Meet Our Alumni

Doctoral graduates of the School of Social Work excel in their careers and are renown as leaders in many fields of social work practice in the United States and throughout the world (see a map in pdf). Meet some of them:


Gerald Cochran

Gerald (Jerry) Cochran, PhD ’12, is assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and  investigator within the University of Pittsburgh Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, and a co-investigator with the NIDA Clinical Trials Network Appalachian Tri-State Node. His area of expertise is healthcare-based interventions for alcohol and drug abuse. He has been in involved in several large-scale randomized trials testing substance abuse interventions in healthcare settings. His work has been funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Texas Research Society and Alcoholism, and through a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology with the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.




Tonya Edmond

Tonya E. Edmond, PhD ’97, is an associate professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Edmond came into academia with 15 years of social work experience in domestic violence and rape crisis centers. Throughout her  career, she has been committed to strengthening services for domestic violence survivors.

Edmond’s current projects include a study about the effectiveness of a cognitive behavioral group intervention with adolescent girls who have experienced maltreatment, a state-wide study of rape crisis centers in Texas, and a study to further our understanding of the trauma-treatment needs of women involved in the justice system.


Jeremy GoldbachJeremy Goldbach, PhD ’12, is an asssistant professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. His practice background includes both clinical social work and community organizing. As a community organizer in Texas, he oversaw a large project that funded community coalitions to reduce substance use through policy-based strategy. His scholarship focuses on cultural competence in prevention practice, with a focus on sexual and ethnic minority youth experiences.

Goldbach is currently studying the relationship between minority stress and behavioral health outcomes in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth. He has recently been awarded a grant from the USC James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund to develop an instrument to measure stress of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adolescents.


Johnny KimJohnny Kim, PhD ’06, is an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. He is passionate about helping schools and students succeed, a passion originated in his early career as a school social worker and case manager for community-based mental health agencies in Seattle. His research and scholarship focus on evaluating school-based interventions, solution-focused brief therapy, quantitative research methods, and evidence-based practice.

Kim’s current projects include a 5-year federal grant to increase the well-being of and improve permanency outcomes for children affected by substance abuse, and a randomized control trial in Oklahoma County on the effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy for child-welfare involved parents in outpatient treatment for substance-use disorders.