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Selected Bios of Current Students

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. E-mail Addresskcaler@ssw.rutgers.edu.

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Arpita Chatterjee

Arpita Chatterjee

Education: MSW, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; MA (Psych), University of Delhi; BA (Hons), University of Delhi; Research Interests: Mental health disparities among immigrant communities, care seeking pathways, caregiving burden within the domain of mental illness, community mental health; Research Experience: Research Assistant, Hagedorn Evaluation Project at Rutgers School of Social Work; Member, Voluntary Research Group within South Asian Initiative/ SAMHAJ at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey, Health Disparities Research Training Program at New York University, Tobacco Dependence Program at UMDNJ, UNICEF (India) Summer Field/Research Internship; Practice Experience: Partial care program at the Association for Advancement of Mental Health, Post-trauma counselor in communal riot affected area of Gujarat (India), Clinical Field Training with psychiatric ward of Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences;  Richmond Fellowship Society India (Delhi chapter); Honors/Awards: Special study award, Rutgers Graduate School; Pre Dissertation Award, Rutgers Graduate School; Rutgers South Asian Studies Program Research/Travel Award;  Applied Social Issues Internship Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Global Health Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania; Dean's Recognition to an Outstanding MSW Graduate award, Rutgers School of Social Work; Member, Phi Alpha Honor Society; Best Masters Treatise Award in University of Delhi. E-mail Addressarpita.chatterjee@rutgers.edu

Sangeeta Chatterji

Education:  MSW, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India; BA, Psychology, Fergusson College, Pune, India; Research Interests:  Gender inequality; allocation of resources within families; social mobility; social policy; violence against women and LGBTQ individuals Research Experience: Graduate Assistant: Child gender and disability among children of immigrants from China and India; Graduate Assistant: Experiences of LGBT forced migrants in the U.S. and Canada; Project manager: Family acceptance of Lesbian and Gay individuals in Mumbai, India; Project Manager: Study of the implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA) in India, Project Officer; Violence against women with disability, lesbian women, and sex-working women in India, Bangladesh, & Nepal Practice Experience: Trainings & service delivery, SNEHA; Trainings & advocacy, SRUTI, India; Honors/Awards: Margaret McNamara Fellowship 2017-18; AAUW International Doctoral Fellowship 2017-18 (Alternate); Tuition Assistance Award, Graduate School, Rutgers; Special Study Award, Graduate School, Rutgers; Gender Studies Conference Travel Grant, University at Buffalo E-mail Addresssangeetachatterji@gmail.com

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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Caitlin Eckert

Caitlin Eckert

Education:  MSW, Rutgers University, certificate in Violence Against Women and Children;BA, Family and Child Studies, Montclair State University, concentration in Family Services, emphasis in Public Health;  Research Interests:Sex education,  power-based violence perpetration, at-risk adolescents,  and mixed methods research; Research Experience:Research Assistant:  Project C.O.P.E. (Communities Organizing for Prevention and Empowerment);  Practice Experience: led adolescentsubstance abuse clinician, FAMILYConnections; county-wide Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator through YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE; Honors/Awards:Recipient, School of Social Work Fellowship Fund Scholarship of 2013; Best Paper Award at the Spring 2013 International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research Conference. E-Mail Address: caitlin.eckert@rutgers.edu.

Kathleen Pirozzolo Fay

Kathleen Pirozzolo Fay

Education:  JD, Georgetown University Law Center; BA, American University; Research Interests:  Child welfare, juvenile justice, youth involved in multiple systems, social work and the law; Research Experience:  Graduate Assistant, Institute for Families, Rutgers School of Social Work;  Practice Experience:  Practiced as a litigation attorney; pro bono-public interest work in special education, juvenile justice, and housing law; Honors/Awards:  Special Study Award, Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work. E-mail Addresskpirozzolo@ssw.rutgers.edu

Katherine Findley

Katherine Findley

Education: MSSW, University of Tennessee; BA, University of Tennessee;Research Interests:  International social work, human trafficking, organ transplantation;  Research Experience:  Graduate Research Assistant—Institute for Families, Research Assistant—Huamin Research Center;  Practice Experience:  Research Consultant for the Coalition for Organ-Failure Solutions, Community Organizer for the New York State Defenders Justice Fund;  Honors/Awards:  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. E-mail Addresskfindley@ssw.rutgers.edu

