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Multimedia Projects

Rutgers School of Social Work Doctor of Social Work (DSW) students create interactive multimedia projects (MMP) that synthesize their scholarship and make their work accessible and useful to a global audience.

Third-year students produce a dynamic, interactive multimedia project (MMP) that synthesizes their scholarship and makes their work accessible and useful to a global audience. Our graduates learn to use video, audio, data visualizations and other digital tools to advance human understanding, and to connect with and serve their chosen communities.  

From the onset, the multimedia project is designed for the screen and for a readership that assumes that any important contemporary document is born digital. Successful graduates will be literate in the culture’s most powerful means of communication and conversant with the challenges that digital technology poses for young and old alike. 

Class of 2022

Stephanie M. Cedeño

Connections Beyond Borders: Working with Refugee and Unaccompanied Youth in Schools

This MMP will follow the journey of unaccompanied youth by discussing the three stages of migration, the risks, and protective factors throughout all stages. In addition, the unique migratory grief and loss experiences of refugee and unaccompanied youth will be discussed. 

Angela DeCandia Vitoria

Not Just Me? Helping Women Recover from Post Infidelity Trauma

In this MMP, I will provide a brief overview of the literature supporting the conceptualization of infidelity as trauma. 

Female student in library

Ashley Gwathney

Offsetting Racial Divides: Zero-Tolerance School Suspensions and Restorative Justice Practices

In this MMP, I will provide a brief overview of zero-tolerance school suspensions, the use of this practice, and disparities in race and gender. Case examples of "Elias" and "Thomas" will be presented to contextualize adolescent Black males' lived experiences and inequities of this approach

James S. Hart III

Strengthening Black-White Married Couples

This MMP will examine the specific challenges experienced by Black-White couples and the strategies they implement to maintain marital stability. Testimonies from Black-White couples along with a discussion of interventions will be offered for social workers providing marital and pre-marital services.

Micah Hillis

PEERS: A Model for the Provision of Quality to Peer Support Workers

In this MMP, the field of peer support is a rapidly expanding field in the helping professions. However, the provision of quality supervision to peer support workers (PSW) remains an unmet challenge. The struggle to adequately provide supervision often leads to a high turnover rate among programs that employ the evidence-based practice of peer support.

Joan Hogan

The TransParent Journey

This MMP describes the many emotions experienced by families, including the three Gs described as the grief, the guilt, and the gift, presented in personal interview narratives. Transgender history, acceptable language, current statistics on violence and suicide, top questions to prepare clinicians, best practice guidelines, and the benefits of advocacy will also be explored, as will resources to help guide families.

Bushra Husain

Forced Marriage in the United States

This MMP will share aspects of my exploratory research with forced marriage survivors who were interviewed to examine the survivor’s family history and how it facilitated or hindered their ability to leave the marriage. These findings inform current projects aimed to expand clinical, legal, and policy supports for forced marriage survivors.

Tam Le Rovitto

Navigating first-generation college students’ journey

This MMP will provide an overview of first-generation college students (FGCS) demographics, barriers to mental health help-seeking, and counseling center clinicians’ experiences in working with FGCS. Themes from a published qualitative study to demonstrate the need for clinician training and FGCS stories will amplify the unique lived experiences of FGCS.

Tangela C. Sawyerr

Adult Sibling Loss

In this MMP, of all forms of familial loss, siblings are the least studied. When a death occurs, siblings are often ignored because the focus is directed toward parents, spouses, and surviving children. This invalidation can negatively impact the grief responses of adult siblings and cause short and long-term consequences.


Alison B. Wetmur

Raising Deaf Children: A Resource Guide for Parents. In this MMP, ninety to ninety-five percent of d/Deaf children are born to hearing-abled parents, and these children are often the first d/Deaf person their parents meet. Many hearing-abled parents opt to use spoken and heard/lipread language with their d/Deaf child. Despite significant technological advances, oral and aural communication is often frustrating or inaccessible to d/Deaf people.

Ren Winnett

Ren Winnett

In this MMP, Hospitals are harsh environments whose demands test social workers, particularly during the care of patients experiencing homelessness.

Jennifer Agostino

Helping Teachers Recognize Trauma Symptoms and Manage Dysregulation

In this MMP, I will identify behavioral reactions of children with trauma histories, and present interventions, helpful for any dysregulated child, including those without trauma. Children with trauma histories often display behaviors of hyperactivity, aggression, or inattention.  However, they may, more accurately, be having a trauma response. 

Allison Bates​

Foodways, Social Identity, and Health

This MMP will examine the impact of African foodways and their connection to social identity and health in the Black community. Food choices have and continue to be a way for Blacks to maintain a sense of social identity, and they can evoke feelings of nostalgia and pride.

