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Susan Parish

Since high school, Susan Parish has been chasing her dreams. Interested in working with people with disabilities, the Rutgers School of Social Work alumna volunteered at a camp for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and lets nothing dampen her interests.

Karen A. Zurlo

Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Zurlo's research interests include gerontology, retirement, financial well-being, health, life course development, social welfare policy, psychosocial interventions, and international social work.

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Karen Zurlo is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2009; MSW, University of Pennsylvania, 2004; MBA, University of Florida, 1984). She conducts qualitative and quantitative research on older adults and retirement-related topics that include financial well-being, health, life course development, and intergenerational issues. Past projects have focused on two strands of research. One strand includes her dissertation research, which evaluates the mediating effects of control beliefs on the relationship between demographic characteristics of older adults and their financial well-being. The other strand includes international research assessing poverty, globalization, and the welfare state. This second strands incorporates her interests in global aging, poverty and social policy. Prior to joining the School of Social Work, Karen was a recipient of the Hartford Foundation's Pre-Dissertation Award, the Hartford Doctoral Fellows Award and a research grant from the National Institute on Aging.

Courses Taught: 
  • Social Work Practice II
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services I
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services II: Health and Aging
  • International Social Work
  • Research Methods I

Zurlo, K. A. (2009). Personal Attributes and the Financial Well-Being of Older Adults: The Effects of Control Beliefs. Working Paper Series 09-03, University of Pennsylvania Population Aging Research Center.

Kim, T. K., Solomon, P., & Zurlo, K. A. (2009). Applying Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM) to Social Work Administrative Research. Administration in Social Work, 33, 262-277.

Kim, T. K., & Zurlo, K. A. (2009). How does economic globalisation affect the welfare state? Focusing on the mediating effect of welfare regimes. International Journal of Social Welfare, 18, 130-141.

Zurlo, K. A. (2007). Recognizing and Promoting Leadership in Gerontological Social Work Practice. Published in November, Aging Times, a peer-reviewed bimonthly e-newsletter published by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Gero-Ed Center.

Kim, T. K., & Zurlo, K. A. (2007). Factors that influence workfare program participants: Focusing on South Korea's Self-Sufficiency Program. International Social Work, 50, 796-808.

Davitt, J., Zurlo, K., & Klusaritz, H. (2006). Applying Techniques of Policy and Program Analysis in Geriatric Care Management. Journal of Geriatric Care Management, 16, 9-15.

Allison Zippay

Director of Doctoral Program and Professor, Ph.D. California, Berkeley

Dr. Zippay’s research interests include: Planning, community and social development; siting of community- based psychiatric and affordable housing; social network theory, locational theory; poverty and employment policy; resource mobilization among low income groups.

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Allison Zippay (PhD, University of California, Berkeley), is Director of the PhD Program and Professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. Her research areas encompass community planning and community practice, and the ways in which place and social connections affect life prospects, including economic opportunity and social service utilization, for various subgroups of the poor. Dr. Zippay received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to examine the ways in which communities and service agencies plan and locate psychiatric housing. This research identified 'geographies of opportunity' that promote social and community inclusion, and factors associated with community opposition to special needs housing. Other research examines resource mobilization and employment among low-income groups. Dr. Zippay has served as Associate Dean for Curriculum, and was a participant in the Management Development Program at the Harvard University Institute for Higher Education. She teaches graduate courses in the areas of policy and management. She is a recipient of the Rutgers University Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Courses Taught: 
  • Qualitative Research
  • Methods (PhD program); Social Welfare Policy and Services I (MSW):
  • Program Development and Strategic Planning (MSW)


Zippay, A. (1991). From middle income to poor: Downward mobility among displaced steelworkers. NY: Praeger.

Journal articles, monographs, and book chapters:

Jang, S.J., & Zippay, A. (in press). Managing work-life conflict and work-life balance. Families in Society.

Speer, P., Peterson, A., Zippay, A. & Christens, B. (in press). Mixed-methods study of civic engagement. In Roberts-DeGennaro, M., & Fogel, S. (Eds.), Empirical support for community intervention. Chicago: Lyceum.

Zippay, A., & Lee, S. (2008). Neighbors' perceptions of community-based psychiatric housing. Social Service Review, 82(3), 395-417.

Zippay, A., & Thompson, A. (2007). Psychiatric housing: locational patterns and choices. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77(3), 392-401.

