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Takashi Amano  Photo
  • Takashi Amano

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  • Gerontology; older adult well-being; Engagement in meaningful activities and its effects on older adult well-being, especially those with dementia
Haley Becker Photo
  • Haley Becker

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  • Prevention of chronic illness, obesity, and health disparities
Ivy Blackmore Photo
  • Ivy Blackmore

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  • Program evaluation and formative research focused on food production systems in rural Latin America
Yu-Chih Chen Photo
  • Yu-Chih Chen

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  • Economic security in later life; Productive and activity engagement; Cross-national research
Chien-Jen Chiang Photo
  • Chien-Jen Chiang

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  • Child welfare and child maltreatment. Child protective services; evidenced-based implementation processes
Christina Drymon Photo
  • Christina Drymon

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  • Substance Use Disorders; Natural Recovery (without treatment, formal or informal); Opioid Use Disorders (prescription pain-killers); Qualitative Research
Richa Joshi Photo
  • Richa Joshi

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  • Collective action, group processes and communities for social change
Katherine Marcal Photo
  • Katherine Marcal

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  • Homelessness, housing policy, and poverty among children and families in at-risk communities
Michael McLaughlin Photo
  • Michael McLaughlin

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  • Economics of child maltreatment and poverty; tax policy and social outcomes
Robert Motley Photo
  • Robert Motley

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  • Community Violence, Trauma, and Policing among Black emerging adults ages 18-29 residing in under-resourced communities
Whitney Sewell Photo
  • Whitney Sewell

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  • Social networks and the implementation of biomedical HIV Prevention strategies for Black Women; Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis uptake and adherence for high-risk women
Mary Jo Stahlschmidt Photo
Erin Stringfellow Photo
  • Erin Stringfellow

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  • Addictions, mental illness, poverty and chronic disease
Harry Taylor Photo
  • Harry Taylor

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  • Social isolation and loneliness among older adults, minority aging, aging and health
Yi Wang Photo
  • Yi Wang

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  • Productive engagement in later life; Aging-friendly community; Community services to older adults; Health and mental health among older adults
Roger Wong Photo
  • Roger Wong

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  • Aging epidemiology; Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias; Racial health disparities
Phylicia Allen Photo
  • Phylicia Allen

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • African American adolescents; internal, external- and neighborhood assets; educational trajectory; K-12 education structure
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  • Autumn Asher BlackDeer

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Relationship and sexual violence; mental health services; American Indian and Indigenous populations.
Andrae Banks Photo
  • Andrae Banks

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Social and emotional health and well-being; adolescent development; mental health services; social mobility
Sara Beeler-Stinn Photo
  • Sara Beeler-Stinn

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Women with incarceration, trauma, substance abuse
William Byansi Photo
  • William Byansi

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Child and Adolescent mental health services, Community-based economic development & social policy in Uganda
Shih-Ying Cheng Photo
  • Shih-Ying Cheng

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Gender oppression; marriage immigrant; intimate partner violence.
Flora Cohen Photo
  • Flora Cohen

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Global mental health, mental health literacy, and community-based interventions
Merriah Croston Photo
  • Merriah Croston

  • PhD in Public Health Sciences
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  • Health behavior change interventions; Applied health communications and social marketing research
Darejan Dvalishvili Photo
  • Darejan Dvalishvili

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Child welfare; Child maltreatment; Poverty eradication; Social protection
Jacob Eaton Photo
  • Jacob Eaton

  • PhD in Public Health Sciences
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  • Food systems; global nutrition; complementary feeding; microbiome; social nutrition
Emily Evers Photo
  • Emily Evers

  • PhD in Public Health Sciences
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  • Maternal and child health; health behavior change; health education; peer support; international development
LaShawnda Fields Photo
  • LaShawnda Fields

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Urban families; Child welfare; social justice and equality, education and poverty eradication
Andrew Foell Photo
  • Andrew Foell

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Neighborhood Effects; Community Building, Development and Organizing; Community Engaged Research Methods
Karishma Furtado Photo
  • Karishma Furtado

  • PhD in Public Health Sciences
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  • Social determinants of health, the health impacts of racial inequity in schools, and data communication
Carlos Andres Gallegos Photo
  • Carlos Andres Gallegos

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Nexus between agri-food systems, health, wellbeing, cosmovision, institutions and social action among Indigenous populations in US and Ecuador
Michael Galvin Photo
  • Michael Galvin

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Social determinants of health, mental health disparities, global health, and conflict and disaster zones
Maria Gandarilla Ocampo Photo
  • Maria Gandarilla Ocampo

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Child welfare, mandated reporting of child, elder, and dependent adult maltreatment, diversity and intersectionality, group work, and practice informed research
Rachel Garg Photo
  • Rachel Garg

  • PhD in Public Health Sciences
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  • Health disparities; health communications; health behavior
Eleni Gaveras Photo
  • Eleni Gaveras

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Serious and Persistent Mental Illness, Social Determinants of Mental Health, Global and Domestic Mental Health Services
Mark Hawes Photo
  • Mark Hawes

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Mental and physical health disparities; mental illness trajectories; intersection of SMI, drug addiction, and incarceration; child welfare and adolescent mental health; D & I Science
Cole Hooley Photo
  • Cole Hooley

