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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, J., Lu, S., & Huang, C-C. (2017). Reducing Income Inequality: Taxation and Philanthropy in China and the United States. China Nonprofit Review, 9, 84-107.

Barchi, F., Deng, G., Huang, C-C., Isles, C., & Vikse, J. (2016). Private Wealth, Philanthropy, and Social Development: Case Studies from the United States and China. China Nonprofit Review, 8(2), 215-248.

Guo, Y., Findley, K., Huang, C-C., Lu, S., & Wang, Y. (2016). Competency-based Education: Evidence from Social Work Postgraduates from Five Universities in China. Asian Social Work and Policy Review, 10(3), 280-294.

Xie, X., Lu, S. Huang, C-C., Wang, Y., Fei, P. (2016). Administrative Efficiency and Donation of Foundations in China. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 40 (4), 410-420.

Xie, X., Lu, S. Huang, C-C., Wang, Y., Fei, P. (In Press). Administrative Efficiency and Donation of Foundations in China. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance.

Hu, J., & Huang, C-C. (2016). Health Service Utilization and Expenditure of the Elderly in China. Asian Social Work and Policy Review, 10 (2), 162-174.

Lu, S., Juan, R., & Huang, C-C. (2016). Mindfully Sharing Capital in Modern China: Culture of Giving and Influence of Chinese Philosophy. China Nonprofit Review, 8 (1), 52-65.

Lu, S., Lin, Y.T., Vikse, J. H., & Huang, C-C. (2016). Well-Being of Migrant and Left-Behind Children in China: Education, Health, Parenting, and Personal Values. International Journal of Social Welfare, 25 (1), 58-68

Deng, G., Lu, S., & Huang, C-C. (2015). Transparency of Grassroots Human Service Organizations in China: Does Transparency Affect Donation and Grants? Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 39 (5): 475-491.

Clark, M., & Huang, C-C. (2015). Capital and Philanthropy: Donations from the Wealthy in China and the United States. China Nonprofit Review, 7 (2): 247 – 263.

Huang, C-C, Vikse, J. H., Lu, S, & Yi, S. (2015). Children's Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Early Delinquency. Journal of Family Violence, 30 (8): 953-965.

Ocasio, K., Van Alst, D., Koivunen, J., Huang, C. C., & Allegra, C. (2015). Promoting preschool mental health: Results of a 3 year primary prevention strategy. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(6), 1800-08.

Zurlo, K.A., Hu, H., & Huang, C.-C. (2014). The Effects of Family, Community, and Public Policy on Depressive Symptoms among Elderly Chinese. Journal of Sociology and Social Work, 2 (2): 01–23.

Behan, D., Findley, K., Germak, A., & Huang, C-C. (2014). Building China’s social service capacity:  Lessons learned from professional training program collaborations. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 38, 348-359.

Hu, H., Lu, S., & Huang, C-C. (2014). The Psychological and Behavioral Outcomes of Migrant and Left-behind Children in China. Children and Youth Services Review, 46, 1-10.

Huang, C-C., Liu, C-W., Forenza, B., Germak, A.J., Sena, M., & Findley, K. (2014). The impact of structured training on knowledge and perceived job performance of child support professionals. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 38: 135-145.

Emily Greenfield

Associate Professor, Ph.D., Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Greenfield's research interests include aging, life course human development, social relationships and health, and supportive services for older adults and family caregivers.

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Emily Greenfield is an Associate Professor (PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007). Her research aims to support efforts to improve social environments for diverse populations of older adults and families. Her areas of scholarly expertise include age-friendly community initiatives, aging-in-place supportive service programs, civic engagement in later life, and the lifelong effects of family violence in childhood. She uses a range of methodologies in her work, including secondary analysis of quantitative data, in-depth qualitative interviewing, and collecting new survey data. Her research with service providers, older individuals, and family caregivers has received funding from several private foundations, including the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, the Silberman Fund for Social Work Faculty Research, and the Grotta Fund for Senior Care. For more information, see

Courses Taught: 