Melissa Campbell

Self-care and Elder Care: How to help a caregiver care for themself while they care for an elderly person

In this MMP, deciding when and how to step in to help an elderly family member, especially when they live far away or are emotionally distant, can be difficult. This website offers understanding and ideas for accessing support.

Micaela Costa

Thinking About Getting Your Doctor of Social Work Degree (DSW)?

This MMP will examine the history behind the DSW. Learn when the degree was first conferred and the ebbs and flows of the degree’s prominence over time. Examine the current state of the DSW and the emergence of programs. Discover information about the various programs offered across the country

Mariama Diallo

Best Practices in Responding to FGM/C Cases in the United States

In this MMP, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is often thought of as an isolated cultural practice occurring only outside of the U.S. In reality, FGM/C is a growing problem in the U.S. and many girls are at risk. Recent statistics have shown that 513,000 girls and women in the United States today have either undergone or are at risk of FGM/C (Goldberg, et al., 2016).

Alexandra (Lexi) Greenberg

Treating Veterans Who Have Committed Sex Offenses: Approaches for General Outpatient Settings

This MMP will increase participants' awareness of the needs of this population and provide assessment and treatment strategies. In the United States, Veterans are over-represented among adults incarcerated for sex offenses. After incarceration, these Veterans present to Veterans Affairs hospitals with unique clinical needs.

Kira O'Brien

Emerging Adults, Emerging Activists: A College Activism Retrospective and Practitioners Guide

This MMP is a portal into the lives of students and professionals who are all grappling with the concept of activism. 

Kayti Protos

Advocating for Gender Diverse Clients with Eating Disorders as Cisgender Providers

This MMP will prepare cisgender providers to advocate on behalf of gender diverse clients with eating disorders. Discussion will focus on key terminology, factors contributing to eating disorder development in this population, and advocacy tips accessible to providers of varying skill levels.

Tara Ryan-DeDominicis

Unlocking Homelessness in the Classroom

In this MMP, homelessness is an experience that can impact anyone. No matter their age, race, background, or ability, individuals and families can get caught in a cycle of poverty and homelessness. Despite a growing need of qualified helping professionals to engage with this community, few social work classes at any level devote much time or attention to this issue

Sherri Wilson

Working Autism, Visualizing Employment

This MMP will reveal how using a strengths-based approach is effective in addressing barriers faced by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The goal of this presentation is to show how individuals with ASD can live more fulfilling lives if given the opportunity to utilize their strengths. 

Emily Buchenhorst

The Impacts of Stigma, Motherhood and Environmental Supports on Opioid Using Pregnant Women’s Recovery

In this MMP, the information presented will examine the phenomena through which the women can be enabled to overcome known obstacles-- such as stigma, guilt and the related trauma--and engage in treatment, to move into successful recovery. 

Christine Caporuscio​

Digital Life: Helping Teens Navigate a Digital World

In this MMP, adolescents are developing while constantly exposed to technology, using various platforms both academically and socially.  

Deborah Dumont​

College & Beyond: How Parents Can Impact Success​

In this MMP, Identify ways mental health providers can assist emerging adults and their families as they enter this new stage development. Identify possible reasons why college counseling centers are noticing a significant increase in severe symptomatology and in the demand for mental health services.

Michael Garbe

How Social Workers Assess and Treat Clients Undergoing a Spiritually

This MMP discusses the findings of a small, exploratory qualitative study of licensed social workers, who work with individuals who have undergone a spiritually transformative experience (STE). 

Dunia Garcia​

You Can Go to College; Increasing Persistence Through Access

In this MMP, I will describe the challenges and barriers to college completion for students of color, and present factors and key access points that can increase persistence. 

Helena D. Lewis

Reentry, Grief and Loss: Addressing Unmet Mental Health Needs of Women Offenders​

In this MMP, experiencing the loss of a loved one under any circumstances can be challenging. For women who are incarcerated the outward expression of grief and emotion is often suppressed due to fear of receiving sanctions and being placed in restrictive housing. 

Karie McGuire

Sex Trafficking in the USA: Voices from Here at Home in New Jersey 

In this MMP I will illustrate how helping professionals can effectively engage and advocate for DMST victims at the early stages of identification and also foster a safe, accepting therapeutic space to assist these clients in trust building and identify formation.

Angela Mullane​

Where Did My Child Go? Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS)​

In this MMP, I will describe symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and recommended treatment modalities for clinical social workers to work with children and their families affected by PANDAS, Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus.

