PhD Student Profiles

Chelsea Arnold, LCSW Chelsea Arnold, LCSWDetailsMSW, University of KentuckyEmail:
Interests: Refining prevention methods for sexual assault and domestic violence and minimizing the negative impacts associated with both victims and offenders among the military population. Negative impacts meaning mental health for both offenders/victims and the stigma for victims. The benefits of holistic treatments such as mindfulness and yoga among victims and offenders of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Constanta Belciug Constanta BelciugDetailsMSW, Moldova State UniversityEmail:
Interests: What makes children from impoverished families thrive, impact of the living environment on the overall success of an adolescent, efficient supervision by administrators of non-profits, human trafficking and hopelessness, processes that happen within a family with foster children, cross-cultural social work.
Hydeen Beverly, MSW Hydeen Beverly, MSWDetailsMSW, University of MichiganEmail:
Interests: Interconnectedness of social work, education and restorative justice principles. Education attainment of urban youth. Restorative justice practices as a tool to break cycles of generational and historical poverty and barriers to education success. Mental health and education services of adjudicated and incarcerated youth and their families, especially during transition from detention centers and inpatient facilities to the community.
Yong Ju Cho Yong Ju ChoDetailsMaster in International Development and Cooperation, Korea UniversityEmail:
Interests: Gerontology, Healthy Aging, Health service utilization, Long-term care, End of life care, Health disparities among minorities, Health adaptation among minorities, International social work.
Tianca Crocker Tianca CrockerDetailsMS, George Mason UniversityEmail:
Interests: Policy interventions, consumerism, health determinants, measures of economic well-being, technoculture, program evaluation, multi-method research
Jen Currin-McCulloch Jen Currin-McCullochDetailsMSW, University of GeorgiaEmail:
Interests: Psychosocial oncology; End-of-life communication; Goal setting; Physical and psychospiritual factors that influence perception of hope; Death and dying in middle-aged individuals; Interprofessional delivery of palliative care.
Peter Dell, LCSW Peter Dell, LCSWDetailsMSW, University of South FloridaEmail:
Interests: Stigma and behavioral health treatment; Adverse childhood experiences and impact on functioning as an adult; Practice of mindfulness and impact on perception.
Derek Falk Derek FalkDetailsMSW, Washington University, St. LouisEmail:
Interests: Health Disparities, Psychosocial Oncology, Social Epidemiology, Program Evaluation, Health Policy, Transdisciplinary Practice and Research
Valerie Gaimon Valerie GaimonDetailsJ.D., University of Colorado at Boulder Law SchoolEmail:
Interests: Restorative justice in different cultures; sociocultural roles; impact of culture and language in communication; restorative justice intersection with sexual abuse and family violence; indigenous justice systems and processes; justice systems integrating indigenous elements; social justice policy-making and systemic change.
Karla GonzalezDetailsMSW, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de ChileEmail:
Interests: Health Disparities, Empowerment
Audrey Hang Hai Audrey Hang HaiDetailsMSW, University of Southern CaliforniaEmail:
Interests: Spirituality/religion and social work; Adolescents and young adults mental health; Hospice social work.
Yeonwoo Kim Yeonwoo KimDetailsMA, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of KoreaEmail:
Interests: Families in need; vulnerable children; children in poverty; violence-exposed children
Catherine LaBrenz Catherine LaBrenzDetailsMSW, Pontificia University Catolica de ChileEmail:
Interests: Restorative justice with youth offenders; Restorative justice in child protective services; Out-of-home placements for children in protective services; Attachment intervention with children in out-of-home placements; International adoption.
Sharon Lee, LCSW Sharon Lee, LCSWDetailsPost Master's, Community Counseling, John Hopkins UniversityEmail:
Interests: Risky health behavior (alcohol and drug use/abuse) change; Mental health prevention/promotion (mental health literacy); Co-occurring disorders; Health disparities among minorities; Help-seeking attitudes in healthcare settings.