Zippay, A. (2007). Psychiatric residences: Notification, NIMBY, and neighborhood relations. Psychiatric Services, 58(1), 109-113.

Zippay, A. & Rangarajan, A. (2006) Child care 'packaging' among TANF recipients: Implications for social work. Child and Adolescent Social Work, 23(1).

Zippay, A., Rangarajan, A. (2005) How mothers see fathers. In J. Berrick & B. Fuller, & I. Sawhill (Eds.). Good parents or good workers? How policy shapes families' daily lives. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Zippay, A. (2005) In-depth interviewing; and reprint of Dynamics of income packaging. In L. Alexander and P. Solomon (Eds.). The research process in the social services: Behind the scenes. Wadsworth Publishing.

Speer, P. & Zippay, A. (2005). Participatory decision making among community coalitions. Administration in Social Work, 29(3).

Rangarajan, A., Haimson, J., Rosenberg, L., Strong, D., Wood, R., & Zippay, A. (2005). Moving clients into self-sufficiency: Summary of findings from the WFNJ evaluation. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research Inc.

Zippay, A., & Rangarajan, A. (2004). In their own words: WorkFirst New Jersey clients talk about family, work, and welfare. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Zippay, A. (2002). The dynamics of income packaging. Social Work, 47(3), 291-300.

Zippay, A. (2001). The role of social capital in reclaiming human capital. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 28(4), 99-120.

Zippay, A., & Rangarajan, A. (2001). Struggling to make it: Voices from the New Jersey WorkFirst Program. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Zippay, A. (1999). Establishing group housing: Community outreach methods. Administration in Social Work, 23(2), 33-46.

Zippay, A. (1997). The changing dynamics of community resistance to group homes. Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 22(1), 37-44.

Zippay, A. (1997). Trends in siting strategies. Community Mental Health Journal, 33(4), 301-310.

Zippay, A. (1995). The politics of empowerment. Social Work, 40(2), 263-7.

Zippay, A. (1995). Expanding employment skills and social networks among teen mothers: Case study of a mentor program. Journal of Child and Adolescent Social Work, 12(1), 51-70.

Zippay, A. (1995). Tracing behavioral changes among discouraged workers. Psychological Reports, 76, 531-543.

Zippay, A. (1994). The role of working class women in a recessionary economy. Affilia, 9(1), 30-44.

Zippay, A. (1993). The effects of advance notice on displaced manufacturing workers: A case study. Labor Studies Journal, 18(1), 43-57.

Zippay, A. (1993). Should community organizers operate with the tactics of earlier generations? In M. Austin & J. Isaac Lowe (Eds.), Controversial issues in communities and organizations. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Chavis, D., Speer, P., Resnick, I. & Zippay, A. (1992). Building community capacity. In R. Davis, A. Lurgio, & D. Rosenbaum (Eds.), Drugs and the community. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Zippay, A. (1992). Corporate funding of human services agencies. Social Work, 37(3), 210-215.

Zippay, A. (1991). Job training and relocation experiences among displaced industrial workers. Evaluation Review, 15(5), 555-569.

Zippay, A. (1990). The limits of intimates: Social networks and economic status. The Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 15(1), 75-95.

Zippay, A., & Bluestone, P. (1990). Experiment in intra-organizational coordination. Administration in Social Work, 14(4), 103-116.

Zippay, A. (1988). California's Commitment to Prevention: From idea to statute. In N. Gilbert, J. Berrick, N. LeProhn, & N. Nyman. Preventing child sexual abuse. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.

Helene R. White

Distinguished Professor, Center of Alcohol Studies, Department of Sociology, Secondary Appointment, School of Social Work, PhD, Rutgers

Helene R. White's research focuses on the on the causes, consequences, developmental, comorbidity, and prevention of substance use and other problem behaviors (e.g., violence, delinquency, crime and mental health problems).

