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Felix Muchomba

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Columbia University School of Social Work M.P.H., Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. Muchomba’s research interests include gender inequality, allocation of resources within families, and social and economic development policy with a focus on developing countries. Download CV (PDF) (69.39 KB)

Felix Muchomba is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work. Dr. Muchomba’s research examines how social institutions and policies reinforce or mitigate gender inequalities. His current approach is to study (1) how macro-level changes, including social and economic development, influence the gender dynamics within families and couples, and (2) how the gendered distribution of farmland, assets, time and other resources between family members impact the health and well-being of girls and women. Under this research agenda, Dr. Muchomba has examined issues that are pertinent to Eastern Africa and other developing societies, such as malnutrition and HIV/AIDS.

Courses Taught: 
  • Quantitative Research Methods

Muchomba, F. M. (2017). Women’s land tenure security and household human capital: Evidence from Ethiopia’s land certification. World Development, 98, 310-324. 

Muchomba, F. M. & Kaushal, N. (2016). Effect of food subsidies on micronutrient consumption. Indian Journal of Human Development, 10(3), 317-335.

Kaushal, N. & Muchomba, F. M. (2015). How consumer price subsidies affect nutrition. World Development 74, 25-42.

Muchomba, F. M., Chan, C., & El-Bassel, N. (2015). Importance of women’s relative socioeconomic status within sexual relationships in communication about safer sex and HIV/STI prevention. Journal of Urban Health 92(3), 559-571.

Muchomba, F. M., Wang, J. S., & Agosta L. M. (2014). Women's land ownership and risk of HIV infection in Kenya. Social Science & Medicine 114(1), 97-102.

Sarah McMahon

Associate Professor and Director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, MSW, Ph.D., Rutgers

Dr. McMahon's research interests include violence against women and social work education.

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Sarah McMahon is an Associate Professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and Chancellor’s Scholar for Violence Prevention. She also serves as the Director for the School’s Center on Violence Against Women and Children. Her research focuses on violence against women, with an emphasis on using ecological frameworks to examine prevention and social change. Dr. McMahon has extensive experience in designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative studies with college students to measure their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to sexual violence, with a focus on bystander intervention and campus climate. She has led a number of research projects related to campus violence funded at the federal, state, and local level. In 2014, she was invited to collaborate with the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault through the testing of a campus climate survey tool.  Dr. McMahon was appointed to the NJ Campus Sexual Assault Task Force and also serves on the Advisory Board for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. She has numerous publications on the topic of sexual violence and has presented her work around the country.

Courses Taught: 
  • Methods in Social Work Research I
  • Methods in Social Work Research II
  • Family Violence/ Violence & Abuse in Adulthood
  • Women's Issues
  • Social Welfare & Policies II- Violence Against Women & Children
  • Public Child Welfare Intensive Weekend Program- Family Violence & Research Methods

Hoxmeier, J.C., McMahon, S., & O’Connor, J. (2017). Beyond yes or no: Understanding undergraduate students’ responses as bystanders to sexual assault risk situations. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, online first, August 9, 2017. DOI:

Findley, P.A., Plummer, S.B., & McMahon, S. (2016). Exploring the experience of abuse of college students with disabilities. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(17), 2801-2823.

McMahon, S., Palmer, J.E, Banyard, V.L, Murphy, M, & Gidcyz, C. A. (advanced online publication). Measuring bystander behavior in the context of sexual violence prevention: Lessons learned and new directions Journal of Interpersonal Violence, doi: 10.1177/0886260515591979.

McMahon, S., Peterson, N. A., Winter, S. C., Palmer, J. E., Postmus, J. L., & 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(1-2), 46-56.

McMahon, S. (2015). Participation in high school sports and bystander intentions, efficacy to intervene, and rape myth beliefs. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(17), 2980-2998.

McMahon, S., Winter, S. C., Palmer, J. E., Postmus, J. L., Peterson, N. A., Zucker, S., & Koenick, R. (2015). A randomized controlled trial of a multi-dose bystander intervention program using peer education theater. Health Education Research, 30(4), 554-568.

McMahon, S. (2015). Call for research on bystander intervention to prevent sexual violence: The role of campus environments. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55 (3), 472-489.

McMahon, S. Banyard, V.L., & McMahon, S.M. (2015). Incoming college students’ bystander behaviors to prevent sexual violence. Journal of College Student Development, 56 (5), 486- 491.

McMahon, S., Allen, C. T., Postmus, J. L., McMahon, S. M., Peterson, N. A., & Lowe Hoffman, M. (2014). Measuring bystander attitudes and behavior to prevent sexual violence. Journal of American College Health, 62(1), 58-66.

McMahon, S., Postmus, J. L., Warrener, C., & Koenick, R. A. (2014). Utilizing peer education theater for the primary prevention of sexual violence on college campuses. Journal of College Student Development, 55(1), 78-85.

McMahon, S., Hoffman, M., McMahon, S.M., Zucker, S.& Koenick, R.A. (2013). What would you do? Sexual violence bystander intervention strategies for college students. Journal of College and Character, 14 (2), 141-151.

McMahon, S., Postmus, J. L., Warrener, C., Plummer, S., & Schwartz, R. (2013). Evaluating the effect of a specialized MSW course on violence against women. Journal of Social Work Education, 49 (2), 307-320.

McMahon, S. & Banyard, V.L. (2012). When can I help? A conceptual framework for preventing violence through bystander intervention. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 13 (1), 3 - 14.

McMahon, S. (2010). Rape myth beliefs and bystander attitudes among incoming college students. Journal of American College Health, 59 (1), 1 – 11.

Judith McCoyd

Associate Professor, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr

Dr. McCoyd's research interests include perinatal health, medical decision making, bereavement, medical technology and human response.

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Judith L. M. McCoyd (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College- GSSWSR, 2003; MSSW, Columbia University- GSSW, 1985) is an associate professor at Rutgers University's School of Social Work. Her research lies at the intersection of perinatal health care, medical technologies, decision-making and bereavement. Specifically, Dr. McCoyd explores the decisions to use prenatal diagnostic technologies, the experience of high risk pregnancy, whether to continue a pregnancy affected by fetal anomalies, and the emotional responses to these events. Funding for the varied research projects came from the American Assn. of University Women, the Lois and Samuel Silberman Faculty Fund Grant and Rutgers University Research Council Grants.

Dr. McCoyd's research provides direct analysis, yet is also used to develop theory about social work practice, decision making and normative culture, and perinatal health care. She is a licensed clinical social worker (PA) who maintains a small clinical practice and serves in leadership roles with the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers.  She teaches in the Masters, Ph.D and DSW programs.

Courses Taught: 

Loss Across the Lifespan

Clinical Social Work Practice I & II

CSW: Health


McCoyd, J.L.M. & Walter, C. A. (2016). Grief and loss across the lifespan: A biopsychosocial approach (2nd edition). New York: Springer Publishing. For information. see

McCoyd, J.L.M., Kerson, T. S., (Eds.) & Associates. (2016). Social work in health settings (4th). London: Routledge. For information, see

Werner- Lin, A., McCoyd, J. L. M., & Bernbaum, B. A. (2016). Balancing genetics (science) and counseling (art) in prenatal chromosomal microarray testing.  Journal of Genetic Counseling. On-line May 21, 2016.doi: 10.1007/s10897-016-9966-5.

McCoyd, J.L.M. & Kerson, T. S. (2013). Teaching reflective social work practice in health care: Promoting best practices. Journal of Social Work Education, 49(4), 674-688.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2013). Preparation for prenatal decision-making: a baseline of knowledge and reflection in women participating in prenatal screening.  Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 34 (1), 3-8. doi: 10.3109/0167482X.2012.757590.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2010). Authoritative knowledge, the technological imperative and women’s responses to prenatal diagnostic technologies. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 34 (4), 590-614. doi: 10.10071511013-010-9189-4 

McCoyd, J.L.M., Akincigil, A., Peak, E.H. (2010). Pediatric disability and caregiver separation. Journal of Family Social Work, 13 (3), 251-268. doi: 10.1080/10522151003716353.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2010) Women in no man’s land: the U.S. abortion debate and women terminating desired pregnancies due to fetal anomaly.  British Journal of Social Work, 40, 133-53. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcn080.  

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2009). What do women want?: Experiences and reflections of women after prenatal diagnosis and termination for anomaly. Health Care for Women International, 30 (6), 507-535.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2009). Discrepant feeling rules and unscripted emotion work: Women terminating desired pregnancies due to fetal anomaly. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79(1).

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2008). "I'm not a saint": Burden assessment as an unrecognized factor in prenatal decision making. Qualitative Health Research, 18(11):1489-1500.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2008) Women in no man's land: the U.S. abortion debate and women terminating desired pregnancies due to fetal anomaly. British Journal of Social Work. Published on line May 28, 2008, pending journal publication: doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcn080.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2007). Pregnancy interrupted: Loss of a desired pregnancy after diagnosis of fetal anomaly. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 28(1):37-48.

