Faculty Research Interests

Andrew Achenbaum | Dale Alexander | Patrick S. Bordnick | C. Brené Brown | Monit Cheung | Ira C. Colby | Maxine Weinman Epstein | Jean Kantambu Latting | Mary Lewis | Sandra Lopez | Patrick Leung | Danielle Parrish | Suzanne Pritzker | Ellen Stevens-Roseman | Virginia Robbins | Paul R. Raffoul | Susan Robbins | Luis Torres | Sheara Williams

Andrew Achenbaum, Ph.D., Professor of History and Social Work

  • History of aging (images, experiences, policies)
  • Spirituality and aging
  • Societal aging

Dale Alexander, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor

  • Substance use
  • Marijuana screening
  • Clinical practice education

Patrick S. Bordnick, MPH, Ph.D., LCSW, Professor

  • Behavioral science
  • Public health prevention and practice
  • Technology in clinical assessment and treatment
  • Addiction
  • PTSD
  • Family assessment and interventions

C. Brené Brown, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor

  • Shame, gender, culture and resilience
  • Shame resilience and families (including parenting)
  • Shame and education
  • Empathy and culture
  • Violence against women
  • Social work education with an emphasis on contextualized practice
  • Qualitative methodologies with special focus on grounded theory

Monit Cheung, Ph.D., LCSW, Professor

  • Treatment effectiveness in child sexual abuse, creative therapy, traditional healing, immigrant adjustment and minority youth
  • Training effectiveness in child protection, forensic interviews, counseling Asian Americans, and child psychology

Ira C. Colby, Dean and Professor of Social Work

  • Social welfare policy
  • social work education and administration
  • political social work

Maxine Weinman Epstein, Dr. P.H., Professor

  • Adolescent mental and physical health
  • Fatherhood programs
  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Adolescent risk factors
  • Adolescent protective factors

Jean Kantambu Latting, Dr.P.H., Kantambu Latting Endowed Professor of Leadership and Change

  • Creating high performance organizations
  • Systematic approaches to workforce diversity
  • Forming alliances across differences
  • Fostering personal competence and accountable leadership

Mary Lewis, Ph.D., Professor Emerita

  • Social policies and services for children, international perspectives
  • Educationally disadvantaged children, international perspectives
  • Juvenile justice

Sandra Lopez, LCSW, Clinical Professor

  • Grief and bereavement
  • Traumatic grief
  • Compassion fatigue and secondary traumatization
  • Cultural competence

Patrick Leung, Ph.D., Professor

  • Cultural sensitivity training
  • Asian mental health issues
  • Children and families
  • Immigrant issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Gerontology

Danielle Parrish, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment with Adolescent and Adult Females.
  • Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
  • Mental Health/Direct Practice.
  • Evidence-Based Practice.
  • Dissemination and Implementation of Research in Practice.
  • Applied Behavioral Health Research.

Suzanne Pritzker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • Youth civic engagement (especially among poor and minority adolescents).
  • Service-learning.
  • Positive youth development.
  • Political advocacy.
  • Social welfare policy.

Ellen Stevens-Roseman, D.S.W., Associate Professor

  • Later life satisfaction
  • Evaluating social work practice effectiveness
  • Enhancing gerontological attitudes, knowledge, and skills of multi-cultural service providers

Virginia Robbins, LCSW, Clinical Professor

  • Field education
  • Gerontological social work
  • School social work

Paul R. Raffoul, Ph.D., Associate Professor

  • Public mental health delivery
  • Substance abuse treatment and evaluation
  • Future issues in social work
  • Technology and social work

Susan Robbins, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor

  • Human behavior theory
  • Cults
  • Satanic ritual abuse
  • Recovered memories
  • False allegations of child sexual abuse
  • Substance use, misuse and abuse
  • Native American issues
  • Mediation

Luis Torres, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • Latino health disparities
  • Co-occurring mental health, substance abuse and medical disorders in adolescents and young adults, with a particular emphasis on Latinos in the U.S. and Latin Americans in their countries of origin
  • Acculturation models and their impact on illness development
  • Best practices in screening, assessment and integrated treatment across service settings
  • Culture and psychiatric diagnosis and cultural adaptation of interventions

Sheara Williams, Ph.D., ACSW, Associate Professor

  • Psychosocial factors related to school behavior and academic achievement
  • Behavioral, social, and emotional aspects of school readiness-implications for families and schools
  • The academic achievement gap for poor and minority children
  • Children's mental and behavioral health.