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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.

Gina L. Sharpe

Assistant Director, Office of Continuing Education, Teaching Instructor, MSW, New York University

Sharpe's areas of practice and interests have focused on work with survivors of  childhood trauma, disaster, complex trauma, survivorship, affective disorders, and workplace issues.

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Gina L. Sharpe, MSW, LCSW has worked professionally as a clinical social worker for over 20 years, serving as a clinician, supervisor, and administrator in hospital based programs, nonprofits, outpatient mental health, employee assistance, managed behavioral healthcare, undergraduate counseling, and psychiatric emergency. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Sharpe was involved in piloting a managed behavioral healthcare program that addressed service utilization with persons dealing with the co-occurrence of a chronic medical diagnosis and mental health. Her areas of practice and interest has focused on work with survivors of  childhood trauma, disaster, complex trauma, survivorship, affective disorders, and workplace issues. In more recent years, Sharpe has worked to better understand the intersectionality between oppression and mental health and to incorporate social justice in practice.

To date, Sharpe has been an  instructor of Social Work Practice I, Social Work Practice II, Clinical Practice I, Psychopathology, and Diversity and Oppression and is currently the Assistant Director in the Office of Continuing Education at the Rutgers School of Social Work.

Courses Taught: 
  • Social Work Practice II
  • Advanced Practice I
  • Psychopathology

Rachel Schwartz

Director of Online Education, MSW, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Ms. Schwartz’s areas of practice include program development, student advising, and field education with a focus in online education.

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Rachel Schwartz, MSW, LSW, is the Director of Online MSW Education at Rutgers University School of Social Work. Ms. Schwartz earned her MSW from Rutgers University School of Social Work in 2008 and prior to her current position was employed at the schools’ Center on Violence Against Women and Children.

She has focused her social work career on research, management, and administration, with a particular emphasis on issues of violence against women and children. Her experience includes managing a continuing education and certificate program in violence against women, writing and coordinating research and program grants, working with and advising students on field education, and development of the online MSW program.

Courses Taught: 
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Violence and Abuse in Adulthood
  • Women's Issues

Nancy Schley

Associate Director of Field Education Instructor, MSW, Columbia University

Ms. Schley's areas of practice include direct practice and supervision.

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Nancy Schley, LCSW, ACSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York and New Jersey. Ms. Schley earned a MSSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and has earned two advanced Certificates in Advanced Clinical Social Work and Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Abusing Clients from New York University School of Social Work. Ms. Schley has trained social work interns for most of the major Schools of Social Work in the New York - New Jersey metropolitan area. Ms. Schley has over 25 years of clinical practice in family service agencies, mental health facilities and private practice. As the Associate Director of Field Education, New Brunswick, Ms. Schley provides leadership and vision for the Field Education Department, strengthens relationships with community partners, provides training and consultation for students, faculty, staff, field instructors and field liaisons, teaches the Seminar In Field Instruction and MSW level practice classes, leads Orientation and Skills Workshops for incoming students, develops new field sites and is a guest speaker at partner agencies. Ms. Schley has been a member of the Field Education Department since 2005. Ms. Schley's main areas of interest are supervision, training and consultation and field education.

Courses Taught: 
  • Graduate Foundation Year Social Work Practice classes
  • Psychopathology
  • Advanced Year, Clinical Social Work

Raymond Sanchez Mayers

Associate Professor, MSW, Barry University, PhD, Brandeis

Dr. Sanchez Mayers's research interests include financial management in nonprofits, administrative issues, Hispanic issues, geographic information systems and geospatial statistics.

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Raymond Sanchez Mayers is an associate professor in the School of Social Work and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies. 

Dr. Sanchez Mayers is the Director of Latino/a Initiatives for Service, Training, and Assessment (LISTA).  This is an Area of Emphasis in the M.S.W. program whose goal is to prepare social workers to provide services in a culturally sensitive manner to Hispanic populations, individual, family, and community.  This Area of Emphasis was developed to meet the needs of Latinos in the State of New Jersey and beyond. Courses in the Area of Emphasis, along with internships in Hispanic-serving agencies provide the background, knowledge, and skills to work with this expanding population.  He has authored four books, including Hispanic Substance Abuse and Financial Management for Nonprofit Human Service Organizations. His work has appeared in Journal of Family RelationsJournal of Drug Issues, Children and Youth Services ReviewPrevention Science, and other publications.

