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Selected Bios of Current Students

Roxanna Ast

Education: PhD, Rutgers University School of Social Work (expected 2023); MSW, Rutgers University; MSc, Psychological Studies, University of Glasgow; BA, English Literature and Translation, Guilan University. Research Interests: Violence and health disparities among Queer and Middle Eastern populations, intersection of conflicting identities, community resiliency, and evaluation research. Honors: Recipient of 2019 SGS Off Campus Dissertation Development Award. Research Experience: Graduate Research Assistant, Center on Violence Against Women and Children- Rutgers University; Research and evaluation consultant, Ryan White Grant at Fox Caring Consultants; Research Assistant, Institute For Families, Rutgers University; Research and evaluation intern, Safe Horizon. Practice experience: Ryan White planning council and committee coordinator, Fox Caring Consultants; Program Specialist, Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey; Domestic violence case worker intern, Women Aware; Mental health assistant, Carr Gomm-UK; Interpreter for Middle Eastern refugee and asylum seeker, British Red Cross; TEFL instructor for Middle Eastern refugee and immigrants- Borna Institute. 


Iris Cardenas

Education: PhD, Rutgers University School of Social Work (expected 2021); MSW, Rutgers University, 2016; BA, Psychology, New Jersey City University, 2010. Research Interests: Gender-based violence, help-seeking behaviors, culture and race, mental health, social policy. Honors: Fellow at the Summer SW Graduate Student Mentoring Workshop on African American and Latinx Research, University of Michigan (2019); The Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology Workshop Award (2019); Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies Off- Campus Dissertation Development Award (2019); Recipient of The Rutgers Latino Studies Research Initiative Graduate Student Fellowship (2017-2018); Dean’s Recognition Award to an Outstanding Student in Management and Policy, SSW, Rutgers University (2016); Recipient of the Equity and Opportunity Studies Fellowship (2015-2016); Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. Research experience: Graduate Assistant, Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University; Research Assistant, Dr. Laura Andrea Cuesta Rueda: A Comparative Analysis of Child Support Policy Schemes in Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay; Bilingual Research Assistant, Ryan White Grant, Fox Caring Consultants. Teaching Interests:  Diversity & Oppression; Violence Against Women and Children; Research Methods; Latino Culture & Social Work Practice. Practice Experience: Licensed Social Worker in NJ; Consultant, Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers University; Healthcare Case Manager, St Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ; Case Coordinator, Los Niños Services Early Intervention Program, NY, NY.


Yafan Chen

Education: Ph.D., School of Social Work, Rutgers University (expected May 2022); MSW, Rutgers University School of Social Work, 2017; Bachelor of Arts in Editing and Publishing Science, South China University of Technology, 2015. Research Interests: Impacts of trauma and stress on child and adolescent development; child abuse; domestic violence; child well-being and development; quantitative research. Research Experience:  Graduate Assistant, Huamin Research Center (2018-current), with Dr. Chien-Chung Huang: studying the effects of children’s exposure to domestic violence (secondary data analysis), and mindfulness-based intervention research. Teaching interests: Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Social Welfare Policy and Services I & II; Diversity & Oppression; Methods of Social Work Research I & II. Practice experience: Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey (2017-current); Intensive in-community therapist, Family Therapy and Consultation Services and United Family Services, NJ.



Alisha Cupid

Education: Ph.D. (expected 2023) Rutgers University School of Work; MSW and Certificate in Global Social Work, Tulane University, 2013; BSW and Minor in Psychology, New York University, 2011. Research Interests: International Social Work, global poverty, African and Caribbean women and poverty, international development, poverty reduction policy; participatory research; women’s empowerment; culturally competent social work practice. Research Experience: Graduate Research Assistant—Institute for Families and Center for Prevention Science, Rutgers School of Social Work. Teaching Interests: Social Work Practice; Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Clinical Social Work Practice; Global Social Work and Social Development. Practice Experience: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Louisiana), New Orleans Police Department; Mental Health Professional, Orleans Parish Prison; Assistant Director, Womanspace; Substance Abuse Counselor, Odyssey House; Reentry Social Worker, West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office; Therapist, Seamen’s Society for Children and Families (NYC); Task supervisor for MSW field placement, West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and Womanspace; Intern-Women for Women International/Tulane University Rwanda Office (Rwanda), ERACE (Louisiana), and Project SOL (NYC). Email Address:


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






Katherine Findley

Katherine Findley

Education: MSW, 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



Kate E. Golden

Education:  Ph.D., Rutgers University School of Social Work (expected 2021); Joint MA, Child Study and Human Development / Social Policy, Tufts University; BA, Women’s & Gender Studies, Wellesley College. Research Interests: Federal and State child welfare policy and differential effects on marginalized communities; issues of power and voice among service recipients and providers in the public child welfare system; data visualization; implementation science as a strategy for improving research use; participatory mixed methods and utilization-focused research. Honors/Awards:   Rutgers Graduate School Diversity Fellowship, 2017-18.  Research Experience: Graduate Assistant: Child Welfare and Well-Being Unit Collaboration with NJ Department of Children and Families; Researcher: Mixed Methods Research Lab (MMRL) at the University of Pennsylvania; Co-PI and Assistant Director: Department of Interdisciplinary Evaluation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC); Associate: Office of Foster Care and Adoption | Evaluation and Measurement Unit at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Graduate Assistant: Tufts Adoption and Development Lab at Tufts University. Practice Experience: Manager: Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Department at Visinet Inc. human service agency, Omaha NE.; Program Administrator: Adoptive Families Together advocacy group, Boston, MA; Direct Care Worker: Rediscovery House youth group home, Watertown MA.


Brett Greenfield

Education: Ph.D. (in progress, Rutgers University School of Social Work); MDiv, George W. Truett Theological Seminary,2017; MSW, Baylor University, 2014; BSW, Baylor University, 2013    Honors: Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies Pre-Dissertation Summer Study Award (2018)    Research experience: Graduate Assistant: Rutgers University School of Social Work Child Welfare and Well-Being Research Unit; Federally funded Quality Improvement and Control for Adoption & Guardianship project; Experiences of LGBTQ migrants resettled in the European Union; Experiences of Sexual and Gender Minority Homeless Youth in NYC   Teaching Interests: Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Work Practice, Social Policy   Teaching Experience: Field Instructor to MSW students: Baylor University, 2016-2017; Guest Lecturer: NYU, Baylor University   Practice Experience:  LMSW (Texas); Advanced Practice Case Manager, Methodist Children’s Home, Waco, TX (3 years); Trust-Based Relational Intervention, Educator; Circle of Security Intervention, Registered Facilitator


Lorraine Y. Howard

Education: Ph.D. (expected May 2023) Rutgers University School of Social Work; MSW, Rutgers University School of Social Work, 2008; Bachelor’s of Arts and Science (BSW), Rutgers University, 1996. Research Interests: Racial and community trauma; intersection of addictions and neuroscience; adolescent and young adult development; culturally competent social work practice; translational research. Research Experience: Co-investigator on Experience of Social Work Students during an Inter-Professional Education (IPE) event; Research consultant on Gene Upshaw Players’ Assistance Trust Evaluation Study; Research consultant on ALDA, Inc. After-School Program project. Teaching interests: Social Work Practice; Clinical Social Work; Diversity and Oppression, Psychopathology. Teaching experience: Theories of Personality and Psychopathology, Evaluation of Practice: Clinical, Communication in Social Work Practice, HBSE: Understanding Addictive Behaviors, Generalist Practice I, Case Management in Addiction Practices, Biology of Addictive Behaviors, Social Work Policy & Services I & II, Clinical Social Work: Addictive Behaviors I & II, HBSE: Addictive Behaviors Across the Lifespan, Professional Development, Addiction Counselor Training Program. Practice experience: Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey and Texas; Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in New Jersey; Therapist in private practice; Director of Addiction Education at Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies (current position); Faculty (Field Education Coordinator) at Rutgers School of Social Work; Administrator at various treatment programs; Social Worker at various treatment programs. E-Mail Address:



Christine James

Education:  Ph.D. (expected 2020) Rutgers University School of Social Work; MSW, Rutgers University School of Social Work (2003); BA, Psychology, Rutgers University (1997) Research Interests: Disability, Diversity, Poverty, Health Disparities; Transition-Age Youth with Disability, Transition to Adulthood Outcomes for Youth with Disability Honors: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Social Work Fellow, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) (2017-2018) Research Experience: Independent research project with Dr. Lenna Nepomnyaschy: Intellectual Disability & Transition Preparation to Adult Healthcare among Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (2018); Independent research project with Dr. Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Dr. Manuel Jimenez, & Dr. Roy Wade: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Teen Behavior Outcomes: The Role of Disability (2019); Research Assistant, Rutgers Psychology Department (undergraduate) Teaching Interests: Disability & Healthcare, Program Evaluation, Diversity & Oppression, Social Justice, Macro practice Teaching Experience: Part-time Lecturer, Rutgers University School of Social Work (in-class and online; graduate and undergraduate), Diversity & Oppression, Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II, Introduction to Social Work; professional Trainer in non-profit providers, including NASW-NJ Leadership Certificate Program; national and international conference presentations Practice Experience: Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in NJ & PA; Director, Systems & Evaluation & Chief Compliance Officer, PATH, Inc., Philadelphia (current); Assistant Division Director, NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities; Director, Employee Development & Communications, PATH, Inc., Philadelphia; Director, Quality Improvement & Training, PATH, Inc., Philadelphia; Volunteer positions: President, Southwestern Social Work Association; President, National Association of Social Workers – NJ Chapter (NASW-NJ) Email address:  



Huiying Jin

Education: Ph.D. (expected 2023) Rutgers University School of Social Work; MSW, University of Chicago, 2016; Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Fudan University, 2013. Research Interests: Interactions of biological and social factors in contributing to risk and resilience in children and adolescents’ development; study how experiences in early life, particularly the relationship between family and child, influence development at later ages; understand and explore the meanings and mechanisms of children’s healthy development and their well-being; and develop interventions and social policy that will benefit children and adolescents, and their families. Honors: 2011 Cum Laude Fudan University. Research Experience:  Research Assistant, with Dr. Jeoung-hee Kim, multiple works on informal employment. Research Assistant, with Dr. Chien-Chung Huang, studying the social innovation and poverty alleviation. Research Assistant, with Dr. Shi-zheng Feng, studying the integration of Public Service in Wenquan Town under “Changing Village to Residential Community” Process. Research Assistant, with Dr. Stephen Baker, studying the effects of Social and Emotional Learning to Support Academic Achievement, and the Evaluation of Elev8 Chicago program. Teaching interests: Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Social Welfare Policy and Services; Methods of Social Work Research; and HBSE: Developmental Perspectives on Child Well-Being. Teaching experience: Co-Instructor of Study Abroad: Social Welfare System in China (summer 2019) and Service Learning Abroad: Social Work in China (summer 2019). Practice experience: Trainer at Leadership Enhancement Program at Erikson Institute, Chicago. Program Assistant at Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, Chicago. Team Leader at Department of Aging at Chinese American Service League (CASL), Chicago. Career Specialist at Employment Department at Chicago House, Chicago.