Michael MacKenzie

Chancellor's Scholar for Child Well-Being and Associate Professor, Social Work and Pediatrics, B.BSc., M.Sc., University of Western Ontario and MSW, MA, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. MacKenzie’s research interests include dynamic processes in early development, social and biological transactions in developmental psychopathology, the etiology and outcomes of harsh parenting and maltreatment, foster care placement trajectories and child welfare policy.

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Professor MacKenzie first became interested in developmental pathways involving abuse and neglect through his extensive work with children in his family’s residential group homes in Canada. This 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. These experiences also focused his efforts on better understanding the dynamic connections between the biological and social worlds of the developing child. Dr. MacKenzie is one of a very small number of Social Work researchers with advanced graduate training in molecular genetics and physiology, allowing him to incorporate work on the stress hormone system and gene expression into his transdisciplinary studies of early social deprivation and harsh parenting. Dr. MacKenzie’s focus is on the accumulation of stress and risk in early parenting and the impact on caregiver perceptions and subsequent parenting behavior, including the etiology of harsh parenting and the pathways of children into and through the child welfare system.

Dr. MacKenzie was Principal Investigator on a UNICEF funded project in Jordan that represented one of the first formal implementations of foster care and juvenile diversion as alternatives to institutionalization in the region. Dr. MacKenzie was also recently honored as a W.T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholar for 2014-2019 to support a project examining the biological and social underpinnings of serial placement instability in the foster care system. In 2017, Dr. MacKenzie's article on bidirectional effects between parent and child aggression across the first decade of life was recognized with the Excellence in Research Award from the Society for Social Work and Research as the publication "that meets the highest scientific standards and advances social work knowledge." Over the past year, Dr. MacKenzie, along with colleague Dr. Emily Bosk, also co-founded, a collection of leading child well-being scholars from across the country in order to address recent child immigration enforcement changes that run counter to decades of child development research. These efforts culminated in their recent widely-shared article in the New England Journal of Medicine and in a public declaration to inform immigration policy debates with research-informed best practices.

As part of the Rutgers-New Brunswick Strategic Plan, the Chancellor's Excellence Fund was created and one initiative is the designation of a select group of faculty members as “Chancellor’s Scholars,” and MacKenzie was recently named to this honor.


MacKenzie, M.J., Bosk, E.A., Zeanah, C.H. (2017). Separating families at the border–Consequences for children’s health and well-being. New England Journal of Medicine, 376, 2314-2315.

MacKenzie, M.J., Nicklas, E., Brooks-Gun, J., & Waldfogel, J. (2015). Spanking and child externalizing behavior across the first 9 years-of-life: Evidence for transactional processes involving cumulative risk. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44,658-669. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-014-0114-y.

MacKenzie, M.J., Nicklas, E., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Waldfogel J. (2014). The effects of repeated exposure to harsh parenting on child externalizing behavior across the first decade of life: A moderating role for cumulative risk. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38, 1895-1901.

MacKenzie, M.J., Gearing, R.E., Schwalbe, C.S., Ibrahim, R.W., Brewer, K.B., Al-Sharaihah, R. (2014). Child mental health in Jordanian orphanages: Effect of placement change on behavior and caregiving. BMC: Pediatrics, 14,1173. DOI: 10.1186/s12887-014-0316-1.

MacKenzie, M.J., Nicklas, E., Waldfogel, J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2013). Spanking and child development across the first decade of life. Pediatrics.DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-1227.

MacKenzie, M.J., Brewer, K.B., Schwalbe, C.S.J., Gearing, R.E., Ibrahim, R.W., Batayneh, J., Darwish, D.M., Al-Kharabsheh, J., & Al-Zu’bi, M.H. (2012). Foster care as a viable alternative to institutional care in the Middle East: Community acceptance and stigma across type of placement in Jordan. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 33(6),517-521.

Jeffrey Longhofer

Associate Professor, Ph.D., Kansas

Dr. Longhofer's research interests include mental health case management; social and psychological dynamics of shame and stigma in mental health practice.

