The online program schedule is searchable by author, day, presentation format, and cluster and topical areas.

The online program schedule is searchable by author, day, presentation format, and cluster and topical areas.

Opening Plenary Session
Thursday – January 14, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Dr. Edwina (“Eddie”) Uehara

Dr. Edwina (“Eddie”) Uehara (speaker)

Edwina (“Eddie”) Uehara, MSW, PhD, is president of SSWR and Professor and Dean, School of Social Work, University of Washington, where she previously served the School as Associate Dean for Educational Initiatives (1998-2002). Dr. Uehara’s scholarly interests center on understanding the interplay of social structure and the cultural construction of health, illness and healing. Her research has been published in a range of journals in social work and related disciplines, including American Journal of Sociology; Journal of Health and Social Behavior; Archives of General Psychiatry; Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; American Journal of Community Psychology; Social Science and Medicine; Social Work; and Gerontology.  Recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award (1996), the School of Social Work’s Students’ Award for Classroom Excellence (1994), and the Edith Abbott Award for Scholarly and Career Excellence from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration (2007), Dr. Uehara is the inaugural holder of the Ballmer Endowed Deanship in Social Work, the first position of its kind in a public university.  She has taught and mentored scores of masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students, particularly those specializing in ethnography, grounded theory, narrative analysis, social networks analysis, and the intersection of race, culture, socioeconomic class and mental health.


Dr. Richard P. Barth (speaker)

Dr. Richard P. Barth (speaker)

Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW. Richard Barth serves as the Dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He has an AB from Brown and MSW and PhD from UC Berkeley. Barth has authored or co-authored 10 books and more than 250 book chapters and articles, principally about children’s services—especially related to evidence based practices, pregnancy prevention, mental health, and child welfare. He has served as a chaired professor at Berkeley and UNC. He was the 1986 winner of the Frank Breul Prize for Excellence in Child Welfare Scholarship from the University of Chicago; a Fulbright Scholar in 1990 and 2006; the 1998 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Research from the National Association of Social Workers; the 2005 winner of the Flynn Prize for Research; the 2007 winner of the Peter Forsythe Award for Child Welfare Leadership from the American Public Human Services Association, the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research, and the 2015 Douglas Kirby Research Award from the Healthy Teen Network. He has served on the SSWR Board and on the Publications Committee and is a SSWR Fellow. He was asked to serve as a founding member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and has served as president since 2009.


Invited Symposium I
“Training Our Next Generation Scientific Work Force to Tackle Grand Challenges”
Friday – January 15, 2016, 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Dr. Paula Nurius (moderator)

Dr. Paula Nurius (moderator)

Paula Nurius, PhD is the Grace Beals-Ferguson Scholar and Professor, and Associate Dean for Transdisciplinary Scholarship at the University of Washington (UW) School of Social Work. She has served as Vice President and Board member for GADE and SSWR and in advisory roles for the UW Graduate School and the Institute for Translational Health Sciences. She brings considerable experience directing doctoral programming, including PI of NIMH funded T32 training programs and interdepartmental training models, and as faculty mentor and advisory committee member for multiple T32s and K award recipients. Her scholarship addresses processes and effects of stress and trauma focusing on vulnerable populations, early/preventive intervention, and fostering resilience. Her research on life course stress integrates structural, psychosocial, and biobehavioral mechanisms, distinguishing direct, cumulative, and interactive effects of early and later life acute and chronic adversity. A mental health specialist, she is increasingly focusing on comorbid physical, mental, and behavioral health outcomes associated with stress exposure and roles of the physical environment. She is active in university and national initiatives focused on evolving models of transdisciplinary research teams, translational pathways between science and policy/practice to accelerate societal impact of research, and implications for research and pipeline training.


