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Social and Health Disparities

Faculty Research Interests
 Megan Berthold S. Megan Berthold, PhD
Associate Professor
Torture; Health and Mental Health Outcomes in Cambodian Refugees; Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Immigrants; Human Rights and Social Work; International Social Work; Health Disparities; mHealth
 Edna Comer Edna W. Comer, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Intervention-Research with Chronically Ill Populations (i.e., Sickle Cell Disease and Multiple Sclerosis); Interprofessional Education and Practice; Social Group Work
 Antonia Cordero Antonia Cordero, DSW
Associate Professor
Cultural Competence in Latino/a Studies and Practice; Child Welfare; Mental Health; Substance Abuse; Domestic Violence; Anti-violence Education; Leadership Development; Scholarship of Teaching
 Michael Fendrich, PhD Michael Fendrich, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Epidemiology of Substance Use in the Community; Measurement of “Sensitive Behavior”; Understanding the Links Between Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behavior Among MSM; Design and Evaluation of Interventions for Substance Use and Related Risk Behaviors
 Linda K. Frisman, PhD Linda K. Frisman, PhD (DMHAS)
Research Professor
Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice; Homelessness and Housing; Psychological Trauma; Gun Laws
 Dr. Ann-Marie Garran Ann Marie Garran, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Associate Professor
Culturally Responsive Social Work Practice; Mental Health Concerns of Urban, At-Risk Adolescents; Social Work Field Supervision; Developing & Enhancing Inclusive Approaches to Social Work Pedagogy; Anti-Oppression Work, Particularly Anti-Racism
 Scott Harding, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Assoicate Professor Scott Harding, PhD
Co-Director, PhD Program
Associate Professor
Community Organizing; War, Militarism, and Peace Activism; Political Social Work
 Nina Heller Nina Rovinelli Heller, PhD
Clinical Social Work; Social Work Practice & Theory; Suicide; Teaching & Social Work; Psychosocial Aspects of Mental Illness
 Brenda Kurz Brenda J. Kurz, PhD
Associate Professor
Behavioral & Mental Health related to Maternal Child Health; Disparities in Mental Health Care Utilization; Public Health; Social Work Education and Evaluation
 Dr. Kathryn Libal Kathryn R. Libal, PhD
Associate Professor
Human Rights and Social Work; International Social Work; Social Welfare and the State; Women and Children’s Rights Movement; Middle East and Central Asia; Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Migrant Workers
 Hsiu-Ju Lin, PhD Hsiu-Ju Lin, PhD
Associate Research Professor
DMHAS EQMI Unit Senior Staff
Research Method and Statistics Modeling Related to Longitudinal Studies; Multilevel Modeling/Hierarchal Linear Models; Structural Equal Modeling; Mental Health and Addiction Problems; Health Psychology; Culture Differences in Preventive Health Behaviors
 Barris Malcolm Barris Malcom, PhD
Associate Professor
Substance Abuse; Homelessness; AIDS; Immigration; International Issues
 Catherine Medina Catherine Medina, PhD
Associate Professor
Predictors of HIV Testing for Low-Income Women of Color; Health/Mental Health Intervention Research; Integration of Mental Health Practices in After School Programs; Aging; Assessing Clinical Competencies in Field Education; Enhancing Cultural Competencies in Mental Health Policy/Practice
 No Photo Available Kate Parr, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
DMHAS Research Unit Senior Staff
Economic Evaluation; Economics of Behavioral Health; Obesity and Health Behaviors; Costs of Homelessness; Child Welfare; Two Generation Family Poverty Alleviation Strategies
 Louise Simmons Louise Simmons, PhD
Urban Politics and Policy; Community Organization; Urban Issues; Welfare Policy; Economic Rights and Labor; The Impact of Welfare Policy Changes; Labor and Social Work; Community-Labor Partnerships
 Ellen Smith, PhD Ellen Smith, PhD
Associate Extension Professor
HIV/AIDS; Mental Health and Psychosocial Issues Related to Women’s Health; Postpartum Mental Health; Trauma; Feminist Theory; Integration of Theory and Practice
 Rebecca L. Thomas, PhD Rebecca L. Thomas, PhD
Associate Professor
Program Evaluation/Employment and Training Programs; International Social Work; Microcredit/Microfinance; Community Capacity Building
 Wendy Ulaszek, PhD Wendy Ulaszek, PhD
Associate Research Professor
DMHAS Research Unit Senior Staff
Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices; Assessment of Readiness to Change; Facilitation of Sustainable Organizational Change; Behavioral Health and Addictions Treatment; Evaluation of Mental Health and Addictions Programs; Correctional Population
 Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD
Associate Professor
Effects of Racism and Discrimination on Access to Health/Mental Health Care; Cultural Competence/Systems of Service Delivery; Cross-racial Dialogue
 Cristina Wilson Cristina Wilson, PhD
Associate Professor
Latino Families and Parenting in at Risk Environments; Substance Use for Latino Youths and Adults; Intervention and Prevention Programs for Substance Use; Teen Pregnancy Prevention; Fathers in the Latino Community; Family Mechanisms and Factors That Play a Role in at Risk Behaviors; Children, Youth, and Adults with Disabilities