Maya Williams Photo
  • Maya Williams

  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2021
Yiqi Zhu Photo
  • Yiqi Zhu

  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated