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Families & Children

School of Social Work researchers are seeking to improve a variety of mental health outcomes while contributing to the knowledge bases of different practice approaches and theoretical foundations.

Researchers in Families & Children

Lisa Albrecht

Associate Professor

Topics:
Gender & Sexuality, Social Justice


Michael Baizerman

Professor and Director, Youth Studies

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


Korina Barry

Director of Outreach, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Topics:
Child Welfare Systems Reform, Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Youth Advocacy, Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice Reform


Jennifer Bertram

Outreach and Policy Program Coordinator, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Topics:
Child Welfare, Family Violence, Supervision, Social Media and Technology, Policy


Peter Dimock

Co-PI, Minnesota Center for Chemical & Mental Health; Educational Technology Coordinator; Teaching Specialist

Topics:
Educational Technology Methods, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Family & Couples Therapy


Priscilla Gibson

Professor; Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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


MJ Gilbert

Director of Field Instruction

Topics:
Field Education, LGBT & Gender Studies, 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

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


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


Katie Johnston-Goodstar

Assistant 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

Assistant Professor

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


Elizabeth Keely Vandre

PACC Coordinator, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Topics:
Intersection of disability and Child Welfare, Families and Children, Professional Education


Roxanne Kibben

Project Director, Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health

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


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


Traci LaLiberte

Executive Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

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


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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Melissa Mendez

IV-E Field Coordinator

Topics:
Child Welfare, Mindfulness Practice, Ritual and Ceremony


Piper Meyer-Kalos

Executive Director, Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health

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


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Nicole Mickelson

Minn-LInK Researcher

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


Deborah Moore

Youth Work Learning Lab Director

Topics:
Adolescents/Youth, Youth Development, Program Development


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Megan Morrissey

Associate Director, School of Social Work, Director, M.S.W. Program, Lecturer and Coordinator

Topics:
Social Welfare History, Welfare Rights Organizations, Community Development and Organizing


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Kristine Piescher

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

Topics:
Child Welfare, Evaluation, Policy


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Heidi Presslein

MSW, LICSW - Field Coordinator

Topics:
Filed Instruction, Clinical Supervision, International Social Work, Healing Strategies, Family Therapy, Youth Advocacy


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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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Stacy Remke

Teaching Specialist

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


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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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Elizabeth Snyder

Director of Professional Education, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Topics:
Child Welfare, Violence Prevention & Intervention, Macro Social Work, Intersection of Social Work and Ecology


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Jerome Stein

Director, Learning Dreams

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


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Jill Stiber

Teaching Specialist

Topics:
Clinical Social Work, Family Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Mental Health, Psychotherapy


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James Toole

Senior Fellow, School of Social Work

Topics:
Service Learning, Youth Development, Education Reform, Social Entrepreneurship, Program Development


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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Esther Wattenberg

Professor, Coordinator of Outreach, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, Associate, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

Topics:
Child Welfare, Family System, Immigraton, Social Services


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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)