•    Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE)
•    Aging Services: A Critical Perspective
•    Methods of Social Work Research I


Greenfield, E. A. (2015). Healthy aging and age-friendly community initiatives. Public Policy and Aging Report, 25(2).doi: 10.1093/ppar/prov002

Greenfield, E. A,. Oberlink, M., Scharlach, A. E., Neal, M. B., & Stafford, P. B. (2015). Age-friendly community initiatives: Conceptual issues and key questions. The Gerontologist, 55(2), 191-198. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv005 (Also featured by the Oxford University Press at

Greenfield, E. A., & Fedor, J. P. (2015). Characterizing older adults’ involvement in Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Supportive Service Programs. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 58(5), 449-468. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2015.1008168

Greenfield, E. A. (2015). Support from neighbors and aging in place: Can NORC programs make a difference? The Gerontologist. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnu162

Greenfield, E. A., & Reyes, L. (2014). Continuity and change in relationships with neighbors: Implications for well-being in middle and later life. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological and Social Sciences, 70(4), 607-618. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu084

Kristen Gilmore Powell

Assistant Research Professor and Associate Director, Center for Prevention Science, MSW, Rutgers Ph.D., Rutgers

Dr. Gilmore Powell’s areas of practice include leadership and management of externally funded research projects in prevention science; grant writing; participating in state and national substance abuse prevention systems; and research in the following areas: community-level interventions, organizational empowerment theory, evaluation research, measurement development (e.g. organizational effectiveness), and coalition capacity building and sustainability.

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Kristen Gilmore Powell, Ph.D., L.S.W., is an Assistant Research Professor with the Rutgers University School of Social Work and Associate Director of the Center for Prevention Science. Dr. Powell earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Social Work, in 2013. She has been conducting research and evaluation on topics relevant to community-level interventions, empowerment theory, sustainability, health disparities, and prevention science for more than 9 years. Dr. Powell currently serves as Principal Investigator and Investigator on multiple externally funded research projects. Much of this work focuses on evaluating community-based organizations and coalitions, particularly those intervening in communities identified with high need and existing health disparities, to address the harmful consequences of substance abuse. The newest grant involves evaluating the impact of a statewide innovative program, addressing opioid overdose, response, and recovery. She has held several volunteer leadership positions, including her current role as President of the Board of Trustees of Triple C Housing, Inc.


Selected Recent Publications:

Peterson C.H., Peterson, N. A., & Powell, K. G. (in press). Cognitive interviewing: Establishing test validity evidence based on psychological processes and cognitive operations. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development.

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). Retrieved from 

Powell, K. G., Gold, S. Peterson, N. A., Borys, S., & Hallcom, D. (2017). Empowerment in coalitions targeting underage drinking: Differential effects of organizational characteristics for volunteers and staff. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, Special Edition, 17(1-2), 75-94. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2017.1304947

  • Reprinted (in-press) in A. Begun, D. DiNitto, & L. Straussner (Eds.), Implementing the Grand Challenge of Reducing and Preventing Alcohol Misuse and Its Consequences. New York: Routledge.

Gold, S. Powell, K. G., Everson, M. & Peterson, N. A. (2017). Reply to Comment on “High-Risk Obtainment of Prescription Drugs by Older Adults in New Jersey: The Role of Prescription Opioids. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14792

Gold, S. Powell, K. G., Everson, M. & Peterson, N. A. (2016). High-Risk obtainment of prescription drugs among older adults in New Jersey: The role of prescription painkillers. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64(10), e67-e77. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14430

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. doi: 10.1080/23303131.2014.935839

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(3), 340-356.

Bradley, C., Maschi, T., & Gilmore, K. (2007). One woman’s life journey: A case study of spirituality and activism. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 26(4): 21-48. doi: 10.1300/J377v26n04_02


Jerry Floersch

Associate Professor, Ph.D., Chicago

Dr. Floersch's research interests include youth psychotropic treatment, case management, and the use of qualitative methods to evaluate practice.

