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Aging

Colleen Galambos

  • Aging in place
  • Healthy aging
  • Intergenerational family work
  • Gerontechnology
  • Long-term care
  • Care transitions
  • Cognitive and functional issues
  • Training and education
  • Development of educational competencies
  • Abuse in later life
  • Family care giving

Yura Lee

  • Risk factors for dementia
  • Cognitive decline
  • Life transitions
  • Dementia caregivers
  • Assistive technology for dementia care

Jerry Rousseau*

  • Aging mindfully
  • Caring for older family members
  • Self-care for the caregiver
  • Getting to know who you are becoming as you grow older

*Emeritus Faculty

Child Welfare

Linda Britz

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Traumatic grief and loss
  • Resilience

Colleen Janczewski

  • Child welfare practice and policy
  • Differential response
  • Agency decision making
  • Family engagement

Thomasina Jenkins

  • Child Protective Services
  • Foster care case management
  • employee self-care

Livy Malle

  • Child welfare policy and practice
  • Child maltreatment
  • Family preservation
  • Foster care
  • Adoption
  • Placement stability
  • Childhood trauma

Steven McMurtry*

  • Child Protective Services
  • Foster care

Joshua Mersky

  • Adversity and trauma
  • Resilience
  • Child and family well-being

David J. Pate Jr.

  • Father involvement
  • Non-custodial parents

Dion Racks

  • Child welfare practice and policy
  • Children and families’ issues with trauma
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Supervision in child welfare
  • Case management in child welfare

Susan Rose*

  • Child neglect
  • Cross-cultural perspectives
  • Child welfare policy and practice

Dimitri Topitzes

  • Consequences and prevention of child maltreatment

Quinn Wilder

  • Foster/adoptive parent training
  • Out-of-home youth worker
  • Competency development

*Emeritus Faculty

Community Practice

Colleen Galambos

  • Neighborhood responsiveness to aging-in-place
  • Disability accommodation (ADA Standards for Accessible Design)
  • Integrated approach to advance care planning

Thomasina Jenkins

  • Community education and outreach services
  • Mental health private practice

Rebecca Headley Konkel

  • Neighborhood characteristics and local non-economic institutions on crime outcomes

Katie Mangan*

  • Multi-systems
  • Family therapy
  • Home-based outreach

Susan Rose*

  • Local political organizing

Devin Thomas

  • Sexual assault and domestic violence services
  • Aging out of foster care

Jeanne Wagner

  • Foster care
  • Family preservation
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Adoption
  • Case management
  • Safety in the field

Trina Salm Ward

  • Community-engaged research

*Emeritus Faculty

Conflict Resolution and Social Work Practice

Roberta Hanus*

  • Process-oriented leadership and conflict resolution

Jane Hereth

  • Restorative and transformative justice

Jerry Rousseau*

  • Learning the skills of successful conflict engagement
  • Appreciating those who disturb us as necessary allies

*Emeritus Faculty

Corrections

Jane Hereth

  • LGBTQ+ youth & young adults involved in the criminal legal system

Rebecca Headley Konkel

  • Parole
  • Prisoner re-entry

Thomas LeBel

  • Intervention strategies with correctional clients
  • Parole
  • Prisoner reintegration
  • Rehabilitation
  • Women in jail
  • Alternatives to incarceration

David J. Pate Jr.

  • Child support
  • Welfare and males

Susan Rose*

  • Women in jail
  • Addiction and child welfare needs

Alyssa Sheeran

  • Individual and neighborhood-level influences of recidivism

Stan Stojkovic

  • Prisons and jails
  • Prison administration
  • Prisoner re-entry

*Emeritus Faculty

Crime

Steven G. Brandl*

  • Crime patterns and analysis
  • Criminal investigation

Ruben Burgos

  • Criminal investigation
  • Criminal intelligence and analysis

Danielle Romain Dagenhardt

  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Human trafficking
  • Gender and crime

Tina Freiburger

  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Race/ethnicity and crime
  • Criminological theory

Kimberly D. Hassell

  • Race and crime

Thomas LeBel

  • Crime in the mass media
  • Desistance
  • Recidivism

Ted Lentz

  • Gun violence
  • Geographic criminology
  • Theories of crime
  • Decision-making
  • Social networks

