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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: Intimate partner violence and sexual violence in the LGBTQ community, community resiliency and response to violence, immigration policy, 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. E-mail address:



Catie Buttner

Education: Ph.D. (expected 2021) Rutgers University School of Social Work; MSW, University of Pennsylvania, 2011; Bachelor’s of Arts and Science (Sociology), Saint Joseph’s University, 2009. Research Interests: Post-colonial social work; reproductive justice; intersectionality and methodology; international social work; obstetric violence and violence in the reproductive health care system. Research Experience: Graduate Research Assistant, Center on Violence Against Women and Children- Rutgers University; Project Coordinator RCT, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Teaching interests: Post-Colonial Social Work; Research Methods; Global Social Work; Reproductive Justice; Sexual and Reproductive Health. Teaching experience: Social Work Policy II: Violence Against Women and Children; Post-Colonial Social Work, Study Abroad, India; Research Methods II; Rutgers Honors College Teaching Fellow; Violence Against Women and Children Training Program. Practice experience: Program Coordinator Philadelphia Youth Network; Program Assistant Episcopal Community Services; Special Projects Coordinator, Office of Strategic Partnerships School District of Philadelphia. Email Address:



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.

Charles Chear 

Education: MSW, Boston University; BA, Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Boston. Research Interests: Immigrant children and families working in bodegas or street vending; Students working and caring for families; Place and work; Informality and social welfare. Research Experience: Co-Investigator, Håvard Aaslund, VID Specialized University (Oslo, Norway): Protests Against Social Welfare and Public Health Regimes; Research Assistant, Dr. Leakhena Nou, California State University-Long Beach: Psychosocial Adjustment of Cambodian Refugees in Massachusetts. Select Practice Experience: Counselor, Intermountain Center – Tohono O’odham Nation, AZ; Psychotherapist, International Rescue Committee, Tucson, AZ; Outreach Director, One World Foundation, New York, NY and Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Care Manager, Ethos, Boston, MA; Counselor, Pine Street Inn, Boston, MA.Teaching Experience: Graduate courses: Social Work Practice I and II, Spirituality and Social Work, and Direct Practice Theories and Models; Undergraduate courses: Introduction to Psychology and Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies). Email Address:


Yafan Chen

Education: Ph.D., School of Social Work, Rutgers University (expected May 2022); MSW, Rutgers University School of Social Work, 2017; Bachelor of Art in Editing and Publishing Science, South China University of Technology, 2015. Research Interests: Impacts of trauma and stress on child and adolescent development; intimate partner violence; child well-being and development. Research Experience: Graduate Assistant, Huamin Research Center (2018 – current), with Dr. Chien-Chung Huang: the effects of child exposure to intimate partner violence on children and adolescents, and mindfulness-based intervention research. Teaching interests: Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Social Welfare Policy and Services I; Social Welfare Policy and Services II: Violence against Women and Children; Methods of Social Work Research I & II; HBSE: Violence & Abuse in Childhood. Teaching experience: co-instructor of Study Abroad: Social Welfare System in China (summer 2018, 2019) and Service Learning Abroad: Social Work in China (summer 2018, 2019). Practice experience: Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey (2017 – current); task supervisor for BSW students, Rutgers University (2017 – 2018; 2019 – 2020); Part-time intensive in-community therapist, Family Therapy and Consultation Services and United Family Services, NJ. Email Address:



Shannon Cheung

Education: PhD, Rutgers University (expected 2024); MSW w/ Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate, Rutgers University (2020); BASW w/ minor in Sociology, Rutgers University (2019). Research Interests: Systems of oppression; critical race theory; anti-Asian racism; social work education; LGBTQ+ mental health. Research Experience: Research Assistant, Dr. Edward Alessi: experiences of LGBTQ+ migrants and refugees in South Africa; Research Assistant, Dr. Chien-Chung Huang: effects of childhood exposure to domestic violence; improving child development and well-being via mindfulness and life skills training; poverty alleviation in China. Practice Experience: MSW Intern at SOBA New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ; Crisis Response Advocate at Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, New Brunswick, NJ; Psychology Department Intern at Children’s Specialized Hospital, Toms River, NJ. Honors/Awards: Dean’s Research Group, Rutgers SSW, 2019; Rutgers Honors College Study Abroad Endowed Fellowship, 2018; Cancer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2017; Aresty Summer Science Fellowship, 2016. Teaching Interests: Diversity & Oppression; LGBTQ+ Issues. Email:



