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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.

Edwards, R. E., Roth, M., Davis, R. T., and Popescu, L. (2000). The Role of Global Collaborative Efforts to Develop Romania’s Child Protection and Social Work Education Systems. Canadian Social Work, Special Issue, July, 2000.

Davis, Rebecca T. (1989). Elder Abuse and Neglect. In Staab, A. and Lyles, M. F. Manual of Geriatric Nursing. Lenview, IL: Scott, Little, Brown.

Laura Curran

Associate Professor MSW Program Director, 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. 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 currently 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.

Laura Cuesta

Assistant Professor, Social Work, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison MA, Universidad de los Andes

Dr. Cuesta’s research interests include international approaches to child and family policy, poverty and inequality, and parental incarceration among disadvantaged families.

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Professor Cuesta first became interested in disadvantaged families with children while growing up in Barrancabermeja, a town with high income inequality in her native Colombia.

Her passion for studying the role of social policy in the wellbeing of these populations was further developed through her work at the National Planning Department and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia, and the research training she received at Universidad de los Andes (M. A. and B.A. in Economics) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison (Ph.D. in Social Welfare).

These experiences focused her attention to the disproportionally high number of single-mother families living in poverty in the United States and Colombia, and the dearth of knowledge on the role of child support policies in less developed countries. Dr. Cuesta’s pioneering work on child support in Colombia offers the opportunity for improving our current understanding of these issues in the context of developing countries. Her research centers on the effects of social policies on the well-being of disadvantaged families with children. Her current projects examine the effects of child support policy; international approaches to child support; and the intersection of the criminal justice and child protective services systems.


Cuesta, Laura, Vanessa Ríos-Salas, and Daniel R Meyer. 2017. “The Impact of Family Change on Income Poverty in Colombia and Peru.” Forthcoming in Journal of Comparative Family Studies.

Berger, Lawrence M., Maria Cancian, Laura Cuesta, and Jennifer Noyes. (2016). Families at the Intersection of the Criminal Justice and Child Protective Services Systems. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 665, 171-194. DOI: 10.1177/0002716216633058

Berger, Lawrence M., J. Michael Collins, and Laura Cuesta. (2016). “Household Debt and Adult Depressive Symptoms in the United States” Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 37: 42-57. DOI 10.1007/s10834-015-9443-6.

Cuesta, Laura and Maria Cancian. (2015). “The Effect of Child Support on the Labor Supply of Custodial Mothers Participating in TANF”. Children and Youth Services Review, 54:49-56 (Condensed version appears as La Follette Policy Report 25(1):16-18)

Cuesta, Laura. (2014). “Child Support and Food Insecurity among Custodial-Mother Families in Colombia” Journal of Family Studies, 20(3): 286-297.

Cuesta, Laura and Daniel R. Meyer. (2014). “The Role of Child Support in the Economic Wellbeing of Custodial-Mother Families in Less Developed Countries: The Case of Colombia” International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 28(1): 60-76.

Cuesta, Laura and Daniel R. Meyer. (2012). “Child Support Receipt: Does Context Matter? A Comparative Analysis of Colombia and the US.” Children and Youth Services Review, 34(9): 1876-1883.

Stephen Crystal

Research Professor II, PhD, Harvard

Dr. Crystal's research interests include AIDS, long-term care, homelessness, and longitudinal data analysis.


