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Faculty Research Interests
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Faculty Research Interests

Tenure Track Faculty

Harold E. Briggs
Professor and Director of Research Expansion

Research interests - confirmatory factor analysis of cultural specific measures; intervention; model development .

Rosalyn Denise Campbell
Assistant Professor
Research interests - black American mental health; help-seeking and mental health service utilization; mental health disparities; stigma.

Mary Alger Caplan
Assistant Professor
Research interests: social policy, community economic development, consumer debt, predatory lending, informal economy, poverty policy

Y. Joon Choi
Associate Professor, Ph.D. Program Director
Research interests -  domestic violence and substance abuse among immigrant and minority women, especially development, implementation, and evaluation of socio-culturally appropriate community intervention/prevention strategies; health disparities; family and adjustment issues of immigrants and refugees; international social work; community-based research; HIV/AIDS; substance abuse.

Llewellyn J. Cornelius
Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies
Research interests: Racial/ethnic health disparities, research methods, social determinants of health, development of change interventions, examination of barriers to the adoption of interventions

Maurice C. Daniels
Research interests - civil rights; social justice; community empowerment.

Jennifer Elkins
Associate Professor

Research interests - sexual abuse and child maltreatment; interpersonal and multigenerational trauma; violence and loss; PTSD and trauma related disorders; ecological/ transactional and risk/resilience processes across the lifespan; culturally congruent research and practice.

Alberta J. "Bert" Ellett

Research interests - child welfare workforce issues, e.g. recruitment, selection, retention, turnover; child welfare and the courts; evaluation of child welfare education; development and validation of measures of self-efficacy, human caring, and organizational culture.

Michael J. Holosko
Pauline M. Berger Professor of Family and Child Welfare

Research interests - evaluating health and social welfare programs; gerontology; spirituality; child and family well-being; family resiliency.

June Gary Hopps
Thomas M. "Jim" Parham Professor of Family and Children Studies

Research interests - public policy, civil rights

Kristina Jaskyte Bahr
Associate Professor

Research interests - innovation in nonprofit organizations; organizational culture; cross-cultural studies; individual creativity.

Lettie L. Lockhart
Research interests - violence against women; violence in intimate relationships.

Tony B. Lowe
Associate Professor

Research interests - international social work; barriers to service; mental health service, policy, and history; workplace safety; social justice.

Rebecca Matthew
Assistant Professor
Research interests - cooperatives and the social economy; care work & labor justice; community and social development; poverty and social inequality.

Jane McPherson
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Human rights & social work, motherhood & trauma, survivors of torture & asylum seekers, arts & activism, inequality

Shari Miller
Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Research interests - social work education; professional socialization; social work culture and workforce; ethical decision-making; ecological issues.

Orion Mowbray
Assistant Professor

Research interests - social/environmental factors related to mental health and substance use treatment initiation; early treatment experiences that promote positive outcomes among consumers; implementation of evidence-based practices.

Larry Nackerud

Research interests - policy analysis; immigration and refugee policies; social science research method.

David Okech
Associate Professor and MSW Program Director

Research interests - human trafficking, asset development; community development; social work administration; social welfare policy; social work research; international relief and development.

Patricia M. Reeves
Research interests: human-animal bond, psychosocial issues of individuals living with HIV/AIDS; social work education; aggression/dating violence in adolescence; methodological and ethical issues in qualitative research.

Michael Robinson
Assistant Professor
Reseasrch interests: African American Health and well-being, health disparities in underserved populations, social work wducation

Anna Scheyett
Dean and Professor
Research interests: Behavioral health care, criminal justice, community-based services for severe mental illnesses psychiatric Advance Directives

Betsy Vonk
Research interests - practice evaluation; transracial adoption.

Tiffany Washington
Assistant Professor

Research interests - chronic disease; self-management in older adults; health disparities in chronic kidney disease; intervention research.