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New Faculty and Staff for Rutgers School of Social Work
April 7, 2015

These scholars have graduated from top programs nationwide and bring to Rutgers both exciting research and varied life experience. They are a diverse group, which reflects the unique diversity found in our student body.

Emily Bosk, MSW, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor. She will graduate with a Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan in May 2015. She received an MSW from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include intervention with high-risk children, youth and families; child welfare; prevention of child maltreatment; intersection of social service systems; implementation science; evidence-based practice; improving professional practice; parent-child relational disturbances; trauma; and infant mental health.

Marla Blunt-Carter, MSW, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of Professional Practice, teaching on the Camden campus. Blunt-Carter is a graduate of the Rutgers’ MSW program. She has worked as director of Community Planning and Policy Development for the Delaware HIV Consortium, director of Constituent Services for then U.S. Senator Joe Biden, and director of College Access/Career Readiness Programs, University of Pennsylvania. She served as the statewide campaign director for the 2008 Obama/Biden Presidential campaign and on the Washington staff in Executive Office of President Barack Obama as senior agency liaison.

Laura Cuesta, MA, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor. She will graduate with a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2015. She has a Specialist degree in Social Economics from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, and a MA in Economics from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. Her research interests include international approaches to child and family policy; poverty and inequality; and parental incarceration among disadvantaged families.

Michael MacKenzie, Ph.D., has joined the faculty as an associate professor of Social Work and Pediatrics. Previously an associate professor at Columbia University, MacKenzie completed his Ph.D., MSW and Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology at Michigan. He first became interested in developmental pathways involving abuse and neglect through his extensive work with children in his family’s residential group homes in his native Canada. That work with children whose early childhood experiences had profoundly shaped the course of their lives sparked his passion for improving the lives of maltreated children and those growing up in out-of-home care through early relationship-based intervention strategies and alternative models of care when maintaining families is not possible. MacKenzie is one of a very small number of social work researchers with graduate training in molecular genetics and endocrinology, allowing him to incorporate work on the stress hormone system and gene expression into his transdisciplinary studies of early social deprivation and harsh parenting.

Felix Muchomba, MPH, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor. He will graduate with a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Policy Analysis concentration from the Columbia University School of Social Work in May 2015. He has a Master of Public Health Degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. His research interests include gender inequalities within the context of social change, particularly economic development; family gender inequalities in resources, such as farmland, time; and how these gender inequalities affect health. This research is focused on East Africa and East and South Asian. Muchomba grew up in Kenya, which engendered his interest in poor families in developing countries.

Emmy Tiderington, MSW, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor. She will graduate with a Ph.D. in Social Work from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work in May 2015. She received her MSW from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include recovery-oriented practices in supportive housing programs. She brings over a decade of experience as a service provider and clinical supervisor in housing and mental health services for people with serious mental illness.

With these additional faculty members, we look forward to reaching new heights of scholarship and teaching for Rutgers School of Social Work.

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