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Ph.D. graduates and candidates on the job market, 2018-19


Download 2018-19 CV booklet and scroll below for individual biographies and CVs. 


Katherine Findley-Bhatta

Education: Ph.D., Rutgers University School of Social Work; MSSW, University of Tennessee; BA, University of Tennessee. Research Interests: International social work; human rights-based approaches to program development and evaluation; participatory research methods; human organ trafficking; substance use prevention. Research Experience: Graduate Research Assistant for the Institute for Families, Rutgers; Research Assistant—Huamin Research Center, Rutgers; Program Coordinator for the Center for Prevention Science, Rutgers. Practice Experience: NJ Department of Health, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Research and Evaluation; Coalition for Organ-Failure Solutions, Grants Facilitator; New York State Defenders Justice Fund, Community Organizer. Teaching Interests: Research Methods I and II, Non-Profit Management, Diversity and Oppression, Global Social Work. Teaching Experience: Part-time lecturer, Rutgers MSW program, Research Methods II; Global Social Work and Social Development. Honors/Awards: 2018 Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award; NASW Delegate Assembly Member; New Jersey Representative Attendee of the Doha Donation Accord to address organ trafficking and transplant tourism; Rutgers Graduate School Pre-dissertation funding award; Rutgers South Asian Studies Program Dissertation funding award.

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Julia O'Connor

Education: Ph.D. candidate, School of Social Work, Rutgers University (expected May 2019); MSW, University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work; MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; BA, Psychology, Kenyon College. Research Interests: Primary prevention of sexual and relationship violence; interpersonal violence perpetration; bystander interventions; and evaluation research. Honors: Society for Social Work and Research PhD Traineeship in Research Communication (2018), Qualifying Exam passed with honors (policy and theory) (2016);  Abell Award for Urban Policy (2010), Schweitzer Fellow (2008-2009). Research Experience: Graduate Research Assistant, Center on Violence Against Women & Children, Rutgers University (2014-current); Research Specialist & Assistant, Center for Families & Children, University of Maryland, Baltimore, (2010-2013). Teaching Interests: Research methods, program evaluation, social policy, violence again women, and child welfare. Teaching Experience: Instructor, Rutgers University MSW & BSW program, Research Methods. Practice Experience: Advocacy Counselor, Project PLASE Women’s Shelter, MD; Housing Counselor, Broadview Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing, WA; Women’s Advocate and Service Coordinator, Catholic Community Services, WA; Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Uganda 2004-2006 and Guyana 2013-2014); and former AmeriCorps volunteer (Kent County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, WA).

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Kate Stepleton

Education:  Ph.D. candidate, School of Social Work, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (degree expected December 2018); MSW, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration; BA, Barnard College, Columbia University.  Research interests: child welfare policy, maltreatment prevention, behavioral health services for maltreated children, and child and family well-being. Honors and awards: 2016 Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being for support of dissertation research, a mixed-methods examination capitalizing on the naturalistic implementation conditions of a child welfare intervention intended to prevent repeat maltreatment and removal to foster care; Excellence Fellowship for Doctoral Study, Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research; Assistant Secretary’s Honor Award, Administration for Children and Families (USDHHS);  Research and practice experience: Office of the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (duties included policy analysis, policy development, and management of the Commissioner’s messaging and communications); Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy, family strengthening and the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

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Shri Shukla

Education: Ph.D. Rutgers University School of Social Work (expected December 2018); MSW, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.  B.A (Honors) History, Delhi University.  Research Interests: HIV treatment and support, resilience; health systems, international social work, women’s health and well-being, social policy and planning; meaning-making. Research Experience: Research Assistant, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Policy and Aging Research; Rutgers Institute for Families, Teaching Interests: Research methods, social work practice, international social work, gender and women’s studies, HBSE, HIV/AIDS, study-abroad. Honors and Awards: Special Study Pre-Dissertation Award, Rutgers University; Pre-dissertation travel grant, South Asian Studies Program, Rutgers University, Junior Research Fellowship (Universities Grants Commission, India).  Practice Experience: Consultant- Program for Appropriate Technology in Health(PATH); The Economist-Intelligence Unit; Project Manager-Udaan, Research Associate- Emergency Management and Research Institute.

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Yuqi Wang

Education: Ph.D. in Social Work, Rutgers (expected May 2019); Master of Social Work, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; BA in Sociology, Renmin University of China. Research Interests: Aging, Quantitative Methods, Social Isolation, Health Disparities, Community Organization, Program Evaluation. Research Experience: Graduate Assistant, Center for Prevention Science (Dr. N. Andrew Peterson); Research Internship, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (Dr. Lyna Wiggins) and School of Social Work (Dr. Raymond Sanchez Mayers); Research Assistant, School of Social Work (Dr. Emily Greenfield); Graduate Assistant, Huamin Research Center (Dr. Chien-Chun Huang). Teaching Interests: Research Methods, Statistics for Social Work, Community Organization, HBSE. Teaching Experience: Instructor, Methods of Social Work Research I & II, Rutgers MSW program; Instructor, HBSE I, Rutgers BASW program. Practice experience: Field Placement Supervisor, Huamin Research Center.

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Samantha Winter

Samantha C. Winter

Education: Ph.D. in Social Work, Rutgers University, 2017; MSW, Rutgers University, 2017; Graduate Certificate in African Studies, Rutgers University, 2018; MS in Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2012; BS in Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 2008  Grants and Honors: Global Health Seed Grant, Rutgers Global Health Institute, 2018; 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; Rutgers School of Social Work Graduate Assistantship, 2012-2015; Global Women’s Water Initiative Fellowship, 2011-2012; Upper Yampa Water Conservancy Scholarship, 2007-2008; Harold Short Academic Scholarship, 2006-2008; Tau Beta Engineering Honor Society, 2007; Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, 2007-2008; Golden Key International Honor Society, 2003  Research experience: Dorothy Byrne Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Health, Rutgers University (Dr. Francis Barchi); 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  Teaching Interests: Disparities in social determinants of health; global health inequalities and health inequalities in developing countries; qualitative/quantitative research methods; statistical methods for social sciences; research ethics  Teaching Experience: Co-instructor of Global Health Research, School of Social Work, Rutgers, University; Co-instructor of Research Methods in Social Science, Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Naironi  Practice Experience:  Supervised counsellor and mentor, Life Bloom Services International; 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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