Dr. James Lubben

Dr. James Lubben (moderator)

James Lubben is inaugural holder the Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor at Boston College.  He is also Professor Emeritus at UCLA where he taught for 20 years and was Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Social Welfare. He recently completed three years of service on the Board of Directors of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in the United States. He is also on the Executive Committee for the Grand Challenges in Social Work initiative sponsored by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW).  He has actively promoted the development of gerontology and social work by serving as principal investigator or collaborator on over US$35 million of research and training grants.  He was Founding Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Doctoral Fellows Program in Geriatric Social Work ($12 million) that provided dissertation grants to over 100 social work doctoral students throughout the United States.  More recently he received a grant from the Santander Foundation ($900,000) to establish an International PhD in Social Welfare at Boston College in partnership with five Latin American universities. He is presently co-investigator on the Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyles in Aging funded by the National Institute on Aging ($1.5 million).


Dr. Sarah Gehlert

Dr. Sarah Gehlert (speaker)

Sarah Gehlert, Ph.D. is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the George Warren Brown School and Professor in the Department of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the Co-Program Leader of the Prevention and Control Program of the Siteman Cancer Center and Co-PI of the NCI funded U54 Transdisciplinary Center on Energetics and Cancer and serves on the Disparities Elimination Advisory Committee of Siteman’s Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities. Dr. Gehlert is a member of the Executive Committee of Washington University’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (a CTSA) and chairs it’s Center for Community-Engaged Research. She was the Principal Investigator of the P50 Center for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Research at the University of Chicago from 2003-2010, where she served as the Helen Ross Endowed Professor. Dr. Gehlert is a past president of the Society for Social Work and Research and a Fellow in the Academy of Social Work and Social Fellow, serving as Secretary of its Board of Directors. She serves on the boards of several professional journals. Dr. Gehlert has been a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health since 2009. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Transdisciplinary Learning and Advanced Science and received its inaugural Basarab Nicolescu Award in 2014. Her publications focus on social influences on health, especially neighborhood and community influences.


Dr. Lawrence Palinkas

Dr. Lawrence Palinkas (speaker)

Lawrence Palinkas, PhD is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health and Chair of the Department of Child, Youth and Families at the University of Southern California. He also holds secondary appointments as Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Preventive Medicine at USC. Dr. Palinkas received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1974 and an MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego in 1975 and 1981, respectively. A medical anthropologist, his primary areas of expertise are mental health services research, behavioral health and implementation science. Dr. Palinkas is particularly interested in the sociocultural and environmental determinants of health and health-related behavior with a focus on disease prevention and health promotion, child welfare and child mental health, translational and implementation science, immigrant and refugee communities, global health and health disparities, and health behavior in extreme environments and disasters. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, NIH, the MacArthur Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. He also provides expertise to students and colleagues in the use of qualitative and mixed research methods.


Dr. Kara Hall

Dr. Kara Hall (speaker)

Kara Hall, PhD, is a Health Scientist, the Director of the Science of Team Science (SciTS) Team, and Co-Director of the Theories Project in the Science of Research and Technology Branch (SRTB), Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). During her career, Dr. Hall has participated in a wide variety of interdisciplinary clinical and research endeavors. Notably, Dr. Hall helped launch the SciTS field by co-chairing the 2006 conference “The Science of Team Science: Assessing the Value of Transdisciplinary Research” and co-editing the 2008 American Journal of Preventive Medicine Special Supplement on SciTS, which has been the most cited and downloaded AJPM supplement. Dr. Hall has focused on advancing the SciTS field by developing new metrics, measures and models for understanding and evaluating transdisciplinary research, collaboration and training. Additionally while at NCI, Dr. Hall has also focused on advancing dissemination and implementation research and promoting the use, testing, and development of health behavior theory in cancer control research. Dr. Hall earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Psychology with specializations in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and behavioral science.


Invited Symposium II
“Unleashing the Power of Prevention to Achieve Community Impact: Communities in Action, a partnership between UW SSW, practicum agencies, MSW students and the community“
Saturday – January 16, 2016, 9:45 am – 11:15 am

Dr. Richard F. Catalano

Dr. Richard F. Catalano (moderator)

