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Ph.D. graduates and candidates on the job market, 2017-18

Kyle Caler

Education: Ph.D., December 2017 (expected), School of Social Work, Rutgers University; MSW, School of Social Work Temple University; BA Philosophy, West Virginia Wesleyan College. Research Interests: Disability services, Direct Care training and on-the-job decision making, Post-positivist research methods and Critical Realism, Social Work education and Q methodology. Honors: Critical Realism Graduate writing group at Yale University (2016-2017), Qualifying Exam passed with honors (2013), Professional Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) Rutgers University (2012-2014), Traineeship at the Boggs Center for Developmental Disabilities (2006-2007).  Research Experience: Research Project Coordinator, Center for Gambling Studies, Rutgers University (2015-current); Graduate research assistant, Center for Gambling Studies, Rutgers University (2011-2015); Graduate research assistant, Civic engagement of individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Rutgers University (2012-2013)  Teaching interests: Social Work practice, Chronic Illness and Disability, Social Science Theory and Philosophy of Science, Qualitative and Mixed methods Research.  Practice Experience: Director of Training and Behavioral Interventions for Disability support agency, Counselor at Non-traditional High School, Case management, Supportive housing manager for individuals with disabilities, Social skills group leader for individuals with Autism.

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Fiona Conway

Education: Ph.D., School of Social Work, Rutgers University; MSW, School of Social Work, Rutgers University; BA, Media Studies, New York University. Current position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University. Research interests: Substance use disorders, mental health, violence prevention, program evaluation Honors: The Smithers Prevention Endowment Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University, 2016), Leon A. Greenberg Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies and Promise as a Scientific Investigator (Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University, 2016) Research experience: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University, 2016), Graduate Research Assistant (School of Social Work, Rutgers University, 2012-2016). Teaching interests: Substance use disorders, social welfare policy, research methods, diversity and oppression. Practice experience: Program evaluations (Substance use treatment centers, foster care placement services), veterans nursing home care, school social work.

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Sarah Gold

Education: Ph.D. (expected May, 2018), Rutgers University School of Social Work; MSW, Rutgers University School of Social Work; Masters in the Art of Teaching, Elementary Education, Montclair State University; BS, Community, Environment, and Development, The Pennsylvania State University. Research interests: Housing assistance, social policy, poverty, inequality, children and families. Honors: Outstanding Doctoral Student Instructor award (Rutgers School of Social Work, 2016-2017 academic year). Research experience: Provided research assistance (including writing, data analysis, survey development, and data management) to several Rutgers School of Social Work faculty on externally funded grants: William T. Grant Foundation, Fathers and low-income children's academic and behavioral outcomes: The Role of social and economic policies; the Oak Foundation, Moving on From Supportive Housing; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Partnerships for Success; and the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. Teaching interests: Social welfare policy; research methods; HBSE; poverty and inequality; program evaluation. Practice experience: Research Associate, New Jersey Department of Human Services, Office of Research, Evaluation and Special Projects (2016-current).

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Elizabeth Matthews

Education: Ph.D., 2018 (Expected) School of Social Work, Rutgers University; MSW, School of Social Work, Columbia University; BA, Occidental College.  Research Interests: Health & mental health services, person-centered care, integrated health & mental health, implementation research, program evaluation. Honors: NASW/CSWE Social Work HEALS Dissertation Fellowship; Graduate School Tuition Assistance Grant; Teaching Assistant & Graduate Assistant Professional Development Award. Research Experience: Research Scientist, Person-Centered Care Planning Randomized Controlled Trial, New York University; Research Associate, New Jersey Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Evaluation, Rutgers University; Research Assistant to Dr. Beth Angell, Rutgers University. Teaching Interests: Clinical practice; health and mental health, social work in health care settings; serous mental illness; research methods, social policy. Practice Experience: Integration Specialist, Institute for Family Health, New York, NY; Consulting Project Manager, Mental Health Association-NYC, New York, NY; HIV Program Director, Institute for Family Health, New York, NY; Treatment Adherence Program Coordinator, Institute for Family Health, New York, NY; Mental Health Clinician, Institute for Family Health New York, NY.

