PhD Student Profiles

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.
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.
Lataya Hawkins Lataya HawkinsDetailsMSW, University of Houston Email: lehawkins@utexas.edu
Interests: Moral Injury, Grief and loss, Suicide, Program Evaluation, and Issues that affect African American women
Kristian Jones Kristian JonesDetailsM.Ed., Boston UniversityEmail: kjones025@utexas.edu
Interests: Positive youth development; mental health; early intervention and prevention; juvenile justice.
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.
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.
Lisa S. Panisch Lisa S. PanischDetailsMSW, Florida State UniversityEmail: lpanisch@utexas.edu
Interests: Adverse childhood experiences; dissociative processes and health outcomes; intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment; women’s health issues; maternal-child attachment; relationships between traumatic experiences and medically unexplained phenomena; developmental neurobiology; neurofeedback; psychoneuroimmunology.
Liana Petruzzi Liana PetruzziDetailsMSSW, The University of Texas at AustinEmail: liana.petruzzi@utexas.edu
Interests: Racial and economic health disparities; social determinants of health; healthcare policies, social work in healthcare, care coordination and interdisciplinary care
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.
Lalaine Sevillano Lalaine SevillanoDetailsMSW California State University, Northridge Email: lsevillano@utexas.edu
Interests: Youth empowerment; community-based participatory research; strengths based interventions; youth of color; LGBTQIA, systems-involved; colonial mentality; critical consciousness; mixed-methods
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.
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.
Bethany Wood Bethany WoodDetailsMSW, Brigham Young UniversityEmail: bethanymbreck@gmail.com
Interests: Poverty and inequality; advanced quantitative methods; intergenerational mental health; intergenerational poverty; older adult mental health; income inequality; Latinx poverty and resiliency; low SES U.S. populations.
Weiwen Zeng Weiwen ZengDetailsMSSc in Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong KongEmail: weiwenzeng@utexas.edu
Interests: Aging; persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities; long-term institutional and medical care options; comparative disability policy between the US and China