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Health, Disability & Aging

Researchers at the School of Social Work are finding solutions to improve health through innovative methods and strategies. Learn about their work:

Researchers in Heath, Disability, & Aging

Faculty Researchers

Colleen Fisher

Associate Professor

Topics:
Health disparities, HIV/AIDS, HIV prevention & treatment, Global health, Women's health


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David Hollister

Professor Emeritus

Topics:
Study of immigrants, homelessness, and child welfare
Study of impacts on immigrants of welfare-to-work transitions under the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
Ongoing follow-up studies of MSW child welfare graduates career experiences


Katie Johnston-Goodstar

Associate Professor

Topics:
Social and political contexts of urban and Indigenous youth development, Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR), Youth and Media, Critical and Indigenous Pedagogies, History of youth work and social work in urban and Indigenous communities.


Helen Kivnick

Professor

Topics:
Developmental Psychology, Healthcare, Mental Health, Seniors/Aging/Gerontology


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Hee Yun Lee

Professor; Director of Research

Topics:
Community-Based Participation Research (CBPR), Cultural Competence, Family Violence, Health, Healthcare, Intervention Sercive, Seniors/Aging/Gerontology


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Elizabeth Lightfoot

Professor; Doctoral Program Director

Topics:
Child Welfare, Community Engagement, Community-Based Participation Research (CBPR), Disability, Policy


Joseph Merighi

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Topics:
End-stage renal diseases, Medication adherence, Chronic illness, Social work practice in health care settings


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Jean Quam

Dean, College of Education and Human Development, Professor

Topics:
Gender & Sexuality, Higher Education, Learning Technologies, Seniors/Aging/Gerontology


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James Reinardy

Director, School of Social Work Associate Professor

Topics:
Social Welfare, Leadership and Organizational Change, Seniors/Aging/Gerontology, Policy


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Lynette Renner

Associate Professor; Director, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse

Topics:
Family Violence, Domestic Violence, Child Welfare, Family Based Interventions, Mental & Behavioral Health, Youth Development


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Oliver WIlliams

Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, Professor

Topics:
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Cultural Competence, Family Violence, Social Services, Specific Cultures (African American)


Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare Researchers

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Saahoon Hong

Senior Minn-LInK Researcher, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Topics:
Child Welfare, Disability, Education Policy K-12, Evaluation, Mental Health, Social Services


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Traci LaLiberte

Executive Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Topics:
Child Welfare, Disability, Evaluation, Policy, Systems Change


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Kristine Piescher

Director of Research and Evaluation, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Topics:
Child Welfare, Evaluation, Policy


Minnesota Center for Chemcial and Mental Health Researchers

Piper Meyer-Kalos

Executive Director, Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health

Topics:
Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Positive Psychology


Affiliated Researchers

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Stacy Remke

Teaching Specialist

Topics:
Clinical Social Work, Healing Strategies, Child Welfare, Pediatric Palliative Care