Dr. Sanchez Mayers received the Rutgers School of Social Work’s Innovative and Creative Teaching Award in 2017 as well as the Sage/CSWE 2017 Commission on Research Faculty Award for Innovation in Research Instruction.

On a personal note, Dr. Sanchez Mayers plays chess online and is one of the top 100 correspondence chess players in the U.S.

Courses Taught: 
  • Methods of Social Work Research I and II  
  • Latinos: Culture, Community, and Social Welfare
  • Social Work with Latinos
  • Financial Management

Curran, L., Sanchez Mayers, R., & Fulghum, F.H. (2018).  Hiring preferences of human service administrators.  Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 42(1),95-104.   

Curran, L., Sanchez Mayers, R., & Fulghum, F.H. (2017). Human service administrator perceptions of online MSW degree programs. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 37(4), 385-401.

Sanchez Mayers, R., Wiggins, L.L., Fulghum, F.H., and Peterson, N.A.  (2012). Tobacco outlets and demographics: a geographically weighted regression analysis.  Prevention Science.13(5),462-471.

Ackincigil, A., Sanchez Mayers, R., & Fulghum, F.H. (2011).  Emergency room use by undocumented Mexican immigrants.   Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 38(4), 33-50.

Wiggins, L., Nower, L., Sanchez Mayers, R.& Peterson, A.  (2010). A geospatial statistical analysis of the density of lottery outlets within ethnically concentrated neighborhoods.  Journal of Community Psychology, 38(4), 486-496.

Sanchez Mayers, R., and Fulghum, F. H. (2008). Investing strategies for nonprofit organizations. In L. Ginsburg, Management and leadership in social work practice and education. Washington, D.C.: CSWE Press.

Sanchez Mayers, R. (2004) Financial Management for Nonprofit Human Service Organizations, (2nd Edition). Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

Sanchez Mayers, R., Souflee, F., & Schoech, D. (1994; 2004). Dilemmas in Human Services Management: Illustrative Case Studies. New York: Springer Publishers.

Sanchez Mayers, R., Kail, B.K., & Watts, T.D. (Eds.) (1993). Hispanic Substance Abuse. Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

Kathleen J. Pottick

Professor, PhD, Michigan

Dr. Pottick's research interests include child and adolescent mental health and psychiatric delivery systems.

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Kathleen J. Pottick (Ph.D., Michigan, 1982) is professor in Rutgers University's School of Social Work and Core Senior Faculty at Rutgers’ Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. She has served in a variety of administrative roles in the School of Social Work, including Acting Dean (2011-2013) and Associate Dean for Faculty Development (2009-2011).

The bulk of her research has focused on better understanding the barriers to the provision of effective mental health services for children and adolescents, and disadvantaged populations, and on developing strategies for removing them. One line of research investigates racial and ethnic disparities in mental health service use for youths with serious emotional disorders in the United States. Another line targets clinicians' attributions of youths' emotional problems, and the correlates of biased perceptions.

She is co-author of The Parents' Perspective: Delinquency, Aggression and Mental Health, (with Paul Lerman), an analysis of minority inner-city adolescents receiving outpatient mental health services in Newark, New Jersey. She publishes in the fields of social work, psychology, and psychiatry, with recent articles appearing in Social Service Review, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and American Journal of Psychiatry. Her research studies have been funded by federal government and foundation sources (e.g., National Institute of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Annie E. Casey and Robin Hood Foundations).

She is on the advisory board of the international social work journal, Ethics and Social Welfare, and is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of New Jersey.

Courses Taught: 
  • Dissertation Seminar (PhD)
  • Theory Development in Direct Social Work Practice (PhD)
  • Current Perspectives in Direct Social Work Practice (PhD)
  • Social Work Foundation Practice I (MSW)
  • Social Work Foundation Practice II (MSW)

Asterisks indicate publication with undergraduate*, graduate** or post-doctoral student***

Pottick, K.J., Warner, L.A., Vander Stoep, A., & Knight, N.M.* (online, ahead of print). Clinical characteristics and outpatient mental health service use among transition-age youth in the USA. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, DOI 10.1007/s11414-013-9376-5.

Warner, L.A., Song, N.**, & Pottick, K.J.(online, ahead of print, 2013). Outpatient psychotropic medication use in the US: A comparison based on foster care status. Journal of Child and Family Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10826-013-9985-0.

Franco, L.M.**, Pottick, K.J., & Huang, C-C. (2010). Early parenthood in a community context: Neighborhood conditions, race-ethnicity, and parenting stress. Journal of Community Psychology.38,574-590.

Fontanella, C.A.***, Pottick, K.J., & Warner, L.A. (2010). Effects of medication management and discharge planning on early readmission of psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents. Social Work in Mental Health,8, 117-133. (lead article)

Pottick, K. J., Bilder, S.**, Vander Stoep, A., Warner, L. A., and Alvarez, M. F.* (2008). U.S. patterns of mental health service utilization for transition-age youth and young adults. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. In: Special issue: Transition to Adulthood Research: Process and Outcomes. H. B. Clark, N. Koroloff, J. Geller, and D. L. Sondheimer (eds.), 35(4):373-389.

Warner, L.A., Fontanella, C.*** & Pottick, K.J. (2007). Initiation and change of psychotropic medication regimens among adolescents in inpatient care. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.17, 701-712

Pottick, K.J., Kirk, S.A., Hsieh, D.K**, and Tian, X.** (2007). Judging mental disorder: Effects of client, clinician, and contextual differences. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75:1-8 (lead article).

Featured in: Harvard Mental Health Letter (June 2007). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School. Story: Uncovering Diagnostic Biases Monitor on Psychology (April 2007). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 38(4):11. Story: Clinicians slower to diagnose ethnic minority children(

Warner, L.A., Fontanella, C.***, and Pottick, K.J. (2007). Initiation and change of psychotropic medication regimens among adolescents in inpatient care. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 17:701-712.

Warner, L.A. & Pottick, K.J. (2006). Functional impairment among preschoolers in mental health services. Children and Youth Services Review, 28,473-486 (lead article).

Featured in: Maternal and Child Health Alert (MCH Alert), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, May 5, 2006 (

Wakefield, J.C., Kirk, S.A., Pottick, K.J., Hsieh, D.K.**, & Tian, X**. (2006). The lay concept of conduct disorder: Do nonprofessionals use syndromal symptoms or internal dysfunction to distinguish disorder from delinquency? Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 51, 33-40.

Warner, L.A., Pottick, K.J., & Bilder, S.** (2005). Clinical and Organizational Correlates of Psychotropic Medication Use among Youths in Outpatient Mental Health Services in the U.S. Social Service Review, 79, 454-81

Pottick, K.J., Warner, L.A., & Yoder, K. A.*** (2005). Youths living away from families in the U.S. mental health system: Opportunities for targeted intervention. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 32, 264-281.

Warner, L.A., Pottick, K.J., & Mukherjee, A.* (2004). Psychotropic medication use among youth with single and co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses in the U.S. mental health service system. Psychiatric Services, 55, 309-311.

Pottick, K.J., Wakefield, J.C., Kirk, S.A., & Tian, X.** (2003). Influence of social workers’ characteristics on the perception of mental disorder in youths. Social Service Review, 77, 431 454.

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Judy Postmus

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Strategic Initiatives and Professor , Ph.D., Suny-Albany

Dr. Postmus’s research interests include violence against women and children including physical, sexual, financial, and emotional abuse; impact of policies and services on survivors; inter-agency collaboration models.

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Dr. Judy L. Postmus is a Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Strategic Initiatives at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University.  She is also the founder and former director of the Center on Violence Against Women & Children (VAWC). Her research is on physical, sexual, and economic victimization experiences of women with her most recent attention given to developing a Violence Against Women Research Consortium, funded by the National Institute of Justice (2016-MU-CX-K011).  She has given many local, national, and international presentations on the impact of policies and interventions for survivors of violence.  Her work is strongly influenced from her 20 years as a practitioner and administrator.