Asa Paris​

Unsung Losses:  Combating Suicide in Military Populations

In this MMP, I will describe the combination of risk factors and challenges to help-seeking behavior of military members.

Jennifer Polizotto​

School Social Workers: Operating at the Intersection of Education and Mental Health

In this MMP, I will provide an overview of the integration of mental health services within the education system, the prevalence of current mental health challenges affecting students.

Edith Lori Slater

Clinical Advocacy Model

In this MMP, I preset the Clinical Advocacy Model (CAM) supports clinical advocacy acuity and competency as an integral part of prioritizing clients’ dual needs for mental healthcare and social justice as they present themselves.

Lauren Snedeker​

Assistant Professor of Teaching, Director of the Certificate on Aging and Health

A Social Work Response to a Multigenerational Work Place: Taking A.C.T.I.O.N Against Ageism

In this MMP, I describe the complex experiences the aging workforce is living through today. Assess for the continued ways the aging workforce can contribute, such as through reverse mentorship opportunities, thereby lessening the existence of age discrimination in the workplace.

Jamie Wasserman

Exploring Unwanted Consensual Sex: A Qualitative Pilot Study​

In this MMP, consenting to sex is a complicated psychological, political, and social issue. Because the legal system does not classify consensual sex as rape, there is a mistaken assumption that consent is an either/or issue

Kelly Zinn​

Supporting Students Living in Out-of-Home Placements ​

In this MMP, students living in out-of-home placements, such as foster or kinship care, are at-risk for academic challenges. 

Douglas Behan

What Works in Therapy

Research has proven that psychotherapy is effective. Despite hundreds of treatment models, no model has proven superior. Why?

Kristin Biri

Screen Smart Counseling

I present innovative approaches to infusing technology and social media into clinical practice with adolescents and young adults.

Kim Jordan-Casarona

Positive Psychology for Families

I present some of the core concepts of Positive Psychology and the research behind these concepts. 

Gila Cohen Davidovsky

Cultural Sensitivity with Orthodox Jews in Therapy

This MMP will highlight therapeutic issues arising in therapy with Orthodox Jews. 

Katherine DeVito

Creating a Safe Haven: Gang Prevention in Schools

This MMP presents an overview of gang prevention in schools, including the risk and protective factors, warning signs, major gang breakdowns, leaving a gang, gangs as family, and possible components of gang prevention programs in schools.

Alexis Dragun

Recognizing Student Trauma: A Trauma Informed Guide for School Staff

In this MMP, I will define trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and describe how these experiences negatively affect the brain and behavior.

Alba Lopez

Discussing Challenges in Housing Women Veterans Who Are Single Parents

I present an overview of the challenges facing homeless women Veterans who are single parents.

Phil Miller

Internship: High-Impact Experiential Learning

In this MMP, I present research on what makes an internship a high-impact learning experience.  I emphasize the technique of reflection by utilizing the concept of Reflection-in-Action. 

Bridget Nash

Demystify the Mental Health System and the Therapeutic Process

My MMP serves as a portal for consumers to access information about therapy and treatment within the mental health system. Podcasts will be used to share knowledge from experts in the field of therapy and treatment.

Kanako Okuda

Understanding Field Placement Anxiety: Embracing Vulnerability as a Learning Tool

I introduce the concept of field education anxiety, with a particular emphasis on social work students’ field learning processes.

Gwilym Roddick

Psychotherapy for Anxiety & Addictions

In this MMP, I present an overview of the current and most prevalent methods to aide clients with Substance Use Disorders (SUD’s) in the US, with a special emphasis on both the positive attributes and the significant gaps in these services

Roxanne Ruiz-Adams

Undocumented and Ill: Navigating Cancer, Treatment, and Trauma

This MMP presents an overview of the challenges experienced by undocumented migrants in the medical system. I will introduce the concept of trauma-informed practice, and assert the need for trauma-informed medical care when working with undocumented migrants.

Sandra Van Nest

The Sensory Perspective

Sensory processing theory (SPT) (Ayers, 2005) describes the sensory systems within the body and how processing senses enables productivity and security. Differences in sensory processing affects overall development in children (Dunn, 1997)

Kimberly Waibogha

The Opioid Crisis: What Is It? How Did It Happen? Where Do We Go From Here?

In the United States, 2.1 million people have an opioid use disorder (HHS, 2018). In 2017, there were 28,466 deaths linked to the use of opioids (HHS, 2017). 

Robin Wiley

The Experience of Aging: Exploring, Understanding, and Supporting

This MMP will explore the experience of aging as reported by the testimonies of older adults. 