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Jeffrey Longhofer, Ph.D., LCSW.  He holds graduate degrees in anthropology and social work.   He did his postgraduate training in child development and psychoanalysis and adult psychoanalysis at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center and the Hanna Perkins Center (Cleveland, OH).   He is co-President of the AAPCSW (American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work).  He is a clinical social worker, applied anthropologist, and psychoanalyst, whose research focuses on mental health practice, mental health case management, psychiatric medication, and the roles that stigma and shame play in the social and psychological dynamics of practitioner/client interactions.   His career has been shaped by a concern for developing and disseminating experience-near analyses of human experience with the creative use of research methods from the allied disciplines of anthropology, social work, and psychoanalysis.  He has three books:  Columbia University Press (2010): On Having and Being a Case Manager: A Relational Method for Recovery; Oxford University Press (2013), Qualitative Methods for Practice; Palgrave MacMillan (2015), A to Z for Psychodynamic Practice.  With colleagues, Miriam Foger, Jerry Floersch, and Wendy Winograd, he has edited: The Social Work and K-12 Schools Casebook: Phenomenological Perspectives, Routledge, 2017.  The Social Work and Sexual Trauma Casebook: Phenomenological Perspectives, Routledge, 2018 and The LGBTQ Sexual Trauma Casebook: Phenomenological Perspectives from Clinicians, Routledge, 2019.   His current work is on values in social work, transdisciplinary perspectives on empathy, and cyber porn trauma among young children and early adolescents.

Courses Taught: 


  • Theory Development 
  • Bibliography and Proposal Development Seminar 


  • Social Emotions?: What are Social Emotions? Part I 
  • Social Emotions:  What is  Empathy? Part II 
  • What is Anxiety? 
  • What is Depression? 
  • Philosophy of Social Science 
  • What is Addiction?: Part I 
  • What is Addiction?: Part II
  • Autism:  Transdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Writing Practicum: Finding and Using Literature 
  • Classifying Trauma  
  • Philosophy of Mind and Clinical Practice 
  • What is Attention? 


  • Social Work Practice I 
  • Clinical Social Work Practice I
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Psychopathology
  • Social Work Perspectives on AIDS


Longhofer, J.  (2015).  A-Z of Psychodynamic Practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Longhofer, J., Floersch, J. & Hoy, J. (2013). Qualitative Methods for Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Longhofer, J., Floersch, J., Kubek, P.  (2010).  On Being and Having a Case Manager:  A   Relational Approach to Recovery in Mental Health.   New York: Columbia University    Press.  

Jaffe, J Jaffe, M.Floersch, J., Longhofer, J., Winograd, W. (2017) The social work and K-12 Schools Casebook: Phenomenological Perspectives. New York: Routledge.


Longhofer, J., Floersch, J., Hartman, E. (2017).   A Case for the Case Study: How and Why They Matter.   Clinical Social Work Journal.  DOI 10.1007/s10615-017-0631-8

Floersch, J. & Longhofer, J. (2016).  Social work and the scholastic fallacy.  Investigacao Em Trabalho Social, 3 (September) 71-91. []

Longhofer, J. & Floersch, J. (2014). Values in a Science of Social Work: Values-Informed   Research and Research-Informed Values.  Research on Social Work Practice, 24(5), 527-534.

Longhofer, J. (2013). Shame in the Clinical Process with LGBTQ Clients. Clinical Social Work    Journal, 41(3), 297-301.

Longhofer, J. & Floersch, J. (2012).  The coming crisis in social work?: Some thoughts on social work and science.  Research on Social Work Practice, 22(5), 499-519.

Kudo, F., Longhofer, J. & Floersch, J. (2012).  On the origins of early leadership: The role of  authoritative parenting practices and mastery orientation. Leadership, 8(4), 345-375.

Longhofer, J., Floersch, J. &  Okpych, N. (2010).  Foster youth and psychotropic treatment:  Where next? Children and Youth Services Review, 3(2), 395-404.

Floersch, J., Longhofer, J., Kranke, D., & Townsend, L. (2010).  Integrating thematic, grounded theory, and narrative analysis:  A case study of adolescent psychotropic treatment. Qualitative Social Work, 9(3), 1-19.

Longhofer, J., & Floersch, J.  (2010).  Desire and disappointment: Adolescent psychotropic  treatment and adherence.  Anthropology and Medicine. 17(2), 159-172.

Buchbinder, M., J., Longhofer, & K. McCue. (2009).  Family routines and rituals when a parent has cancer. Families, Systems, & Health, 27(3), 213-227.