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:


Michael Enich 

Education: Ph.D., School of Social Work, Rutgers University (expected May 2023); M.D., Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University (expected May 2024); Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Biomedical Studies Concentration with Distinction, St. Olaf College, 2014. Research Interests: Hospital based housing interventions for people experiencing homelessness; mobile medical services for rough sleepers; neighborhood social cohesion and adolescent health; substance misuse prevention and harm reduction services. Honors: Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society, August 2019; New Leaders Council Fellow, May 2018; Northfield Community Scholar, May 2010. Research experience: Graduate Assistant, Center for Prevention Science (2019-present) with Dr. Andy Peterson & Dr. Kristen Gilmore Powell: effects of a provider-based naloxone distribution program; and process evaluation of substance misuse prevention work of regional coalitions. Independent Research Consultant, Point Source Youth with Dr. Robin Petering: designed homeless youth intervention program evaluation tools including survey and qualitative interview guides.Teaching Interests: Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Clinical Assessment & Diagnosis, Social Welfare Policy and Services I & II; Methods of Social Work Research I & I. Teaching Experience: Education Coordinator and GED Instructor, Covenant House New Jersey, August 2010-2011. Practice Experience:  Student Doctor, HIPHOP Promise Clinic, September 2016-Present;Clinic Associate, Stone Creek Psychiatry, August 2015-June 2016.

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


Esther Goeke    

 Education: PhD. School of Social Work, Rutgers University (expected May 2023); MSS, Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research (2011); Bachelor of Social Work, LaSalle University (2010). Research Interests: Intervention and prevention science targeting the neurobiological ramifications of post-traumatic stress; evaluation of interventions designed to prevent violence against women and children; prevention of perpetration of intimate partner and family violence. Research experience: Graduate Research Assistant, Center on Violence Against Women and Children (2019-Present), with Dr. Sarah McMahon: studying prevention and intervention strategies to address all forms of violence and abuse, campus sexual assault, and the neurobiological ramifications of PTSD; Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin (2017-2019), with Dr. David Schnyer: studying cognitive neuroscience and Traumatic Brain Injury; Clinical Research Assistant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016), with Dr. Richard Gracely: studying the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain. Practice Experience: Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania (2011-Present); Clinical Outpatient Psychotherapist, Access Family Services, NC (2015-2016); Supervisor and Case Manager for Supportive Services for Veteran Families, Volunteers of America, NC (2013-2015); Clinical Outpatient Psychotherapist and Treatment Foster Care Case Manager, The Village, PA (2011-2012); Mental Health Technician, Comhar Inc., PA (2009-2011).          Email Address:


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.


Jordan Goodwin

Education: Ph.D. Rutgers University, School of Social Work (expected 2023); MSW, Rutgers University School of Social Work (2019); MDiv and Certificate in Theology, Women and Gender, Princeton Theological Seminary (2018); BS Psychology and Minors in International Studies and Leadership, University of Florida (2013). Honors and Awards: Outstanding MSW Student (2019); William Harte Felmeth Theological Scholarship (2018); Presbyterian Leadership Award (2015–2017); Margaret Moran Scholarship and Mission Fund (2017). Research Interests: Housing and homelessness, maternal substance use, mental health interventions, health disparities, trauma, and the integration of behavioral health. Research Experience: Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Emmy Tiderington, Moving-On housing initiative, Rutgers University; Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Qiana Brown, maternal substance use, Rutgers University; Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Thomas Espenshade, New Jersey Family Study, Princeton University; Research Program Coordinator to Dr. Allison Zippay and Dr. Emmy Tiderington, Moving On from Supportive Housing Training, Rutgers University; Clinical Research Assistant to Dr. Luana Marques, Community Psychiatry PRIDE at Massachusetts General Hospital; Research Volunteer to Dr. Belle Liang, Adolescent development of purpose, Boston College. Practice experience: Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey, Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital; MSW Intern at Corner House substance abuse treatment program in Princeton, NJ; MSW Intern with Princeton Human Services at the Princeton Public Library.. Email


