We are pleased to announce that Dr. Vivien (Wen Li) Anthony, Dr. Emily Bosk, Dr. Jacquelynn Duron, and Dr. Emmy Tiderington have been promoted to associate professor with tenure at the School of Social Work. Learn more about their backgrounds and interests below.
Dr. Vivien (Wen Li) Anthony received her PhD and master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies problematic technology use (e.g., video gaming disorder) as a type of behavioral addiction. Her research focuses on describing the characteristics and common etiological risk factors of different types of problematic technology use, developing and validating measurement instruments, and evaluating interventions that can address these problems. As a core research faculty at the Center for Gambling Studies, she also studies the intersection of video gaming and gambling, including identifying and exploring gambling features in video games and the impact of these gambling features on the development of problem gaming and gambling behaviors. Her scholarly work contributes to evidence-based practices that can equip social workers and other professionals with knowledge about these emerging issues for harm reduction.
Dr. Emily Bosk received her Ph.D. and MSW from the University of Michigan. Trained as both a clinical social worker and a sociologist, her scholarship is interdisciplinary, situated at the intersection of social theory and applied practice. Her research examines the dynamic relationships between the development of interventions for families involved with the child welfare system, the organizations that implement these interventions, and the experiences of families who receive them. The overarching goal of Dr. Bosk’s work is to advance holistic approaches to risk assessment and interventions that allow families to stay safely together and prevent future involvement with the child welfare system. Dr. Bosk’s current research focuses on the development and implementation of integrated substance use, trauma, and parenting interventions. Her work also examines policies and programs that advance child and family wellbeing.
Dr. Jacquelynn Duron received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and her MSW and PhD from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Baylor College of Medicine in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. As a licensed clinical social worker, she provides psychotherapy to youth and their families in their home communities. Dr. Duron’s research focuses on the intersection of family systems with criminal legal systems by striving to improve the child welfare and juvenile justice systems’ responses to the adversities that children and adolescents experience. She examines issues related to traumatic experiences, legal processes, and intervention services that advance youth wellbeing.
Dr. Emmy Tiderington received her Ph.D. from New York University and her B.F.A and M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the implementation and effectiveness of housing and support services for homeless populations with complex needs. This research agenda is informed by her extensive direct practice experience working as a social worker in a variety of social service settings, including supportive housing and case management programs for individuals with serious mental illness, substance use, and chronic health conditions. Her work specifically examines the implementation and effectiveness of permanent supportive housing, Housing First and Moving On initiative service models, best practices for facilitating transitions out of homeless services, and mental health and substance abuse recovery in homeless populations.