Floersch, J., Townsend, L., Longhofer, J., Munson, M., Kranke, D., Faber, R., Thomas, J.,  Jenkins, J. & Findling, R.L.  (2009).  Adolescent experience of psychotropic treatment. Transcultural Psychiatry, 46(1), 157-179.

Michael LaSala

Director of the Doctorate of Social Work Program (DSW) and Associate Professor, Ph.D., SUNY at Albany

Dr. LaSala's research interests include clinical social work, gay and lesbian issues, and marriage and family therapy.

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Michael C. LaSala, Ph.D. (State University of New York at Albany, 1998), is director of the MSW program and associate professor at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. His research interests are the couple and family relationships of gay men and lesbians and his current work examines the role of gay and lesbian family relationships in coping with stigma and also parental influence on gay youth's safe sex behaviors. Dr. LaSala's forthcoming book entitled: Coming out, coming home: Helping families adjust to a gay or lesbian child (Columbia University Press) describes the findings and practice implications of a National Institute of Mental Health funded qualitative study of 65 gay and lesbian youth and their families. Other examples of Dr. LaSala's work can be found in Social Work, Family Process, the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Families in Society and the Journal of Lesbian and Gay Social Services. Dr. LaSala recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship during which he taught family therapy courses at Tallinn University in Estonia and where he also investigated the impacts of stigma on Estonian lesbians and gay men. Dr. LaSala has been keynote speaker at national and international family therapy conferences in Sweden, Estonia, and Italy. Before joining Rutgers University, Dr. LaSala practiced social work for 15 years at the direct practice, supervisory, and administrative levels. He is committed to practice-informed research and therefore continues to practice part-time as a licensed clinical social worker at the Institute for Personal Growth in Highland Park, New Jersey.



LaSala, M. C. (2010). Coming out, coming home: Helping families adjust to a gay or lesbian child. New York: Columbia University Press.  

Journal Articles

Toros, K. & LaSala, M.C. (2016). Estonian child protective workers’ case reflections. Child & Family Social Work. doi:10.1111/cfs.12303.

LaSala, M. C., Siebert, C. F., Fedor, J. P., & Revere, E. J. (2016). The role of family interactions in HIV risk for gay and bisexual male youth: A pilot study. Journal of Family Social Work, 1-19.

LaSala, M. C., Fedor, J. P., Revere, E. J., & Carney, R. (2015). What parents and their gay and bisexual sons say about HIV prevention. Qualitative Health Research. doi:10.1177/1049732315604588.

Bird, J.D.P, , LaSala, M.C., Hidalgo, M.A., Kuhns, L. M. & Garofalo, R. (2016). “I had to go to the streets to get love: Pathways from parental rejection to HIV risk among young gay and bisexual men. Journal of Homosexuality. doi:10.1080/00918369.2016.1179039.

Toros, L. & LaSala, M.C. (2015). Social Work Students’ Reflections on a Solution-Focused Approach to Child Protection Assessment: A Qualitative Study. Social Work Education. doi: 10.1080/02615479.2015.1121222.

Toros, K. & LaSala, M.C. (2015). Estonian child protection workers’ assessment perspectives: The need for competence and confidence. International Social Work. doi: 10.1177/0020872815603788.

Toros, K., LaSala, M. C., & Medar, M.  (2015). Assessment of children in need in a post-Soviet context. Journal of Family Social Work, 18, 267-287.

LaSala, M. C. (2015). Condoms and connections: Parents, gay and bisexual youth and HIV risk. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 14, 451-464.

LaSala, M. C. (2013). Out of the darkness: Three waves of family research and the emergence of family therapy for gay and lesbian people. Clinical Social Work, 42, 267-276.

LaSala, M. C. & Frierson, D. (2012). African American gay youth and their families: Redefining masculinity, coping with racism and homophobia. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Family Studies, 8, 428-445.

LaSala, M. C. & Revere, E. (2011) “It would have been impossible before:” Reflections on current gay life in Estonia. Journal of Homosexuality, 58, 427-439.

Mark W. Lamar

Associate Professor of Professional Practice Executive Director, Office of Field Education, MSW, Rutgers School of Social Work MBA, Rutgers Graduate School of Management

Mr. Lamar's professional practice interests include Organizational Cultural Competence and Diversity, Structural Income Inequality and Social Risk, and Non Profit Finance and Management. He has taught MSW students at Rutgers since 1997 as part time lecturer, instructor and associate professor of professional practice, in foundation, clinical and MAP courses.