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Helene R. White (M.Phil., Ph.D., Rutgers University 1976) is a distinguished professor of sociology at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, where she is Director of the Life Course Research Lab, and she has a joint appointment in the Rutgers Department of Sociology. She also has a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Social Work and is an Associate Member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. Her research focuses on the causes, consequences, comorbidity, and prevention of substance use and other problem behaviors (e.g., violence, delinquency, crime and mental health problems) using longitudinal data from community and high-risk samples. White's research has continually been funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as private foundations. She is co-author of Violence and Serious Theft: Development and Prediction from Childhood to Adulthood (with Rolf Loeber, David Farrington, and Magda Southamer-Loeber, 2008), and co-editor of Alcohol, Science and Society, Revisited (with Edith S. Gomberg and Anthony Carpenter, 1982), Society, Culture and Drinking Patterns, Re-examined (with David Pittman, 1991), and College Student Drinking and Drug Use (with David Rabiner, 2012). Her research has appeared in the top journals in substance use, sociology, psychology, and criminology. Dr. White is currently on the editorial boards of or field editor for Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Prevention Science, and Psychology of Addictive Behaviors and has served on the boards of several other journals. Dr. White has won several awards including being selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and the Society for Prevention Research, the Translation Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research, being listed on the Web of Science Highly Cited list, a Top Cited Award from the International Journal on Drug Policy, the Senior Scholar Award from the Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Section of the American Sociological Association, a NJ Women of Achievement Award, and a Public Service Award from the Criminal Justice/Alcoholism Coalition of NJ.


White, H.R., Anderson, K.G., Ray, A.E., & Mun, E.-Y. 2016. Do drinking motives distinguish extreme drinking college students from their peers? Addictive Behaviors, 60, 213-218.

White, H.R., Bechtold, J., Loeber, R., & Pardini, D. 2015. Long-term effects of marijuana use among men: Socioeconomic, relationship, and life satisfaction outcomes in the mid-30’s. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 156, 62-69.

Pardini, D, Bechtold, J., Loeber, R., & White, H.R. 2015. Developmental trajectories of marijuana use in black and white men: Examining linkages with criminal offending and psychopathic features into the mid-30s. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 52(6), 797-828.

White, H.R., Buckman, J., Pardini, D., & Loeber, R. 2015. The association of alcohol and drug use to persistence of violent offending in young adulthood. Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 1, 289-303.

Pardini, D., White, H.R., Xiong, S., Bechtold, J., Chung, T., Loeber, R., & Hipwell, A. 2015. Unfazed or dazed and confused: Does early adolescent marijuana use cause sustained impairments in attention and academic functioning?  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43, 1203-1217.

White, H.R., Jiao, Y., Ray, A.E., Huh, D., Atkins, D.C., Larimer, M.E., Fromme, K., Corbin, W.R., Baer, J.S., LaBrie, J.W., & Mun, E-Y. 2015. Are there secondary effects on marijuana use from brief alcohol interventions for college students? Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76, 367-377.

Huh, D., Mun, E.-Y., Larimer, M. E., White, H.R., Ray, A.E., Rhew, I. C., Kim, S.-Y., Jiao, Y., & Atkins, D.C. 2015. Brief motivational interventions for college student drinking may not be as powerful as we think: An individual participant-level data meta-analysis. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39, 919–931.

Mun, E.-Y., de la Torre, J., Atkins, D.C., White, H.R., Ray, A.E., Kim, S.-Y., Jiao, Y., Clarke, N., Huo, Y., Larimer, M.E., Huh, D., & The Project INTEGRATE Team.  2015. Project INTEGRATE – An integrative data analysis study of brief alcohol intervention trials for college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 34-48.

Gordon, R.A., Rowe, H., Pardini, D., Loeber, R., & White, H.R. 2014. Serious delinquency and gang participation: Combining and specializing in drug selling, theft, and violence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24, 235-251.

White, H.R., & Ray, A. 2014. Differential evaluations of alcohol-related consequences among emerging adults. Prevention Science, 15, 115-124.

William Waldman, CSWM

Professor of Professional Practice Lecturer(Professor) and Executive in Residence, Pennsylvania State University, BA Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, MSW

Mr. Waldman has 50 years of practice experience encompassing casework, supervision, management, policy development, governance and leadership positions in numerous public and private organizations at the local, state and national level. He has served as Commissioner of Human Services for three different New Jersey Governors, served as Director of the NJ Division of Youth and Family Services and Executive Director of the American Public Human Services Association located in Washington, DC. He currently chairs or serves as a member of the Board of several nonprofit human service organizations, His current additional interests include teaching and writing.

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Mr. Waldman is currently Professor of Professional Practice at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and has served at the School since January, 2001. From July 1998 to December, 2000 he was the Executive Director of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) in Washington, DC. APHSA is a non-profit organization whose members include the health and human service agencies in the 50 states, as well as many agencies in counties, municipalities and US territories. Its purpose is to develop, promote and assist its members in the implementation of sound public human services policies.

