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Tenure-Track Faculty

  1. Jamie Mitchell Jamie Mitchell »

    Jamie Mitchell is an assistant professor of social work and co-director of the Gender and Health Research Lab at the University of Michigan. Her interdisciplinary research examines the mechanisms that patient-centered communication between older African American men and their physicians during ...

  2. Sandra L. Momper Sandra L. Momper »

    Sandra L. Momper, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, completed her MSW and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. She has 20 years of mental health experience with American Indian and African American families as well as community organizing experience. Her aim ...

  3. Emily  Nicklett Emily Nicklett »

    Emily Nicklett joined the UM SSW faculty after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her active research agenda concerns social and contextual determinants of health in later life. She specializes in strategies for successful chronic ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Brian E. Perron Brian E. Perron »

    Brian E. Perron, Ph.D., is a 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 research for ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Katie E. Richards-Schuster Katie E. Richards-Schuster »

    Katie Richards-Schuster, AM, PhD, is an assistant 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 ...

  9. Mary C. Ruffolo Mary C. Ruffolo »

    Professor Mary Ruffolo’s research focuses on organizational factors that influence sustaining evidence based interventions/programs in community mental health settings, adapting efficacious interventions for children and youth experiencing serious mental health challenges, and addressing ways to ...

  10. 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.  ...

  11. Katie Schultz Katie Schultz »

    Katie Schultz completed her MSW from the University of Washington in 2002 and her PhD there in 2016. Prior to starting the PhD program, she served as the Administrative Director at the University’s Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, ...

  12. Kristin S. Seefeldt Kristin S. Seefeldt »

    Assistant 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 ...

  13. H. Luke  Shaefer H. Luke Shaefer »

    Luke Shaefer's research focuses on the effectiveness of the United States’ social safety net in serving low-wage workers and economically disadvantaged families. His recent work explores rising levels of extreme poverty in the United States, the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...

  14. Trina R. Shanks Trina R. Shanks »

    Trina Shanks initiated a family mentoring program and introduced Individual Development Accounts to public housing residents. In her current research, funded by the Ford Foundation, she is co-investigator for the SEED Impact Assessment study, which has set up a quasi-experimental research design ...

  15. 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. His primary ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Robert Joseph  Taylor Robert Joseph Taylor »

    Robert Joseph Taylor is the Sheila Feld Collegiate Professor of Social Work. He is also a faculty associate with the Program for Research on black Americans at the Institute for Social Research. Professor Taylor has published extensively on the informal social support networks (i.e., family, ...

  18. Richard M. Tolman Richard M. Tolman »

    Richard M. Tolman, LMSW, PhD, is a professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. He received his doctorate in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MSW from the University of Michigan. Professor Tolman's work focuses on the effectiveness of ...

  19. Lynn Videka Lynn Videka »

    Lynn Videka earned the B.S.N. degree with honors from the University of Illinois in 1972. She earned an A.M degree in 1976 and a Ph.D. degree in 1981 from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Dean Videka has a distinguished career in academic social work.  ...

  20. Daphne C. Watkins Daphne C. Watkins »

    Daphne C. Watkins studies gender disparities and mental health over the adult life course using mixed methods research approaches. To date, her research has focused on understanding the social determinants of health that explain within group differences among black men; developing evidence-based ...

  21. Addie Weaver Addie Weaver »

    My research aims to increase access to mental health services for underserved, economically disadvantaged individuals and families living in rural communities. As an intervention and services researcher, I seek to develop and test innovative approaches for adapting, translating, and ...

  22. Xiaoling Xiang Xiaoling Xiang »

    Xiaoling Xiang conducts community-based services research concerning the physical and mental health and service use of diverse older populations. She is particularly interested in psychosocial approaches to promoting mental health and enhancing quality of life in older adults. Her other areas of ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Bradley J. Zebrack Bradley J. Zebrack »

    Brad Zebrack's teaching and research interests are in the area of health, medicine, and quality of life. He is particularly interested in the effects of cancer on the psychosocial growth and development of adolescents and young adults. His funded research also involves evaluations of the ...

Clinical and Research

  1. James A. Blackburn »

    Adjunct Professor and Research Scientist James A. Blackburn, PhD, focuses on issues related to normative cognitive functioning among the elderly and family relationships. Before coming to the University of Michigan School of Social Work, he was a professor in the School of Social Work at Hunter ...

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