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Mark W. Lamar is Associate Professor of Professional Practice and the Executive Director of Field Education at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. He works closely with field education staff and faculty on the school’s Newark, New Brunswick, and Camden campuses who assist over 1,300 students interning to become professional social workers, in more than 1,000 health care, advocacy, governmental, education, and social service organizations.

Professor Lamar directed the Daniel Jordan Fiddle, Jr., Fellowships from 2016 to 2018, selecting fellows, overseeing or supervising their field internships, meeting with Fiddle Foundation board trustees and the organization’s founder, consulting with autism services agencies, developing trainings for fellows with autism service experts and practitioners, and establishing the Autism Resource Guide at Rutgers.

Currently, he coordinates the social work clinical team that is participating with Rutgers GSAPP, the School of Nursing and the Rutgers Behavioral Health Center on a five year, SAMHSA funded grant to create an ARC Learning Community to increase the theoretical knowledge and interventive impact of interdisciplinary, trauma informed care providers.

Mark Lamar has taught every year in the MSW program at Rutgers since 1997, first as a part time lecturer and later as a member of the faculty.

From 2001 to 2006, he served as an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Rider University College of Business Administration in Lawrenceville, NJ, where he taught Health Care Policy and Health Care Economics

Prior to his faculty appointment at Rutgers, Mr. Lamar served from 1986 to 2013 as Executive Director of the Family Guidance Center Corporation, in Mercer County, NJ. He directed a nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $6-$7 million annually and 95 staff (clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, board certified child and adult psychiatrists, advance practice psychiatric nurses, NJ certified special education teachers, National Council on Consumer Credit (NCCC) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certified financial and housing counselors, and administrators.) Family Guidance Center Corporation provided 12 month, NJ Department of Education approved classified education services, children’s day treatment, outpatient mental health, outpatient and IOP addictions treatment, HIV/AIDS services, Impaired Driver Resource Center (IDRC) classes, and housing counseling, financial counseling, and Social Security Representative Payee services to over 5,000 people each year.

Mr. Lamar led Family Guidance Center through two corporate mergers, multiple triennial reaccreditations by the Council of Accreditation (COA), the purchase and renovation of a 100 year old elementary school, the development of an interagency services collaboration funded by the United Way of Greater Mercer County, the creation of a development department, and the establishment of an endowment fund. He also led the organization through a strategic plan for cultural competence and bilingualism in Spanish and English.

Mr. Lamar began his professional social work career providing psychotherapy to individuals and families, and play therapy to children at counseling agencies in central New Jersey and Rhode Island. He provided mental health consultation to Headstart, and he provided clinical and administrative supervision to clinical staff and field instruction to MSW social work students from Rutgers University, Boston College, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Lamar received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Management and his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Rutgers School of Social Work, concentrating in casework. He earned his BA in History at Boston University. Additionally, he completed the Human Resources Employment Law Program of the Employers Association of New Jersey, and the certificate program for Non-Financial Managers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Professor Lamar attained his ACSW certification from the Academy of Certified Social Workers in 1978, has been a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 1994, and an NASW- NJ Certified Clinical Social Work Supervisor since 2006.

In the community, Mark Lamar was vice president, Executive Forum, United Way of Greater Mercer County, a member of the Resource Investment Committee of United Way of Greater Mercer County and the United Way Campaign Cabinet, where he served as a member of the Speakers’ Bureau. He was vice president and treasurer, New Jersey Family Service Association, and he served as chair of the Professional Advisory Committee to the Mercer County Mental Health Board. He was also a member of the Mercer County Gang Task Force and a member of the Minority Concerns Committee of the Mercer County Youth Services Commission.

Mr. Lamar served as a board trustee of the Puerto Rican Community Center in Trenton, from 2002 to 2013, completing terms as president, vice president, and secretary. From 2011 to 2013, he served as an advisory board member for the Trenton-based Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment.

Since 2016, Mr. Lamar has served as a volunteer Race Buddy with the New York Road Runners’ “Run for the Future” program, running alongside new runners from New York City high schools, while they compete in their first 5K races at the annual Percy Sutton Memorial Race in Harlem.

He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of University Professors.

Courses Taught: 
  • Advanced Clinical Practice with Adolescents
  • Clinical Practice II
  • Diversity and Oppression
  • Financial Management
  • Fiscal Procedures
  • Fundraising and Marketing
  • Generalist Practice II
  • Grant writing and Marketing
  • Group Dynamics
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services I
  • Social Work Practice II
  • Supervision and Consultation 

Jeounghee Kim

Associate Professor, PhD, Washington in St. Louis

Dr. Kim's research interests include poverty, economic inequality, low income labor markets, and policy analysis.