Brett Greenfield

Education: PhD, Rutgers University School of Social Work (Expected completion: May 2022); MDiv, George W. Truett Theological Seminary (2017); MSW, Baylor University (2014); BSW, Baylor University (2013)  Honors: CSWE/GADE/SSWR Doctoral Student Policy Forum (Awarded Summer 2020); 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 (Dr. Cassandra Simmel) and with Dr. Edward Alessi   Teaching Experience: Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Children’s Mental Health Services (Rutgers University School of Social Work); MSW Field Instructor (Baylor University); 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: Clinical Assessment & Diagnosis; Clinical Social work I; 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: Director of Addiction Education at Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies (current position); Teaching Lecturer Rutgers School of Social Work; Faculty (Field Education Coordinator) at Rutgers School of Social Work; Administrator at various treatment programs; Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey and Texas; Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in New Jersey; Therapist in private practice; Social Worker at various treatment programs. Email Address:


Courtney Hutchison                       

Education: PhD, Rutgers University School of Social Work (expected 2023); MSS, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research; MPH, University of California, Berkeley; BA, International Relations, Brown University. Research Interests: Clinical interventions for PTSD and other trauma-related disorders; MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD; the role of shame in psychopathology. Honors: Presidential Fellow, Rutgers University; Award for Clinical Excellence, Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work; Junior Fellow, Center for Child and Family Wellbeing; Alumni Scholar, UC Berkeley. Research Experience: Graduate Assistant, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Rutgers School of Social Work (2019-current); Graduate Research Assistant, Forum for Collaborative Research, 2013-2014; Research Assistant, Program for Recovery and Community Health, Yale University (2007). Teaching Interests:  Clinical Social Work Practice; Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Psychopathology. Teaching Experience: Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley: Introduction to Gender & Women’s Studies, Feminist Theory; Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley: Global Health. Practice Experience: Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania (2018-current); Psychotherapist, University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services (2018-2020); psychotherapist, Philadelphia Consultation Center (2018-2019). E-mail Address:


Christine James

Education:  Ph.D. (expected 2021) 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: I have devoted to understanding how childhood poverty influences child well-being. My research seeks to understand the risk and resilient factors for children living in poverty and to understand why some children raised in impoverished families have better outcomes while some do not. In much of my work, I study childhood poverty and their well-being through both quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand and explore the meaning and mechanism of how poverty affects child well-being. I am also interested in developing interventions and examining social policies that could benefit child development and their families. Some of the research questions I am interested in are as follows. How parents' investment, parenting, and family stressors interact in contributing to the risk and resilience of child well-being? What and how social policy can do to improve child well-being? Honors: 2011 Cum Laude Fudan University. Research Experience: Research Assistant, with Dr. Jeoung-hee Kim, investigating the New Jersey child care market price study. Research Assistant, with Dr. Chien-Chung Huang, studying Chinese social policy and adolescent well-being, and social innovation and poverty alleviation. Research Assistant, with Dr. Shi-zheng Feng, exploring 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 the 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 the Department of Aging at the Chinese American Service League, Chicago. Career Specialist at the Employment Department at Chicago House, Chicago. Email Address:


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. Email



Hsiu-Fen Lin

Education: Ph.D. (expected May, 2021) 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). Email



Feng-Yi Liu

Education: PhD Candidate, Rutgers University School of Social Work (expected 2021); Master in Social Welfare, National Chung Cheng University (NCCU) Chiayi, Taiwan; Master in Mathmatical Statistics, Columbia University in New York City. New York, NY; BA in Social Welfare , National Chung Cheng University (NCCU) Chiayi, Taiwan. Research Interests: Early childhood education and care policy, Immigration policy, Immigrant child well-being, Child poverty, Comparative analysis of social welfare policies, Computational social science. Honors: Rutgers Research Traveling Awards, support for academic conference presentation at Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) in 2019; Rutgers GA Professional Development Awards, support Project “Double Left Behind Children in NYC: The childcare arrangement among disadvantaged Chinese immigrant families”; Rutgers Special Study Award. For Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Research Experience: Graduate Assistant: Rutgers University School of Social Work Child Welfare and Well-Being Research Unit; Independent research in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Topic: Effects of Mothers’ Nonstandard Work Schedules on the Use of Multiple Child Caregivers and Center Care.; Research internship in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Topic: Double Left behind Children: Immigrant, Poverty, and Child Care Arrangements in Low Income Chinese American Community in New York City. Teaching Interests: Social Welfare Policies, Research Methods, Statistics. Teaching experience: Part-Time Lecturer, Graduated Course RESEARCH METHOD II  in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. 