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



Hsiu-Fen Lin

Education: Ph.D. (expected May, 2020) Rutgers University School of Social Work; MSW, Rutgers University School of Social Work, 2018; Master of Arts, National Taiwan University, 2002; Bachelor's of Social Work, National Taiwan, University, 1997. Research Interests: Intervention and prevention on violence against women and children; the impacts of domestic violence on mental health and financial well-being; economic empowerment for survivors of intimate partner violence; financial social work; policy analysis; intervention research; qualitative research; clinical social work practice; cultural competence in social work practice; diversity and women's study. Honors: Study Abroad Specialist Scholarship for women and gender policy analysis, Ministry of Education, Taiwan. Research experience: Graduate Assistant, Dr. Judy Postmus: UN project; Research internship, with Dr. Chien-Chung Huang, studying multiple imputations using a longitudinal data of female survivors of intimate partner violence. Teaching Interests: Policy analysis; research method; violence against women and children; social work practice; human behavior in the social environment; Financial Social Work; Diversity and Oppression Teaching Experience: Part-time lecturer, Rutgers University MSW program for courses in policy analysis: violence against women and children and research methods (traditional classroom and online). Practice Experience: Residence Assistant for Graduate family housing, Residence Life, Rutgers University; Coordinator of the International Women's Group, Rutgers University (2014-present). Supervisor for Child Protective Services, Taoyuan County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center, Taiwan (2007-2012); Clinical Social Worker (Board of Social Service in Taoyuan, Taiwan, 2003-2013).



Amal Killawi

Education: MSW, Certificate in Sexual Health, University of Michigan; BA in Psychology, University of Michigan. Research Interests: mental health disparities in marginalized communities, culture/religion and mental health, help-seeking behaviors, sexual health and dysfunction in women; community-based participatory research. Honors/Awards: Recipient of 2018 El-Hibri Foundation Advancing Inclusion Scholarship Award; 2017 Rutgers Professional Development Fund Award; 2018-2020 Fellow of the Engaging Muslim Activists for Research on Community Health Program, 2010 Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. Research Experience: Graduate Research Assistant-Rutgers Center for Prevention Science-Dr. N. Andrew Peterson: Evaluation of State Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Initiatives; Dr. Beth Angell: Evaluation of a State Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Program; Research Fellow-The Family & Youth Institute; Principal Investigator on Marriage and Divorce Study-Institute for Social Policy & Understanding; Qualitative Data Analyst on project to improve healthcare services in Qatar-University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine; Research Assistant for CBPR study on healthcare challenges of American Muslims-University of Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Research Coordinator for domestic violence risk assessment project-Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services. Teaching experience: Community Educator at The Family & Youth Institute. Practice Experience: Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey and Michigan; Therapist at Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services; Counselor at University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services. E-mail Address:



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:





Emilie Mankopf

Education: PhD, Rutgers University School of Social Work (expected 2023); MPA, Baruch College 2013; Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Work, University of Iowa, 2002 Honors: Member Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society Research Interests: Substance misuse treatment; effects of payment structures on service delivery; community-based substance misuse harm reduction efforts; HIV and HCV prevention. Research experience: Project Coordinator, Dr. Andrew Peterson: evaluation of the Medication-Assisted Treatment Outreach Program; evaluation of the Prescription Drug Overdose Program; evaluation of the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program; and Data Manager for the Northeast & Caribbean Prevention Technology Transfer Center; Data Analyst, Dr. Allison Zippay: Opioid Response Team Program; Senior Research Assistant, Dr. Brian Edlin, studying the risk behaviors and transmission of HCV in young people using drugs intravenously; Senior Research Assistant, Dr. Barry Gordon: New York Education Project a study of behavioral interventions and vocational education for young adults with Autism. Teaching Interests: Policy Perspectives on Poverty and Inequality; Human behavior and Social Environment; Management Practice and Theory Practice Experience: Administrative Coordinator, Making it Possible to End Homelessness, Edison, NJ; Case Manager, Colorado Community Center Boards, Denver, Co.; Service Coordinator, Opportunity Partners, Minnetonka, MN. Email:



Alicia Mendez Sawers

Education: MSW, Rutgers University (expected 2018); BA, Psychology, English Minor, University of Washington; Research Interests: Child maltreatment, intergenerational trauma, parent well-being,  familial sexual trauma, and first-generation college students; Research Experience:  Research Assistant, Dr. Cassandra Simmel, Rutgers University School of Social Work; Research Assistant: Shoda Lab, University of Washington; Research Assistant: Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, University of Washington; Practice Experience:  Crisis line advocate and shelter advocate at the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network, Seattle; Honors/Awards: Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Psychology Honors Distinction, University of Washington; E-mail