Stephen Crystal (Ph. D., Harvard, 1981) is Board of Governors Professor in the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research and the School of Social Work. At the Institute, he directs the Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management, and Outcomes, whose programs include the AHRQ-funded Center for Education and Research on Mental Health Therapeutics. He also is Chair of the Institute's Division on Aging and Associate Institute Director for Health Services Research. Dr. Crystal's work, which has resulted in more than 250 publications, includes many widely cited books and research articles on old-age policy and services for the elderly; on the use and outcomes of psychotropic medications and other mental health treatments; on HIV/AIDS care; and on numerous other health care and social policy topics. His work on gerontological policy and inequality has been particularly influential nationally, as the cumulative advantage model of aging which he originally proposed in the 1980s and has developed in a line of subsequent work has contributed to understanding of late-life inequalities and the way in which initial advantages such as educational attainment; social structures; health and economic events over the lifecourse; and public policies interact to shape late-life outcomes. He has also been an important contributor to research on long-term care and mental health among the elderly. His work on mental health services has contributed importantly to understanding problems of healthcare access, quality and disparities in large usual care populations, particularly those served by Medicare and Medicaid. Much of his recent work has focused on prescription drug use in society where he has pioneered important studies on treatment use, safety, and effectiveness, including current work on comparative effectiveness of treatments funded by the FDA and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In 2009, his contributions to scholarship on health services and outcomes were recognized by his appointment as Board of Governors Professor of Health Services Research at Rutgers University, with the university's Board of Governors citing his "major theoretical, methodological, and research contributions in the fields of aging, HIV care, and behavioral health; his highly influential and social policy scholarship; the impressive rigor of his cross-disciplinary research contributions that have shaped thinking, both in the U.S. and abroad, on issues confronting some of the most vulnerable groups in our society" and for his "numerous and enormously influential books, journal articles, reports, and other publications . and his outstanding contributions to improving decision-making in public policy as evidenced by his frequent invitations to testify before and advise Congress and other policymakers."


Walkup, J., and Crystal S. (2009.) Mental health and the changing contexts of HIV. In T. N. Brown, and T. L. Scheid, Handbook for the Study of Mental Health: Social Contexts, Theories, and Systems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Walkup, J., Wei, W., Sambamoorthi, U., and Crystal, S. (2008). Antidepressant treatment and adherence to combination antiretroviral therapy among patients with AIDS and diagnosed depression. Psychiatric Quarterly, 79(1):43-53.

Helmer, D. A., Tseng, C. L., Rajan, M., Crystal S., Shen, Y ., Miller, D., et al. (2008). Can Ambulatory Care Prevent Hospitalization for Metabolic Decompensation? Medical Care, 46(2):148-157.

Sueoka, K., Goulet, J., Fiellin, D., Rimland, D., Butt, A., Gibert, C., Rodriguez-Barradas, M., Bryant, K.,Crystal, S., Justice, A. (2008). Depression symptoms and treatment among HIV infected and uninfected veterans. AIDS and Behavior (epub in advance of print publication)

Crystal, S., Akincigil, A., Walkup, J. T., and Bilder, S. (2007). Studying prescription drug use and outcomes with Medicaid claims data: strengths, limitations, and strategies. Medical Care, 45(10):58-65.

Crystal, S. Population Aging and Benefit Sustainability: The Impact of Baby Boomer Aging on the Health Care System. Pp. 52-70 in Schaie, W., and Uhlenberg, P. (eds.), Social Structures, Demographic Changes and the Well-Being of Older Persons, Societal Impact on Aging Series, Springer, 2007.

Crystal, S. Economic Well-Being of the Elderly. Pp. 3254-3257 in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Oxford and Boston: Blackwell Publishing, 2007.

Walkup, J., Crystal, S. Health Services and Policy Issues in AIDS Psychiatry. Pp. 585-594 in Cohen, M.A., and Gorman, J.M. (Eds.), Comprehensive Textbook of AIDS Psychiatry. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Zhang, Q., Safford, M.M., Miller, D., Crystal, S., Rajan, M., Tseng, C.L., Pogach, L.M. Short-Term Statin Exposure Is Associated with Reduced All-Cause Mortality in Persons with Diabetes. Medical Care, 45(4):308-314, 2007.

Crystal, S. (2006). Dynamics of Late-Life Inequality: Modeling the Interplay of Health Disparities, Economic Resources, and Public Policies. In Baars, J.,Dannefer, D., Phillipson, C., and Walker, A. (eds.) Aging, Globalization and Inequality: The New Critical Gerontology. Society and Aging Series, Baywood Publishing Company, 205- 213.

Cary Cherniss

Professor and Director, Organizational Psychology Program Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Secondary Appointment, School of Social Work, PhD, Yale

Dr. Cherniss's research interests include job stress and burnout in human service organizations; promotion of emotional intelligence in the workplace; organizational leadership; and organizational change.