Dr. Richard Catalano is the Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence and the co-founder of the Social Development Research Group in the School of Social Work, University of Washington and President of the Society for Prevention Research. For over 35 years, he has led research and program development to promote positive youth development and prevent problem behavior. His work has focused on discovering risk and protective factors for positive and problem behavior, designing and evaluating programs to address these factors, and using this knowledge to understand and improve prevention service systems in states and communities. He has served on expert panels for the National Academy of Science, Federal and State government, and foundations. He has published over 350 articles and book chapters. His work has been recognized by practitioners (1996 National Prevention Network’s Award of Excellence); criminologists (Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, 2007 August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology, and 2003 Paul Tappan Award from the Western Society of Criminology); prevention scientists (2001 Prevention Science Award, 2012 Presidential Award from the Society for Prevention Research), and social workers (Fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare). Dr. Catalano is a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He is the co-developer of the Social Development Model; the parenting programs “Guiding Good Choices,” “Supporting School Success,” “Staying Connected with Your Teen,” and “Focus on Families;” the school-based program, “Raising Healthy Children;” and the community prevention approach, “Communities That Care.”


Dr. Margaret L. Spearmon

Dr. Margaret L. Spearmon (speaker)

Dr. Margaret L. Spearmon is a senior lecturer and Chief Officer of Community Engagement and Diversity. Previously, Dr. Spearmon held the title of Associate Dean at the School of Social, University of Washington and co-founder of Inclusive Engagements, LLC.  In social work education, she has held both teaching and administrative positions at Case Western Reserve University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Temple University, and the University of Washington.  Positions held include Director of Field Education, Director of the Bachelor of Arts Program, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of Professional Development and Community Partnerships.  Social Work Management Practice, Integrative Seminar, and Cultural Diversity are among the primary courses taught by Dr. Spearmon.  Leading study abroad programs to Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa have been transformative experiences for herself and participating students. As a consultant Dr. Spearmon facilitates, training and coaching in the areas of managing a diverse workforce, building multicultural learning environments, team and community building, intergroup dialogue, program management, community planning and strategic planning.  A dynamic, enthusiastic, facilitator of change, Dr. Spearmon is distinguished by her passion for building responsive and inclusive teaching and learning communities.  Her contagious enthusiasm instills in her and her team members extraordinary energy and dedication where creativity and innovation are encouraged.  Dr. Spearmon’s volunteer and community involvement has comprised serving on several children, youth and family services’ boards of directors and advisory groups, such as National CASA, Girl Scouts of America, United Way Services, National Council of Human Relations, Harambee Services to Black Families and Atlantic Street Center. After completing her public school education in Cleveland, Ohio and after a study abroad experience in Germany, Dr. Spearmon received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, earned a Masters of Social Work Degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and a doctorate from the College of Education, University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.


Vaughnetta J. Barton

Vaughnetta J. Barton (speaker)

Vaughnetta J. Barton, MSW, is managing the University of Washington School of Social Work’s community-led initiative, Communities in Action. She has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector specializing in program development, community engagement, and philanthropy. As a practicum instructor and lecturer, Vaughnetta provides educational opportunities for graduate students focused on social work administration, capacity-building, and leadership. Prior to Communities in Action, Vaughnetta J. Barton was the executive director of the Foundation for Early Learning and was responsible for the organization’s overall management including fundraising, staff development, programs, collaborations, grant-making, and budgeting. Prior to joining the Foundation for Early Learning, Vaughnetta worked as Philanthropy Northwest’s first advancement director where her responsibilities included increasing membership and revenue. Vaughnetta has also held senior leadership positions in the mentoring, welfare-to-work, and credit union industries. Vaughnetta J. Barton serves on the School of Social Work’s Student Review Committee and is a member of Seattle’s American Leadership Forum Steering Committee. Vaughnetta is a former American Marshall Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and an alumna of Leadership Tomorrow. Vaughnetta J. Barton earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington with a concentration in Administration, focusing on Children, Youth, and Families. Vaughnetta graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree.