Mr. Waldman was employed by the State of New Jersey from July 1987 to June 1998 during which time he served as a Director of the Division of Youth and Family Services – the state’s child welfare agency, as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services and as Commissioner of the Department and a member of the cabinet for three Governors of New Jersey.

The Department of Human Services is the largest public agency in New Jersey and his responsibilities included administering a $7 billion budget, managing a workforce of 19,000 employees and serving over one million residents of the state. The Department encompassed seven (7) operating divisions which included the Medicaid program, services to the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, the child welfare program, all public welfare programs as well as services to the blind and visually impaired and the deaf and hard of hearing. He also had responsibility for eighteen (18) institutions including psychiatric hospitals, developmental centers, children’s residential facilities and a residential program for the blind.

From May of 1975 until July of 1987 Mr. Waldman directed the Middlesex County, New Jersey Department of Human Services. In this capacity he was responsible for the administration of numerous county- based human services programs, managed a staff of sixty-five (65) employees, and administered a budget in the amount of $8 million.

Mr. Waldman was employed from October of 1965 to May of 1975 with the Essex County Welfare Board in Newark, New Jersey. He began as a caseworker and advanced through a series of progressively responsible supervisory and administrative positions including the administration of the County’s food stamp and employment and training programs.

Mr. Waldman has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, serves on various boards of directors of community agencies, has made numerous presentations at professional conferences, the New Jersey Legislature, the US Congress, foundations and business and industry groups; and, consulted for both government and private agencies.

Courses Taught: 
  • Management Practice and Theory
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services II - Children and Families
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services II - Mental Health
  • Child Welfare Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Supervision and Consultation

Trinay V. Thomas

Associate Director of Field Education Instructor, MSW, School of Social Work Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Ms. Thomas’s area of interest are: field education, school social work, psychiatric social work, clinical social work, supervision and generalist practice. Courses taught by Ms. Thomas are: Clinical Social Work in School Settings.

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Trinay V. Thomas is the Associate Director of Field Education and Instructor at Rutgers University School of Social Work, Newark Campus. Ms. Thomas earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice at Newark College of Arts and Sciences and her MSW with a Clinical Concentration at the Rutgers School of Social Work. Ms. Thomas has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 11 years and a Certified School Social Worker for the past 12 years. Her post graduate clinical training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Ms. Thomas has a great deal of experience in psychiatric social work and school social work with a special emphasis on compliance, negotiations and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Prior to Rutgers, Ms. Thomas was a Social Work Adjunct Instructor at Essex County College and collaborated with faculty members on constructing their Field Education Manual. Ms. Thomas' field education experience includes working with Ramapo College's BSW program as a Field Instructor and working with Essex County College's Human and Social Service Program as a Field Liaison.

Ms. Thomas has had a special interest in international social work education courses, excursions and workshops. She completed graduate social work coursework at the College of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. Ms. Thomas embarked on an extensive three week continuation education workshop experience in Australia sponsored through Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey and NASWNJ.

Courses Taught: 
  • Clinical Social Work: School Settings

Emmy Tiderington

Assistant Professor, Social Work , Ph.D., New York University; B.F.A, M.S.W., University of Michigan

Dr. Tiderington’s research interests include housing and supportive services for homeless populations with complex needs; frontline service provision in homeless services; and mental health and substance abuse recovery in individuals with a history of homelessness.

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Dr. Tiderington is a licensed social worker with extensive direct practice experience in housing and case management services for individuals with serious mental illness. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and Associate Faculty at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers. 

Her research focuses on the implementation and effectiveness of supportive housing and other forms of homeless services as a means to end homelessness and improve outcomes for service recipients. Specifically, she has examined the individual, organizational, and macro-systemic barriers to “street-level” policy implementation of person-centered care, harm reduction, and the management of risk and recovery in supportive housing. In previous studies, she has explored the mechanisms and processes by which formerly homeless adults achieve recovery from substance abuse and serious mental illness. Currently, she is conducting a three-year study of the implementation and outcomes of the New York City Moving On Initiative. Findings from this study will be used to develop best practices for “Moving On”, a model that utilizes rental subsidies and transitional supports to assist individuals and families with the move from supportive housing to mainstream housing independent of wrap-around support services. 