Amal Killawi

Education: PhD (expected 2022), Rutgers University, Certificate in Sexual Health (2012), MSW (2009), BA in Psychology (2006), University of Michigan. Research Interests: health disparities and marginalized communities, help-seeking, culture/religion and health, mental health, sexual health, culturally- sensitive health services, community-based participatory research, qualitative 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 InstitutePractice 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: PhD, Rutgers University School of Social Work (expected 2021); MSW, Smith College School for Social Work; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and American Studies, Williams College, 1999. Honors: Pass with Honors in Qualifying Exams, Policy and Theory section Research Interests: Family Leave, Social Welfare Policy, Impact of Policy on Families, Poverty, Inequality. Research experience: Research Assistant, Child Welfare and Well-Being Unit, Rutgers University School of Social Work: qualitative evaluation of Kinship Navigator Programs in NJ; Research Assistant with Dr. Anna Haley: analyzing working conditions of members of the American Postal Workers Union; Research Assistant with Dr. Anna Haley: qualitative analysis of parental choice of Pre-K programs; Research Assistant, Center on Violence Against Women and Children: creating reports for Violence Against Women Grant; Graduate Assistant, Institute for Families: analysis of the NJ Child Support Institute; Research Assistant with Dr. Andrew Peterson, Center for Prevention Science: converted survey to Qualtrics online format; Graduate Assistant with Dr. Beth Angell, Involuntary Outpatient Unit project: qualitative analysis of Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Program. Teaching Interests: Social Welfare Policy and Services, Research.  Email:


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:



Camille McKenzie

Education: Ph.D., School of Social Work, Rutgers University (expected May 2023); MSW, New York University Silver School of Social Work (2013); Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Psychology, and Women Studies, University of Delaware (2010). Honors: Member Alpha Kappa Delta National Honors Society; Member Psi Chi National Honors Society; BA Honors Degree of Distinction (2010). Research Interests: Health equity; insurance discrimination; healthcare services organization and delivery; medical social work practice; Alzheimer’s & dementia aging population. Research Experience:  Independent research project (secondary data analysis) with Dr. Ayse Akincigil: Identifying Population Living with Alzheimer’s: Concordance between Medicare Claims & Survey Reports (2019-current). Teaching interests: Social Work Practice; Diversity & Oppression; Social Welfare Policy and Services. Practice Experience: Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey; Healthcare Social Worker, RWJBH Monmouth Medical Center, RWJBH Clara Maass Medical Center, University Hospital-Newark, JFK-Hartwyck Edison Estates; Case Manager, Partnership for Children of Essex; Advocate Supervisor & Hotline Crisis Counselor, YWCA’s Healing Space (Bergen County Rape Crisis Center). E-mail



Alicia Mendez 

Education: MSW, Rutgers University; BA, Psychology & English, University of Washington. Research interests:childhood sexual abuse, intergenerational trauma, child welfare, trauma, and first-generation college students. Research Experience: Project Director, Emily Bosk & Emily Bosk, Evaluation of the Keeping Families Together Program. Graduate Assistant, Emily Bosk Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment with Trauma Informed Practice Evaluation of the ARC Model; & In-Home Recovery Evaluation. Graduate Assistant, Cassandra Simmel & Steve Crystal, PCORI Comparative Effectiveness of State Psychotropic Oversight Systems. Teaching Experience: Graduate Education Preparation I & II; Basics of Research. Practice Experience: Clinical Administrative Assistant for the Center for Great Expectations, Somerset, NJ; Crisis line advocate and shelter advocate at the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network, Seattle. Service: Student Director at Large for the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) & Chair of the SSWR Doctoral Student Committee; Graduate Student Mentor for the Ronald E. McNair Program. Email Address:



Nicole Milano

Education:  Ph.D., School of Social Work, Rutgers University (expected 2023); MSW, Rutgers University School of Social Work, 2019; Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University, 2012  Research interests: Health equity, Behavioral health parity, Integration of behavioral health and physical health Research experience: Graduate Assistant with Dr. Patricia Findley (2019-present), Health disparities research Teaching Interests:  Research Methods,   Chronic Illness and Disability     Practice Experience:  Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey (2019-present); Community Advocate, Mental Health Association in NJ (2019-present) Email Address:





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. Email




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 Address:


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.