Courses Taught: 
  • Advanced policy: Violence against women & children (weekend & online formats)
  • Clinical Social Work: Working with Survivors of Abuse & Trauma (weekly & weekend formats)
  • Violence & Abuse in Adulthood (weekly, weekend, & online formats)

* = student or post doc author
Postmus, J.L. (Series Editor). Violence Against Women & Children – Book Series.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

  • Botein, H. & Hetling, A. (2016). Home Safe Home: Housing Solutions for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.

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

Hoge, G.L., Stylianou, A., Hetling, A., & Postmus, J.L. (2017 online). Developing and validating the Scale of Economic Self-Efficacy. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260517706761.

Holcomb, S.*, Johnson, L.*, Hetling, A., Postmus, J.L., Steiner, J.*, Braasch, L., & Riordan, A. (2017 online). Implementation of the Family Violence Option twenty years later: A review of state welfare rules for domestic violence survivors. Journal of Policy Practice, 1-17.  DOI: 10.1080/15588742.2017.1311820.

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. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.06.019.

Postmus, J.L., Stylianou, A.M.*, & McMahon, S. (2016). The Abusive Behavior Inventory- Revised (ABI-R). Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(17): 2867-2888. DOI: 10.1177/0886260515581882.

Simmel, C., Postmus, J.L., & Lee, I.* (2016). Revictimized adult women: Perceptions of mental health functioning and associated services.  Journal of Family Violence, 31(6), 679-688.  DOI: 10.1007/s10896-015-9796-5.

Hetling, A., Hoge, G.L.*, & Postmus, J.L. (2016). What is economic self-sufficiency?  Validating a measurement scale for policy, practice, and research.  Journal of Poverty, 20(2): 214-235. DOI: 10.1080/10875549.2015.1094768. 

Postmus, J. L., Plummer, S. B., & Stylianou, A.M.* (2016). Measuring economic abuse in the lives of survivors: Revising the Scale of Economic Abuse. Violence Against Women, 22(6): 592-703.  DOI: 10.1177/1077801215610012.

Hetling, A., Postmus, J.L., & Kaltz, C.* (2016). A randomized controlled trial of a financial literacy curriculum for survivors of intimate partner violence.  Journal of Family & Economic Issues, 37, 672-685.  DOI: 10.1007/s10834-015-9479-7.

Postmus, J.L., Hoge, G.L.*, Davis, R., Johnson, L.*, Koechlein, E., & Winter, S.* (2015). Examining gender based violence and abuse among Liberian school students in four counties: An exploratory study.  Child Abuse & Neglect, 44: 76-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.11.012.

Postmus, J.L., Hetling, A., & Hoge, G.L.* (2015).  Evaluating a financial education curriculum as an intervention to improve financial behaviors and financial well-being of survivors of domestic violence: Results from a longitudinal randomized controlled study.  Journal of Consumer Affairs, Spring: 250-266.  DOI: 10.1111/joca.12057.

Hetling, A., Stylianou, A.M.*, & Postmus, J.L. (2015). Measuring financial strain in the lives of survivors of intimate partner violence.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(6): 1046-1064.  DOI: 10.1177/0886260514539758.

Postmus, J. L. (2015). Women from different ethnic groups and their experiences with victimization and seeking help. Violence Against Women, 21(3): 376-393. DOI: 10.1177/1077801214568254.

Postmus, J.L., McMahon, S., Silva-Martinez, E., & Warrener, C.*  (2014). Exploring the challenges faced by Latinas experiencing domestic violence. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 29(4): 462-477. DOI: 10.1177/0886109914522628.

Hahn, S.A.* and Postmus, J.L.  (2013). Economic empowerment of impoverished IPV survivors: A review of best practice literature and implications for policy.  Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 15(2): 79-93.

Stylianou, A.M.*, Postmus, J.L., & McMahon, S. (2013). Measuring Abusive Behaviors: Is Economic Abuse a Unique Form of Abuse? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(16): 3186-3204.

