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

Emmanuel Chima
chimaemm@msu.edu
Interests:

Identity politics and mental health outcomes
Youth identity development
Refugee/immigrant wellbeing
Aging

Kathryn Irish
Interests:

Ideological fundamentalism
Perception
Cognitive integrative complexity
Belief formation and updating processes
Violence prevention
Neurological mechanisms involved in addiction and recovery from substance use disorders

Leo Kattari
kattaril@msu.edu
Interests:

Transgender health across the lifespan
LGBTQ health equity
Health policy advocacy

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

Religious identity development and cultural competency in social work practice.

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

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, Aging, LGBT Health

Jessica Saba
sabajess@msu.edu
Interests:
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
Jenny Tanis
tanisjen@msu.edu
Interests:
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