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Faculty and Staff Accolades, September 2018
September 20, 2018

Please note a few of the many accomplishments of our faculty in recent weeks (listed in alphabetical order): 

Dr. Qiana Brown had the following article published:
Citation: El Marroun, H., Brown, Q. L., Lund, I. O., Coleman-Cowger, V. H., Loree, A. M., Chawla, D., Washio, Y. (2018). An epidemiological, developmental and clinical overview of cannabis use during pregnancy. Preventive Medicine, 116, pp. 1-5. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.08.036

Tyriesa Howard Howell was recently appointed for a three-year term to CSWE's Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity associated with the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice.

She was awarded a $50,000 grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc. as a co-director on a project to study the infrastructure and anticipated sustainability of nonprofit community-based HIV service organizations in response to contemporary biomedical HIV prevention and treatment advances (i.e., pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV cure research agendas). 

Howell, T.H. (2018). Are substance use disorders in the U.S. a crime or crisis? Restorative justice to reclaim voting rights for disenfranchised nonviolent offenders. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. doi: 10.1007/s41134-018-0069-0

Castel, A., Qasmieh, S., Greenberg, D., Ellenberger, N., Howell, T.H., Griffith, C., Wilbourn, B., Ganesan, K., Hussein, N., Ralte, G., & Rakhmanina, N. (2018-in press). Feasibility and acceptability of a digital gaming to improve adherence among adolescents and young adults living with HIV. Journal of Medical Internet Research Serious Games. doi: 10.2196/10213

Treitler, P., Peterson, N.A., Howell, T.H.,& Powell, K.G. & (2018-in press). Validating an 8-item sense of community responsibility (SOC-R) scale using item response theory. American Journal of Community Psychology

Howell, T.H., & Young, A.T. (2018, November 8-11). Interprofessional Research Education between Two HBCU Students: Examining PrEP for HIV Prevention. Accepted for presentation at the Council on Social Work Education 64thAnnual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Young, A.T., & Howell, T.H.(2018, July 23-27). Maintaining Frontline HIV Prevention Programs in the Era of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Presented at the 22ndInternational AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Howell, T.H. (2018, May 23-25). Proactively Engaging, Building Relationships, and Problem-Solving: How to Conduct Research with Adolescents who have HIV-Positive Mothers. Presented at the 2018 International Conference on Working with Involuntary Clients, Monash University Centre—Prato, Italy.

New Publication
Howell, T.H. (2018-in press). Exploring parent-child communication about sex among African-American adolescents with HIV-positive mothers. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. doi: 10.1080/17450128.2018.1526429

Invited Talk
Howell, T.H. (2018, October 11). PhD versus DSW: A critique of trends in social work doctoral education. CSWE’s African Americans and the African Diaspora Track Featured Article Contest Webinar.

*Webinar hosted by the Council on Social Work Education's African Americans and the African Diaspora Track--Featured Article Contest

Jeanne Koller wrote an article for the NJ Foundation for Aging Renaissance Magazine- "Radical Age- A New Vision of Aging."
Koller, J. (2018, Fall). Radical Age- A new vision of aging. NJ Foundation for AgingRenaissance Magazine, 25 (3), 14-15. Retrieved from

She also appeared as a guest on the televised show Aging Insights (taped on on 9/14/2018; airing date to be announced). She was interviewed by Melissa Chalker, Executive Director of the NJ Foundation for Aging, on the topic of ageism and the Radical Age Movement. In addition, she recently  founded a local chapter- the Central NJ Chapter- for the Radical Age Movement (RAM).  RAM is a national non-profit grassroots organization based in New York City seeking to fight for age justice and combat ageism.

Finally, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey-Community Health Center, Inc. (VNACJ-CHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

Lia Nower and the Center for Gambling Studies has been awarded a $2.6 million grant from the Division of Gaming Enforcement, for projects examining the impact of Internet gaming on problem gambling.

Ramesh Raghavan co-published the following articles:
Raghavan R., Camarata S, White K, Barbaresi W, Parish S, Krahn G (2018) Population health in pediatric speech and language disorders: Available data sources and a research agenda for the field. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61, 1279-1291.

Despard M., Grinstein-Weiss M, Ren C., Guo S., Raghavan R. (2018) Effects of a tax-time savings experiment on material and health care hardship among low-income filers. Journal of Poverty, 22, 156-178.

Book proposal

Ramesh Raghavan and Daniel Eisenberg (a health economist at the University of Michigan) are under contract from Oxford University Press for a co-authored book titled, “Investing in Children’s Mental Health: Implications for Policy and Practice

DrRaghavan also served on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine panel, which wrote its report titled, "Opportunities for improving programs and services for children with disabilities." Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2018. doi:

Abigail Williams-Butler has the following publications, awards, and presentations:

Recent publications

Williams-Butler, A., Ryan, J. P, McLoyd, V. C., Schulenberg, J. E., Davis-Kean, P. E. (2018). Psychological well-being among African American adolescents in foster care: The role of relational permanence. Journal of Child & Family Studies27(10), 3277-3287.

Manuscripts in Press
Williams-Butler, A. (In Press). Reducing Delinquency among African American Youth in Foster Care: Is Gender Promotive in Crossover Prevention? Children and Youth Services Review.

National Institute of Mental Health New Investigator Award (August 2018)

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations
Williams-Butler, A. & Liu, F. Y. (2018). Mental Health Use and Positive Outcomes among African American Justice Involved Youth. National Institute of Mental Health. Rockville, Maryland.

Williams-Butler, A. (2018). The Moonlight Effect: Social Relationships and the Potential for Delinquency. Society for Research and Child Development. Phoenix, Arizona.

Williams-Butler, A., Duron, J., Schmidt, A., & Hanten, G. (2018). Social Relationships and the Potential for Delinquency. The American Society of Criminology. Atlanta, Georgia.

Cox, X. & Williams-Butler, A. (2018). Using resilience theory and trauma-informed practice to disrupt the school to prison pipeline. Prison University Project. San Quentin, California.

Duron, J., Williams-Butler, A., Schmidt, A., & Hanten, G. (2018). Community mentors working with at-risk and justice-involved youth: What do they think about mentoring? The American Society of Criminology. Atlanta, Georgia.

Kim, B. K., Duron, J., Williams-Butler, A., Nesi, D., & Liu, F. Y. (2018). Reframing Desistance: A Positive Youth Development Framework for Juvenile Justice. The American Society of Criminology. Atlanta, Georgia.

Schmidt, A., Hanten, G., Duron, J., & Williams-Butler, A. (2018). Prosocial status and recidivism in justice-involved male adolescents. The American Society of Criminology. Atlanta, Georgia.

Invited Presentations 

Williams-Butler, A. (2018). Resilience, Practice, and Patience: A Model on How to Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Rutgers Graduate School of Education Lecture Series. New Brunswick, NJ.


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