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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:

Treitler, P., Peterson, N.A., Howell, T. H., & Powell, K. G. (in press). Measuring sense of community responsibility in community-based prevention coalitions: An Item Response Theory analysis. American Journal of Community Psychology.

Peterson, C.H., Peterson, N.A., & Powell, K.G. (2017). Cognitive interviewing for item development: Validity evidence based on content and response processes. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 50(4), 217-223. doi: 10.1080/07481756.2017.1339564

Peterson, N.A., Powell, K.G., Peterson C.H. & Reid, R.J. (2017). Testing the phrase completion response option format in a sociopolitical control scale for youth. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 3(1), 57-71. doi: 10.1285/i24212113v3i1p57

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 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.'  With Jeffrey Longhofer and Paul Kubek, his work, On Having and Being a Case Manager, explores a clinical method for case management practice. He has written extensively on qualitative research methods, including a co-authored book with Oxford University Press: Qualitative Methods for Practice. From 2010 to 2017 he was the director of the DSW program at Rutgers where he assisted in developing a novel case study method for clinical training. 



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.


Books (Edited Volumes)

Jaffe, M., Floersch, J., Longhofer, J., & Conti, M.  (2018).   The Social Work and Sexual Trauma Casebook: Phenomenological Perspectives.  New York: Routledge.

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


Peer Reviewed Articles:

Munson, M.R., Narendorf, S.C., Ben-David, S., Cole, A., & Floersch, J. (2018). Integrated, overwhelmed, and distanced: Narratives of mental health among young adults with prior public system involvement. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. Published online first,

Kranke, D., Dobalian, A., & Floersch, J. (2018). Identifying aspects of sameness to promote veteran reintegration with civilians: Evidence and implications for military social work. Health and Social Work.

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,].

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.

Kranke, D., Floersch, J., Jackson, S., Townsend, L., & Anderson-Fye, E. (2013).  I feel like it improves everything: Empowering experiences of college students utilizing psychiatric treatment.  American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 16, (3), 213-231.

Kranke, D., Jackson, S. E., Floersch, J., and Anderson-Fye, E. P. (2013). What are college students saying about psychiatric medication? Health, 5(3a), 595-602[open access, doi:10:4236/health.2013.53A079].

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.

Kranke, D., Guada, J., Kranke, B., & Floersch, J. (2012) What do African American youth with a mental illness think about help-seeking and psychiatric medication?: Origins of stigmatizing attitudes. Social Work in Mental Health, 10(1): 53-71.

Anderson-Fye, E., & Floersch, J. (2011). I’m not your typical ‘homework stresses me out’ kind of girl”: College student experience of psychiatric medication and college mental health services. Ethos. 39(4), 501-524.

Kranke, D., Floersch, J., Kranke, B., & Munson, M. (2011).  A qualitative investigation of self-stigma among adolescents taking psychiatric medication. Psychiatric Services, 62(8), 893-899.

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.

Patricia Findley

Associate Professor, Director of the MSW Program, and Special Assistant to the Dean for Interprofessional Health Initiatives, MSW, Loyola University, Chicago, and DrPH, University of Illinois, Chicago

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

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Patricia A. Findley, Dr.PH, MSW, is an Associate Professor of Social Work, Director of the MSW program, and Special Assistant to the Dean for Interprofessional Health Initiatives. 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) 

Wiener, R.C., Shen, C.  Findley, P.A. Sambamoorthi, U. (2018) Dental fluorosis over time, NHANES 2001-2002 to 2011-2012, Journal of Dental Hygiene, 92(1), 23-29

Sabato, E., Owens, J., Mauro, AM, Findley, P., Sangeeta, L., Fenesy, K. (2018).Integrating social determinants of health into dental curricula: an interprofessional approach, Journal of Dental Education, (82) 3, 237-245. doi:10.21815/JDE.018.022

Wiener C, Shen C, Sambamoorthi U, Findley PA. (2017). Rural veterans' dental utilization, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 2014. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 77 (4), 383–392.

Chopra I, Dwibedi N, Mattes M, Tan X, Findley PA, Sambamoorthi U. (2017). Non-adherence to Statins and Antihypertensives and Hospitalizations among Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries with Incident Cancer. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 15, (11), 1351-1360.

Pruginin, I., Findley, P.A., Isralowitz, R. (2017) Adaptation and resilience among clinicians under missile attack: Shared traumatic reality, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 15 (3), 684–700. doi:10.1007/s11469-017-9748-9.

Findley, P., Pottick, K., Giordano, S. (2017). Educating social work students in disaster response. Journal of Clinical Social Work, 45 (2), 159–167.

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

Willard, S., Findley, P., Wagner, M. (2016). Rutgers/FOCUS wellness center: An innovative practice and an investment in the future of Newark. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, 3, 1-4.

Parrot, J.S., Findley, P., & Rosenthal, M. (2016) Developing a recursive evaluation plan of a complex interprofessional healthcare education initiative. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education, 6, (1), 1-25.

Strong, J., Findley, P, McMahon, S., Angel, B. (2015). What is war?  Female veterans’ experiences of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan Affiila, 30 (4), 489-503.

Antoinette Farmer

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) focuses on research that examines 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.

Edwards, R. L., (Editor-in-Chief.). (1995). Encyclopedia of social work, Nineteenth Edition. Washington, DC: NASW Press, (3 Volumes - 2690 pp.)

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

Rebecca Davis

Associate Professor Director, Center for Global Social Work Studies, PhD, North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Davis's practice interests include case management practice globally, global social work education, child protection system strengthening in low and middle income countries, strengthening the link between global social work and social work with immigrants and refugees within the US, and online social work education. Dr. Davis's research interests include qualitative case study methods applied to the study of child welfare practice and systems, gender-based violence and equality in Sub Saharan Africa, and global social work education outcomes.