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Cary Cherniss received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University in 1972. He went on to teach at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the University of Illinois in Chicago, the Chicago Medical School, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1983, he came to Rutgers University where he helped create the doctoral program in Organizational Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. He currently is Professor of Applied Psychology and Director of the Organizational Psychology program.

Dr. Cherniss specializes in the areas of emotional intelligence, work stress, leadership development, and planned organizational change. He has published over 60 scholarly articles and book chapters on these topics, as well as seven books: The Emotionally Intelligent Workplace (Jossey-Bass, with Daniel Goleman), Promoting Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace: Guidelines for Practitioners (American Society for Training and Development, with Mitchel Adler), The Human Side of Corporate Competitiveness (Sage, with Daniel Fishman), Professional Burnout in Human Service Organizations (Praeger), Staff Burnout (Sage), Beyond Burnout: Helping Teachers, Nurses, Therapists, and Law¬yers Recover from Stress and Disillusionment (Routledge), and School Change and the MicroSociety Program (Corwin).

In addition to his research and writing, Dr. Cherniss has consulted with many organizations in both the public and private sectors, including American Express, Johnson & Johnson, the US Coast Guard, AT&T, Telcordia, Colgate Palmolive, the United States Office of Personnel Management, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Honeywell, PSEG Power, and the Marriott Corporation. He currently is the director and co-chair (with Daniel Goleman) of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and past president of its Division 27 (Society for Community Research and Action), and he is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Courses Taught: 
  • Community Psychology
  • Theoretical Foundations of Intervention - Systems

Cherniss, C. (1980). Professional burnout in human service organizations. New York: Praeger.

Cherniss, C. (1980). Human service programs as work organi¬zations: Using organizational design to improve staff motivation and effectiveness. In R. H. Price & P. E. Politser (Eds.), Evaluation and action in the social environment. New York: Academic Press, 125 153.

Cherniss, C. (1990). Recovery from burnout: Results of a 10 year follow up study. Journal of Health and Human Resources Administration, 13, 132 154.

Cherniss, C. (1995). Beyond burnout: Helping teachers, nurses, therapists, and lawyers recover from stress and disillusionment. New York: Routledge.

Cherniss, C. & Adler, M. (2000). Promoting emotional intelligence in organizations: Making training in emotional intelligence effective. Alexandria, VA: American Society for Training and Development.

Cherniss, C., & Goleman, D. (Eds.) (2001). The emotionally intelligent workplace. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Cherniss, C. (2005). School change and the MicroSociety program. Newbury Park, CA: Corwin Press.

Cherniss, C. (2006). Leadership and emotional intelligence. In R. J. Burke & C. L. Cooper (Eds.), Inspiring leaders (pp. 132-148). London: Routledge.

Cherniss, C., Extein, M., Goleman, D., & Weissberg, R. P. (2006). Emotional intelligence: What does the research really indicate? The Educational Psychologist, 41, 239-245.

Cherniss, C. (2010). Helping leaders to become more emotionally intelligent. In K. A. Bunker, D. T. Hall & K. E. Kram (Eds.), Extraordinary leadership: Addresing the gaps in senior executive development (pp. 97-120). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Charles Chear

Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Instructor, BA, Sociology, University of Massachusetts MSW, Boston University School of Social Work

Mr. Chear’s practice interests are Southeast Asian Americans and Muslim Americans from refugee backgrounds, community development and organizing, and cultural responsiveness in social work.

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Charles Chear is the Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Instructor at Rutgers University School of Social Work, Newark campus. Chear has experience in a variety of social work settings, domestically and internationally. He was the co-founder/director of an international program for American youth of color, which brought participants to countries such as Cambodia and Mali. Other experiences include community development and organizing, and those addressing mental health, legal, and economic needs in refugee communities. In addition to a career in social work, he has prior experience in information technology, and the hip hop industry.

His current research and practice interests are community-led mental health and social welfare initiatives in the Muslim American community. More broadly, Chear is interested in how "culture" and "tradition" influence interpersonal and intergroup relations in poor communities impacted by mass violence and cycles of violence.

