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Family involvement strategies in child welfare, structural barriers to maltreatment prevention and child wellbeing promotion, child welfare reform, economic and social justice, international social work practice and policy

Whitney’s research and scholarship interests include child and adolescent wellbeing. Whitney is particularly interested in early childhood and early adolescent mental health treatment and evidence based practices. Whitney’s prior work experience includes project development for the prevention of early childhood exposure to adverse experiences; adaptation and implementation of strengths-based child and adolescent community-based mental health services; and direct practice experience with children diagnosed with severe emotional or behavioral disturbances.

Kang has a great strength in quantitative analytical method. He is particularly interested in ageism, baby-boom generation, and long-term care. In addition, he is interested in developing a happiness index for immigrants to see their level of adaptation. Social innovation especially fundraising and financial assistance for social enterprises is also his particular field of interest.

Interested in children and youth who have a physical or intellectual disability and are involved in the child welfare system, agency policies regarding children and youth with disabilities, and cultural (specifically Native American) factors influencing children and youth with disabilities.

Kiley’s research and scholarship interests include intimate partner violence, families affected by domestic violence, and co-occuring adverse childhood experiences.  Kiley’s background includes grant-funded program development, implementation, and management; working with children and families affected by intimate partner violence; and direct mental health patient care in the in-patient, outpatient, and group home settings.

Mental Health of ethnic minority and immigrant children, Population-based/community-based/preventive mental health interventions. Spiritual Diversity in Social Work, Multiculturalism, International Social Work, Participatory research paradigm. Mixed Methods.

Research interests in the area of child welfare; specific focus on children of incarcerated parents, Latino youth, social work in the school setting, and elimination of stigma and disparities in welfare system.

Mental health promotion with special interests in co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorder, employment, racial/ethnic disparities in service access and utilization.

Beth’s research seeks to improve individual and population health and wellbeing, focusing on health and healthcare disparities and their associated social and economic outcomes. Her research has examined relationships between body image and health, and the co-occurrence of mental and physical health conditions, including their resulting healthcare, health, and employment disadvantages.  Beth’s background includes: program evaluation, quantitative, and qualitative research activities; Master’s-level teaching in social work and public administration; and direct social work practice with child welfare-involved children and families, individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, and hospital social work.

Research that informs policy and practice in the area of older youth and young adults. Specifically, identifying unique strengths and needs of this population including service utilization and support, homelessness, trauma, and co-occurring difficulties.

Research interests include: Child Welfare (specifically foster care and youth aging out of foster care); Child Welfare Workforce Issues (including retention and the identification of compassion satisfaction among workers); Mindfulness.

Research interests include mental health treatment, the intersection of physical and mental health, social determinants of health, and health care utilization. Previously, Nik has conducted research on economic mobility, family drug court, cross-cultural perception of time, and dieting behavior among college students.

Mental health, people with Serious Mental Illness (SMI), strengths perspective & strengths model case management, medical social work, behavioral health home model, qualitative research, social justice & social policy, disability, and children with medical complexity


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