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Jerry Floersch, Associate Professor, Rutgers University School of Social Work, is a 1998 graduate of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. After earning the masters degree in social work from the University of Kansas, he worked as a social worker in drug and alcohol, hospital, mental health, and community settings. He administered a mental health crisis service and played a key role in developing and implementing housing policies and programs for the adult severely mentally ill. He is the author of Meds, Money, and Manners: The Case Management of Severe Mental Illness, published by Columbia University Press (2002), where, utilizing ethnographic and socio-historical methods, he examined the rise of community support services, the rise of the case manager and case management, and the limits of management models in providing services. He is a recent NIMH K08 recipient (2004-2009) for training in and development of qualitative methods to study youth subjective experience of psychotropic treatment. His work on psychotropic treatment focuses on the meanings adolescents and young adults make of their medication treatment, including social and psychological 'side effects.' In 2008, he was recipient of a Case Western Reserve University Presidential Research Initiative award, where as the PI, he led a two-year investigation of college student use of mental health services, including psychiatric medications. His new book, with Jeffrey Longhofer and Paul Kubek, On Having and Being a Case Manager, builds on earlier work in this field by exploring a clinical method for case management practice. He is currently conducting a multisite study of college student use of psychiatric medications. He has a new book under contract with Oxford University Press: Qualitative Methods for Practice.



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

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

Longhofer, J., Kubek, P., Floersch, J.  (2010). On being and having a case manager: A relational approach to recovery in mental health. New York: Columbia University Press.

Floersch, J. (2002).  Meds, money,and  manners: The case management of severe mental illness.  New York: Columbia University Press.

Recent Selected Articles

Clochesy, J.M., Gittner L.S., Hickman R.L. JrFloersch, J.E., Carten CL. (2015) Wait, won't! want: Barriers to health care as perceived by medically and socially disenfranchised communities. Journal Health Human Services Administration. 38(2): 174-214.

Narendorf, S.C., Munson, M. R., & Floersch, J. (2015). Perspectives on psychotropic medication treatment among young adults formerly served in public systems of care: A thematic and narrative analysis. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, Spring, 6, (1), 121-143. [open access,].

Kranke, D., Jackson, S., Taylor, D., Landguth, J., & Floersch, J.  (2015).  I’m loving life: Adolescents empowering experiences of living with a mental illness. Qualitative Social Work, 14(1), 102-118.

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), 527-53.

Floersch, J., Longhofer, J., Suskewicz, J.  (2014).  The use of ethnography in social work research.  Qualitative Social Work , 13(1), 3-7.

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

Longhofer, J., Floersch, J. & Okpych, N. (2011). Foster youth and psychotropic treatment: Where next?  Children and Youth Services Review, 33(2), 395-404.

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

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), 407-425.

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

Patricia Findley

Associate Professor, Newark MSW Campus Coordinator, DrPH, Illinois, Chicago

Dr. Findley's research interests include physical disability, chronic illnesses, women's health, and the veteran population.

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Patricia A. Findley, Dr.PH, MSW, is an Associate Professor of Social Work, the Special Assistant to the Dean for Interprofessional Health Initiatives, and the Newark MSW Campus Coordinator. Her research interests include chronic illness, physical disability, interprofessional health education, disaster preparedness and response, and cancer survivorship. She holds a research scholar position within the Veterans Administration where she explores both physical and mental health issues, as well as trauma issues within the veteran population. Past projects included examining a Medicaid Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver through a NIH K-Award grant and validation of the Medical Listings and program reform of the Social Security Disability Determination Process through a collaborative agreement with the Social Security Administration. She has a long clinical history in working with those with disabilities in medical rehabilitation settings, and co-authored a book, The Cancer Survivor Handbook: The Essential Guide to Cancer Survivorship. With funding from USAID, she has collaborated with American, Israeli, and Palestinian colleagues on educating students and mental health professionals on disaster preparedness and response. More recent work has her exploring the impact of Hurricane Sandy on both individuals in New Jersey as well as the state behavioral health system response to the storm. Her research appears in peer-reviewed rehabilitation, public health and medical journals including Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Women's Health Issues, Preventive Medicine, and Journal of General Internal Medicine. She serves a senior associate and managing editor for the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.

