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  1. John E. Tropman John E. Tropman »

    John Tropman is the director of Leadership in Community Benefit Organizations, a program initiated in the School of Social Work January 1, 2015 to organize and focus management content for management majors and Community Organization and Policy & Evaluation majors. His research focuses on the ...

  2. David J. Tucker David J. Tucker »

    Professor David Tucker's scholarly areas of interest include the formation, growth, and death of organizations; the structural analysis of inter-organizational service delivery systems; and the application of macro organizational theory to the analysis of selected social policy issues. His ...

  3. Diane Kaplan  Vinokur Diane Kaplan Vinokur »

    Diane Kaplan Vinokur’s research focuses on the application of social psychological and organizational theories to human service organizations and their personnel. She studies the implications of such findings for non-profit management and social work practice. Her most recent study, “The Under ...

  4. Armand Lauffer Armand Lauffer »

    Armand Lauffer joined the School of Social Work as an associate professor in 1968 and was promoted to professor of social work in 1973. He retired as professor emeritus in 2001. Professor Lauffer's current interests include fundraising and resource allocation in the nonprofit sector, community ...

  5. Harold R. Johnson Harold R. Johnson »

    Harold R. Johnson was appointed to the faculty in 1969 as professor of social work. Prior to joining the faculty, he had held leadership positions in a variety of public and voluntary social welfare agencies. He was also professor of health behavior and health education in the School of Public ...

  6. Helen Weingarten Helen Weingarten »

    Helen Weingarten joined the faculty in 1981 as assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1987. In 2000 she was named associate professor emerita of social work. She is interested in the factors and processes that promote positive change in adulthood. While much of her early ...

Tenure-Track Faculty

  1. Joseph P. Ryan Joseph P. Ryan »

    Joe Ryan's research and teaching build upon his direct practice experiences with child welfare and juvenile justice populations. Dr. Ryan is the Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Data Lab an applied research center focused on using data to drive policy and practice decisions in the field.  ...

  2. Mieko Yoshihama Mieko Yoshihama »

    Professor Yoshihama's research interests are violence against women, immigrants, mental health, and community organizing. Combining research and social action at local, state, national, and international levels over the last 25 years, Dr. Yoshihama focuses on the prevention of gender-based ...

  3. Jorge  Delva Jorge Delva »

    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 ...

  4. Barry N. Checkoway Barry N. Checkoway »

    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, ...

  5. Lorraine M. Gutiérrez Lorraine M. Gutiérrez »

    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 ...

  6. Brian E. Perron Brian E. Perron »

    Brian E. Perron, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan's School of Social Work. Dr. Perron received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and a specialization in Data Science from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Perron has extensive experience in services ...

  7. William Elliott III William Elliott III »

    Dr. William Elliott III will be joining the UM-SSW in July 2017. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Kansas (KU) and founder of the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion (AEDI) in KU’s School of Social Welfare. He received his Ph.D. and master’s in social work from ...

Field Educators

  1. William L. Vanderwill William L. Vanderwill »

    Mr. Vanderwill joined the Office of Field Instruction at the School of Social Work in July 2005 as a field educator/lecturer/field liaison. His primary areas of interest are urban social work, mental health and community organization. Bill works with students across all methods and ...

  2. Daicia R. Price Daicia R. Price »

    Daicia Price joined the Office of Field Instruction with the School of Social Work as a field faculty on February 15, 2016. Prior to becoming a part of the OFI team, Daicia served as Clinical Practice Improvement Specialist in Wayne County with a focus on workforce development. During her time ...

LEO

  1. Jeff  Capobianco Jeff Capobianco »

    Jeff Capobianco has over 20 years of clinical, administrative, and healthcare research experience, with extensive background in primary and behavioral healthcare integration, evidence-based practice implementation, Lean Six Sigma methodologies, and learning community approaches to organizational ...

  2. Jorge A. Casarez Jorge A. Casarez »

    Jorge A. Casarez, MSW, practices a philosophical framework that regards each person as intelligent and competent, regardless of any identifying factors. His approach to problem solving emphasizes collaboration and has a genuine spirit of curiosity balanced with the urgency for practical ...

  3. Diana G. Copeland »

    Diana Copeland has an extensive background in environmental justice advocacy, environmental project management and community organizing. Copeland creates coalitions between environmental organizations, community and environmental justice groups to benefit environmental justice and health ...

  4. Kim A. Phillips-Knope Kim A. Phillips-Knope »

    Kim Phillips-Knope, MSW is the Co-Director of Roots of Change (www.rootsofchange.us), an organization she co-founded that is dedicated to building healthy communities and transforming lives through holistic programs and consulting services. Ms. Phillips-Knope is a professional trainer, program ...

  5. Shanna Katz Kattari Shanna Katz Kattari »

    Shanna is a prospective research fellow that will begin with the SSW Curtis Center on 9/1/2017. Shanna Katz Kattari, M.Ed. is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work and is expected to graduate in June 2017. Her background is as a board certified sexologist, ...

  6. Janet L. Ray Janet L. Ray »

    Janet Ray is founder of Ray and Associates, an organizational development consulting firm that specializes in the nonprofit and educational sector. She has been an adjunct lecturer at the U-M School of Social Work since 2008. Previously, her executive role at Communities in Schools of Detroit ...

  7. Rabindar Subbian Rabindar Subbian »

    Rabindar Subbian, MSW '08, MBA '08, is a social entrepreurship consultant in Ann Arbor. He was the first President & CEO of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) - a network of comprehensive depression centers. He is a Court Appointed Special Advocate of the Washtenaw County Trial ...

  8. Allan C. Wachendorfer »

    Allan Wachendorfer, MSW '14, is the Director of Public Policy for the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers where he works to create socially just public policy in alignment with the ethics and values of the social work profession. Wachendorfer studied social policy and ...

Clinical and Research

  1. Barbara S. Hiltz Barbara S. Hiltz »

    Clinical Assistant Professor Barbara Hiltz, MSW, focuses on the sustainability of community-based organizations, including the role of innovations, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship in shaping social service delivery. For more than two decades, Hiltz has worked in interpersonal, ...

Research Fellows

  1. Giovanna Gonzalez (Odessa Gonzalez) Benson Giovanna Gonzalez (Odessa Gonzalez) Benson »

    Giovanna (Odessa) Gonzalez Benson's research focuses on refugee resettlement. Her research expands current knowledge about policy and practice with refugees with an emphasis on labor equity, socioeconomic adjustment and organizations' participation as dimensions that prioritize refugee ...

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