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  1. Shannon M. Blajeski Shannon M. Blajeski »

    Dr. Blajeski’s research focuses on how social conditions such as poverty, disability, and social marginalization impact individuals with severe mental illness with a particular focus on early intervention for psychosis. Her research is informed by critical epistemologies as well as nearly 20 ...

  2. Zibei Chen Zibei Chen »

    Zibei Chen, MSW '15, PhD '18 is involved with research projects evaluating effects of asset building and financial inclusion programs in the United States. Her research focuses on financial literacy assessment, financial behaviors and decision making, financial inclusion and interventions aiming ...

  3. Fernanda L. Cross Fernanda L. Cross »

    Cross received her MSW from the School of Social Work and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her research program utilizes a strength-based approach to examining family and cultural factors that promote healthy development and mitigate the risk of poor ...

  4. Lisa Fedina Lisa Fedina »

    Lisa Fedina received her BSW (2008) and MSW (2009) from the University of Toledo and her PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (2018). Her research interests include gender-based violence and developing multidisciplinary and culturally responsive interventions aimed at improving the ...

  5. Zachary A. Jackson »

  6. Emma Sophia Kay Emma Sophia Kay »

    Emma Sophia Kay received her PhD in social work at the University of Alabama in 2018. She has a strong research interest in HIV, particularly as it interfaces with healthcare policy. Her research investigates the association between healthcare payer type and HIV health outcomes, including viral ...

  7. Heather Knauer Heather Knauer »

    Heather Knauer, MSPH'11, PhD'16, focuses on the relationships between parents and young children, and early childhood development, with particular interest in the pathways of effects of programs sociodemographic contexts. Knauer is currently involved in evaluating parenting programs in low- and ...

  8. Ashley Lacombe-Duncan Ashley Lacombe-Duncan »

    Ashley Lacombe-Duncan received her MSW (2010) and PhD (2018) from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Lacombe-Duncan’s macro social work practice experience includes: policy analysis, grant writing, practice-informed research, program development, and ...

  9. Sunggeun (Ethan) Park Sunggeun (Ethan) Park »

    Park is an organizational scholar with an overarching research question, "how can health and social service organizations provide more responsive and effective services?" He is deeply interested in (1) how to ensure user's meaningful representation opportunities in service and policy ...

  10. Kathryn K. Showalter Kathryn K. Showalter »

    Kathryn Showalter, MSW, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan studying the employment outcomes of women who experience intimate partner violence. She explores workplace supports that address abuser-initiated workplace disruptions. Ms. Showalter’s mixed methods dissertation ...

  11. Lloyd M. Talley Lloyd M. Talley »

    Lloyd Talley is a mixed-methods developmental psychologist and interdisciplinary social policy researcher. He focuses on the intersections of social and life course identity development as a lens for meaning-making and in the prediction of educational, behavioral, and mental health outcomes. He ...

  12. Anao Zhang Anao Zhang »

    Anao Zhang received his Ph.D. in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin with certification in the graduate portfolio program in applied statistical modeling from the Department of Statistics and Data Science. His MSW was from the University of Pennsylvania. A health and mental health ...

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