Jackie Stanmyre

Education: Ph.D., School of Social Work, Rutgers University (expected May 2025); MSW, Rutgers University School of Social Work (2014); Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate (2014); Bachelor of Science in Magazine Journalism, Syracuse University (2008); Bachelor of Science in Sport Management (2008). Research Interests: Risk factors for problem gambling; screening, assessment, and intervention for problem gambling and gambling disorder; sports wagering; sports wagering among athletes and former athletes; behavioral and substance addiction. Research Experience: Assistant Director, Center for Gambling Studies (2019-current); Research Assistant with Dr. Lia Nower (Sept. 2012-May 2014): studying the mental health implications of internet gambling, prevalence of addiction content in social work literature, resilience in recovery from addiction, remote counseling and treatment needs of Alaska Natives. Teaching Experience: Clinical Social Work: Addictive Behaviors I; Professional Development and Responsibility in Addictions Practice; Understanding Addictive Behaviors. Practice experience: Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey (2017-current); Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (2015-current). Clinical supervisor, The Kintock Group, NJ; Clinician, Community Psychiatric Institute; Counselor intern, Turning Point, NJ; Counselor intern, The Kintock Group, NJ. Email Address:


Jordan J. Steiner

Education: Rutgers School of Social Work, PhD (expected 2020); Rutgers School of Social Work, MSW; Teachers College, Columbia University, International Educational Development, Master of Arts (MA);   Bachelors of Arts, International Peace and Conflict Studies; University of California, Berkeley; Research Interests:  Gender based violence (GBV), sexual violence response and prevention; poverty and GBV; GBV in schools; refugees and immigrants; GBV and migration; culturally sensitive interventions; Sub-Saharan Africa; international social welfare.  Honors:  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 and Graduate Research Assistant- Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC); Research Internship- Dr. Felix Muchomba; Research Assistant for Literacy in Conflict Affected Sites (Teachers College, Columbia University); Consultant, UNICEF; Consultant/Evaluator, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Sierra Leone.  Teaching Interests: International Social Work; Refugees/Immigrants; Violence Against Women and Children; Diversity & Oppression; Research Methods; Human Behavior in the Social Environment (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: Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Evaluator, New Jersey Department of Children and Families; 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); Licensed Social Worker- New Jersey (NJ)



Peter Treitler

Education: MSW, Rutgers University; BS, Biology, The College of New Jersey; Research Interests: Substance use disorder treatment; Medications for opioid use disorder; Integrating addiction treatment in general health care and criminal justice settings; Prisoner re-entry; Peer support interventions; Health and criminal justice policy; Research Experience: Research Specialist, Rutgers Institute for Health, Center for Health Services Research; Former Project Coordinator, Center for Prevention Science, Rutgers School of Social Work; Practice Experience: Prior experience as a substance abuse and mental health counselor in residential and outpatient levels of care; Honors/Awards: Rutgers Graduate School Pre-Dissertation Award recipient; Selected for Justice Community Opioid Investigator Network (JCOIN) Capacity Building Research Education Core Investigator Program; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; Email




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. Email Address:



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. Email Address:





Yuhan Wei

Education: Ph.D. candidate, Rutgers University School of Social Work; MSW, Peking University, 2017; Bachelor of Social Work, Jilin University, 2015; Research Interests: acculturation process    of immigrant children especially, Chinese immigrant children; acculturation process of international students; adolescent and young adult development; the impact of different acculturation levels      among immigrant children and their parents on family relationship and children’s development; Research Experience:  Graduate Assistant, Huamin Research Center, Rutgers SSW,  Dr.Chien        Huang, studying the influence of mindfulness on Hispanic Children’s mental health; Graduate Assistant, Institute for Families, data analyst; Teaching interests: Statistics; Human Behavior in the    Social Environment; Practice experience:  Community social worker, Pengxing NGO, Shenzhen, China; social worker, Xingongmin NGO for migrant children, Beijing, China. Email    

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; Email Address:

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