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




Mariam Rashid

Education: Ph.D. (expected May 2021) Rutgers University, School of Social Work; MPH, Health Policy, Rutgers University, Biomedical and Health Sciences, School of Public Health; BA, Biology, Rutgers University- Newark. Honors and Awards: USAID Fellow (2015); Governors Executive Award (2016), Eagleton Institute of Politics; 2016 Student Community Service Award, Rutgers, School of Public Health; Dr. Ronald Altman Award (2017) for outstanding work in public health from the New Jersey Public Health Association; APPAM Equity and Inclusion 2019 Fellow; President and member of Alpha Chi Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society; the Rutgers Inter-professional Honor Society 2016-2018 Research Experience: Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Prevention Science, Rutgers School of Social Work, under Dr. Andrew Peterson and Dr. Kristen Gilmore Powell 2016-2019 ; Research Assistant to Dr. Emmy Tiderington, Moving-On housing initiative 2016-2018; Research Assistant to Dean Kyle Farmbry, Graduate School, Rutgers- Newark 2013-2016. Teaching Interests: Social Policy, Welfare and Health Policy; Health Disparities Teaching Experience: Women Gender and Public Health; Women Gender and Medicine; Gender, Race, and Sexuality. Practice Experience: USAID Fellow 2015, Cape Town, South Africa, post-Apartheid access to sanitation in townships across Cape Town; Eagleton Institute of Politics Graduate Fellow 2016, interning for Director of New Jersey’s Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS); Research Associate at the Center for Tobacco Studies (2019) Email:




Laurent Reyes

Education: Ph.D. expected Rutgers University School of Social Work 2021; MSW and Certificate in Aging and Health, Rutgers University School of Social Work 2018; BSW, Rutgers University, 2013. Research Interests: Community participation among minority older adults; the impact of immigration, chronic illness, and cumulative disadvantage on aging in place among ethnic minorities; access to community resources among non-English speaking older adults; qualitative research; community-based research; building bridges between research, practice, and policy.  Research Experience: Graduate Assistant, Dr. Emily Greenfield: Understanding the Development of Age-Friendly Community Initiatives in Northern New Jersey Research. Collaboration with Dr. Rocio Calvo: Understanding how immigrant Latinx older adults overcome barriers to access community resources. Honors/Awards: Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar; Emerging Scholar Award for the Aging & Social Change: Ninth Interdisciplinary Conference in Austria; Member, Phi Beta Kappa Society; E-mail address:



Addam Reynolds

Education: PhD (expected graduation May 2022); MSW, Rutgers University School of Social Work, 2017; Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Science, Rutgers University, 2007  Honors: Recipient of the MSW Fellowship in Aging; recipient of the AGESW Pre-dissertation Fellowship  Research Interests:  Aging, health, gene-environment interactions, dementias, mild traumatic brain injury, quantitative research, longitudinal data analysis Research experience: Graduate Assistant, Dr. Emily Greenfield, project; how childhood adversity effects late life cognition in older African Americans.  Graduate Assistant, Dr. Lia Nower, project: the predictors of older adult gamblers.  Research specialist at Princeton University, Dr. Margot Putukian, project: the natural history of concussion in college athletes.  Graduate assistant at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Dr. Mark Gluck, project: how exercise affects learning and memory in older African American adults.  Teaching Interests: Research Methods; Chronic Illness and Disability; Social Welfare Policy II: Aging



Jenny Schrum

Education: Ph.D. Rutgers University School of Social Work (expected 2023); MSW (expected May 2020) Rutgers University School of Social Work; MPH, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, 2015; Bachelors of Science in Community Nutrition, Rutgers University, 2012. Research Interests: Nutrition and food systems; climate change and sustainability; health disparities; program design and evaluation; non-profit management; and the intersection of social work and public health. Research Experience: Graduate Assistant, Center for Prevention Science: Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), State-level logic model development. Teaching Interests: Social Work Practice II, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Program & Strategic Planning. Teaching Experience: Field instructor providing supervision to MPH practicum students. Practice Experience: Director of Youth Programming, City Green Inc., NJ; Health & Wellness Manager, Horton’s Kids, D.C.; Advisory Board, Capital Area Food Bank, D.C.; Evaluation Consultant, Greater DC Diaper Bank, D.C.



