Social Work PhD Students

Nicole Janich
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  • Organizational development and change in behavioral health and criminal justice settings
  • Elements of successful program implementation
  • Integrated care effectiveness in behavioral health settings
  • Service coordination between behavioral health, criminal justice, and medical settings
Andrea Kappas
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  • Intimate partner violence 
  • Integrative health 
  • Mindfulness 
  • Health disparities 
  • Evidence-based practice
Cara Kelly
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  • Child maltreatment prevention and intervention
  • Child protective service risk and safety assessments
  • Predictive analytics in child welfare practice
  • Trauma informed care
  • Outcome measurements for children and family services
  • Quantitative methodology
Elizabeth Kiehne
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  • Intergroup relations
  • Impact of socio-political environment on immigrants
  • Attitudes toward immigrants
  • Unauthorized Latino immigration
  • Positive intergroup contact
  • White racial identity
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