Research interests

David Androff
Associate Professor

  • Human rights
  • Global social work
  • Community practice

Elizabeth Anthony
Associate Professor and Associate Director for Doctoral Education

  • resilience among children and youth living in poverty
  • adolescent development
  • children, teens and families
  • prevention of mental health concerns and risk behaviors among culturally diverse adolescents
  • clinical social work

José Ashford
Director, Office of Forensic Social Work; Director, Offender Diversion & Sentencing Solutions & Professor

  • Forensic and correctional mental health
  • Criminal justice diversion and sentencing alternatives
  • Managing and treating violence risks
  • Community prosecution
  • Procedural justice
  • Death-penalty mitigation

David Becerra
Director, Office of Latino Projects & Southwest Collaborative on Immigration, Inequality and Poverty (SCIIP), Associate Professor and Associate Director for Academic Affairs
(602) 496-1194

  • Adverse effects of poverty among Latinos
  • Migration and immigration
  • Latino health
  • Latino education and academic achievement

Mary Ellen Brown
Assistant Professor

  • community transformation
  • vulnerable children and families
  • social determinants of health
  • social network analysis

Joanne Cacciatore
Associate Professor

  • Perinatal death
  • Child death
  • Mindfulness-based psychosocial caring
  • Trauma, mindfulness, meditation
  • Community and social support
  • Policy and advocacy


Katie Cotter Stalker
Assistant Professor
  • Risk and protective factors associated with youth development
  • Adolescent aggression, prevention and intervention
  • Culturally diverse adolescents

Kristin Ferguson-Colvin
(602) 496-0088

  • Homelessness and runaway youth
  • Commercial and sexual exploitation of children
  • Social enterprises
  • Competitive employment
  • University-agency research partnerships
  • Global social work

David R. Hodge

  • Spirituality
  • Religion
  • Culture

Lynn Holley
Associate Professor
(602) 496-0052

  • Critical multicultural social work practice with oppressed populations (communities of color and immigrants)
  • Multicultural feminist research


Kelly Jackson
Associate Professor

  • Multiracial and multiethnic identity development
  • Culturally sensitive social work research and practice

Tina Jiwatram-Negron
Assistant Professor
(602) 496-0800

Barbara Klimek
MSW Program Coordinator, Director, Office of Global Social Work & Clinical Associate Professor

  • Demand and supply of qualify manpower into the national economy
  • Refugees and immigrants
  • Global social work

Judy Krysik
Director, Center for Child Well Being & Associate Professor

  • Prevention programs for children and families
  • Design and delivery of social programs and services
  • Research and program evaluation
  • Role of social work in social policy

Craig Lecroy

  • Prevention of child abuse and neglect through home visitation
  • Primary prevention with adolescent girls, children's mental health
  • Program evaluation

Cynthia Lietz
Vice Dean & Professor

  • Strengths Based Social Work Practice with Families
  • Family Resilience
  • Strengths-Based Supervision

Kristina Lopez
Assistant Professor
  • Ecological and socio-cultural perspectives on developmental disabilities and early intervention
  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of culturally informed autism intervention
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in child and mother mental health
  • Latino children and families

Flavio Marsiglia
Regents' Professor and Director, Global Center for Applied Health Research

  • Health disparities
  • Drug abuse
  • HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Culturally grounded social work practice with emphasis on Latino cultures

Emilia Martinez-Brawley
Distinguished Community Service Scholar

  • Social service delivery in rural areas
  • Intercultural issues and different ways of understanding

Natasha Mendoza
Associate Professor and Director for the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy
  • Evidence-based treatment of substance use disorders
  • Mandated treatment
  • Behavioral health and Identity