Postmus, J.L., Plummer, S., McMahon, S. & Zurlo, K.  (2013). Financial literacy: Building economic empowerment with survivors of violence. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 34:275-284. DOI 10.1007/s10834-012-9330-3.

Postmus, J.L., Huang, C.C. & Stylianou, A.M.*  (2012). The impact of physical and economic abuse on maternal mental health and parenting.  Children and Youth Services Review, 34:1922-1928. 

Postmus, J. L., Plummer, S., McMahon, S., Murshid, N.* & Kim, M.*  (2012). Understanding economic abuse in the lives of survivors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27: 411-430.

N. Andrew Peterson

Professor, Ph.D., Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Peterson's research interests include community organizing, substance abuse prevention, program evaluation, and empowerment theory.

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N. Andrew Peterson, Ph.D. is a Professor with the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. He earned his Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1998. His research examines the mechanisms through which community organizations promote empowerment and community change. His work also focuses on preventing community-level problems (e.g., tobacco outlet density, alcohol outlet density, density of vacant and abandoned housing, etc.) that contribute to social and health disparities. He currently serves as Principal Investigator of a study funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services to evaluate the implementation of a new statewide prevention infrastructure that identifies communities based on epidemiological analyses and implements evidence-based and culturally-competent prevention strategies.

Courses Taught: 
  • Advanced Statistics I
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Research Methods II
  • Community Organizing

Peterson, N.A., Speer, P.W., Peterson, C.H. Powell, K.G., Treitler, P & Wang, Y. (2017). Importance of auxiliary theories in research on university-community partnerships: The example of psychological sense of community. Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice, 1, 1-34.

McMahon, S., Peterson, N.A., Postmus, J.L., Winter, S.C., Palmer, J.E. & Koenick, R.A. (2015). Predicting bystander behavior to prevent sexual assault on college campuses: The role of self-efficacy and intent. American Journal of Community Psychology, 56, 46-56.

Peterson, N.A., Farmer, A.Y. & Zippay, A. (2014). The implicit curriculum in an urban university setting: Pathways to students’ empowerment. Journal of Social Work Education, 50, 630-647.

Powell, K.G. Peterson, N.A. (2014). Pathways to effectiveness in substance abuse prevention: Empowering organizational characteristics of community-based coalitions. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 38, 471-486.

Peterson, N.A. (2014). Empowerment theory: Clarifying the nature of higher-order multidimensional constructs. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53, 96-108.

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

Cheryomukhin, A. & Peterson, N.A. (2014). Measuring relational and intrapersonal empowerment: Testing instrument validity in a former Soviet country with a secular Muslim culture. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53, 382-393.

Schneider, J.E., Peterson, N.A., Kiss, N., Ebeid, O. & Doyle A. (2011). Tobacco litter costs and public policy: A framework and methodology for considering the use of fees to offset abatement costs. Tobacco Control, 20 (Suppl 1), i36-i41.

Gutierrez, M.A., Franco, L.M., Powell, K.G., Peterson, N.A. & Reid, R.J. (2009). Psychometric properties of the acculturation rating scale for Mexican Americans-II: Exploring dimensions of marginality among a diverse Latino population. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 31, 340-356.

Peterson, N.A., Speer, P.W. & McMillan, D. (2008). Validation of a brief sense of community scale: Confirmation of the principal theory of sense of community. Journal of Community Psychology, 36, 61-73.

Lia Nower

Professor Director, Center for Gambling Studies Co-Director, Addiction Counselor Training Certificate Program, JD, St. Louis PhD, Washington

Dr. Nower's research interests include disordered gambling, substance abuse, and other addictive disorders; forensic issues in mental health; psychometric measurement and research methodology.

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Lia Nower, J.D., Ph.D. is a Professor and Director of the Center for Gambling Studies. She is also Co-Director of the Addiction Counselor Training Certificate Program and a research affiliate with the Center of Alcohol Studies. Dr. Nower's research focuses on psychometric measurement, the etiology and treatment of behavioral addictions, specifically disordered gambling, and gambling-related policy issues. Dr. Nower has served as an NIH pre-doctoral fellow, a Fulbright fellow, and a research intern at the National Research Council at the National Academies. She currently serves as a co-editor, advisory board member or board member of several journals and a consultant and grant reviewer for international, national and state agencies. Dr. Nower is also a member of the legislative board of and a clinical supervisor for the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington D.C. A former criminal prosecutor, she is a member of the Thomson-Reuters Expert Witness Services (TREWS) network and serves as a forensic consultant in state and federal court cases involving gambling-related crimes.

