Ph.D. Student Profiles

Sok An Sok AnDetailsMSSW, The University of Texas at AustinEmail: sokan@utexas.edu
Interests: Gerontology, home and community– based services; unmet need, type of caregiver, self-management programs, advanced statistical methodologies (HLM and SEM)
Constanta Belciug Constanta BelciugDetailsMSW, Moldova State UniversityEmail: cafdpm@yahoo.com
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.
Laurie Cook Heffron, LMSW Laurie Cook Heffron, LMSWDetailsMSSW, The University of Texas at AustinEmail: lcookheffron@austin.utexas.edu
Interests: International social work; immigration and forced migration; human trafficking; violence against women; domestic violence; sexual assault
Tianca Crocker Tianca CrockerDetailsMS, George Mason UniversityEmail: tcrocker@utexas.edu
Interests: Policy interventions, consumerism, health determinants, measures of economic well-being, technoculture, program evaluation, multi-method research
Valerie Gaimon Valerie GaimonDetailsJ.D., University of Colorado at Boulder Law SchoolEmail: valerie.gaimon@utexas.edu
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: kgonzalezsuitt@gmail.com
Interests: Health Disparities, Empowerment
Eden Hernandez Robles Eden Hernandez RoblesDetailsMSW, Our Lady of the Lake UniversityEmail: eden.robles@utexas.edu
Interests: Alcohol health and research, social work practice in bilingual-bicultural environments with an emphasis on Mexican-origin families, adult and adolescent substance and recovery, evaluation, and interpersonal violence. Areas of practice specialization: program development and community practice.
Yeonwoo Kim Yeonwoo KimDetailsMA, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of KoreaEmail: yeonwoo@utexas.edu
Interests: Families in need; vulnerable children; children in poverty; violence-exposed children
Erika L. King Erika L. KingDetailsMSW, Illinois State UniversityEmail: erikalee123@yahoo.com
Interests: Military mental health as it relates to readiness, accessions and separations, and community support
Sharon Lee Sharon LeeDetailsMSSW, The University of Texas at AustinEmail: snl225@utexas.edu
Interests: Mental health prevention/promotion (mental health literacy); health and mental health communication; risky health behavior (alcohol and drug use/abuse); health disparities among minorities; help-seeking attitudes in health care settings
Margaret Moore Margaret MooreDetailsMBA, The University of Texas at AustinEmail: megmoore@utexas.edu
Interests: Nonprofit evaluation, volunteer management, organizational structures, startups, social innovation, philanthropy
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.
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.
Jennifer Scott Jennifer ScottDetailsMS in Social Work and Master's in International Affairs, Columbia UniversityEmail: jenscott@utexas.edu
Interests: Poverty, marginalization, community resistance strategies, social movements, public policy, community organizing, postcolonialism, labor, low-wage work, undocumented migration, critical pedagogy
Hannah Szlyk, LCSW Hannah Szlyk, LCSWDetailsMSSW, Columbia UniversityEmail: hss624@utexas.edu
Interests: Young adults and adolescents; mental health; eating disorders/body image/self-image; suicidality and treatment/prevention; trauma and trauma-informed care; transitional services for youth aging out of foster care/individuals in the juvenile justice system.
Amy Thompson Amy ThompsonDetailsMPA, The University of Texas at AustinEmail: amy.thompson@utexas.edu
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: 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.
Tee Tyler, LCSW Tee Tyler, LCSWDetailsMSW, University of Utah Email: trtyler@utexas.edu
Interests: Close Relationships, Social Identities, Marginalization, Privilege, LGBTQ
Arlette Vila Arlette VilaDetailsMA, St. Edward's UniversityEmail: arlettevila@gmail.com
Interests: I am interested in conducting research on behavioral risk factors as it relates to health disparities among Latino and Hispanic women.
Karin Wachter Karin WachterDetailsMEd, University of MassachusettsEmail: karin.wachter@utexas.edu
Interests: International social work, primarily in Africa and humanitarian settings. Violence against women and girls. Women’s empowerment.
Casey Walsh, LISW Casey Walsh, LISWDetailsMSW, University of MichiganEmail: walsh.casey@utexas.edu
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: zhanganao@utexas.edu
Interests: Integrated behavioral health; evidence-based practices; translational and implementation research; intersection of clinical social work practice and research methods.