Alyssa Sheeran

  • Criminological theory

Stan Stojkovic

  • Philosophy of criminal justice
  • Corrections

*Emeritus Faculty

Criminal Justice Policy and Administration

Steven G. Brandl*

  • Issues in police management

Ruben Burgos

  • Police management

Kimberly D. Hassell

  • Police management
  • Administration of justice

Thomas LeBel

  • Correctional administration and programming
  • Prisoner reintegration

Stan Stojkovic

  • Criminal justice administration

Amy Watson

  • Over-representation of people with mental illness in the criminal legal system

*Emeritus Faculty

Criminal Justice Process

Ruben Burgos

  • Crime and law enforcement

Tina Freiburger

  • Judicial processing

Kimberly D. Hassell

  • Criminal justice processing

Thomas LeBel

  • Corrections process

Stan Stojkovic

  • Corrections process
  • Criminal justice processing
Cultural Diversity Issues

Ai Bo

  • Racial and ethnic disparities in adolescent substance abuse
  • Racial and ethnic discrimination
  • Ethnic and racial socialization

Ruben Burgos

  • Cultural sensitivity training in law enforcement

Tina Freiburger

  • Race/ethnicity in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems

Colleen Galambos

  • Older adults
  • Access to health care and mental health care

Kimberly D. Hassell

  • Race/ethnicity and the criminal justice system

Thomasina Jenkins

  • Culturally responsive social work practice

Melinda S. Kavanaugh

  • Latino families and care giving

Thomas LeBel

  • Formerly incarcerated persons’ simultaneous stigmas

Yura Lee

  • Race/ethnicity in dementia care; older immigrants

Ted Lentz

  • Disparities in the criminal justice system

Gwat-Yong Lie*

  • Diversity and its implications for social work education
  • Social work with Asian Americans

Katie Mangan*

  • Multi-systems family therapy in an urban setting

Deborah Padgett*

  • Diversity and organizations

Patricia Parker

  • Cultural humility
  • Cultural intelligence (CQ)
  • Culturally competent social work practice
  • Cultural inclusiveness in organizational culture
  • Generational diversity

David J. Pate Jr.

  • Black families

Devin Thomas

  • Celebrating LGBTQ identities in social services settings

*Emeritus Faculty

Death and Dying

Linda Britz

  • Developmental and lifespan processes related to death, dying and grief

Colleen Galambos

  • End-of-life decision making

Roberta Hanus*

  • The intersection of spirituality and social work

Katie Mangan*

  • Death in family systems

*Emeritus Faculty

Disabilities

Colleen Galambos

  • Policy issues
  • Cognitive functioning
  • Functional impairments

Melinda S. Kavanaugh

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Movement disorders

Jenny Taylor-McBride

  • Early intervention programming
Economic and Social Policy Issues

Colleen Galambos

  • Healthcare policy access
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Retirement policies including Social Security
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Americans with Disabilities Act

Colleen Janczewski

  • Federal and state policy development
  • Organizational theory
  • Social workers as change agents
  • Vulnerable families inside public systems

Thomas LeBel

  • Civil disabilities of formerly incarcerated persons
  • Prisoner reintegration

Steven McMurtry*

  • Human service organizations and non-profit agencies

Laura Otto-Salaj*

  • Working with human service organizations and non-profit agencies
  • Organizational theory
  • Social power

Deborah Padgett*

  • Management and organization theory

David J. Pate Jr.

  • Social welfare policy
  • Non-custodial fathers

Amy Watson

  • Mental health policy

*Emeritus Faculty

Health and Medical

Lisa Berger

  • Alcohol interventions in general medical settings
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Ai Bo

  • Social determinants of health and health disparities
  • Behavioral decision-making for health behaviors

Steven G. Brandl*

  • Health and safety issues in policing

Colleen Galambos

  • Healthcare service access and delivery
  • Long-term care
  • Care transitions
  • Palliative careRoberta Hanus*
  • Chronic symptoms and community processes

Jane Hereth

  • HIV prevention and harm reduction

Thomasina Jenkins

  • Medical social work
  • Integrated care
  • SBIRT

Melinda S. Kavanaugh

  • Health and social work
  • Child caregivers
  • Chronic illness and families

Yura Lee

  • Multiple chronic conditions
  • Mild cognitive impairment and dementia
  • Cognitive functionKatie Mangan*
  • Medical social work
  • Chronic and acute management in families

Joshua Mersky

  • Population health
  • Home visiting

Laura Otto-Salaj*

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Alcohol and drug addiction

Jerry Rousseau*

  • Exploring the psychological aspects of physical symptoms

Julie Schuppie

  • Social and economic determinants of racial disparities in health

Dimitri Topitzes

  • Health disparities
  • Educational predictors of adult health

Trina Salm Ward

  • Maternal and infant health
  • Public health and social work

*Emeritus Faculty

Homelessness

Gwat-Yong Lie*

  • Chronicity
  • Treatment of co-occurring disorders
  • SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR)
  • Targeted Case Management (TCM)
  • Supportive permanent housing
  • Housing First

