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Katelyn Blair

Research Interests: Resilience, with an emphasis on at-risk youth; Parent-Child Interaction Therapy; implications of the risk and resilience factors associated with child maltreatment; translational research and the research-practitioner model of social work; child well-being; mixed-methods research; community-based research; trauma-informed care; mental health crisis intervention.

Bio: Katelyn received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Psychology, with an emphasis in Leadership, from Central Michigan University in 2013. She was a 2012 McNair Scholar at Central Michigan University. Katelyn will earn her MSW in December, 2014 as part of the Joint MSW/PhD program. Her specialization in the PhD program is Child Welfare. She serves as a representative on the UWM Institutional Review Board. Katelyn is a 2014 recipient of the Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship.

E-Mail: khblair@uwm.edu


Elise Collet

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.

E-Mail: epcollet@uwm.edu


Andrea Gromoske

Dissertation: A developmental systems approach to exploring the plasticity and diversity of teen childbearers’ parenting behaviors (funded by the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood).

Research Interests: Etiology and consequences of child maltreatment and harsh parenting behaviors; discipline/parenting strategies of adult and teen parents; longitudinal data analysis; maternal and child health.

Bio: Andrea graduated from the social work doctoral program in December 2013. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently the epidemiologist and evaluator for the Family Health Section in the Division of Public Health at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services where she works on issues surrounding maternal, child, and family health, injury and violence prevention, newborn screening, and children and youth with special health care needs.

E-Mail: Angromoske@gmail.com


Jennifer Hernandez-Meier

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.

E-Mail: hernan23@uwm.edu
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Colleen Janczewski

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.

E-Mail: janczew2@uwm.edu
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Rebekah Johnson

Research Interests: Impact of globalizing Western mental health paradigms on social capital; ethics of involuntary mental health law; medicalization of social work practice.

Bio: Rebekah received bachelor's degrees in Social Work and French from Luther College in 2004. She interned at a residential children's home in South Africa, followed by service with the Peace Corps in Senegal. Beginning in 2008, Rebekah worked in various capacities of refugee resettlement in Wisconsin and the Washington D.C. area. Her experiences with refugee communities and abroad have motivated a critical inquiry into macro systems that impact her own community.

E-Mail: john2935@uwm.edu


Patricia Lee King

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.

E-Mail: pleeking77@gmail.com
Curriculum Vitae


Daria Mueller

Research Interests: prostitution, sex trafficking, violence against women, and their intersections with poverty/classism, sexism, racism, and criminal justice contact. Specifically, she is interested in evaluating policies and strategies related to the sex trade to determine what may best prevent entry and/or facilitate exit from the sex trade.

Bio: Daria worked in the field of public policy with Chicago-based non-profits for 10 years, focusing on policy solutions to address violence against women, poverty and homelessness, criminal justice reform, and particularly prostitution and sex trafficking. Her experience includes spearheading efforts to establish the WINGS Project, a treatment court for women with prostitution offenses in Chicago, and leading legislative advocacy for the End Demand Illinois campaign, which has transformed prostitution and human trafficking laws in Illinois. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work. Daria received her MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BA/BSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

E-Mail: muell479@uwm.edu


Nicole Robinson

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.

Email: nnr@uwm.edu
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Laura Voith

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 her BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Later, she completed her MSW as part of a joint MSW-PhD degree in UWM’s School of Social Welfare. She has experience in counseling adolescents who have experienced abuse and coordinating community-based sexual assault services and a network of community-based advocates. Additionally, Laura has experience in research administration, serving as a grant development assistant beginning in 2013. Since 2011, she has assisted with and led quantitative and qualitative research studies with partners locally, at the state level, nationally, and internationally.

E-Mail: lavoith@uwm.edu
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Lixia Zhang

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.

E-Mail: lixia@uwm.edu