She is the recipient of the Robert Moore Award for Excellence in Scholarship from New York University, a New Investigator Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, an Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation of the Year Honorable Mention from the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), and a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Courses Taught: 

Clinical Social Work: Mental Health


Tiderington, E., Stanhope, V., & Padgett, D.K. (in press). “How do we force six visits on a consumer?”: Frontline dilemmas and strategies for person-centered care under Medicaid fee-for-service. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Tiderington, E. (2018). “The apartment is for you, it’s not for anyone else”: Managing social recovery and risk on the frontlines of single-adult supportive housing. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 1-11. doi:10.1007/s10488-016-0780-z

Tiderington, E. (2017). "We always think you're here permanently": The paradox of "permanent" housing and other barriers to recovery-oriented practice in supportive housing services. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 44(1), 103-114. doi: 10.1007/s10488-015-0707-0

Padgett, D.K., Tiderington, E., Smith, B.T., Derejko, K. & Henwood, B.F. (2016). Complex recovery: Understanding the lives of formerly homeless adults with complex needs. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 25(2), 60-70. doi: 10.1080/10530789.2016.1173817

Tiderington, E., Stanhope, V. & Henwood, B. (2013). A qualitative analysis of case managers’ use of harm reduction in practice. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44(1), 71-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2012.03.007

Padgett, D.K., Smith, B.T., Henwood, B.F. & Tiderington, E. (2012). Life course adversity in the lives of formerly homeless persons with serious mental illness: Context and meaning. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82(3), 421-430. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2012.01159.x

Amy Strickler

Assistant Director, Intensive Weekend Program Instructor, MSW, Columbia

Ms. Strickler’s areas of practice are program management including program planning and implementation, policy and procedure development, training, supervision,; community outreach and development including recruitment and networking; direct work including counseling, coordination of services, group work and advising. Download CV (PDF) (22.64 KB)

Amy Strickler, LSW, LMSW, is a Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey and New York. She earned an M.S. in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and has an advanced Certificate in Adoption from Rutgers  Strickler is the Assistant Director for the Intensive Weekend Graduate Program at the Rutgers School of Social Work. She is also an Instructor within the MSW program at Rutgers.

Previously, she was employed by the Lower East Side Family Union, New York City, for 20 years, where she rose to the position of Associate Executive Director. During her tenure as Associate Executive Director, Strickler expanded their Child Welfare Preventive Service program, and developed and implemented programs serving Families Living with HIV/AIDS and Families with a Developmentally Disabled Child. She has also worked within the field of International Adoption, conducting assessments of prospective adoptive families as well as providing and pre and post adoption counseling. Strickler has many years of experience in direct practice, management and administration.

Courses Taught: 
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Karun K. Singh

Professor of Teaching, Lecturer, Ph.D., Columbia

Dr. Singh’s areas of practice include multidisciplinary management education, leadership development, collaborative strategic planning, social innovation, and microaggressions prevention.

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Karun K. Singh (PhD, Social Work, Columbia University, 2005) is the Director of the MSW Program on the Rutgers Newark campus. His teaching, research, and consulting interests focus on nonprofit and public human services management and leadership, collaborative strategic planning, social entrepreneurship, grantwriting, and capacity building. He is actively involved as a Vice-President of the Network for Social Work Managers-NJ Chapter. Professor Singh's social work experience includes clinical, administrative, policy, and advocacy work in the fields of aging, mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, AIDS, and domestic violence. To help nonprofit human service organizations achieve superior performance, he developed The Singh Strategic Planning Measure for Excellence (SSPMX). Dr. Singh regularly presents his work at national and international conferences.

Courses Taught: 
  • Fundraising and Marketing
  • Program Development and Strategic Planning

Singh, K.K. (2011). Strategic planning. In E. Mullen (Ed.). Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Germak, A., & Singh, K.K. (2010). Social entrepreneurship: Changing the way social workers do business.Administration in Social Work, 34(1), 79-95.

Singh, K.K. (2009). Jane Addams. In H.K. Anheier and S. Toepler (Eds.). International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. New York, NY: Springer Publications.

Singh, K.K. (2009). Russell Sage Foundation. In H.K. Anheier and S. Toepler (Eds.). International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. New York, NY: Springer Publications.

Martin, L.L., & Singh, K.K. (2004). Using government performance management data to identify new business opportunities: Examples from government services outsourcing in the United States. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 70(1), 65-76.