Courses Taught: 
  • Social Welfare Policy & Services I
  • Social Work Practice I
  • Research Methods for Social Work I
  • Chronic Illness and Disability
  • Intervention Research (Doctoral Level) 

Findley, P. A., and Wilson, C. P. (2009). International efforts: Perspectives, policies and programs. In Feuerstein, M. (Ed.), Cancer survivorship and work. New York, New York: Springer Publishing.

Mitra, S, Findley, P, & Sambamoorthi, U. (2009) Healthcare expenditures of living with a disability: Total expenditures, out of pocket expenses and burden, 1996-2004. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90, 1532-1540.

Findley, P., & Sambamoorthi, U. (2009). Preventive health services and lifestyle practices in cancer survivors: A population health investigation, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 3, 43-58.

Banerjea, R., Findley, P., and Sambamoorthi, U. (2008). Disparities in preventive care by body mass index categories among women. Women & Health, (47)4:1-17.

Shen, Y., Findley, P.A., Maney, M., Pogach, L., Crystal, S., Rajan, M., Findley, T. (2008) Department of Veterans Affairs-Medicare dual beneficiaries with stroke: Where do they get care? Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Review, 45(1):1-9.

Findley, P. A. (2007). An international comparison of approaches to cancer survivorship. In M. Feuerstein (Ed.) Handbook of cancer survivorship. New York: Springer Publication.

M. Feuerstein & P. Findley. (2006). The cancer survivor handbook: The essential guide to cancer survivorship. New York: Avalon Publishing.

Wei W., Findley PA., & Sambamoorthi U. (2006). Disability and receipt of clinical preventive services among women. Women's Health Issues. 16, 286-96.

Tseng, C.L,. Sambamoorthi, U., Tiwari, A,. Rajan, M., Findley, P., & Pogach, L. (2006). Diabetes care among veteran women with disability. Women's Health Issues. 16, 361-71.

Antoinette Farmer

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Ph.D., Pittsburgh

Dr. Farmer's research interest include parenting behavior, religion and spirituality, adolescent high risk behaviors, and the evaluation of social work practice.

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Antoinette Y. Farmer (Ph. D., University of Pittsburgh, 1991) is professor and associate dean for academic affairs at Rutgers University's School of Social Work. Her research focuses on examining the social and interpersonal factors that affect parenting as well as how parenting practices influence adolescent high risk behaviors, such as delinquency and substance use. This research agenda has been greatly influenced by the work of Jay Belsky, and she has also modified his ecological model as reflected in her research examining the buffering effect of social support on the relationship between parenting stress and parenting behavior. Her work in the area of parenting has led her to develop and test models to determine what variables may mediate the relationship between parenting and adolescent outcomes. She is also beginning to examine the effects of fathers' parenting practices on adolescents high risk behaviors. Her work has also examined the effects of religion/spirituality on adolescent high risk behaviors. In order to carry out her research agenda, she conducts quantitative data analysis using large national data sets. Her research has been published in Social Work, Journal of Social Service Research, and Children and Youth Services Review. She co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Social Service Research, which was devoted to informing researchers of the methodological issues confronting them when conducting research with minority and oppressed populations. She has also written several chapters on this issue as well, with the most recent appearing in the Handbook of Social Work Research Methods (2nd Edition). She has served as a consulting editor for Social Work in Education and on the editorial board for Children in Schools. Dr. Farmer has also presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Courses Taught: 
  • Psychopathology
  • Human Behavior & Social Environment (HBSE)
  • Methods of Social Work Research I
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Dissertation Seminar (Doctoral program)

Farmer, A. Y., & Bess, D. (2009). Gender, Ethnicity, and Racial Issues. In B. A. Thyer (Ed.), Handbook of social work research methods (579-590), (Second Edition),Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publication, Inc.

