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Ph.D. Faculty


Ayse Akincigil
: Associate Professor; Ph.D., Rutgers
Aging and mental health, economics, and HIV/AIDS.

Edward Alessi
Edward Alessi
: Associate Professor, Ph.D., New York University
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) mental health issues and clinical social work practice.  

Wen (Vivien) Anthony
: Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina
Etiology and risk mechanisms of internet and video game addition; intervention research

Victoria Banyard:
Full Professor, Ph.D., University of Michigan 
Violence prevention and resilience, assisting communities to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence.

Emily Bosk:
  Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Child wellbeing, child welfare services and policy, integration of social service systems, and infant mental health.

Qiana L. Brown
: Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Substance use disorder epidemiology, maternal and child health, urban health, mental health, social determinants of health, and prevention science.

Stephen Crystal
Professor; Associate Director for Health Services, Research Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Ph.D., Harvard
AIDS, long-term care, homelessness, and longitudinal data analysis. 

Laura Cuesta
Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
International approaches to child and family policy, poverty and inequality, and parental incarceration among disadvantaged families.

Laura Curran
: Associate Professor; Ph.D., California-Berkeley
Family and child policy practice; welfare policy; social welfare history/theory; gender and sexuality.

Maxine Davis: Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
Intimate partner violence prevention and intervention.

Jacquelynn  Duron
: Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Houston
Children, youth, and families; emphasis on the intersection of family and justice systems

Richard L. Edwards
: Professor; Ph.D., SUNY at Albany
Nonprofit and public management, international social work, and social work education.

Antoinette Y. Farmer
: Professor; Ph.D., Pittsburgh 
Parenting behavior, religion and spirituality, adolescent high risk behaviors, and the evaluation of social work practice.

Patricia Findley
: Associate Professor; DrPH, Illinois, Chicago
Physical disability, chronic illnesses, women's health, and the veteran population. 

Jerry Floersch
: Associate Professor; PhD, Chicago
Youth psychotropic treatment, case management, and the use of qualitative methods to evaluate practice.

Adrian Gale
: Assistant Professor; MSW, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Understanding how Black youth’s schooling experiences in general, and Black boys’ experiences in particular, contribute to the achievement gap.

Emily A. Greenfield
: Associate Professor; Ph.D., Wisconsin-Madison
Aging, life course human development, social relationships and health, and supportive services for older adults and family caregivers.

Anna Haley
: Associate Professor; Ph.D., Chicago
Low-wage or “working poverty” jobs in for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors; employment policies

Chien-Chung Huang
: Professor; Ph.D., Columbia 
Child support, social assistance, poverty, and income redistribution.  

Myungkook Joo
: Associate Professor; Ph.D., Washington in St. Louis
Early childhood development, analyses of policies and programs designed to help low-income children, and effects of poverty and economic inequality on children's outcomes.

Woojin Jung: Assistant Professor; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Global poverty and international aid policy; artificial intelligence and spatial analysis for international development; data-intensive project design, outcome prediction, and impact evaluation; community development policy and practice; social welfare policy, focusing on income transfer, employment, and immigration

Jeounghee Kim
: Associate Professor; Ph.D. Washington in St. Louis
Poverty, economic inequality, low income labor markets, health disparity and policy analysis.

Michael LaSala
: Associate Professor; Ph.D., SUNY at Albany
Clinical social work; gay and lesbian issues; marriage and family therapy.

Jamey Lister: Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Rutgers University
Characteristics, consequences, and treatment of addictive disorders among underserved populations.

Jeffrey Longhofer:
 Associate Professor; Ph.D., Kansas
Mental health case management; social and psychological dynamics of shame and stigma in mental health practice. 

Judith McCoyd
: Associate Professor; Ph.D., Bryn Mawr 
Perinatal health, medical decision making, bereavement, medical technology and human response.

Sarah McMahon
: Associate Professor; Ph.D. Rutgers
Violence against women and social work education. 

Felix Muchomba:
 Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Columbia
Gender inequality, allocation of resources within families, and social and economic development policy with a focus on developing countries.

Shari Munch:
 Associate Professor; Ph.D., Michigan State
Perinatal healthcare and clinical social work.

Lenna Nepomnyaschy
: Associate Professor; Ph.D., Columbia
Child and family policy, poverty and inequality, and health disparities. 

Lia Nower
: Director, Center for Gambling Studies, Professor; Ph.D., Washington and J.D., St. Louis
Pathological gambling, substance abuse, and other addictive disorders; forensic issues in mental health.

N. Andrew Peterson
: Professor; Ph.D., Missouri-Kansas City
Community organizing, substance abuse prevention, program evaluation, and empowerment theory.

Cathryn C. Potter
: Dean, Professor, Ph.D., University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work
Children and families at risk, especially those served in the child welfare, children's mental health and juvenile justice systems. She also has a particular interest in minority over-representation and service disparity in child and family serving systems.

Kathleen Pottick
: Professor; Ph.D., Michigan
Child and adolescent mental health and psychiatric delivery systems.

Gabriel Robles Alberto: Assistant Professor; Ph.D., New York University
Health of sexual and gender minorities, motivational interviewing, Latinx health inequities and bilingual intervention development.

Chiara Sabina

Chiara Sabina: Associate Professor; Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
Interpersonal victimization, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and dating violence among Latinos.

Raymond Sanchez Mayers
: Associate Professor; Ph.D., Brandeis
Financial management in nonprofits, administrative issues, Hispanic issues, geographic information systems and geospatial statistics.

Cassandra Simmel
: Associate Professor, Ph.D., California-Berkeley
Child welfare policies, programs, and services; foster youth involved with and/or transitioning out of the child welfare system; child maltreatment; and child and youth mental health.

Emmy Tiderington
:  Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Housing and mental health services for adults with serious mental illness.

Mark van der Maas: Assistant Professor: Ph.D., University of Toronto

Refining public health approaches to addressing problem gambling during market expansion, exploring how patterns in gambling behaviors reflect the aging of the U.S. population, and critically examining responsible gambling policies across jurisdictions.

Abigail Williams-Butler
: Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan, MS, Developmental Psychology, and MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Understanding the developmental trajectories of adolescents involved in child serving systems - particularly the child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health systems.

Allison Zippay
: Professor; Director, Ph.D. Program, California-Berkeley
Community planning and practice;  psychiatric and affordable housing planning and development; social networks and resource development among poor and low-income groups; employment and poverty policy.

Karen Zurlo
: Associate Professor, Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Gerontology, retirement, financial well-being, health, life course development, social welfare policy, psychosocial interventions, and international social work.

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