Chear earned his BA in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts and his MSW at the Boston University School of Social Work. He is a trilingual speaker of Chaozhou Chinese (潮州話), Khmer (Cambodian), and English.

Deborah Carr

Professor Department of Sociology Secondary Appointment, School of Social Work, PhD, Wisconsin-Madison

Deborah Carr's research interests include bereavement, end-of-life issues, and the influence of family relations on health and well-being.

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Deborah Carr is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Rutgers University. She has a secondary appointment at the School of Social Work, and is a faculty member at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. She earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1997, and her research interests include aging and the life course, psychosocial factors influences on health over the life course, and end-of-life issues.

One strand of her research focuses on how family roles and relationships affect health and well-being, with an emphasis on chronic and acute family-related stressors. She co-authored a trade book on the ways that generational differences in women’s work and family roles shape mother-daughter relationships: Making Up with Mom: Why Mothers and Daughters Disagree about Kids, Careers, and Casseroles (and What to Do about it) (2008, St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne). Her most recent book is Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back (2014, Rutgers University Press).

A second strand of her research focuses on bereavement and end-of-life decision-making among older adults. She is interested in how demographic, technological, and social/political changes affect the experiences of the dying and their families. She is co-editor of Spousal Bereavement in Late Life (2006, Springer Publishing). She is principal investigator on several NIA-funded studies of end-of-life issues, including the New Jersey End of Life study and Wisconsin Study of Families and Loss (WISTFL), a follow up to Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. Her third area of research focuses on the social, psychological, and interpersonal consequences of body weight and obesity.

Carr is a member of the honorary organizations Sociological Research Association and Academy of Behavioral Medicine, and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She has served as deputy editor of Social Psychology Quarterly and Journal of Marriage and Family, and as trends editor of Contexts (an American Sociological Association publication). She is editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences (2015-2018). She is also chair of the editorial board of Rutgers University Press. Carr has held several offices for the American Sociological Association sections on Aging & the Life Course, Medical Sociology, Mental Health, and Social Psychology, and is currently chair of the Aging & Life Course section. Carr also is Chair of the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey, and is a co-investigator on the Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) and Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS).

Courses Taught: 
  • Social Psychology (graduate)
  • Analysis of Sociological Data II (graduate)
  • Social Structure and Personality (graduate)
  • Sociology of the Life Course (graduate)
  • Introduction to Social Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Normality and Abnormality (undergraduate
  • Social Demography of Aging (graduate)
  • Writing Seminar (graduate)

Carr, Deborah, Vicki A. Freedman, Jennifer C. Cornman, and Norbert Schwarz. 2014. “Happy Marriage, Happy Life? Marital Quality and Subjective Well-Being in Later Life.” Journal of Marriage and Family 76: 930-948.

Carr, Deborah and Shane Sharp. 2014. “Do Beliefs in an Afterlife Affect Psychological Adjustment to Spousal Loss?”Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 69B: 103-112.

Carr, Deborah, John Sonnega, Randolph M. Nesse, and James S. House. 2014. “Do Special Occasions Trigger Grief Symptoms among Bereaved Older Spouses?: An Assessment of Clinical Wisdom.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 69B: 113-122.

Carr, Deborah and Kathrin Boerner. 2013. “The Impact of Spousal Loss on Parent-Child Relations in Later Life: Are Effects Contingent upon the Quality of the Late Marriage?” Family Science 4:37-49.

Carr, Deborah and Kathrin Boerner. 2013. “Dating after Late-Life Spousal Loss: Does it Compromise Relationships with Adult Children?” Journal of Aging Studies 27: 487–498

Carr, Deborah, Lauren Murphy, Heather Batson and Kristen W. Springer. 2013. “Bigger Isn’t Always Better: The Effect of Obesity on the Sexual Satisfaction and Behavior of Adult Men in the U.S.” Men and Masculinities16: 452-477.

Carr, Deborah, Sara Moorman, and Kathrin Boerner. 2013. “End-of-Life Planning in a Family Context: Does Relationship Quality Affect Whether (and With Whom) Older Adults Plan?”Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 68: 586-92.