Edith Chavers Elion

Edith Chavers Elion (speaker)

Edith Chavers Elion is the first African American and the first female Executive Director of Atlantic Street Center, which was founded in 1910. She has been with Atlantic Street Center nearly 40 years and the Executive Director since 2002. She is responsible for agency Operations and Finance, Resource Development, Human Resources, Program Development, and Government and Community Relations. Under her leadership, many programs were created for and provided to children, youth and families in the areas of Education, Homelessness, Family Support, Adolescent Development, Violence Prevention, and Mental Health, to name a few. Edith is an amazing, passionate, vibrant African American woman committed to improving the lives of others. The programs Edith has either developed or championed take a unique approach to providing mental health services to children, youth and families in the most diverse areas in Seattle and south King County. Edith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is also a Practicum Instructor for the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. In addition to her work at Atlantic Street Center, she is involved in many activities at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle Washington where she is an ordained Deacon, She is also a recent Board member of the Associated Recreational Council which supports Parks and Recreation in Seattle.


Raymonda C. Reese

Raymonda C. Reese (speaker)

Raymonda C. Reese is a MSW graduate student at the University of Washington. Following her graduation from Carleton College, Raymonda began work in the education non-profit sector at The Schuler Scholar Program, coaching students in reading and writing and preparing them for the competitive college process. Her work continued in the education field, leading her to The Posse Foundation where she organized and managed special project logistics. She has also investigated education and other related topics first as a Research Associate at The Spencer Foundation and currently as a Research Assistant with Communities In Action, an initiative of the University of Washington School of Social Work. Her interests include behavioral health and prevention in adolescents and building community capacity through collective impact.


Invited Symposium IV
“Grand Challenges for Social Work: Examples of Campus Compacts”
Saturday – January 16, 2016, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Dr. Yannis C. Yortsos (speaker)

Yannis C. Yortsos was appointed dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 2005. He is the Chester F. Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and also holds the Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering. As dean, he articulated Engineering+ that positions engineering as the enabling discipline of our times. Yortsos joined the USC faculty in 1978 and chaired the department of chemical engineering from 1991 to 1997. An invited scholar at several institutions in the United States and abroad, Yortsos has received many honors for research, teaching and service. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 2008, was elected associate member of the Academy of Athens in 2013 and received in 2014 the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Yortsos served on the executive committee of the Engineering Deans Council, whose Diversity Committee he chairs and completed his tenure as member of the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Deans Council. Yortsos was one of the three co-founders in 2009 of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program. Yortsos received his B.Sc. from the National Technical University, Athens, Greece, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, all in chemical engineering.


Dr. Edward Lawlor

Dr. Edward R. Lawlor (speaker)

Edward F. Lawlor, PhD, is the dean of the Brown School and the William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. His interests focus on public policy and aging, Medicare policy, health reform, urban health policy, comparative health systems, and social services. He is the author of Redesigning the Medicare Contract: Politics, Markets, and Agency, the founding editor of the Public Policy and Aging Report and an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Under his leadership, the Brown School has implemented numerous innovations in its top-ranked social work program. The school also launched a Master of Public Health program. He was the founding director of the university-wide Institute for Public Health. Previously, he served as dean and professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and professor at the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, and government and legal studies, from Bowdoin College. Prior to receiving his PhD from the Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University, he was a research associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Dr. Marilyn L. Flynn

Dr. Marilyn L. Flynn (speaker)

Marilyn L. Flynn is a transformational leader who has served as Dean of Social Work at USC since 1997. She has dedicated her career to the advancement of social work research through a series of national initiatives. She was the inaugural president of the St. Louis Group and a steering committee member responsible for founding the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. She established the James E. Flynn Prize for Research, a competitive award recognizing social impact of interdisciplinary scholarship. Today, as a member of the Grand Challenges Executive Committee for the American Academy of Social Work, she has helped to craft the Grand Challenges initiative. Since 2011, she has also sustained a series of select summer roundtables on the science of social work and the future of the professoriate at Islandwood. Her awards include the USC Provost’s Inaugural Award for Educational Innovation, the International Sarnat Award for the Advancement of Social Work, and election to the California Hall of Social Welfare Distinction, among other recognitions. She holds a BA degree in history and sociology, with high honors, from Roosevelt University and an MSW and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Dr. Barbara W. Shank

Dr. Barbara W. Shank (speaker)