Devin Thomas

  • Supportive permanent housing
  • Harm reduction housing first models

*Emeritus Faculty

International Social Development

Colleen Galambos

  • Gerontechnology

Melinda S. Kavanaugh

  • South Africa health care and neurological disorders

Susan Rose*

  • Social policy and practice in Austria
  • Social policy and practice in Cuba

*Emeritus Faculty

Juvenile Justice

Tina Freiburger

  • Processing juveniles in the system
  • Juvenile justice interventions

Jane Hereth

  • LGBTQ+ youth and young adults and policing
Law Enforcement

Steven G. Brandl*

  • Police decision making and behavior
  • Police policy Criminal investigation
  • Police management

Ruben Burgos

  • Criminal investigation
  • Police management
  • Gang crimes intel

Kimberly D. Hassell

  • Police decision making and behavior
  • Police policy
  • Police management Data-driven policing
  • Women and policing

Ted Lentz

  • Crime mapping and spatial analysis
  • Social network analysis
  • Data-driven policing
  • Gun violence reduction

Amy Watson

  • Police response to people experiencing mental health crisis

*Emeritus Faculty

LGBTQ+

Colleen Galambos

  • LGBTQ+ issues and older adults

Jane Hereth

  • Social and structural exclusion among LGBTQ+ youth and young adults
  • Victimization among LGBTQ+ individuals
  • LGBTQ+ youth and young adults involved in the criminal legal system
  • Queer theory and social work practice

Devin Thomas

  • LGBTQ+ anti-violence work
  • Sexual violence and intimate partner violence in LGBTQ+ identities
  • Helping clients explore coming out process
  • Exploring gender and sexuality
  • Healthy relationships and sexuality
Marriage and Family

Colleen Galambos

  • Intergenerational treatment involving older adults and families

Roberta Hanus*

  • Individual and couples/group process work

Gwat-Yong Lie*

  • Coping skills and survival strategies of battered partners and rape survivors

Katie Mangan*

  • Individual, marriage and family therapy

Deborah Padgett*

  • Working with groups
  • Managing health organizations

Trina Salm Ward

  • Family adjustments to caring for a newborn

*Emeritus Faculty

Mental Health/Mental Illness

Colleen Galambos

  • Mental health in older adult populations

Thomasina Jenkins

  • Direct practice skills
  • Screening and assessment tools
  • Stigma
  • African/Black psychology
  • Mental health and theology

Melinda S. Kavanaugh

  • Family caregiving across the life span
  • Impact of illness on family

Gwat-Yong Lie*

  • Family preservation and the home-building model
  • Family violence and its impact on children

Yura Lee

  • Mental health in dementia caregivers and older immigrants

Laura Otto-Salaj*

  • Health intervention models
  • Health behaviors
  • Dual diagnosis

Patricia Parker

  • Family-centered practice
  • Strength-based practice with families and community development
  • Strength-based interventions
  • Empowerment and family development practice
  • Solution-focused interviewing

David J. Pate Jr.

  • Fatherhood and domestic violence

Dion Racks

Working with families affected by mental illness in child welfare
Understanding the effects of mental health within family systems

Susan Rose*

Mental health practice issues
Managed behavioral health care
Incarcerated mothers and pregnant women
Training for adoption competent practice

Jerry Rousseau*

  • Holiday stress reduction
  • Practicing self-acceptance
  • Individual, couple, and group psychotherapy
  • Learning to live compassionately with a family member with mental illness
  • Getting to know the shadow side of who we are

Jenny Taylor-McBride

  • Infant and early childhood mental health

Dimitri Topitzes

  • Family system interventions

Amy Watson

  • Mental health services research
  • Mental illness stigma

*Emeritus Faculty

Prevention and Intervention

Ai Bo

  • Adolescent development and substance use prevention
  • Culturally sensitive programs for youth of color
  • Parent-based prevention programs
  • Prevention science

Colleen Galambos

  • Early illness detection and intervention

Ted Lentz

  • Crime prevention

Joshua Mersky

  • Prevention science
  • Translational research

Jenny Taylor-McBride

  • Home visiting
  • Child care programming

Trina Salm Ward

  • Preventing infant deaths
  • Interventions to reduce risks in infant sleep environment

Quinn Wilder

  • After school/community
  • Youth program quality
Racial Equity and Inclusion

David J. Pate Jr.