Carr, Deborah. 2012. “’I Don’t Want to Die Like That...’: The Impact of Significant Others’ Death Quality on Advance Care Planning.” The Gerontologist 52: 770-781.

Carr, Deborah. 2012. “The Social Stratification of Older Adults’ Preparations for End of Life Health Care.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 53: 297-312.

Carr, Deborah. 2012. “Racial and Ethnic Differences in Advance Care Planning: Identifying Subgroup Patterns and Obstacles.” Journal of Aging & Health 24: 923-947.

Carr, Deborah. 2012. “Death and Dying in the Contemporary United States: What are the Psychological Implications of Anticipated Death?” Social and Personality Psychology Compass 6/2: 184-195.

Carr, Deborah and Karen Jaffe. 2012. “The Psychosocial Consequences of Weight Trajectories: Evidence from Quantitative and Qualitative Data.” Economics and Human Biology 10: 419-430.

Carr, Deborah and Kristen Springer. 2010. “Advances in Families and Health Research in the 21st Century.” Journal of Marriage and Family (Decade in Review Special Issue) 72: 744-762.

Carr, Deborah. 2009. “Who’s to Blame? Perceived Responsibility for Spouse’s Death and Psychological Distress among Older Widowed Persons.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 50:359-375.

Carr, Deborah and Kathrin Boerner. 2009. “Do Spousal Discrepancies in Marital Quality Assessments Affect Psychological Adjustment to Widowhood?” Journal of Marriage and Family 71: 495-509.

Carr, Deborah, Karen Jaffe and Michael Friedman. 2008. “Perceived Mistreatment among Obese Americans: Do Race, Class, and Gender Matter?” Obesity 16 (Supplement): S60-68.

Carr, Deborah and Dmitry Khodyakov. 2007. “Health Care Proxies in Later Life: Whom Do We Choose and Why?”Journal of Health and Social Behavior 48(2): 180-194.

Carr, Deborah and Michael Friedman. 2006. “Body Weight and Interpersonal Relationships.” Social Psychology Quarterly 69: 127-49.

Carr, Deborah and Michael Friedman. 2005. “Is Obesity Stigmatizing? Body Weight, Perceived Discrimination and Psychological Well-Being in the United States.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 46: 244-259.

Marla Blunt-Carter

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice , MSW, Rutgers University BA, University of Delaware

Marla Blunt-Carter’s areas of practice include policy development, human resource management, communications/crisis management, advocacy development, strategic and program planning, community organizing and outreach, and change implementation. Courses taught by her include Professional Development Seminar, Integration Seminar, Human Resource Management, Women’s Issues, and Social Welfare Policies and Services.


Marla Blunt-Carter has committed her life to serving others. A product of a socially conscious and civic-minded family, she was exposed to many change agents in her childhood and decided at an early age to pursue a profession in public service. She worked on her first political campaign at the age of nine and has remained involved in community organizing and political action ever since. In 2005, Blunt-Carter relocated from New Jersey back to her home state of Delaware after receiving her Masters degree in Social Work at Rutgers University in 2003. Accepting a position as a projects manager in the Senate office of then U.S. Senator Joe Biden, Blunt-Carter created programs to support nonprofits, coordinated workshops, seminars and conferences, and served as the office liaison to local government officials and other community stakeholders. She later served as the Director of Constituent Services in the Senate office and supervised the casework operations and constituent outreach efforts.

In 2008, Blunt-Carter was selected to be one of the fifty state directors for the 2008 Obama/Biden Presidential campaign. Responsible for the creation, overall operation, and supervision of the statewide activities, she engaged and involved various constituencies and opened a campaign headquarters where all were welcome. She also served as a local surrogate and representative for the national campaign, organized fundraising events, developed a local media, and communications strategy, provided supervision to staff on the day-to-day operations, and recruited over 1,000 volunteers to perform grassroots outreach efforts in Delaware and surrounding states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Success in this role and experience in social work led to an opportunity for Blunt-Carter to serve in the Obama Administration as a senior Agency liaison in the Executive Office of the President.