Singh, K.K. (2001). Negotiating the institutional maze: How professional clinicians can help battered immigrant women apply for green cards. In S. Nankani (Ed.), Breaking the Silence: Domestic Violence in the South Asian-American Community. Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris Corporation.

Cassandra Simmel

Associate Professor and Director, MSW Certificate in Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-Being, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

Child welfare programs, services, and policies; long-term effects of child maltreatment; child and youth development and developmental psychopathology, especially for those involved in the child welfare system; promoting child well-being; violence prevention; services for youth aging out of child welfare system; and international child welfare systems and practice.

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As an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, Dr. Simmel’s primary areas of interest in research involve child welfare policies, programs, and services as well as the long-­term developmental and mental health outcomes of child maltreatment. Her interests span both domestic and international child welfare programs and interventions. In addition, she has a particular focus on adolescents who are involved or at risk of involvement with the child welfare system or who are in the process of aging out of foster care, including how their mental health and psychosocial needs are measured, understood, and addressed.

Prior to her position at Rutgers, she was a Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Child Policy Research Fellow for three years at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this position, she implemented and oversaw several research projects related to child welfare, child maltreatment, the promotion of child well-being, and Head Start research. In addition, she developed a strong interest in the intersection of science and policy, particularly in how research can be translated and disseminated toward advancing the development of and advocacy for policies that serve vulnerable populations.

In addition to her faculty position at Rutgers University, Dr. Simmel held an appointment as the Lead Consultant for Research & Evaluation at the New Jersey Department of Children and Families from 2010-2014. In this position, she partnered with DCF to implement research projects geared toward obtaining a deeper understanding of the challenges, strengths, and service needs of the diverse populations of children and youth served by DCF. In 2014, she served as the Acting Co-Director of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) at the Rutgers School of Social Work and is now a Faculty Affiliate of VAWC. Currently she is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Research Unit on Child Welfare and Child Well-being at the School of Social Work and the Founding Director of the new MSW Certificate program on Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-being

Courses Taught: 
  • Conceptual Foundations of Social Work and Social Welfare (Ph.D. seminar)
  • Adolescents at-Risk (MSW traditional program and online course)
  • Social Policy Analysis (Ph.D. seminar)
  • Social Welfare Policies and Programs II (MSW program)
  • Psychopathology (MSW program)
  • Growing Up on The Wire: Exploring Adolescents’ Lives in Urban Settings (Byrne First Year Seminar)

Sapiro, B., Johnson, L., Postmus, J. L., & Simmel, C. (2016). Supporting youth involved in domestic minor sex trafficking: divergent perspectives on youth agency. Child Abuse & Neglect, 58, 99-110.

Simmel, C., Merritt, D., Kim, H. M. S., & Kim, S. (2016). An exploratory study of neglect and emotional abuse in adolescents: Classifications of caregiver risk factors. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-15.

Simmel, C., Merritt, D., Kim, S., & Kim, H. M. S. (2016). Developmental disabilities in children involved with child welfare: correlates of referrals for service provision. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 10(2), 197-214.

Shpiegel, S. & Simmel, C. (2016). Functional outcomes among sexual minority youth emancipating from the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 61(1), pp. 101-108.

Simmel, C., Postmus, J. L., & Lee, I. (2016). Revictimized adult women: Perceptions of mental health functioning and associated services. Journal of Family Violence, 1-10.

Morton, C., Simmel, C., & Peterson, A. (2014). Neighborhood alcohol outlet density and rates of child abuse and neglect: Moderating effects of access to substance abuse services. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38, 952-961.

Simmel, C., Lee, I., Kim, S., & Miles, J. (2014). Multiple assessors of child welfare youths' mental‐health functioning: comparing perceptions of adolescents, caregivers and teachers. Child & Family Social Work, 19(3), 343-354.

Shpiegel, S., Simmel, C., & Huang, C. C, (2013). Emotional maltreatment reports in children: The influence of state statutes and co-occurring maltreatment. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 22:6, 626-643.

Simmel, C. & Shpiegel, S. (2013). Describing the context and nature of emotional maltreatment reports in children. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(4), 626-633.

Simmel, C. (2013). Sexual revictimization. In J. Postmus (Ed.). Sexual Violence and Abuse: An  Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

Simmel, C. (2013). Child Maltreatment (Neglect & Physical abuse). In J. Postmus (Ed.). Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery.Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc.


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