  • Black families
  • Social determinacies of health and economic security
Research Methods and Data Analysis

Lisa Berger

  • Ethics in intervention research

Ai Bo

  • Systemic review and meta-analysis
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Elicitation study
  • Mixed methods research
  • Survey methodology
  • Program evaluation

Mike Brondino*

  • Multivariate analysis
  • Research design
  • Questionnaire readability

Danielle Romain Dagenhardt

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Mixed methods
  • Program evaluation

Colleen Galambos

  • Intervention research
  • Health systems research
  • Quality improvement research
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods

Jane Hereth

  • Latent class analysis
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Mixed methods research

Colleen Janczewski

  • Applied evaluation study design
  • Mixed methods
  • Survey design and implementation
  • Secondary analysis of administrative data
  • Multivariate analyses and advanced statistical modeling

Rebecca Headley Konkel

  • Geospatial analysis of neighborhood effects on crime outcomes

Yura Lee

  • Secondary analysis
  • Path analysis
  • Longitudinal analysis
  • Quantitative methods

Ted Lentz

  • Spatial analysis/mapping: advanced statistical modeling
  • Simulation modeling
  • Social network analysis

Joshua Mersky

  • Program evaluation
  • Longitudinal research
  • Screening and assessment
  • Randomized trials in community settings

Steven McMurtry*

  • Brief standardized scales
  • Surveys Cohort studies

Laura Otto-Salaj*

  • Quantitative and qualitative study design
  • Program evaluation
  • Randomized clinical trials
  • Ethics in human subjects research

David J. Pate Jr.

  • Qualitative research methods/focus groups

Susan Rose*

  • Use of rapid assessment instruments in clinical practice

Alyssa Sheeran

  • General methods of social welfare research

Trina Salm Ward

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Program evaluation
  • Surveys

Amy Watson

  • Quantitative & qualitative study design
  • Community engaged research
  • Survey design
  • Randomized trials in community settings

*Emeritus Faculty

Social Work Ethics and Boundaries

Deborah Padgett*

  • Workers and human service professionals
  • Advanced ethics and boundaries for social workers

Jeanne Wagner

  • Advanced ethics and boundaries workshop
  • Ethics and boundaries in a world of technology
  • In-home services
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Social work ethics in supervision
  • Administration and macro practice

*Emeritus Faculty

Substance Abuse

Lisa Berger

  • Treatment of alcohol use disorders – brief interventions
  • and motivational interviewing Screening and assessment

Ai Bo

  • Adolescent alcohol use decision making
  • Race, ethnic, and gender disparities in alcohol use
  • Structural and behavioral determinants of youth alcohol use
  • Substance use prevention

Thomas LeBel

  • Treatment issues for prisoners
  • Recovery processes in addictions Drug courts

Laura Otto-Salaj*

  • Co-occurring addictions
  • Women’s treatment issues and risk factors
  • Dual diagnosis

Alyssa Sheeran

  • Adult drug treatment courts

Dion Racks

  • Substance abuse and its impact on families in child welfare
  • Substance abuse and trauma

Susan Rose*

  • Screening and assessment

Jeanne Wagner

  • Working with substance affected families in child welfare

*Emeritus Faculty

Supervision

Thomasina Jenkins

  • Clinical supervision of mental health and substance abuse providers

Deborah Padgett*

  • Leadership
  • Management

Jeanne Wagner

  • Effective leadership in human service organizations

Quinn Wilder

  • After school/community, youth program supervision skills & strategies

*Emeritus Faculty

Technology in Social Welfare Education

Thomasina Jenkins

  • Telemental health

Jeanne Wagner

  • Using technology in social welfare education
Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care

Lisa Berger

  • Integrated substances use disorder and trauma treatment for women

Linda Britz

  • Interpersonal violence and trauma

Crystal Carter

  • Health disparities in under-served communities
  • Trauma/community trauma
  • Women’s issues
  • African Americans and mental health

Colleen Galambos

  • Older adult population

Jane Hereth

  • Improving supportive and legal services for LGBTQ+ survivors of victimization

Thomasina Jenkins

  • Organizational trauma-informed and trauma responsive services
  • Vicarious trauma
  • Trauma counseling techniques
  • PTSD screening, assessment, and treatment

Joshua Mersky

  • Trauma theory and research
  • Trauma responsive practices

Devin Thomas

  • LGBTQ individuals impacted by trauma

Dimitri Topitzes

  • Basic and applied research into early trauma exposure
  • Teaching and training in trauma-based interventions and practice principles
  • Trauma resolution
Welfare Reform

David J. Pate Jr.

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Child support
  • Fathers