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), and e-mail addresssgold@ssw.rutgers.edu

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Christine James

Christine JamesEducation:  MSW, Rutgers University; BA, Psychology, Rutgers University; Research Interests:  Diversity, Disability, Social and Economic Justice, Health Disparities, Staff Development in Social Services, Leadership; Research Experience:  Research Assistant, Psychology Department, Rutgers University, Camden (Dr. Daniel Hart); Research Assistant, Psychology Department, Rutgers University, Camden (Dr. Luis Garcia); Practice Experience:  Director, Quality Improvement & System Reform NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities; Part-Time Lecturer, Rutgers University School of Social Work; Director, Employee Development & Communication; PATH, Inc., Philadelphia; President, National Association of Social Workers – NJ Chapter (volunteer position); Honors/Awards:  Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society;BA Psychology Department Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement;Athaneum Honor Society Inductee;Psi Chi National Honor Society Inductee.  E-Mail Address: chrisjames@comcast.net;cmjames@rutgers.edu. 

Hasan Johnson

Hasan Johnson

Education:  MSW, Rutgers University; BA, Psychology, Rutgers College; Research Interests:  computer based cognitive behavioral interventions to promote grit, motivational achievement and social problem solving skills among adolescent students;  culturally appropriate, evidenced based clinical intervention with marginalized and oppressed populations that address mental health needs; Research Experience:  Graduate Assistant, Rutgers University Institute for Families; Practice Experience: MSW Field Instructor, Plainfield Public Schools, Plainfield, NJ; Mental Health Clinician, UMDNJ and Private Practice; School of Social Worker/Guidance Counselor—Plainfield, New Brunswick and Piscataway Schools, NJ; Honors/Awards:  Recipient of Outstanding Doctoral Student Instructor Award. E-mail Addresshasjohnson@gmail.com.

Hsiu-Fen Lin

Hsiu-Fen Lin

Education:  MA, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; BA, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; Research Interests:  Domestic violence, financial strain, economic empowerment; Research Experience:  Center on Violence Against Women and Children, School of Social Work, Rutgers University; Practice Experience:  Chief of General Planning Division, Taoyuan County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center, Taiwan; Supervisor of  Child Protective Service Division, Taoyuan County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center, Taiwan; Honors/Awards:  President of Taiwan Study Association at Rutgers, Scholarship for study abroad, Ministry of Education, Taiwan; Vice Chair of Taoyuan Association of Licensed Social Workers, Taiwan; Most Outstanding Social Worker in Taiwan, Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan. Email-Addresshlin@ssw.rutgers.edu.

Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson

Education:  MSW, Rutgers University; BA, Lehigh University, International Relations; Research Interests:  Gender-based violence, women’s human rights, and legal responses to violence against women; Research Experience:  Project Coordinator, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Rutgers School of Social Work; Honors/Awards: Verizon Wireless HopeLine Violence Against Women and Children Scholarship Recipient;  E-mail Addressljohnson@ssw.rutgers.edu.

Rebecca Logue-Conroy

Rebecca Logue-Conroy

Education:  MSW, Smith College School for Social Work; BA, Williams College; Research Interests: Family Leave, poverty, SNAP benefits; Research Experience: Graduate Assistant, Lynch School of Education, Boston College; Practice Experience: Social Work Intern, Franklin Baystate Medical Center Partial Hospital Program; Social Work Intern, The Brien Center Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services. E-Mail Address:  rl631@scarletmail.rutgers.edu.