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Jeounghee Kim is an Associate Professor of Social Work (Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, 2006). She specializes in analyzing the effects of employment, welfare policies, and family structure on the economic well-being of low-income individuals. She conducts quantitative data analyses using large public data files with a special interest in longitudinal research methods. She is currently examining how the welfare reform of 1996 has affected poor women's job quality and retention and the dynamics of their welfare use. She is also studying how income status (economic deprivation) affects union formation and dissolution among low-income populations. Prior to joining the school, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Martha N. Ozawa Center for Social Policy Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work appeared in Social Work Research, Children and Youth Services Review, and Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Courses Taught: 
  • Social Welfare Policies and Services I
  • (MSW) Women's Issues
  • (MSW) Social Policy Analysis (Ph.D.)

Joo, M. & Kim. J. (In press). National high school graduation rate: Are recent cohorts taking more time to graduate? Education and Urban Society.

Kim, J. & Joo, M. (2013). Trend in US-born dropouts' GED and postsecondary degree acquisition: Differences by gender and race/ethnicity. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Joo, M., & Kim. J. (2013). Net effects of poverty on welfare use and dependency among children by family immigration and citizenship statuses. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(9), 1556-1565.

Kim, J. (2012c). Educational differences in marital dissolution: Comparison of White and African American women. Family Relations, 61(4), 811-824.

Kim, J. (2012b). Welfare reform and college enrollment among single mothers. Social Service Review,85(4), 69-91

Kim, J. (2012a). The effects of welfare-to-work strategies on welfare recipients' employment dynamics.Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 33(1), 130-142.

Kim, J. & Joo, M. (2011). Did PRWORA's mandatory school attendance policy increase attendance among targeted teenage girls? Children and Youth Services Review, 33(9), 1616-1623.

Kim, J. (2010b). A diverging trend of marital dissolution by income class. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 51(7), 396-412.

Kim, J. (2010a). Welfare-to-work programs and the dynamics of TANF use. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 31(2), 198-211.

Kim, J. & Joo, M. (2009). Work-related activities of single mothers before and after welfare reform. Monthly Labor Review, December. 3-17.

Kim, J. (2009b). Barriers to work among poor families: Health limitations, family structure, and lack of job opportunities. Journal of Policy Practice,8(4), 317- 334.

Kim, J. (2009a). Does training yield positive outcomes for women on public assistance? Journal of Policy Practice, 8(3), 204-223.

Pandey, S., & Kim, J.(2008). Path to poverty alleviation: Marriage or postsecondary education? Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 29(1), 166-184.

Ozawa, M., Kim, J.& Joo, M. (2006). Income class and accumulation of net worth in the United States.Social Work Research, 30(4), 211-222.

Ozawa, M., Kim, J., & Joo, M. (2006). Volatility in financial conditions of American people. Journal of Social Policy and Social Work, 10, 55-67.

Ozawa, M., Joo, M., & Kim, J. (2004). Economic deprivation and child well-being: A state-by-state analysis of child well-being. Children and Youth Service Review,26 (8), 785-801.

Tirrito, T., Monique E. D., & Kim, J.(2002). Social work doctoral education in Australia and New Zealand.Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare, 18 (1+2), 137-143.

Myungkook Joo

Associate Professor, PhD, Washington in St. Louis

Dr. Joo's research interests include early childhood development, analyses of policies and programs designed to help low-income children, and effects of poverty and economic inequality on children's outcomes.

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Myungkook Joo (Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis) is an assistant professor at Rutgers University's School of Social Work. He is interested in examining how social welfare policies and economic inequalities affect various child outcomes. He recently examined the long-term effects of early childhood education programs on children's social, behavior, and cognitive outcomes with a focus on Head Start for low-income children. He also examined how volatilities of family income affect children's well-being. He is currently expanding his research area to children from low-income immigrant families to study how the experience of immigration affects their outcomes. Prior to joining the school, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Martha N. Ozawa (MNO) Center for Social Policy Studies at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. He is still affiliated with the MNO Center and conducts international comparison studies on the differential impacts of welfare policies on the economic well-being of low-income families. His work has appeared in Social Work Research, Children and Youth Services Review, Journal of Policy Practice, and Journal of Social Policy and Social Work.

