Current PhD Students

Jennifer Allen
allenj66@msu.edu
Interests:

Adolescence; Violence exposure and resiliency; Social support; Educational disparities.

Joshua Bishop, MSW
bishop57@msu.edu
Interests:

Generosity and altruism; Foster parenting; Child welfare; Public health

Melanie Carlson
carls445@msu.edu
Interests:

Phenomenon of gender based violence and how to create impactful preventative tools; exploration of the impact of trauma informed social services when there is compounded trauma over a survivor's life span; creating interventions for survivors that account for structural barriers and multimorbidity from an intersectional perspective that fosters optimum resiliency in survivors

Daniel L. Cavanaugh, MSW
cavana63@msu.edu
Interests:

Interventions utilizing wilderness settings and natural spaces; LGBTQ youth service provision; Youth with co-occurring mental health and developmental struggles; Harm reduction substance abuse treatment models; Peer delivered mental health and substance abuse treatment

Amanda Henderson
hende320@msu.edu
Interests:

Health care policy; Mental health care and educational services for children; Mental health care in the educational setting; Gender-based educational disparities; Gender and ethnic/ racial health care disparities; Neighborhood effects of the health of low-income Latino and African-American children; The intersection of Medicaid and the criminal justice system; Prevention of mental illness and substance abuse disorders; Human trafficking and related health care interventions

Ilan Kwon, MSW
kwonilan@msu.edu
Interests:

Aging and mental health; Behavioral health among baby boomers; Elderly's help-seeking behavior; Community-based mental health care; Social service delivery system; Aging and social capital; Successful aging & wellbeing; Self growth and development; Life course perspective; Developmental trajectory; Cross-cultural studies; Research methods

lewisba1@msu.edu
Interests:

At-risk youth, Black male development (adolescence through early adulthood), Latino male development (adolescence through early adulthood), sexual abuse/trauma, Co-Occurring Disorders (mental health and substance abuse), Social Welfare Policy, Criminal Justice/Juvenile Justice systems, Masculinity

Sr. Miriam MacLean, RSM, LLMSW
maclea20@msu.edu
Interests:

Winnicott's concept of the facilitating environment and how it can be operationalized in adolescent group home settings in order to produce better outcomes

Elizabeth Meier
meierel3@msu.edu
Interests:

Social movement organization effectiveness, the deradicalization of social justice movements/organizations over time, and the phenomenon of systematized perpetuation of trauma by helping professions/institutions

Edita Milanovic, MSW
milanov3@msu.edu
Interests:

Development of racist attitudes; Pedagogy approach for cultural competency; International social work

Abbie Nelson
Nelso777@msu.edu
Interests:

Evidenced based practices for social work with Latinos; Intimate partner violence and trauma related to sexual abuse and IPV; Unaccompanied minors from Central America and trauma associated with immigration; International social work; Culturally competent practice; Relationship between mental health and nutrition

Lucas Prieto
prietolu@msu.edu
Interests:

sexual health, sexuality, and LGBT aging

Kristen Prock, LCSW
prockkri@msu.edu
Interests:

Victimization of LGBTQ youth who are homeless; best practice models for homeless centers who serve LGBTQ youth; gender-based violence.

Jisuk Seon, MSW
seonjisu@msu.edu
Interests:

Child abuse and neglect; Child care and education; Program evaluation; Policy analysis and advocacy

Elizabeth (Liz) Sharda, MSW
shardael@msu.edu
Interests:

Child trauma; Secondary trauma; Child welfare; Resilience; Holistic health; Racial justice

Carolyn Sutherby, LMSW
sutherb2@msu.edu
Interests:
Maternal Depression & Substance Use Disorders; Mothers Involved in the Criminal Justice System; Parenting Education; Public Policy
Joseph Wager
wagerjos@msu.edu
Interests:

Integrated health; Mental health; Social work education; Technology and social work practice

Erik Wittrup, MSW
wittrup1@msu.edu
Interests:

Child welfare; Childhood trauma; Secondary trauma; Resiliency Building