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Dissemination and implementation science; mental health services, scale-up; organizational operations and behavior
Aytakin Huseynli Photo
  • Aytakin Huseynli

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Social welfare in resource-rich countries; child welfare; global social work and social work education
Ashley Jackson Photo
  • Ashley Jackson

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Community-police relations, reentry, adult/juvenile justice, participatory research
Joonmo Kang Photo
  • Joonmo Kang

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Environmental justice; environmentally sustainable welfare institutions; urban sustainability; urban community organizing; political ecology; qualitative methods; community based participatory research
Kakada Kuy Photo
  • Kakada Kuy

  • PhD in Social Work
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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
Yuekang Li Photo
  • Yuekang Li

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Aging, aging in place, productive aging, social engagement and wellbeing
Sara Malone Photo
  • Sara Malone

  • PhD in Public Health Sciences
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  • Dissemination & implementation science; pediatric critical care treatment and outcomes
Lara Markovitz Photo
  • Lara Markovitz

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Social and family policy; fatherhood initiatives; program evaluation
Maria Morrison Photo
  • Maria Morrison

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Needs of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people; trauma-informed interventions; mass incarceration
Alexandra Morshed Photo
  • Alexandra Morshed

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Prevention of chronic disease; public health nutrition; dissemination and implementation
Thabani Nyoni Photo
  • Thabani Nyoni

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Interventions for migrant health (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Meagan Pilar Photo
  • Meagan Pilar

  • PhD in Public Health Sciences
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  • Dissemination and implementation research; mental health interventions; racial disparities
Kyle Pitzer Photo
  • Kyle Pitzer

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Urban poverty; neighborhood effects; community development
Lisa Pollack Photo
  • Lisa Pollack

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Health services and policy; women’s health; and racial and ethnic disparities in health
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
Natalicio Serrano Photo
  • Natalicio Serrano

  • PhD in Public Health Sciences
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  • The built and social environment, and its relationship with physical activity, nutrition, and chronic disease
Stephanie Skees Photo
  • Stephanie Skees

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Financial capability, financial literacy and financial exploitation among older adults
Sicong Sun Photo
  • Sicong Sun

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Asset building and financial capability, health disparities, poverty
Mia Vogel Photo
  • Mia Vogel

  • PhD in Public Health Sciences
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  • Dissemination, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based programs and policies to improve population health and public health system performance
Xiaoyan Wang Photo
  • Xiaoyan Wang

  • PhD in Public Health Sciences
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  • Cancer Epidemiology; Cancer Genomics
Christopher Weatherly Photo
  • Christopher Weatherly

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Dissemination and implementation of evidenced-based mental health treatments into practice; policy and health care procedures to improve outcomes and quality of life for populations with severe and persistent mental illness
Ellie Wideman Photo
  • Ellie Wideman

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Early Childhood Trauma and Trauma-Informed care and intervention development and evaluation, policy and integrated service delivery for at-risk children & families, especially those that are child welfare involved
Maya Williams Photo
  • Maya Williams

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • School-based social work, interventions to the school-to-prison-pipeline, community engagement, and policy reform
Yuanyuan Yang Photo
  • Yuanyuan Yang

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

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Poverty, asset building policy and community development
Yiqi Zhu Photo
  • Yiqi Zhu

  • PhD in Social Work
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  • Institutional poverty; community organizing; participatory methods; Capitalization in collective action
Sarita Barton Photo
  • Sarita Barton

  • Planning Analyst, Integrated Planning Division, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Shanondora Billiot Photo
  • Shanondora Billiot

  • Assistant Faculty at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Jessica Black Photo
  • Jessica Black

  • Assistant Professor, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Maxine Davis Photo
  • Maxine Davis

  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2018
Allison Dunnigan Photo
  • Allison Dunnigan

  • Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2018
Lara Gerassi Photo
  • Lara Gerassi

  • Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, affiliate with the Department of Gender and Women's Studies
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Donald Gerke Photo
  • Donald Gerke

  • Assistant Professor, University of Denver
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2018
Cal Halvorsen Photo
  • Cal Halvorsen

  • Assistant Professor, Boston College
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2018
Hyunil Kim Photo
  • Hyunil Kim

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2018
Jill Kuhlberg Photo
  • Jill Kuhlberg

  • Project Evaluator, Health Matters; Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Praveen Kumar Photo
  • Praveen Kumar

  • Assistant Professor at Boston College
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Ericka Lewis Photo
  • Ericka Lewis

  • Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Hollee McGinnis Photo
  • Hollee McGinnis

  • Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Vithya Muruga Photo
  • Vithya Muruga

  • Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Lailea Noel Photo
  • Lailea Noel

  • Assistant Professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Beth Prusaczyk Photo
  • Beth Prusaczyk

  • Postdoctoral Fellow for the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Divya Ravindranath Photo
  • Divya Ravindranath

  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2018
Raven Ross Photo
  • Raven Ross

  • Health Science Administrator at the Indian Health Service
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Rachel Voth Schrag Photo
  • Rachel Voth Schrag

  • Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
Brad Tucker Photo
  • Brad Tucker

  • Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Graduated 2017
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