A desire to impact communities in a more direct fashion was the impetus for her to make the difficult decision of leaving the White House and returning to direct practice activities focused on social issues related to health and education. In 2011 as the Director of Community Planning and Policy Development at the Delaware HIV Consortium, Blunt-Carter worked on projects that helped to shape policy, inform communities, and create programs to assist clients, service providers, and organizations. She was also responsible for the facilitation of the statewide planning council as well as the oversight of the implementation of the 2010 National AIDS Strategy.

In 2012,  Blunt-Carter became the senior advisor and communications director for Delaware's Insurance Commissioner. In addition to assisting the insurance commissioner in shaping policy proposals and initiatives, she acted as the point person for all communications for the Delaware Department of Insurance. Additionally, she represented the Insurance Commissioner and the Insurance Department as a liaison to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services during the implementation and inaugural enrollment period of President Obama's historic Affordable Care Act.

In January 2015, Blunt-Carter began teaching full-time at Rutgers-Camden and has been appointed to serve as the Camden campus coordinator for the School of Social Work. As a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University, she has decided to fulfill both passions by preparing future leaders to become agents of change and supporting those in leadership to best serve their communities.

Emily Bosk

Assistant Professor, Social Work, Ph.D. Sociology and Social Work University of Michigan MSW University of Michigan BA Vassar College

Dr. Bosk’s research interests include child wellbeing, child welfare services and policy, integration of social service systems, and infant mental health. Download CV (PDF) (208.04 KB)

Emily Bosk is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate with the Institute for Health, Health Policy, and Aging Research, the Center for Violence Against Women and Children, and the Department of Sociology. Trained as both a sociologist and a clinical social worker, Dr. Bosk works at the intersection of social theory and applied practice.  Her research uses rigorous social science methods to theorize how organizations and individuals understand and intervene with vulnerable children and families and to trace out the policy and practice implications of these approaches. 

Current research includes: analysis of standardized decision-making in child welfare at the individual, organizational, and policy level; issues related to the lack of integration of social service systems for families; understandings of ‘badness’ in young children and adolescents; programs to support parent-child relationships and infant mental health.

Dr. Bosk has held fellowships in The Prevention of Child Maltreatment and the Promotion of Child Wellbeing through the Doris Duke Foundation and in Clinical Social Work in the Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services Division at the Yale Child Study Center. Her work has been funded by grants from The National Science Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation.

Committed to translating her research work for policymakers and practitioners, Dr. Bosk has provided consultation to child welfare agencies in several states. 

Courses Taught: 
  • Direct Social Work Practice I
  • Psychopathology

Bosk, E.A., Van Alst, D., Van Scoyoc, A (Forthcoming) A Chronic Problem: Competing Paradigms for Substance Abuse in Child Welfare Policy and Practice and the Need for New Approaches. British Journal of Social Work. Special Issue: Fresh Thinking for Child and Family Social Work in the 21st Century

Bosk, E.A., (forthcoming) What Counts: Quantification, Worker Judgment and Divergence in Child Welfare Decision-Making. Human Service Organizations: Management Leadership, & Governance. Special Issue: Human Service Agencies and the Question of Impact. 

MacKenzie, M. J., Bosk, E., & Zeanah, C. H. (2017). Separating Families at the Border — Consequences for Children’s Health and Well-Being. New England Journal of Medicine, 376(24), 2314-2315. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1703375(4) 

Martin, K. A., Bosk, E., & Bailey, D. (2017). Teachers’ Perceptions of Childcare and Preschool Expulsion. Children & Society.

Powell, B. J., Bosk, E. A., Wilen, J. S., Danko, C. M., Van Scoyoc, A., & Banman, A. (2015). Evidence-Based Programs in "Real World" Settings: Finding the Best Fit. In D. Daro, A. Cohn Donnelly, L. A. Huang & B. J. Powell (Eds.), Advances in Child Abuse Prevention Knowledge: The Perspective of New Leadership. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. 

Bosk, Emily Adlin. 2013.  Between Badness and Sickness: Reconsidering Medicalization for High-Risk Children and Youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(8), 1212-1218.   

Awarded the Henry J. Meyer Award for Outstanding Paper in Social Work and Social Science. 


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