Research in families and 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.

Priscilla Gibson

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Professor; Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Cultural Competence, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Qualitative Research Methods, Social Justice

Amy Krentzman

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Associate Professor

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

Michael Baizerman

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Adolecents/Youth, Community Engagement, Evaluation, Policy

Elizabeth Lightfoot

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Professor, Doctoral Program Director

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

Jane Gilgun

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Child Welfare, Family Violence, Qualitative Research Methods

Jean Quam

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Dean, College of Education and Human Development, Professor

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

Wendy Haight

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

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

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 and Behavioral Health, Youth Development

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.

Patricia Shannon

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Associate Professor

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

Linda Jones

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Associate Professor

Ethics, Evaluation, Gender and Sexuality, Health, Policy

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)

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.

Ross VeLure Roholt

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Associate Professor

Adolescents/Youth, Community Engagement, Evaluation

Helen Kivnic

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

Mark Umbreit

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Director, Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking; Professor

Community Engagement, Counseling, Mental Health

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

Nicole Mickelson

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Minn-LInK Researcher

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

Traci LaLiberte

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Executive Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Child Welfare, Disability, Evaluation, Policy, Systems Change

Kristine Piescher

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

Child Welfare, Evaluation, Policy

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

Youth work learning lab

Deborah Moore

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Youth Work Learning Lab Director

Adolescents/Youth, Youth Development, Program Development

Affiliated researchers

Jerome Stein

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Director, Learning Dreams

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

Stacy Remke

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Teaching specialist

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