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


Jordan J. Steiner

Education: PhD expected 2020, Rutgers School of Social Work; MSW, Rutgers School of Social Work; 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: Gender Based Violence, International Social Work and Migration/Displacement, School Related Gender Based Violence in West Africa Honors/Awards: USAID Fellow (2017); Rutgers Graduate School Pre-dissertation funding awards; Graduate Enrichment award winner, Center for African Studies, Rutgers University; Institute for Research on Women (IRW) Fellow;  Predoctoral Leadership Development Academy (PLDA) fellow. Research Experience: Rape and Prevention Education (RPE) Evaluator-Office on the Prevention of Violence Against Women, NJ Department of Children and Families;  Evaluation Coordinator- Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC); Research Assistant for Literacy in Conflict Affected Sites (Teachers College, Columbia University); Consultant, UNICEF; Consultant, International Rescue Committee (IRC). Teaching Interests: International Social Work; Refugees/Immigrants; Violence Against Women and Children; Diversity & Oppression; Research Methods; HBSE Teaching Experience: Part Time Lecturer HBSE (BSW) and HBSE: Violence Against Women in Childhood (MSW);  Adult Educator of Teaching English as a Second Language; Teaching Assistant, Columbia University; Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Benin, West Africa (Peace Corps); Practice Experience: Program Manager, International Catholic Migration Commission (Amman, Jordan); Immigration Program Coordinator, IRC; Program Manager, IRC (Cote d’Ivoire);  Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Benin, West Africa); E-Mail


Peter Treitler

Education: MSW, Rutgers University; BS, Biology, The College of New Jersey; Research Interests: Prisoner re-entry; mass incarceration; substance abuse prevention and treatment; reducing barriers to treatment and re-entry; quantitative methods in social work research; Research Experience: Project Coordinator, Center for Prevention Science, Rutgers School of Social Work; undergraduate biology research at The College of New Jersey and New Jersey Medical School; Practice Experience: Currently a substance abuse and mental health clinician at a community counseling center; previous experience as a substance abuse counselor intern in residential and outpatient levels of care; Project Coordinator at Rutgers School of Social Work; Honors/Awards: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; Rutgers Graduate School Pre-Dissertation Award recipient; E-mail







Jose Ricardo Vargas Garcia

Education: Ph.D., Rutgers University School of Social Work (Expected 2021);  Masters of Arts in Addiction Studies, Lewis and Clark College; Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Portland State University. Honors/Awards:  Graduate Assistant Professional Development Award. Research experience: Research assistant at the Center for Violence Against Women and Children under Dr. Sarah McMahon (2018-2019); Research Assistant at the Center for Gambling Studies under Dr. Lia Nower (2015-2018).Teaching Interests:  Conceptual Foundations, Research Methods I and II, and Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Practice Experience:  Therapist in community mental health and addiction centers focusing on co-morbid disorders and gambling disorder. E-Mail Address:




Yuqi WangYuqi 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:






Melanie Yu

Education:  Ph.D. (expected May 2023), Rutgers University School of Social Work; MSW (Expected May 2020), Rutgers University School of Social Work; MA, Columbia University, Teachers College;  Research Interests:  Participatory action research, refugee youth and families, ethnic enclaves and mental health, diasporic communities and identity formation, refugee resettlement and immigration policies;  Research experience:  Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Cassandra Simmel, Child Welfare and Well-Being Research Unit; Teaching Interests:  Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees, Diversity and Oppression, Management Practice and Theory;  Teaching Experience:  Introduction to Mentoring, Rutgers University;  Practice Experience:  Refugee resettlement casework, refugee youth programming, NAMI-Hunterdon Board of Directors, NAMI Chinese American Mental Health Outreach Program, AmeriCorps Alum; E-Mail Address:

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