Dr. Barbara W. Shank graduated from Macalester College with a BA in sociology and earned her MSW and PhD from the University of Minnesota. She has been engaged in social work administration for over thirty years, starting as BSW Field Coordinator and BSW Program Director and currently as the founding Dean and Professor of the School of Social Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University. Her research interests include curriculum and program development and ‘teaching to mission’. She has served BPD as Program and Conference Chair; NADD as President, Program Chair and Treasurer; ICSD as President; IASSW as Board Member; NASW MN Chapter as President; and CSWE commissioner on COA, COEP, Global Education and Research, as well as serving as a certified site visitor. She is currently serving as CSWE Board Chair, ICSD President; Catholic Charities USA, Board of Trustees and NADD Co-Chair International Task Force. Under her leadership, the School of Social Work at St.Kates/St.Thomas has grown from 50 students to over 600, 6 to 59 full and part-time faculty and one to five programs offering five professional development institutes. In 2014, the School of Social Work launched a DSW online program with a focus on ‘Teaching as Practice’.


Doctoral Student Session and Luncheon
“Research for Good: Enabling Social Work PhD Students to Realize the Transformative Potential of Research”
Saturday – January 16, 2016, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm


Dr. Laina Bay-Cheng

Dr. Laina Bay-Cheng, Associate Professor and PhD Program Director at the School of Social Work at the University of Buffalo.  Dr. Bay-Cheng’s work concentrates on the social determinants of young women’s sexual well-being. In contrast to the dominant equation of youth sexuality with risk, Bay-Cheng contends that young women’s vulnerability to negative sexual experiences stems from unjust social norms and material conditions. Reflecting her interdisciplinary background and perspective, Bay-Cheng uses diverse theories and methods in her scholarship and publishes in well-regarded journals across disciplines.  Join fellow doctoral students as we get to know one another and hear from this dynamic and engaging speaker about the future of social work research.


“Meet the Scientist” Luncheon
Thursday – January 14, 2016, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Homelessness, Mental health, Substance Abuse, Qualitative Methods


Dr. Deborah Padgett

Dr. Deborah Padgett has a doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and post-doctoral training in public health and psychiatric epidemiology at Columbia University and Duke University, respectively. She is nationally known for her advocacy and practice of qualitative and mixed methods in research. She is the editor of The Handbook of Ethnicity, Aging, and Mental Health (1995) and The Qualitative Research Experience (2004), author of Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research (2008, 2nd ed.) and Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Public Health (2012), and co-author of Program Evaluation (5th ed., 2009). Dr. Padgett has published extensively on mental health needs and service use of homeless mentally ill adults, older women, ethnic groups, and children/adolescents. Before 2004, Dr. Padgett was co-principal investigator on two NIMH-funded grants and an NCI-funded mixed methods study of African-American women and breast cancer screening; she was also national co-director of the Screening Adherence Follow-up (SAFe) project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1997-2001). Beginning in 2004, she became principal investigator of two R01 qualitative methods studies funded by NIMH. The first, The New York Services Study (2004-2008), was a $1.4 million study of service engagement among dual diagnosed homeless adults in New York City. The NYSS was designed to elicit consumer perspectives on recovery and services for homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse. The second, The New York Recovery Study (2010-2015; $1.9 million) uses ethnographic methods and in-depth interviews to examine the role of housing in mental health recovery among formerly homeless adults.

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Dr. Beverly Black

Dr. Beverly Black, Ph.D., MSSW, is the Jillian Michelle Smith Professor in Family Violence Research and Director of the PhD program at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Black conducts research and publishes on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, adolescent dating violence, and prevention programming.




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Dr. Joseph Shields

Dr. Joseph Shields received his M.A. and PhD in sociology from The Catholic University of America. Dr. Shields research areas include behavioral health services research, substance abuse and mental health disorders, and the role of religion in social and health services. Dr. Shields has held joint appointments with a number of federal government health agencies. From 2000-2002 he served as a research scientist at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). From 2007-2009 he served as a research scientist with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and from 2010-2013 he served as Senior Advisor to the Director at the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  At NCSSS Dr. Shields teaches courses in quantitative research methods and social theory in the PhD program and research methods and evaluation of social service practice in the MSW program. Dr. Shields also serves as Co-Director of the Center for the Promotion of Health and Mental Health Well-Being.

