Researchers in health, disability, and aging

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

David Hollister

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Professor Emeritus

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.

Jean Quam

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Dean, College of Education and Human Development, Professor

Gender and Sexuality, Higher Education, Learning Technologies, Seniors/Aging/Gerontology

Joseph Merighi

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Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

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

Katie Johnston-Goodstar

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Associate Professor

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 Kivnic

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Developmental Psychology, Healthcare, Mental Health, Seniors/Aging/Gerontology.

Oliver Williams

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

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

James Reinardy

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Director of School of Social Work, Associate Professor

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

Lynette Renner

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Associate Professor, Director, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse

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

Elizabeth Lightfoot

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Professor, Doctoral Program Director

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

John Bricout

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Professor; Director, School of Social Work

Social technologies and the engagement of people with disabilities, disability and employment, technology and social work ethics, interdisciplinary team building, rehabilitation science, workforce development, international social work

Center for advanced studies in child welfare

Saahoon Hong

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

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

Kristine Piescher

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

Child Welfare, Evaluation, Policy

Traci LaLiberte

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Executive Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Child Welfare, Disability, Evaluation, Policy, Systems Change

Minnesota center for chemical and mental health

Piper Meyer-Kalos

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Executive Director, Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health

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

Affiliated researchers

Stacy Remke

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Teaching specialist

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