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Welfare of Children & Families Faculty

  • Gina M. Ambrogio

    Gina M. Ambrogio

    LEO Lecturer I
  • Richard Barinbaum

    Richard Barinbaum

    LEO Lecturer II
  • Anthany J. Beasley

    Anthany J. Beasley

    LEO Lecturer I
  • Zaynab K. Boussi

    Zaynab K. Boussi

    Field Faculty and LEO Lecturer IV
  • Miriam A. Connolly

    Miriam A. Connolly

    Field Faculty and LEO Lecturer III
  • Fernanda L. Cross

    Fernanda L. Cross

    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Latinx mixed-status families, undocumented immigrants, ethnic-racial socialization, discrimination experiences, adolescent mental health and academic outcomes
  • Ashley E. Cureton

    Ashley E. Cureton

    Assistant Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Marsal Family School of Education
    Arts-based programs; Children & adolescents; Community-engaged research; Global social work & health; Immigration; Intervention research; Out-of-school time programs; Refugee policy & resettlement; Qualitative research methods; School-based Interventions; Urban education
  • Linda Edwards-Brown

    Linda Edwards-Brown

    LEO Lecturer I
  • James M. Ellis

    James M. Ellis

    Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Assistant Professor, Marsal Family School of Education
    K-20 education and career pathways of low income and racial minority students, education pipeline intervensions, racism and discrimination in secondary and postsecondary settings, program evaluation, and underrepresented students’ college preparation, access, and success
  • Terri T Gilbert

    Terri T Gilbert

    LEO Lecturer II
  • Todd I. Herrenkohl

    Todd I. Herrenkohl

    Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families
    Child maltreatment and the psychosocial and developmental underpinnings of health-risk behaviors in youth and adults; substance use, mental and physical health outcomes of adversity; and resilience.
  • Jamie Kynn

    Jax Kynn

    LEO Lecturer I
  • Shawna J. Lee

    Shawna J. Lee

    Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work
    Father's parenting risk behaviors, child maltreatment, community-based interventions
  • Erin B. Martinez-Gilliard

    Erin B. Martinez-Gilliard

    LEO Lecturer II
  • Robert M. Ortega

    Robert M. Ortega

    Associate Dean for Educational Programs and Associate Professor of Social Work
    Child welfare, juvenile justice, serious mental illness.
  • Stacy L. Peterson

    Stacy L. Peterson

    Field Faculty, LEO Lecturer IV, and Teaching Professor
    Community organization, children and youth, juvenile justice, child welfare, and school social work
  • Julie M. Ribaudo

    Julie M. Ribaudo

    Clinical Professor of Social Work
    Psychotherapy, community mental health, child welfare, public health, early intervention, challenging infants, mental health, infant mental health, clinical supervision
  • Joseph P. Ryan

    Joseph P. Ryan

    Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, ISR
    Child welfare, juvenile justice, welfare system, public policy, child maltreatment
  • Monica D. Sampson

    Monica D. Sampson

    Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Laura L. Sanders

    Laura L. Sanders

    Teaching Professor and LEO Lecturer II
  • Trina R. Shanks

    Trina R. Shanks

    Director, School of Social Work Community Engagement, Harold R. Johnson Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
    Child well-being, asset building, 529 college education plans, SEED, Rhodes scholar, economic development
  • Beth A. Sherman

    Beth A. Sherman

    Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work
    Children and youth, school social work, prevention, and early intervention.
  • Rebeccah Sokol

    Rebeccah Sokol

    Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Richard M. Tolman

    Richard M. Tolman

    Sheldon D. Rose Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work
    Group work and family violence, interpersonal practice.
  • Lacea M. Zavala

    Lacea M. Zavala

    Learning Experience Design Lead and LEO Adjunct Lecturer
    Lacea Zavala, MSW ‘07, is the Lead Learning Experience Designer and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and a child abuse prevention community organizer. Lacea worked for over 20 years in a variety of positions across the child welfare system, with the majority of her work being in Southeast Michigan. She is passionate about preserving families, preventing child abuse and neglect, and joining with the community to support children and families to thrive.

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