Farmer, A. Y., Sinha, J. W., & Gill, E. (2008). The effects of family religiosity, parental limit-setting and monitoring on adolescent substance use. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 7, 428-450.

Rodgers-Farmer, A. Y., & Davis, D. (2001). Analyzing complex survey data. Social Work Research, 25, 185-192.

Rodgers, A. Y., & Jones, R. L. (2001). Grandmothers who are caregivers: An overlooked population. In N. V. Benokraitis (Ed.), Contemporary ethnic families in the United States (pp. 378-384). Upper Saddle, NJ: Prentice Hall. This article was originally published in Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Rodgers-Farmer, A. Y. (2000). Parental monitoring and peer group association: Their influence on adolescent substance use. Journal of Social Service Research, 27,1-18.

Potocky, M., & Rodgers-Farmer A. Y. (Editors). (1998). Social work research with minority and oppressed populations: Methodological issues and innovations. New York: Haworth Press.

Rodgers-Farmer, A. Y. (1999). Parenting stress, depression, and parenting in grandmothers raising their grandchildren. Children and Youth Services Review, 21, 377-388.

Rodgers, A. Y. Multiple sources of stress and parenting behavior. (1998). Children and Youth Services Review, 20, 525-546.

Rodgers, A. Y., & Potocky, M. (1998). Preparing students to work with culturally diverse clients. Social Work Education, 17, 95-100.

Rodgers, A.Y., & Potocky, M. (1997). Evaluating culturally sensitive practice through single-system design: Methodological issues and strategies. Research on Social Work Practice, 7, 391-401.

Richard Edwards

Chancellor Emeritus and University Professor, Ph.D., SUNY at Albany

Dr. Edwards's research interests include nonprofit and public management, international social work, and social work education.

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Dr. Richard L. Edwards is Chancellor Emeritus of Rutgers University–New Brunswick and University Professor.  Dr. Edwards served as Chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick from 2014 to 2017, a pivotal moment in the university’s history, with its entrance into the Big Ten and Big Ten Academic Alliance, the integration of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the university’s historic 250th anniversary.  Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Dr. Richards served as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs from 2011 to 2014.

Among the hallmarks of his administration is a commitment to improving the student experience, both in and out of the classroom.  He enacted several task forces and committees to review and make recommendations for enhancing various aspects of the campus experience, ranging from broadening conversations about inclusion and racial climate on campus to exploring ways to improve the experiences of first-year, transfer and non-traditional students. 

Edwards, who came to Rutgers in 2005 as dean of the School of Social Work, is a scholar, educator, and administrator in social work education and professional practice.  Over a four-decade career, he has held deanships at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is past president of the National Association of Social Workers and has written extensively on issues related to social work education and nonprofit and public management.  Edwards served as interim president of Rutgers from July 1 to August 31, 2012.

As a scholar, Edwards has studied the management and organizational effectiveness of public-sector and nonprofit organizations. He has been a visiting professor at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, and served as a consultant for the Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute on the development of gerontology education for professionals in 18 central and eastern European countries. In 2008, Edwards spent several weeks at Ben Gurion University in Israel as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

Edwards is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and served as editor-in-chief of the 19th edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work, published in 1996. He serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals and served for several years as associate editor for North America for Social Work Education: The International Journal. He has been honored as a distinguished alumnus by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where he received his master's degree, and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned his doctorate. He holds a bachelor's degree from Augustana College in Illinois.


Huang, C., & Edwards, R. L. (2009). The Relationship between State Efforts and Child Support Performance. Children and Youth Services Review. 31. 241-248.

Huang, C., Edwards, R. L., & Nolan, R. B. (2008). State Performance on Child Support Enforcement Under CSPIA. Journal of Policy Practice. 7(4). 280-297.

Edwards, R. L. and J. A. Yankey. (Editors). (2006). Effectively managing nonprofit organizations.Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Reid, P.N. & Edwards. R. L. (2006). The purpose of a School of Social Work?An American perspective.Social Work Education: The International Journal. 25(5), 461-484.