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Dr. Susan Kemp

Associate Professor Susan Kemp‘s research interests focus on place, environment and community as foci of social work practice; low-income children, youth and families; public child welfare; and social work history and theory. Dr. Kemp’s scholarship is deeply grounded in her extensive community-based practice experience, initially as a child welfare social worker in New Zealand and later as a consultant to community agencies in urban neighborhoods in the United States. In 2007, she was awarded the Charles O. Cressey Endowed Professorship in recognition of her accomplishments in the field of child and family welfare. In 2011, she received the national Richard Lodge Prize for distinguished contributions to research and scholarship in social work. Author of and contributor to numerous academic articles, books and chapters, Dr. Kemp has enriched the social work profession with her scholarship and insight into the environmental and community aspects of human well-being. She is co-author of Person-Environment Practice: The Social Ecology of Interpersonal Helping and co-editor of The Paradox of Urban Space: Inequality and Transformation in Marginalized Communities and Communities, Neighborhoods, and Health: Expanding the Boundaries of Place. Her recent work has also included a national study of social justice-oriented urban youth programs.


Dr. Michael Austin

Dr. Michael Austin

MICHAEL J. AUSTIN is the Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Management at the School of Social Welfare. He is the former dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Florida State University and the University of Washington. Dr. Austin also served as a management consultant for the National Institute of Mental Health in Denver and as a planner for United Way Planning Agencies in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. A leading contributor to the field of social service management, Dr. Austin teaches agency administration and community planning to graduate students. His work focuses on nonprofit management and planning, organizational change and policy implementation. In addition to working with nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Israel, he has served as a management consultant to local, state, federal and international agencies.  Dr. Austin is the author and co-author of 17 books as well as 80 articles and 40 chapters and technical reports on the subject of human service administration.

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Dr. Michael Lindsey

Dr. Michael Lindsey

Dr. Michael A. Lindsey is an associate professor at the Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Lindsey is a child and adolescent mental health services researcher, and is particularly interested in the prohibitive factors that lead to unmet mental health need among vulnerable youth with serious psychiatric illnesses, including depression. Dr. Lindsey has received research support from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to examine the social network influences on perceptual and actual barriers to mental health care among African American adolescent males with depression. Dr. Lindsey’s current research, funded by NIMH and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, involves the development and test of a treatment engagement intervention that promotes access to and use of mental health services among depressed adolescents in school- and community-based treatment. Dr. Lindsey is a member of the Ford Foundation Scholars Network on Masculinity and the Wellbeing of African American Males; the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network; and the Mental Health Education Integration Consortium. His published research has appeared in the American Journal of Men’s Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, Journal Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Black Psychology, General Hospital Psychiatry, Prevention Science, Psychiatric Services, and in the journal Social Work. Dr. Lindsey is currently a standing member of the NIMH Services Research Committee, and a board member-at-large for the Society for Social Work and Research.  Dr. Lindsey holds a PhD in social work and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh; an MSW from Howard University; and a BA in sociology from Morehouse College. He also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in public health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Lindsey is the author of the blog “Nerve-us” Breakdown.

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Dr. David Brennan

Dr. David Brennan

Professor Brennan’s work focuses on health care and social work practice. He completed his M.S.W and Ph.D at Boston College.  He is the recent recipient of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s Scholarship Award.  Professor Brennan has also been a clinical social worker in the HIV/AIDS field since 1983. His research focuses on the health needs of gay and bisexual men who have been marginalized by a number of socio-cultural factors including age, race, and HIV status.  Professor Brennan’s more recent work includes examining the relationships between body image, sexual health and the overall well-being of gay and bisexual men who identify with ethno-racialized populations.  He has examined the psychosocial needs of older adults living with HIV.  He has also examined the impact of several factors on HIV risk for gay and bisexual men including the role of a history of childhood sexual abuse, optimistic beliefs about HIV treatment and the role of intimacy and pleasure in sexual risk behavior.  He is currently involved in work to examine how we measure sexual orientation in population-based health studies as well as the resiliencies, strengths, and assets that gay and bisexual men have that prevent them for becoming infected with HIV.