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Families & Children

School of Social Work researchers are seeking to improve the lives of families and children by obtaining a better understanding of factors that contribute to the health and well-being of families within their home, communities, and the broader environment.

Researchers in Families & Children

Faculty Researchers

Michael Baizerman

Professor

Topics:
Adolecents/Youth, Community Engagement, Evaluation, Policy


Priscilla Gibson

Professor; Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Topics:
Cultural Competence, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Qualitative Research Methods, Social Justice


Jane Gilgun

Professor

Topics:
Child Welfare, Family Violence, Qualitative Research Methods


Wendy Haight

Professor and Gamble-Skogmo Chair in Child Welfare and Youth Policy

Topics:
Child Welfare, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, Social Services, Substance Abuse


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.


Linda Jones

Associate Professor

Topics:
Ethics, Evaluation, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Policy


Helen Kivnick

Professor

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


Amy Krentzman

Assistant Professor

Topics:
Substance Abuse, Addiction Treatment and Recovery, Spirituality, Positive Psychology


Hee Yun Lee

Professor; Director of Research

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


Elizabeth Lightfoot

Professor; Doctoral Program Director

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


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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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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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Patricia Shannon

Associate Professor

Topics:
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Evaluation, Immigration, Intervention Science, Loss & Trauma, Mental Health


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Mark Umbreit

Director, Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking; Professor

Topics:
Community Engagement, Counseling, Mental Health


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Ross VeLure Roholt

Associate Professor

Topics:
Adolescents/Youth, Community Engagement, Evaluation


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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

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


Traci LaLiberte

Executive Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

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


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Nicole Mickelson

Minn-LInK Researcher

Topics:
Public Policy, Child Welfare, Health, Program Evaluations and Development


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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 Chemical and Mental Health Researchers

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Piper Meyer-Kalos

Executive Director, Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health

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


Youth Work Learning Lab

Deborah Moore

Youth Work Learning Lab Director

Topics:
Adolescents/Youth, Youth Development, Program Development


Affiliated Researchers

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Stacy Remke

Teaching Specialist

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


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Jerome Stein

Director, Learning Dreams

Topics:
Adolescents/Youth, Community Engagement, Cooperative Engagement, Cooperative Learning