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  1. Matthew Bakko
     
    Matthew Bakko Selected for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars Program

    Matthew Bakko, Joint PhD student in Social Work and Sociology has been selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars program.

    The program supports and connects emerging scholars who are committed to bringing about meaningful change and building a national Culture of Health. Participants build the interdisciplinary skills and relationships necessary to extend their influence and impact, break down silos, address health disparities, and make our communities healthier.

    His research will explore how new philanthropic and service delivery models and tools reconfigure organizations, engage with diverse communities, alter power dynamics and blur sector boundaries to affect the capacity building and social change process.

    The Robert Woods Johnson Health Policy Research Scholars program supports underrepresented scholars, including first-generation, low-income background and students of color.

    Assistant Professor Shanna Kattari is Bakko's Institutional Mentor for the Healthy Policy Research Scholars Program.

  2. Jessica P. Wiederspan
     
    How the Ideology of the American Dream Persists

    Jessica Wiederspan, PhD '17 dissertation research, "How the Ideology of the American Dream Persists in an Era of Economic Insecurity" is cited in The Washington Post, "Donald Trump's grotesque fraud". Wiederspan is a researcher studying basic income with the Y Combinator.

  3.  
    Rick Rodems successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Hidden Hardship: Three Essays on Poverty and Material Welfare in the United States."

    Rick Rodems successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Hidden Hardship: Three Essays on Poverty and Material Welfare in the United States."  His committee consisted of Luke Shaefer, Fabian Pfeffer (co-chairs), Sandra Danziger and Greta Krippner. Rodems has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at U-M Poverty Solutions.

    • June 21, 2018
  4. Richard M. Rodems
     
    Rick Rodems successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Hidden Hardship: Three Essays on Poverty and Material Welfare in the United States."

    Rick Rodems successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Hidden Hardship: Three Essays on Poverty and Material Welfare in the United States."  His committee consisted of Luke Shaefer, Fabian Pfeffer (co-chairs), Sandra Danziger and Greta Krippner. Rodems has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at U-M Poverty Solutions.

    • June 21, 2018
  5. Charity Hoffman
     
    Charity Hoffman Defends Dissertation, "The 21st Century Mother: How New Moms Navigate Work, Family and the Struggle to Have it All”

    Charity Hoffman successfully defended her dissertation "The 21st Century Mother: How New Moms Navigate Work, Family and the Struggle to Have it All” and obtained her PhD in Social Work and Sociology. Her committee consisted of Karin Martin, Katie Richards-Schuster (co-chairs), Fatma Muge Gocek and Mary Ruffolo. Hoffman has accepted a Research Project Coordinator position at UM's Women & Infants Mental Health Program in the Department of Psychiatry.

    • June 5, 2018
  6. Rachel L. Burrage
     
    Rachel Burrage Defends Dissertation, "Trauma, Loss, Resilience, and Resistance in the Beauval Indian Residential School”

    Rachel Burrage successfully defended her dissertation "Trauma, Loss, Resilience, and Resistance in the Beauval Indian Residential School” and obtained her PhD in Social Work and Psychology.  Her committee consisted of Joseph Gone, Sandra Momper (co-chairs), Donna Nagata and Karen Staller. She has accepted a tenure track faculty position with University of Hawaii at the Manoa's Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.

    • June 5, 2018
  7. Laura J. Yakas
     
    Laura Yakas Defends Dissertation and Earns PhD in Social Work and Anthropology

    Laura Yakas successfully defended her dissertation "Love in a Time of Madness: The Importance of Purpose and Belonging in Healing and Harnessing Madness". Her committee consisted of Karen Staller, Damani Partridge (co-chairs), Richard Tolman and Holly Peters-Golden. Yakas has accepted a summer position at a Global Leadership Forum for high school students.

    • April 16, 2018
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    Social Justice in Social Work Research PhD Poster Award Recipients

    Kathryn Berringer, Alex Lu (MSW student) and Joyce Y. Lee received the Doctoral Poster Awards at the School of Social Work's Social Justice in Social Work Research Symposium. Berringer was awarded for her poster, "Examining Drivers of Health Inequities in HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Implementation in the US". Lu and Lee for their poster "Spank, Smack, & Whoop”: Stay-At-Home Parents’ Spanking Tweets".

    • March 14, 2018
  9. Joyce Y. Lee
     
    Joyce Lee Accepted as a Student Editorial Board Member for the Journal Child Maltreatment

    Joyce Lee, PhD student, was accepted as a student editorial board member for the journal Child Maltreatment for 2018-2019.

  10. Daphne C. Watkins
     
    Daphne Watkins Selected to Speak at SSWR Annual Conference's Brief and Brilliant

    Director of Joint PhD Program and Associate Professor Daphne Watkins is one of five social work scholars selected to be featured at the Society for Social Work and Research's (SSWR) Brief and Brilliant TEDx-style session in January. This year’s conference theme is "Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity and Justice". Related to this theme, each speaker will be asked to complete the statement “I dream a world….”. The Brief and Brilliant session was developed last year with the goal of translating social work research to engage a broad audience and emphasize the public relevance of this work.

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