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Dr. Rebecca Davis has 15 years experience in international social work and international development, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe. She lived and worked in Romania for 10 years, initially going on a Fulbright to teach social work ('92-'94). After that she worked on a number of different United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded projects in civil society development and international education with World Learning. From 1998-2002, she was the Director of the Child Welfare and Reform Protection Project, a $6.3 million USAID project granted to World Vision to reduce dependency on child institutionalization by piloting community care programs. Since returning to the US, she has completed a comparative country study on the evolution of community based services in the Former Soviet Bloc countries. She is a consultant on child welfare reform to Save the Children/UK in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to her international work, Dr. Davis worked in various clinical, management and educational positions in North Carolina. Dr. Davis received her Master of Social Work in 1974 from UNC/Chapel Hill and her Doctorate in Child and Family Studies in 1983 from UNC/Greensboro. She holds clinical social work licenses in New Jersey and North Carolina.

Courses Taught: 
  • Global Social Work and Social Development
  • Summer Study Abroad to Romania
  • Social Work Practice I
  • Social Work Practice II
  • Clinical Social Work I
  • Clinical Social Work II
  • Clinical Social Work: Families
  • Clinical Social Work: Children

Davis, R. (in press). Construction a profession of social work: The role of social work supervision. Social Work Review, 1.

Davis, R. (2009). Human capacity within child welfare systems: The social work workforce in Africa. Report for the Global Health Technical Assistance Project, The QED Group, LLC, with CAMRIS International, and Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Davis, R. & Blake, A. (2008). Social work education and the practice environment in Europe and Eurasia.Report for the Social Transition Team, Office of Democracy, Governance and Social Transition of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/E&E/DGST) by Creative Associates International, Inc., and the Aguirre Division of JBS International, Inc.

Davis, R. (2006). A comparative country study of the evolution of community-based social services in the former Soviet Bloc. Report for the Social Transition Team, Office of Democracy, Governance and Social Transition of USAID by Aguirre International.

Davis, R. & Aulenbach, K. (2005). Emerging Practices in Community Based Services for Vulnerable Groups: A Study of Social Services Best Practices in Armenia. Report for the Social Transition Team, Office of Democracy, Governance and Social Transition of USAID by Aguirre International.

Davis, R. & Aulenbach, K. (2005). Promising practices in community-based social services in CEE/CIS/Baltics: A framework for analysis. Report for the Social Transition Team, Office of Democracy, Governance and Social Transition of USAID by Aguirre International.

Davis, R. T. (2005). Child Welfare Reform in a Global Context: A Blueprint for Analysis. Child Welfare Specialty Section. Washington, DC: NASW.

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Laura Curran

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Ph.D., California, Berkeley

Dr. Curran's research interests include family and child policy practice, welfare policy, social welfare history/theory, gender and sexuality.

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Dr. Laura Curran is an associate professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Curran served as Director of the MSW program since 2014. In that role, she oversaw curriculum and master’s level program development. Prior to that appointment, she was the inaugural director of our Online MSW Program.  In that capacity, she led the design and implementation of our very successful online endeavors. 

Dr. Curran's interests include family and child policy, gender issues, and social welfare history. Her research primarily examines the history of the profession and, more specifically, the history of social work interventions with low-income families and children. Her research explores three key areas: 1) how expert understandings of social problems and family life gain prominence within the context of social work's professional maturation, 2) how social work discourses and direct interventions actively shape family and gender relations, and 3) how clients subjectively experience social problems and social work practices. Dr. Curran's has written about social work's response to the post World War II attack on the Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program and mid-twentieth century foster care provision. Her articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals including Social Service Review, The Journal of Women's History, The Journal of Social History, and Social Work. Dr. Curran is currently conducting a study of the evolution of U.S. foster care from the 1920s thorough the 1960s. She teaches Social Welfare Policy and Services I, Social Welfare Policy and Services II, and Women's Issues.

Courses Taught: 
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services I (MSW and BASW)
  • Social Welfare POlicy and Services II (BASW)
  • Women's Issues

Abrams, L. & Curran, L. (2009). "And you're telling me not to stress?" A grounded theory study of postpartum depression symptoms among low-income mothers. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33(3), 351-362.

Abrams, L., Doring, K. & Curran, L. (2009). Barriers to service use for postpartum depression symptoms among low-income ethnic minority mothers in the U.S. Qualitative Health Research, 19(4), 535-551.

Curran, L. (2008). Longing to "belong:" Foster children in mid-century Philadelphia (1946-1963). Journal of Social History, 42(2), 425-445.

Curran, L. & Pfeiffer, S. (2008). "You can't tie and untie love that fast:" Family preservation and reunification in midcentury Philadelphia. Social Service Review, 82(1), 62-91.

Abrams, L. & Curran, L. (2007). Not just a middle-affliction: Crafting a social work research agenda on postpartum depression. Health & Social Work, 32(4), 289-296.

Curran, L. (2006). Feminine women, hard workers: Foster motherhood in mid-century America (1946-1963). Journal of Family History, 31(4), 386-412.

Curran, L. (2005). Social work's revised maternalism: Mothers, workers, and welfare in early cold war America, 1946-1963. Journal of Women's History, 17(1), 112-136.

Abrams, L. & Curran, L. (2004). Between women: Gender and social work in historical perspective. Social Service Review, 78(3), 429-447.

Curran, L. (2003). The culture of race, class, and poverty: The emergence of a cultural discourse in early cold war social work (1946-1963). Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 30(3),15 38.

Lee, R. & Curran, L. (2003). Serving the "hard-to-serve": The use of clinical knowledge in welfare reform.Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 30(3), 59-78.


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