Courses Taught: 
  • Advanced Statistical Methods II:
  • Applied Regression and Related Multivariate Methods (Ph.D.)
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services II (BASW)
  • Policy Perspectives on Poverty and Inequality (MSW)
  • Methods of Social Work Research I (MSW)
  • Methods of Social Work Research II (MSW) 

Joo, M., & Kim, J. (2014). National high school graduation rate: Are recent birth cohorts taking more time to graduate? Education and Urban Society. DOI: 10.1177/0013124514529328

Kim, J., & Joo, M. (2013). Trend in US-born dropouts’ GED and postsecondary degree acquisition: Differences by gender and race/ethnicity. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 4(3), 171-181.

Joo, M., & Kim, J. (2013). Net effects of poverty on welfare use and dependency among children by family immigration and citizenship statuses. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(9), 1556-1565.

Joo, M. (2013b). How much does change in the proportion of children living in immigrant families contribute to change in the poverty rate among children? Social Service Review, 87(3), 556-585.

Joo, M. (2013a). Explaining heterogeneity in the child poverty rate among immigrant families: Differences by parental citizenship. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(4), 668-677.

Kim, J., & Joo, M. (2011). Did PRWORA’s mandatory school attendance policy increase attendance among targeted teenage girls? Children and Youth Services Review, 33(9), 1616-1623.

Joo, M. (2011). Effects of federal programs on children: Absolute poverty, relative poverty, and income inequality. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(7), 1203-1211.

Joo, M. (2010). Long-term effects of Head Start on academic and school outcomes of children in persistent poverty: Girls vs. boys. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(6), 807-814.

Ozawa, M., Joo, M., & Baek, S. (2010). Women versus men: Comparisons of three types of transfers in Korea and the U.S. Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, 16(1), 42-61.

Kim, J., & Joo, M. (2009). Work-related activities of single mothers before and after welfare reform. Monthly Labor Review, 132(12), 3-17.

Ozawa, M., Baek, S., & Joo, M. (2009). The impact of social transfers on children in female-headed households: A comparison between Korea and the United States. Children and Youth Services Review, 31(3), 355-363.

Chien-Chung Huang

Professor and Director, Huamin Research Center, Ph.D., Columbia

Dr. Huang's research interests include international social work, nonprofit management and philanthropy, social welfare policy, poverty and welfare reform, and domestic violence.

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Chien-Chung Huang (Ph.D., 1998, Social Work, Columbia University) is the director of Huamin Research Center and a professor in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. His research emphasizes on the role of social welfare policy in affecting the well-being of children and their families both domestically and internationally. He has also specifically investigates the effects of domestic violence on victims and their children. In recent years, Dr. Huang has focus on effects of nonprofit sector and philanthropy on social development. Dr. Huang co-edited four books, and published more than 60 articles in peer-review journals. His research has appeared in journals including Child Development, the Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Marriage and Family, American Journal of Public Health, Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, International Journal of Social Welfare, The China Nonprofit Review, Journal of Community Psychology, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Evaluation Review, the Journal of Population Economics, Social Service Review, Family Relations, and Children and Youth Services Review.

Courses Taught: 
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services I
  • Methods of Social Work Research I
  • Advance Statistic Methods
  • Special Topics in Social Work Research: Social Work and Welfare System in China

Selected Recent Publications

Vikse-Nicholson, J. Chen, Y., & Huang, C-C. (In Press). Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Peer Bullying. Children and Youth Services Review.

*Donner, B., & Huang, C-C.  (In Press). Social Impact Bonds: A Potential Innovative and Effective Solution for Social Problems.

Dong, Q., *Guo., J., & Huang, C-C.  (In Press). Nonprofit Alliance in China: Effects of Alliance Process on Goal Achievement. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.

Lu, S., Deng, G., Huang, C-C., & M. Chen. (2018). External Environmental Change and Transparency in Grassroots Organizations in China. Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 28(4): 539-552.

Lu, S., Rios, J., & Huang, C-C.  (2018). Mindfulness, Emotion, and Behavior: An Intervention Study with Chinese Migrant Children. Children & Society, 32(4), 290-300.

Huang, C-C., & Donner, B. (2018). Development of Social Enterprises (In Chinese). Social Governance Review, 24, 37-47.

Lu, S., & Huang, C-C. (2018). Performance of Family Foundations in China: Two Case Studies. Foundation Review, 10(1), 63-76.

Lu, S., Huang, C-C., & Rios, J.  (2017). Mindfulness and Academic Performance: An Example of Migrant Children in China. Children and Youth Services Review, 82(1): 53-59.


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