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Tenure-Track Faculty

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Katie E. Richards-Schuster Katie E. Richards-Schuster »

    Katie Richards-Schuster's research focuses on understanding the strategies and approaches for engaging young people in communities, the contexts and environments that facilitate youth engagement across settings, and the impact of youth participation in creating community change. She is a ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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.  ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Michael  Spencer Michael Spencer »

    Michael Spencer's research examines disparities in physical and mental health and service use of populations of color, as well as interventions for reducing disparities. He is the Principal Investigator of the REACH Detroit Family Intervention, an NIH-funded, community-based, participatory ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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, ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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.  ...

  15. Daphne C. Watkins Daphne C. Watkins »

    Daphne C. Watkins is the director of the Joint PhD Program in Social Work and Social Science. She 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  2. Joshua Brewster »

  3. Kathleen (Katie) Doyle Kathleen (Katie) Doyle »

    Katie Doyle, MSW '97, MBA '13 is the executive director of Ozone House Youth and Family Services in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. Katie began her career working in the child welfare system in Chicago. She studied Interpersonal Practice at U-M SSW where she was a Civitas Fellow. After providing ...

  4. Daniel J. Fischer Daniel J. Fischer »

    Daniel Fischer is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work, and Assistant Dean and Director of Field Instruction at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. He is also an Clinical Assistant Professor at Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Dan completed his BA is psychology ...

  5. Karen S. Harlow-Rosentraub »

    Associate Professor Karen Harlow-Rosentraub specializes in evaluation research and aging policy. She directs the national, multi-site evaluation efforts for the Legacy Corps for Health and Independent Living, a national demonstration for the Corporation for National and Community Service. Her ...

  6. Todd 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.  ...

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