Edwards, R. L., Shera, W., Reid, P. N., and York, R. (2006). Social work practice and education in the US and Canada. Social Work Education: The International Journal. 25(1), 28-38.

D'Aprix, A., Dunlap, K., Abel, E., Edwards, R., (2005). Goodness of fit: Career goals of MSW students and the aims of the social work profession in the United States. Social Work Education: The International Journal.

Edwards, R., Smokowski, P. R., Sowers, K.M., Dulmus, C.N., & Theriot, M.T. (2004). Abuse of power: School personnel who bully students. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work: Advances in Practice, Programming, Research, and Policy 1(2/3). 111-129.

Carlton-LaNey, I., R. L. Edwards, and P. N. Reid, (Editors), (1999). Preserving and strengthening small towns and rural communities. Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Edwards, R. L., E. A. Benefield, J. A. Edwards, and J. A. Yankey. (1997) Building a strong foundation: Fundraising for nonprofits. Washington, DC: NASW Press.

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Marian Diksies

Director of Student Affairs Instructor , MSW, Rutgers

Ms. Diksies’ areas of practice include management, student advising, program development, staff development, and supervision. Courses taught by Ms. Diksies include Diversity and Oppression, Integration Seminar, and Professional Development Seminar.

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Ms. Diksies recently obtained her second Master's degree in May 2008 from Rutgers School of Social Work. In 2002, she received her first Master's in Educational Psychology from Montclair State University. Ms. Diksies has extensive experience working in the field of psychology. Her primary interest is working with children and adolescents who have been victims of abuse and neglect. She has managed several programs that addressed the needs of this population. Ms. Diksies has worked closely with a wide range of agencies including schools, DYFS, and the juvenile justice system. For the past 7 years, she has developed and implemented a summer camp which aims to teach children and adolescents how to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner. Presently Ms. Diksies is focusing her efforts on improving the quality of social services in the community. She intends to accomplish this by introducing students to MSW level classes through non-matriculated courses offered by the Professional Development Department.

Ericka Deglau

Instructor Director, Intensive Weekend Program, Ph.D., New School

Ericka Deglau’s areas of practice include program development and evaluation. In addition to interests in workforce professionalization in child welfare and the human services, her principal practice areas have been in child welfare, prevention, and HIV/AIDS.

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Ericka Deglau directs the Rutgers School of Social Work's Intensive Weekend Program, an alternate means to pursue and MSW for individuals who are full time employees in the social and human services fields. The program was first developed for public child welfare employees as the Public Child Welfare Intensive Weekend program, as the state's child welfare system began an intensive period of reform. Funded by NJ's Department of Children and Families from 2006-2010, the program enabled over 150 public child welfare employees to obtain their MSW. Currently, the program has a robust enrollment of students throughout the state working in fields of mental health, family, child and adolescent services, geriatric social services, county and municipal social services, corrections and re-entry, substance abuse, education, and related fields. Deglau began her service at the School of Social Work as Special Assistant to then Dean Richard L. Edwards.

Previously, Deglau was a Project Manager in the Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, where she assisted in a longitudinal study of the consequences of child abuse and neglect into adulthood and subsequent parenting. She also served as Director of Program Development and Research for the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation in New Brunswick, NJ and was Program Director, HIV Services and Outreach Coordinator at the Lower East Side Family Union in New York.

Deglau has also worked internationally with Dr. Richard Edwards and Maria Roth of Babes Bolyai University, Romania on a presentation to the 18th Annual Conference of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy, Cluj, Romania on alternative approaches to providing social work education to employed individuals. Previous international work includes discussions and presentations with colleagues in France on challenges in social work and social work education and analysis and presentation of data from women's calls to France's national AIDS helpline in the 1990s, during a time of few women-centered HIV services in Europe.

Deglau received her PhD in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research, NY, her MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work, NY, and her BS from Wheelock College, Boston, MA. She is a licensed social worker in New Jersey and a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work Education.

Courses Taught: 
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services I


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