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Joint PhD in Social Work and Social Science Graduates

The Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science is an interdepartmental program in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan. It awards a joint PhD degree in social work and one of four social science disciplines: anthropology, political science, psychology or sociology. It accepted the first students in 1957 and was the first program of its kind in the country. The Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science at the University of Michigan is broadly acknowledged as one of the finest interdisciplinary programs in the world.

Peter Felsman

PhD Social Work and Psychology

"Improvisational Theater for Psychological Health"

Dissertation Committee: Joseph E. Himle, Colleen Siefert (co-chairs), Richard M. Tolman, Ethan F. Kross

Janelle Goodwill

PhD Social Work and Psychology

"A multi-method analysis of stigma, social support, and suicide ideation among Black college students"

Dissertation Committee: Daphne Watkins, Jacqueline Mattis (co-chairs), Robert J. Taylor, Myles Durkee

Ashley Hajski

PhD Social Work and Psychology

"Young Families in the Community: An Exploratory Analysis of Child Welfare Contact Among Young Mothers and their Children"

Dissertation Committee: Barry N. Checkoway, Lorraine Gutierrez (co-chairs), Joseph P. Ryan, L. Monique M. Ward

Patrick Meehan

PhD Social Work and Political Science

"Making Change Where it Counts: Social Work and Elected Office"

Dissertation Committee: Barry N. Checkoway, Ann C. Lin (co-chairs), Katie E. Richards-Schuster, Vincent L. Hutchings, Nancy Burns

Paige Safyer

PhD Social Work and Psychology

"M(other) Nurture: Exploring the Influence of Maternal Care on the Development of Infant Emotion Processing, Regulation, and the Emotional Brain"

Dissertation Committee: Richard M. Tolman, Brenda L. Volling (co-chairs), Julie M. Ribaudo, Katherine L. Rosenblum, Ioulia Kovelman

Heather Tidrick

PhD Social Work and Anthropology

"Roma Integration and Institutional Practices with Roma/Gypsies in Postsocialist Hungary"

Dissertation Committee: Sandra K. Danziger, Alaina Lemon (co-chairs), Laura Lein, Gayle S. Rubin

Lauren Tighe

PhD Social Work and Psychology

"The Income Trajectories of College-Educated Families Living In or Near Poverty: Assessing Predictors and Outcomes in Two National Datasets"

Dissertation Committee: Larry M. Gant, Pamela Davis-Kean (co-chairs), Andrew C. Grogan-Kaylor, Toni C. Antonucci

Jennifer Tucker

PhD Social Work and Anthropology

"In the Time of Mangos, Motorcycles, and Improvised Medicine: Aging with Displacement during the Post-Chavez Venezuelan Crisis"

Dissertation Committee: Ruth E. Dunkle, Scott D. Stonington (co-chairs), Letha A. Chadiha, Gayle S. Rubin, Bruce Mannheim

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