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Social Policy

Researchers at the School of Social Work are seeking to improve the lives of individuals, particularly those who are marginalized and disenfranchised, through policy reform at different levels.

Researchers in Social Policy

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


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


Roxanne Kibben

Project Director, Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health

Topics:
Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 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


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


Piper Meyer-Kalos

Executive Director, Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health

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


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


Kristine Piescher

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

Topics:
Child Welfare, Evaluation, Policy


Jean Quam

Dean, College of Education and Human Development, Professor

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


James Reinardy

Director, School of Social Work Associate Professor

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


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


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


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


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