PhD Student Profiles

Chelsea Arnold, LCSW Chelsea Arnold, LCSWDetailsMSW, University of KentuckyEmail: chelsea.arnold@utexas.edu
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.
Hydeen Beverly, MSW Hydeen Beverly, MSWDetailsMSW, University of MichiganEmail: hkbeverly@utexas.edu
Interests: 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, substance use and factors of resilience among Black men and boys.
Yong Ju Cho Yong Ju ChoDetailsMaster in International Development and Cooperation, Korea UniversityEmail: yongcho@utexas.edu
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.
Jen Currin-McCulloch Jen Currin-McCullochDetailsMSW, University of GeorgiaEmail: jcurrin-mcculloch@utexas.edu
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.
Audrey Hang Hai Audrey Hang HaiDetailsMSW, University of Southern CaliforniaEmail: audreyhai@utexas.edu
Interests: Substance use; spirituality/religiosity; spiritually/religiously based interventions; youth and young adults mental health; Asian population; school social work; quantitative methods; systematic review and meta-analysis.
Kristian Jones Kristian JonesDetailsM.Ed., Boston UniversityEmail: kjones025@utexas.edu
Interests: Positive youth development; mental health; early intervention and prevention; juvenile justice.
Catherine LaBrenz Catherine LaBrenzDetailsMSW, Pontificia University Catolica de ChileEmail: clabrenz@utexas.edu
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.
Chun Liu Chun LiuDetailsMSSA, Case Western Reserve UniversityEmail: chunliu@utexas.edu
Interests: Child welfare; child abuse and neglect prevention; foster care and out-of-home placements for children; child poverty; left-behind children in China; international adoption.
Toni Moreno Toni MorenoDetailsMSW, Texas State UniversityEmail: toni.moreno07@gmail.com
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, LISW, CADC Jaimie O’Gara, LISW, CADCDetailsMSW, University of Nebraska at OmahaEmail: jogara@utexas.edu
Interests: Relationship between parenting/parent mental health and child mental health/development; understanding the fathers’ unique role within the family system and how their roles are related to child functioning across the lifespan.
Sehun Oh Sehun OhDetailsMSW, Yonsei UniversityEmail: oh.sehun@utexas.edu
Interests: Poverty and economic inequality; behavioral health among economically disadvantaged families; transitions in family structure and economic dynamics; social welfare policies; program evaluation; advanced statistics (longitudinal data analysis, causal inference).
Katarzyna Olcon, LCSW Katarzyna Olcon, LCSWDetailsMSW, University of Illinois at ChicagoEmail: kjolcon@utexas.edu
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: cpaine@utexas.edu
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.
Lisa S. Panisch Lisa S. PanischDetailsMSW, Florida State UniversityEmail: lpanisch@utexas.edu
Interests: Adverse childhood experiences and health outcomes; childhood sexual abuse and gynecologic oncology; developmental neurobiology; neuroimaging; epigenetics; neurofeedback; psychoneuroimmunology; dissociative processes; epidemiology of trauma-related health outcomes; interprofessional communication.
Swathi Reddy, LMSW Swathi Reddy, LMSWDetailsMSW, The University of ChicagoEmail: smreddy@utexas.edu
Interests: Domestic violence in the South Asian American context; systemic problems in the current approach to addressing domestic violence with South Asian populations; alternative methods to eliminate gender-based violence.
John Sullivan John SullivanDetailsMSW, Arizona State UniversityEmail: jsullivan@utexas.edu
Interests: Health disparities; health and social service delivery for people with chronic medical conditions; mental health and service utilization; chronic kidney disease and Latinos; continuity of care for transnational families; administrative health data; international social work.
Amy Thompson Amy ThompsonDetailsMPA, The University of Texas at AustinEmail: amy.thompson@utexas.edu
Interests: Effects of US policy on migrant child populations; child migration in Mexico; effects of migration on the child’s development of agency.
Jelena Todic Jelena TodicDetailsMSW, Washington University in St. LouisEmail: jelena_todic@utexas.edu
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.
Christian Vazquez Christian VazquezDetailsMSW, University of MichiganEmail: christian.vazquez@utexas.edu
Interests: Child and family well-being; health disparities; leadership and management of human service organizations; organizational development; inter-professional education; childhood obesity, physical activity, and nutrition.
Arlette Vila Arlette VilaDetailsMA, St. Edward's UniversityEmail: arlettevila@utexas.edu
Interests: Effects of violence and traumatic events on the mental health (and chronic diseases) of immigrant and refugee women from Latin American countries, explore protective factors such as resilience and acculturation as ways to benefit their current emotional and physical health.