Emily Zimmerman

Trauma-Informed Infertility Treatment

I will present a call for trauma-informed care within the field of reproductive endocrinology. I will present an overview of SAMHSA’s six principles of trauma-informed care with an emphasis on considerations that are particularly relevant to working with women in infertility and reproductive endocrinology settings.

Lauren Busfield

Growing Up Digital

Social workers and parents are often only exposed to negative and fear-inducing challenges of helping young people navigate the digital world. This can lead practitioners to respond to adolescent experiences as causes for clinical concern and alarm. 

Zakia Clay

Transistioning to Community Support Services (CSS)

The focus of this multi-media project is to examine the role of fee-for-service in mental health and the unintended consequences that occur on the frontline.

Megan Conti

The Social Work Think Tank

Clinical Social Work as Activism explores the intersections between clinical practice and social welfare policy so as to illuminate the opportunities we have to be more active in social welfare policy change, and to improve our clinical practice through engagement with macro level issues.

Armand DiYenno

For God's Sake: Spiritual Assessment, Social Work, and the Gay Community

While it is well know that the LGBTQ community has had a long and often difficult relationship with organized religion, little has been written about the need for spiritual assessments with lesbians or gay men in clinical social work practice. 

Vashonna Etienne

Saving Black Marriages

As a licensed clinical social worker specializing in couples therapy, I find that African American couples yearn for stable, loving, and lasting relationships. 

Shannon Evans

Social Work Self-Reflection: Naming Manifestations of White Supremacy

Social Work Self-Reflection: Naming Manifestations of White supremacy strives to help White social workers critically reflect on their relationship with white supremacy, how this relationship impacts their practice, and how it can be changed.

Lynda Fabbo

Coping With a Life-Changing Diagnosis

By sharing our family’s story through an interactive website with written posts, pictures, audio and video, I hope to gently connect with parents with children going through this life-changing process in an effort to offer support, guidance and information.

Katelen Fortunati

every single kid: empowering kids with incarcerated parents addresses the gap in awareness and understanding about the difficulties that children with incarcerated parents face. The websites provides psychoeducation about areas of need, potential adverse health and behavior outcomes, and an explanation of the theories driving interventions for children with incarcerated parents.

Sakima Gonzalez

Savia Community Counseling Services 

It has been established that in-home counseling reduces some of the barriers of for poor children and their families in accessing necessary services.

Jeffrey Hanna

Men At Risk: How Expectations About Masculinity Hurt Men

I plan to address how stereotypical expectations of masculinity develop; how these stereotypes hurt men’s views of the world; how acknowledging privilege has both positive and negative effects on identity; and how the perpetuation of masculine scripts gives rise to psychological distress.

Kim Stewart

Women in Indian Country

Native women of the USA and Canada face profound universal marginalization, the  result of colonization and a history of systematic oppression, widespread violence and blame.

Janet Hoffer

Shame Explained addresses the problem of how shame operates as a hindrance or healing agent in psychotherapy, and, in particular, the therapist’s role in preventing therapeutic stalemates and failures due to shame.

Jaime Lauren

Self-Care University

The goal of this project is to create a Self-Care tool accessible to all students in the university community. Using a web-based program gives students who may not engage in traditional face-to-face counseling the opportunity to be engaged in mental health interventions (Wagner, Lipson, Sandy, Eisenberg, 2014).

Amanda Marsh

Brain Trauma 101 guides the consumer through brain injury by introducing patient narratives that shed light on the family experience. The narratives are told through multimedia timelines.

Patricia McKernan

Wanted for Warrants

This multi-media project is dedicated to exploring the issues of criminal justice reform, criminal justice debt, and the criminalization of poverty.  The entanglement of the criminal justice system, poverty, race, policing practices, and incarceration will be examined.

Anthony Nicotera

Circle of Insight

The see-reflect-act Circle of Insight process (Nicotera, 2018) can serve as a framework for response to social work’s social justice definitional and pedagogical challenges.

Tracy Norris

Empathy in the Context of Racial Bias

The ability to exercise empathy in the context of the cross-racial therapeutic dyad is essential to positive treatment outcomes.  However, the capacity to demonstrate empathy is especially challenging when the psychotherapist is African American or non-White and working with a White patient who expresses White supremacy or racial bias.

Lauren Potts

Finding Hope In Cancer Through Creative Expression

The purpose of is to explore research and patient experiences of the use of art, music, and writing as tools for emotional healing, for individuals living with and beyond cancer.

Julee Wickliffe

Narrative Therapy With Offenders In A Group Setting

The purpose of this multi-media project is to explore the use of narrative therapy with offenders in a group setting.  Narrative therapy is a collaborative approach in both individual and group therapy that centers patients as the experts in their own lives.