Current research includes developing a sub-group specific screening instrument for problem gamblers, exploring risk and resiliency factors among youth gamblers, behavioral decision making under win/loss conditions, defining recovery, and internet gambling policy. Dr. Nower has also co-authored several policy initiatives, including a model for self-exclusion programs and an industry framework promoting informed-choice in gambling venues. She co-edited the book, The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Disordered Gambling (2013).

Courses Taught: 
  • Measurement (Doctoral)
  • HBSE: Understanding Addictive Behavior (Master's)
  • Clinical Social Work: Addictive Behaviors (Master's)

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Lenna Nepomnyaschy

Associate Professor, PhD, Columbia

Dr. Nepomnyaschy's research interests include child and family policy, poverty and inequality, and health disparities.

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Dr. Nepomnyaschy's research interests are broadly focused on how poverty, inequality, and social policies impact child and family health and well-being. One line of work examines the impact of social policies, particularly related to fathers and child support, on the well-being of families and children. Another line of work examines socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in child health and development. Her current work is being funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and explores the extent to which father involvement can reduce disparities in outcomes between children in lower and higher income families and the role of economic and social policies in promoting or inhibiting low-income fathers’ involvement with their children. Her previous work has been funded by the Foundation for Child Development and the Research Program on Childhood Hunger through the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research and the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service.  

Courses Taught: 

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Louis Donnelly. 2015. “Father Involvement and Childhood Injuries.” Journal of Marriage and Family 77(3):628-646.

Miller, Daniel, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Steve Garasky, and Gabriel Lara-Ibarra. 2014. “Family Structure and Child Food Insecurity.” American Journal of Public Health 104(7):e70-76.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Louis Donnelly. 2014. “Child Support in Immigrant Families.” Population Research and Policy Review 33(6):817-840.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna, Daniel Miller, Steve Garasky, and Neha Nanda. 2014. “Nonresident Fathers and Child Food Insecurity: Evidence from Longitudinal Data.” Social Service Review 88(1):92-133.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Julien Teitler. 2013. “Cyclical Cohabitation among Unmarried Parents in Fragile Families.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 75(5):1248-1265.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna, Thomas Hegyi, Barbara Ostfeld, and Nancy Reichman. 2012.“Developmental Outcomes of Late Preterm Infants at 2 and 4 Years of Age.” Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16:1612-1624.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna, Katherine Magnuson, and Lawrence Berger. 2012. “Child Support and Young Children’s Development.” Social Service Review, 86(1):3-35

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Irwin Garfinkel. 2011. “Fathers’ Involvement with Their Nonresident Children and Material Hardship.” Social Service Review, 85(1):3-38.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Irwin Garfinkel. 2010. “Child Support Enforcement and Fathers’ Contributions to their Nonmarital Children.” Social Service Review, 84(3):341-380. (Awarded the Frank R. Breul Prize for best article published in Social Service Review in 2010)

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna. 2010. “Race Disparities in Low Birth Weight in the South and the Rest of the Nation.” Social Science & Medicine, 70:684-691.

Teitler, Julien, Nancy Reichman, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, and Irwin Garfinkel. 2009. “Effects of Welfare Participation on Marriage.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 71(4):878-891.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna. 2009. “Socioeconomic Gradients in Infant Health Across Race and Ethnicity.”Maternal and Child Health Journal, 13(6):720-731.

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna. 2007. “Child Support and Father-Child Contact: Testing Reciprocal Pathways.”Demography, 44(1):93-112.

Teitler, Julien, Nancy Reichman, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, and Melissa Martinson. 2007. “A Cross-National Comparison of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Low Birthweight in the United States and England.” Pediatrics, 120(5):e1182-1189.


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