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Beth Sapiro

Education: Ph.D. (expected May 2018), Rutgers University School of Social Work; MSW, New York University, 2006; Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Sociology, University of Toronto, 2003 Research Interests: The impacts of trauma, marginalization, and oppression on mental health and development; adolescent and young adult development; the transition to adulthood in vulnerable populations; qualitative research; feminist theory; clinical social work practice; culturally competent social work practice; building bridges between social work practice and research. Honors: Recipient of 2016 Dissertation Grant from Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation. Research Experience:  Graduate Assistant, Dr. Cassandra Simmel: Comprehensive Needs Assessment of System-Involved Youth. Research internship, with Dr. Edward Alessi, studying the influence of minority stress on the transition to university for sexual minority students. Teaching interests: Social Work Practice; Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Clinical Social Work Practice; Diversity and Oppression. Teaching experience: Part-time lecturer teaching advanced clinical social work courses to MSW students; Field instructor providing clinical supervision to MSW students. Practice experience: Clinician in private practice, New York City (current position); Clinical Social Worker, Educational Alliance, NY, NY. Social Worker, Steinway Child & Family Services, Queens, NY; Psychiatric Social Worker, Brooklyn CareWorks.

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Kate Stepleton

Education:   Ph.D. Rutgers (expected 2018); Masters in Social Service Administration, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration; BA Barnard. Research interests: Child welfare policy, maltreatment prevention, behavioral health services for maltreated children, and child and family well-being. Honors:  Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being to support dissertation research examining naturalistic implementation conditions of a child welfare intervention intended to prevent repeat maltreatment and removal to foster care; Excellence Fellowship for Doctoral Study, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. Research experience: Graduate Assistant, Child Welfare and Child Well-Being unit (Dr. Michael MacKenzie); Research Assistant, Center for Violence Against Women and Children (Dr, Sarah McMahon). Teaching Interests: Child welfare, social work practice, social policy, research methods. Teaching Experience:  Instructor, Rutgers University MSW program, Social Policy; Research Methods.   Practice Experience: Program Specialist, Office of the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human (policy analysis, policy development, and management of the Commissioner’s messaging and communications); Associate with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, focused on family strengthening and the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

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Samanta Winter

Samantha C. Winter

Education: Ph.D. in Social Work, Rutgers University, 2017; MSW, Rutgers University, 2017; MS in Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2012; BS in Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 2008  Honors: Dean’s Research Award, Rutgers University, 2017; Louis Bevier Dissertation Fellowship, 2016-2017; Boren Fellowship, 2015-2016; PEO Scholar Award, 2015-2016; Center for African Studies Graduate Enhancement Award, 2014; Graduate School of New Brunswick Pre-dissertation Study Award, 2014  Research Experience: Research Fellow, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (Dr. Francis Barchi); Research Associate, University of Nairobi (Dr. Robinson Ocharo); Graduate Research Assistant, School of Social Work, Rutgers University (Dr. Francis Barchi); Graduate Research Assistant, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Rutgers University (Dr. Sarah McMahon); Global Women’s Water Initiative Fellow, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania  Research Interests: Women's access to space and services-water, sanitation, and hygiene in developing countries;  women’s empowerment; violence against women; East African cities; social cohesion and organization in information settlements Teaching Interests: Social work in developing countries; qualitative/quantitative research methods; statistical methods for social sciences; research ethics  Teaching Experience: Co-instructor, Research Methods, University of Nairobi; Co-instructor, Global Health, Rutgers University; Guest lecturer, Rutgers University  Practice Experience:  Supervised counsellor and mentor, Life Bloom Services International; Graduate Research Assistant, School of Social Work, Rutgers University and Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; Global Women’s Water Initiative Fellow, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania; Associate Civil Engineer, MWH Global, Inc.; GIS Student Technician, United States Department of Agriculture.

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