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  1. Letha A. Chadiha

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    Professor; Co-director, Community Liaison Core in the Michigan Center on Urban African American Aging Research Letha Chadiha specializes in caregiving by African American women to older African Americans. Chadiha’s recent works on caregiving investigate primary caregivers' help for emotional problems...

  2. Linda M. Chatters

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    Linda M. Chatters is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health and professor in the School of Social Work. She is a faculty associate with the Program for Research on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research and the Center for Research...

  3. Barry N. Checkoway

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    Professor Barry Checkoway is an internationally-recognized scholar and practitioner on youth empowerment, neighborhood development, and community change. His projects and publications draw on work with grassroots groups, community agencies, and government programs in the South Bronx, Detroit, Mississippi...

  4. David Córdova

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    Professor Córdova received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and graduated a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellow. After completing his National Institutes of Health-funded postdoctoral training at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Professor...

  5. Sandra K. Danziger

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    Sandra Danziger is professor of social work and research professor of public policy. Her primary research interests are the effects of public programs and policies on the well-being of disadvantaged families, poverty policy and social service programs, demographic trends in child and family well-being...

  6. Jorge  Delva

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    Jorge Delva, a native of Chile, conducts research focusing on addressing and reducing health disparities and helping improve the lives of low-income and racial and ethnic minority populations. His research began in Honolulu two decades ago where he worked on SAMHSA-funded projects aimed at improving...

  7. Ruth E. Dunkle

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    Professor Ruth Dunkle's research, teaching, and clinical practice focus on gerontology. Recent research projects include "Mothers of Adult Daughters with a Serious Mental Illness: The Experience of African Americans and Whites" and "An Historical Perspective of Social Service Delivery in Detroit in the...

  8. Larry M. Gant

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    Larry Gant's research focuses on neighborhood based responses to health disparities and social economic challenges in post-industrial cities in the United States and urban metropolitan areas in Europe, sub-Saharan African and China. Another strand of research includes the use of visual and performance...

  9. Karla  Goldman

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    Karla Goldman's research focuses on the history of the American Jewish experience with special attention to the history of American Jewish communities and the evolving roles and contributions of American Jewish women. She directs the University of Michigan Jewish Communal Leadership Program, a collaborative...

  10. Andrew C. Grogan-Kaylor

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    Andrew Grogan-Kaylor's current research focuses on the way in which parenting behaviors, like the use of physical punishment, or parental expressions of emotional warmth, have an effect on child outcomes like aggression, antisocial behavior, anxiety and depression, and how these dynamics play out across...

  11. Lorraine M. Gutiérrez

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    Professor Lorraine Gutiérrez has a joint appointment with the School of Social Work (SSW) and Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan and is a faculty associate in American Culture. She also is a member of the SSW Community Organization Learning Community. Her teaching and scholarship...

  12. Joseph A. Himle

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    Associate Professor Joseph Himle's research interests focus on mental health intervention research with adults and youth. Himle's current intervention projects include treatment development projects focused on bringing cognitive behavioral therapy to underserved populations. He is also involved in epidemiological...

  13. Leslie D. Hollingsworth

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    Associate Professor Leslie Hollingsworth's research interests focus on circumstances surrounding the lives of vulnerable children and families across the child welfare and mental health systems and their implications for social work practice and policy. Her adoption-related research examines perspectives...

  14. Berit  Ingersoll-Dayton

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    Professor Professor Berit Ingersoll-Dayton is the director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science. She is interested in social support and clinical research with respect to families in later life. Within the area of social support, she focuses on positive and negative aspects...

  15. Edith C. Kieffer

    Edith C. Kieffer »

    Edith (Edie) Kieffer, MPH, PhD, is Associate Professor in the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Her career has focused on understanding and addressing ethnic and geographic disparities in health. She has conducted extensive quantitative and qualitative research on the prevalence and correlates...

  16. Sherrie A. Kossoudji

    Sherrie A. Kossoudji »

    Sherrie A. Kossoudji is presently an associate professor in the School of Social Work and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Economics. Her principal research area is immigration. She has written numerous articles on the legal status of immigrant workers in the United States and the...

  17. Shawna J. Lee

    Shawna J. Lee »

    Dr. Shawna J. Lee is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Social Research, Research Center for Group Dynamics, where she is also a member of the Center for the Analysis of Pathways from Childhood to Adulthood (CAPCA). Dr. Lee completed a joint...

  18. Laura  Lein

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    Laura Lein is dean of the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Formerly professor of social work and anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), she was a respected researcher and teacher from 1985 to 2008. She has served as principal investigator on multiple grants on poverty, family...

  19. Lydia W. Li

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    Lydia Li’s research areas include social support in later life, stress and adaptation of family caregivers, dynamics of formal and informal care, health trajectories of home care elders, and late-life depression and suicide. She has a keen interest in cross-cultural research. Her most recent work involves...

  20. Reuben J. Miller

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    Reuben Jonathan Miller is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. He is broadly interested in criminal justice and social welfare policy, race and ethnic relations, and the urban poor. His research, writing, and community involvement have focused on the lives and livelihoods of former prisoners...

  21. Sandra L. Momper

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    Sandra Momper, assistant professor of social work, completed her PhD and MSW in social work at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Momper's research interests include gambling, substance abuse, PTSD, mental health, and health disparities among rural and urban American Indians. Her dissertation research...

  22. Emily  Nicklett

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    Emily Nicklett joined the UM SSW faculty after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her active research agenda concerns social and contextual determinants of health in later life. She specializes in strategies for successful chronic disease...

  23. Robert M. Ortega

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    Associate Professor Robert Ortega’s research interests are in the areas of relationship development, group work practice, treatment interventions and service utilization particularly in the areas of mental health and child welfare. Dr. Ortega has presented and written on these topics with a special...

  24. Desmond U. Patton

    Desmond U. Patton »

    Desmond Patton's research is broadly focused on urban African American male development and identity. He is specifically interested in the mechanisms and processes underlying how African American adolescent males respond to community violence exposure and its impact on developmental and life course outcomes...

  25. Janice C. Paul

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    Janie Paul, assistant professor and director of Community Connections at the School of Art and Design, is a painter, printmaker and community-based artist. Before moving to Ann Arbor in 1995, she lived and worked as an artist and teacher in New York City. She taught at Parsons School of Design, developed...

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