Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

PhD Students

Cohort 2019

Name

Research Interests

Patiya Freely

Faith/ belief systems as a protective factor against violence and negative outcomes of racial minority youth; Interventions developed from faith practices; Transformative experiences and relationships; Restorative Justice; Policy and Administration; Trauma-Informed approaches; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the developing adolescent brain.

Sungsim Lee

Spirituality, religion, and health among older adults; Gerontological social work; Positive aging and resilience, End of life care, spiritual/social support in later life; Mindfulness meditation in social work practice and education; Mental health, mind & body connections; Spirituality as a strength perspective of human development; Program planning and evaluation.

Kevin Miller

Youth violence prevention; participatory service models; youth civic engagement; after school programs; participatory action research framework; positive youth development; human rights based curriculum development; critical consciousness; street-based social work

Rene Palacios Garita

 

Michael Roy

Community well-being, healing justice, transformative justice, restorative justice, community accountability, race based traumatic stress, school to prison pipeline / criminal justice reform, peace education, women of color feminism, minority stress theory, and reimagining masculinity

Brianna Sorensen

LGBTQ studies and their acknowledgement within social work education and clinical practice. The implications of internalized trans/homo phobia on countertransference in the clinical setting and bias in the classroom.  

Nora Wynn

Adolescent sexual health and development, school-based sex education, harm reduction, peer-led education, positive youth development, participatory research methods.

Cohort 2018

 Name

Research Interests

Patrick Decker Nonprofit management and development; Nonprofit board diversity and development; Anti-racism initiatives within nonprofit organizations; Sustainability practices in nonprofit organizational and board development.
Anthony Johnson HIV Prevention; Health Disparities; Health Behavior; Psychological Self-Sufficiency; Resilience; Intersectionality; Minority Health
Ruri Kim Mental health counseling; Psychotherapeutic process; Establishing therapeutic alliance/relationship; Relational psychodynamic therapy; Milieu therapy with youth at risk; Child and parent attachment; Child welfare and foster care;  Developing prevention, intervention, and postvention program for children, youth, and families at risk; Psychological Self Sufficiency in youth; career development/counseling with at-risk youth.
Margaret Ann Paauw Access to care and health behaviors among transition aged youth experiencing first episode psychosis. Program evaluation within community mental health clinics.
Sharitza Rivera First-generation and/or low-income undergraduates mental health at elite institutions; Community college student persistence; peer mentorship with underrepresented students; program development & evaluation; poverty & welfare policies in the United States; institutional & systemic innovation/change; vicarious trauma and self-care; trauma-informed perspectives; spirituality and social work within communities of color.
Celeste Sanchez Social work with immigrants and refugees, Latin American internal and international migration, forced migration, return migration and reintegration; mental health care approaches for Latino communities; second-generation immigrant identities.
Heather Watson Mental health; individual and environmental factors that lead to healthy child development; evidence based clinical practice; disadvantaged youth and families; social justice; disparities in social services and communities among various minority groups.

Cohort 2017

Name

Research Interests

Juli Chaffee
Non-abuse oriented attachment trauma in children, adoption attachment trauma, mental illness, neuropsychology, improving education and therapeutic interventions regarding attachment for social workers in macro, mezzo and micro levels.
Michael Copeland
Adolescent mental health; advancement of the epidemiological research that has been conducted previously on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), as it relates to executive brain functioning.
Mary Dungy-Akenji
Community organization and movement building, economic inequality and critical social work.  Currently studying community organization's recent embrace of ideology to meet demands of contemporary field of play.
Gyounghee Lee
Family care and the long term care service for Korean American older adults with Dementia; utilization of mental health services among Asian American older adults; domestic violence among Asian American population.

Cohort 2016

Name

Research Interests

Melissa Iverson Administrative practice, program development, evaluation and assessment, strengthening and advancing social work leadership within human service organizations, macro social work competencies and education.
Siddhesh Mukerji Siddhesh's current academic interests include: 1) environmental social work - integrating frameworks such as ecosocial work and environmental justice into social work education and practice; 2) social work education - increasing and deepening the role of multicultural ways of knowing and being in social work education; 3) Buddhist social theory - implications of Buddhist philosophy for social work theory and practice and, more broadly, religion’s roles in advancing and obstructing social justice. Siddhesh's direct practice background is in psychosocial intervention for youth in residential settings.
Alanna J. Shin Poverty; psychological self-sufficiency; economic self-sufficiency; career development; minority unemployment; refugee resettlement; refugee mental health.
Diane Williams Aging and social welfare; aging social policy; economic self-sufficiency amongst older adults; barriers to housing stability for older adults; ecological variables affecting aging well-being; role of senior housing on successful aging; productive aging programming.

Cohort 2015

Name

Research Interests

Johanna Barry
 
 
Domestic and intimate partner violence; sibling violence; historical trauma; complex trauma in youth and adults; cross-cultural and global social work; gender identity; sexuality; mentoring relationships for system-involved youth; feminist relational practice.
Hien Nguyen
The role of spirituality in social work and family practice; Marriage and family relationships; family cohesion and adolescent well-being.
Siobhan O'Donoghue
 
 
The intersection of social work and spirituality; meaning-making of young adults, and accompaniment of those on the margins as a method for capacity building and social change. 
Whitney Key Towey
 
 
Health literacy; social determinants of health; mental health; dissemination science.
Bridget Wesley
 
 
Child welfare and foster care; experience of love in child welfare system; child-parent bonding and attachment; barriers and promoters of foster youth well-being; trauma within child welfare; foster parent and child welfare worker recruitment and training; relational interventions with disconnected or at-risk youth; youth gang involvement and gun violence in urban centers; ecological approaches to the prevention of child maltreatment; outcomes of children involved in the child welfare system.
Adriane "Addie" Van Zwoll
 
 
Juvenile justice; complex trauma; school-based mental health; child welfare; classroom mental health education; and community-based mental health education. 

Cohort 2014

Name

Research Interests

Brent S. In
Psychological determinants of successful reentry; Workforce development for returning citizens; Evidence-based reentry practices; Reentry program evaluations; Faith based organizations and social entrepreneurships in inner-city communities.
Willie Jackson
The marginalized and forgotten in poverty and experiencing homelessness; strong emphasis on social justice and harm reductionist principles.
Amzie Moore
Cross-Age Peer Mentoring Programs; Positive Youth Development; Prosocial Behavior Among Urban Youth; Urban Education; Poverty and Inequality; Race Relations.

Cohort 2013

Name

Research Interests

Jang Ho Park
Poverty, Self-Sufficiency Program, Psychological Self-Sufficiency, Economic Self-Sufficiency, Employment, Low-income Jobseekers.
Bidisha Sinha
Poverty, global development, human rights and social justice issues; in particular, interests in the human rights of women and children.
Emily Shayman
School social work, professionalization of school social work, history of practicing mental health in school settings, education for school social workers, social work in host settings, power dynamics in school settings.
Katherine Williams
Psychoanalysis as a clinical practice, patients with serious mental illness and their ability to access treatment, social work pedagogy.

Cohort 2011

Name

Research Interests

Elizabeth Morgan
 
 
Single women and women with children experiencing homelessness, re-entry into homelessness, sustainment of housing after experiencing homelessness, and patterns of service utilization among the homeless population.