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Tenure-Track Faculty

  1. Todd I. Herrenkohl Todd I. Herrenkohl »

    Dr. Herrenkohl’s primary research interests focus on the areas of child and family well-being, 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.  ...

  2. Joseph A. Himle Joseph A. Himle »

    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 ...

  3. Shanna Katz Kattari Shanna Katz Kattari »

    Shanna K. Kattari, PhD, MEd, CSE, ACS (they/them/theirs and she/her/hers) is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, the Department of Women and Gender Studies (by courtesy), and director of the [Sexuality|Relationships|Gender] Research Collective. A queer, ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Shawna J. Lee Shawna J. Lee »

    Shawna J. Lee, PhD '05, is an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she is director of the Parenting in Context Research Lab and Director of the Program Evaluation Group (PEG). She is also a faculty affiliate at the Center for Human Growth and Development ...

  6. Lydia W. Li Lydia W. Li »

    Professor Li’s research examines how socio-structural factors are related to depression, suicide, cognitive function and healthy aging in older adults. She has conducted epidemiological and intervention studies to understand and address health disadvantages of older adults in rural China, older ...

  7. Kathryn L. Maguire-Jack Kathryn L. Maguire-Jack »

    Dr. Kathryn Maguire-Jack's research focuses on child abuse and neglect prevention, with an emphasis on communities and geographic disparities. Her work is funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, the Ohio Department of ...

  8. Jamie Mitchell Jamie Mitchell »

    Jamie Mitchell is an assistant professor of social work and co-investigator of the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research. Her interdisciplinary research examines the mechanisms that patient-centered communication between older African American men and their physicians during ...

  9. Sandra L. Momper Sandra L. Momper »

    Sandra L. Momper has 20 years of mental health experience with American Indian and African American families as well as community organizing experience. Her aim is to reduce health disparities, provide culturally appropriate interventions for AI/ANs and impact policy changes regarding funding ...

  10. Robert M. Ortega Robert M. Ortega »

    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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Brian E. Perron Brian E. Perron »

    Brian E. Perron, PhD, is a Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Perron’s recent work focuses on helping community-based organizations use data to improve service delivery and other business processes. This includes developing user-friendly and sustainable data ...

  13. Rogério Meireles Pinto Rogério Meireles Pinto »

    Dr. Pinto is a Brazilian-born psychiatric social work researcher with more than a decade of clinical and community practice. He is an expert in Community Based Participatory Research and mixed-method research. He is the Principal Investigator on a NIMH K01 Career Development Award (2007-12) and ...

  14. Beth Glover  Reed Beth Glover Reed »

    Beth Glover Reed has a joint appointment with Women’s Studies and her general scholarly interests focus on how to define and work for social justice, barriers to this work, and ways to reduce these. Her current research is designed to a) identify approaches for working both on alcohol and other ...

  15. Katie E. Richards-Schuster Katie E. Richards-Schuster »

    Katie Richards-Schuster, AM, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She received her doctorate in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan and her AM from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Her ...

  16. Mary C. Ruffolo Mary C. Ruffolo »

    Professor Mary Ruffolo’s research focuses on integrated behavioral health and primary care,organizational factors that influence sustaining evidence based interventions/programs in community behavioral health settings, adapting efficacious interventions for children and youth experiencing ...

  17. 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.  ...

  18. Katie A. Schultz Katie A. Schultz »

    Katie Schultz, MSW, PhD, focuses her research on manifestations of violence and health equity among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. She examines violence and associated health outcomes, including substance misuse, among AI/AN women and girls; community and cultural ...

  19. Kristin S. Seefeldt Kristin S. Seefeldt »

    Associate Professor Kristin Seefeldt’s primary research interests lie in exploring how low-income individuals understand their situations, particularly around issues related to work and economic well being. Currently, she is conducting research on families’ financial coping strategies and is a ...

  20. H. Luke  Shaefer H. Luke Shaefer »

    H. Luke Shaefer, Ph.D. is the Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy and Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is also a professor of social work and the inaugural director ...

  21. Trina R. Shanks Trina R. Shanks »

    Dr. Shanks’ research interests include the impact of poverty and wealth on child well-being; asset-building policy and practice across the life cycle; and community and economic development. As Director of the Center for Equitable Family and Community Well-Being, she continues ongoing research ...

  22. Matthew J. Smith Matthew J. Smith »

    Matthew J. Smith, PhD, MSW, MPE, LCSW, received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed post-doctoral fellowships in psychiatric epidemiology and biostatistics at Washington University in St. Louis and in translational neuroscience at Northwestern University. Dr. Smith ...

  23. Karen M. Staller Karen M. Staller »

    Karen Staller, PhD, JD, received her educational training at Cornell Law School and Columbia University School of Social Work, where her dissertation on runaway and homeless youth was awarded with distinction. Staller practiced public interest law with low-income senior citizens and at-risk ...

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