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Research Interests: Comparing the use of spirituality and alternative coping mechanisms among diverse socio-economic stratums of the chronically ill and aging populations and their caregivers.
Bio: Elise received a bachelor's degree in History from UW Madison in 1998. She worked at a youth treatment center for 3 years, and in 2004 received a master's in social work with an emphasis on physical/mental health from UW Milwaukee. She has served as a social worker for the at-risk, mentally ill, medically frail, and geriatric populations for the past 7 years.
Dissertation: Parenting behaviors of teen and adult childbearers: Differences, change trajectories, and predictive factors
Research interests: Etiology and consequences of child maltreatment and harsh parenting behaviors; discipline/parenting strategies of adult and teen parents; exploration of ways to bridge the gap between research and social work practice; implementation and translation of evidence-based practices and programs.
Bio: Andrea received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis on children and families from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Recently, she was awarded a doctoral dissertation fellowship from the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood to conduct her dissertation research, which has implications for child maltreatment prevention.
Dissertation: Concurrent Polysubstance Use in College Students: Predictors and a Brief Social Norms Intervention to Abate Use.
Research interests: Epidemiology and prevention of alcohol and substance use, as well as concurrent and simultaneous polysubstance use on behalf of young adults and college students; personalized normative feedback interventions; development of brief in-person and Web-based interventions for substance use; measurement of at-risk drinking.
Bio: Jennifer received her BS in Psychology and a Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with specializations in double methods (macro and clinical) and behavioral/physical health.
Research interests: Organizational context and its effect on service delivery in child welfare agencies; measuring organizational outcomes and system change; family and community engagement in promoting agency change; racial disproportionality and decision-making within agencies.
Bio: Colleen has an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and BS in Sociology from Virginia Tech. She has worked in the field of child welfare program evaluation and technical assistance for ten years. She has managed system improvement initiatives for a private foundation, served on the evaluation team of several national, federally-funded demonstration initiatives, and helped design data collection criteria for federal child welfare regulations.
Dissertation: Understanding and Effectively Screening for Perinatal Depression across Diverse Women with Low Socioeconomic Status (presented at the 24th National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social Work at Ohio State University in April 2012).
Research interests: racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health outcomes; maternal and child health and well-being; maternal and perinatal depression; measurement; health policy for at-risk populations.
Bio: Patricia (Patti) graduated from the social work doctoral program in December 2011. She received a BA in Mathematics from Northwestern University and a MA in Social Service Administration with a Certificate in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Chicago. Prior to beginning the program, Patti had 10 years combined
professional and research experience in social work and public health policy and practice, in the areas of maternal and child health, mental health, Medicare and Medicaid, public housing and homelessness, and education.
Research interests: Social justice, community-level and place-based interventions, effects of criminal justice policies on communities of color, community engagement and organizing, program evaluation, and multiculturalism in nonprofit management.
Bio: Nicole Robinson received a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2005). Nicole has over 10 years professional experience working in the nonprofit sector, mainly as a program evaluator and nonprofit technical assistance provider. Past experience includes national evaluations of advocacy and social policy initiatives, evaluation capacity building, and evaluation of foundation grantmaking activities.
Research interests: Development of anti-violence and healthy relationship programs; Etiology and risk/resilience factors of child sexual assault/abuse; public health policy development; community based collaboration for practical implementation of evidence based interventions; racial, ethnic, and gender disparities of service delivery for Intimate Partner Violence.
Bio: Laura received a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. Since then, she has been working as a research assistant at UWM - recruiting and interviewing study participants, coding data, and establishing relationships with the community. Beginning in 2011, as part of her Joint MSW/PhD program, she has worked with the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Office of Violence Prevention to develop better system response to sexual assault in Milwaukee through the use of community based advocates.
Research interests: Child welfare services; Child welfare policy; Child neglect; Child abuse; Welfare and acculturation of immigrant children; Mental health and education of immigrant children.
Bio: Lixia received her bachelor's degree in English Literature and Education from Huaibei Normal University in 2006. She earned her Master’s degree in Theoretical Linguistics from East China Normal University in 2010. She has also worked with a non-profit organization in Shanghai conducting research on migrant workers and migrant children in China.