Social Work PhD Students

Husain Lateef
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  • Culturally grounded social work practice with African American children and families
  • Prevention of risk behaviors among African American adolescents
  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of African-centered youth interventions
  • Social work practice and post-conviction law
  • Culturally grounded social work practice with Muslim children and families
Charlene Poola
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  • Evidence-based practice process
  • American Indian behavioral health systems
  • School mental health 
  • Clinical supervision
Melanie Reyes
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  • Online social work education
  • Global social work
  • Immigration policy
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Child welfare
Kara Thieleman
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  • Traumatic loss 
  • Grief
  • Death/dying
  • Mindfulness-based approaches: clinicians and ntervention for clients
DeShay Thomas
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  • Behavioral health disparities, particularly in ethnic, gender and sexual minority communities
  • Social-cultural ideologies and help-seeking processes
  • Multicultural feminist perspectives in health disparities research
Cindy Vang
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  • Gerontology
  • Aging in place
  • Health disparities
  • Refugees
  • Southeast Asians
Allison Ward-Lasher
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  • Intimate partner violence 
  • Victim advocacy
  • Criminal justice response to intimate partner violence
  • Social work collaboration with the criminal justice system 
  • Social work intervention for intimate partner violence
  • Intimate partner homicide
  • Violence prevention