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.  E-mail Address:  ematthews@ssw.rutgers.edu

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Julia O’Connor

Julia O’Connor

Education:  MSW, University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work; MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of  Public Health; BA, Kenyon College; Research Interests:  Violence against women, reproductive health, international health, and evaluation and implementation research; Research Experience:  Graduate Assistant, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Rutgers University; Research Specialist, Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Practice Experience:  HIV/AIDS Care and Support Specialist Peace Corps Response Volunteer, Comforting Hearts, Guyana, Advocacy Counselor, Project PLASE Women’s Shelter; Honors/Awards:  Abell Award for Urban Policy; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Member; Schweitzer Fellow; Research Assistant Scholar University of Maryland, Baltimore; Volunteer of the Year Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center; Distinction on Undergraduate Comprehensive Exam. E-Mail Addressjoconnor@ssw.rutgers.edu

Evalyne Kerubo Orwenyo

Evalyne Kerubo Orwenyo

Education:  MSW, Howard University, Washington D.C.; Masters in International Studies, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland;  Research Interests:  Migration, refugees, international development; Research Experience:  Research Assistant, Howard University School of Social Work; Practice Experience:  Refugee Assistance Program Coordinator, Baltimore City Community College, Silver Spring , MD; Program Officer (Refugee Social Services) Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Baltimore, MD;  Honors/Awards:  Pre-dissertation Summer Research Award, Graduate School, Rutgers University. E-mail Addressrorwenyo@ssw.rutgers.edu.

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. E-mail Addressbsapiro@ssw.rutgers.edu.

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Shrivridhi Shukla

Shrivridhi Shukla

Education:  MSW, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India; BA, History (Hons.), Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University, India; Research Interests:  Formal and informal care giving in the context of HIV/AIDS in India and internationally; HIV prevention interventions for women; women’s health; international social work and ethical issues pertinent to social work research; Research Experience:  Graduate Assistant, Institute for Families, Rutgers University School of Social Work, health related research projects; Research Assistant, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, American Indian community’s attitudes, beliefs and knowledge about HIV/AIDS; Practice Experience:  Emergency Management and Research Institute, India; Consultant at Partners for Appropriate Technologies in Health, advocacy, field visits, and report writing for a project on maternal and neonatal health in the villages of Uttar Pradesh, India; Honors/Awards:  Recipient, Junior Research Fellowship, Universities Grants Commission, India; Pre-dissertation travel grant, South Asian Studies Program, Rutgers University. E-Mail Addressshrivridhi.shukla@rutges.edu

Jordan J. Steiner

Education:  Masters of Arts, International Educational Development; Teachers College, Columbia University with Certificate in African Education; Bachelors of Arts, International Peace and Conflict Studies; University of California, Berkeley; Research Interests: School Related Gender Based Violence in West Africa; Research Experience: Research Assistant for Literacy in Conflict Affected Sites (Teachers College, Columbia University); Consultant, UNICEF on policy briefs related to school related gender based violence; Practice Experience: Program Manager, International Catholic Migration Commission (Amman, Jordan); Immigration Program Coordinator, International Rescue Committee; Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Benin, West Africa); Honors/Awards: Community Service Award. E-Mail Address: jjsteiner@gmail.com

Katherine 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. E-mail Address: kate.stepleton@rutgers.edu

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Jose Ricardo Vargas Garcia

Jose Ricardo Vargas Garcia

Education:  MA in Addiction Studies, Lewis and Clark School of Education and Counseling;  BS, Portland State University, Psychology; Research Interests: Pathological Gambling Interventions, Problem Gambling Prevention, Gambling and Latino's, Relationship between Marginalized Populations and Gambling; Research Experience: Rutgers University Research Assistant, Center for Gambling Studies, Portland State University Research Assistant, Intimate Partner Violence lab; Practice Experience: Pathological Gambling Counselor at Native American Rehabilitation Association; Intensive Case Management, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare; Honors/Awards:Americorps Grant Oregon Partnership Award of Excellence. E-Mail Address: jose.vargasgarcia@rutgers.edu.

Yuqi Wang

Yuqi Wang

Education:  MSW, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; BA, Sociology, Renmin University of China; Research Interests:  Community participation, social policy in China, social work education;  Research Experience:  Graduate Assistant:  Huamin Research Center, School of Social Work, Rutgers University; Practice Experience:  Task Supervisor for MSW field placement, Huamin Research Center; Honors/Awards:  Excellent Dissertation Award,  Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. E-mail Address:  ywang@ssw.rutgers.edu.

Samantha C. 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. E-mail Address: swinter@ssw.rutgers.edu.

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