Toni Moreno Toni MorenoDetailsMSW, Texas State UniversityEmail:
Interests: I am interested in identifying services that can be considered best practices that support first generation students 1) high school completion 2) postsecondary enrollment, and 3) postsecondary completion. I am also interested in identifying what variables impact first generation students’ college completion. Specifically, whether proximity or distance is a factor in first generation students’ college completion and if there are notable differences between urban and rural populations with regards to proximity.
Jaimie O’Gara Jaimie O’GaraDetailsMSW, University of Nebraska at OmahaEmail:
Interests: Relationship between parenting/parent mental health and child mental health/development. Multidimensional aspects impacting health and mental health of families. Interventions that transform brain mechanisms of youth impacted by adverse events.
Sehun Oh Sehun OhDetailsM.A., Yonsie UniversityEmail:
Interests: Influence of family dynamics (both positive and negative) on the development of children; Impoversihed families and policy measures to end the intergenerational cycle of povery; Policy and program evaluation of public assistance and social insurance programs.
Katarzyna Olcon, LCSW Katarzyna Olcon, LCSWDetailsMSW, University of Illinois at ChicagoEmail:
Interests: Ethnic centered and culturally sensitive social work prevention and intervention methods with a particular focus on community development and group work; international social work, international social work education, and capacity building.
Chris Paine Chris PaineDetailsMSW, Fayetteville State UniversityEmail:
Interests: Posttraumatic growth in the military population. Adversity in promoting character vs. pathology in response to military trauma. Factors that promote positive rumination among a military population. Implications of childhood adversity on organizational cohesion within the military. Facilitation of PTG among a modern computer generaion in the military.
Swathi Reddy, LMSW Swathi Reddy, LMSWDetailsMSW, The University of ChicagoEmail:
Interests: Culturally competent interventions in school-based and community based settings. Risk and protective factors for optimal development of immigrant children exposed to interpersonal violence. Intergenerational conflict in transnational families. Cultural perspectives on mental health. Effects of acculturation on South Asian immigrants.
David Snowden, LCSW David Snowden, LCSWDetailsMSW, University of UtahEmail:
Interests: Military populations (both active duty and veterans); Substance abuse; Domestic violence; Suicidality effect on the military, and developing strategies of prevention; Secondary and tertiary effects of suicide on survivors, families, and communities.
John Sullivan John SullivanDetailsMSW, Arizona State UniversityEmail:
Interests: Healthcare access and service utilization; Health disparities; Cross-border care and social work practice; Continuity of care for transnational families, especially children and older adults; International social work; Medical repatriation of undocumented/uninsured migrants.
Hannah Szlyk, LCSW Hannah Szlyk, LCSWDetailsMSSW, Columbia UniversityEmail:
Interests: Young adults and adolescents; mental health; suicidality and treatment/prevention; trauma and trauma-informed care; community and systems-level interventions.
Amy Thompson Amy ThompsonDetailsMPA, The University of Texas at AustinEmail:
Interests: Effects of US policy on migrant child populations; demographic study of migrant child populations (particularly interested in field research in the Americas); effects of migration on child development.
Jelena Todic Jelena TodicDetailsMSW, Washington University in St. LouisEmail:
Interests: Violence and social inequality as determinants of health; interventions targeting social determinants of health; LGBTQ and women’s health; intergroup dialogue; restorative / transformative justice and practices; critical consciousness; radical / critical social work practice; practice research.
Arlette Vila Arlette VilaDetailsMA, St. Edward's UniversityEmail:
Interests: I am interested in conducting research on behavioral risk factors as it relates to health disparities among Latino and Hispanic women.
Karin Wachter, MEd Karin Wachter, MEdDetailsMEd, University of MassachusettsEmail:
Interests: Forced migration; social support; violence against women; feminist and post-colonial theories.
Casey Walsh, LCSW Casey Walsh, LCSWDetailsMSW, University of MichiganEmail:
Interests: Pediatric behavioral health concerns and school functioning; impact of trauma and poverty on health and mental health; evidence-based interventions.
Anao Zhang, LCSW, ACSW, ACT Anao Zhang, LCSW, ACSW, ACTDetailsMSW, Clinical Concentration, University of PennsylvaniaEmail:
Interests: Integrated behavioral health; evidence-based practices; translational and implementation research; intersection of clinical social work practice and research methods.