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School of Social Work

No. 25 M.S.W. Program in the U.S.

Twenty-four VCU School of Social Work faculty and students, representing 26 research initiatives, will be part of the annual Society for Social Work and Research’s virtual conference Jan. 19-22, 2021.

The breakdown: 15 faculty, eight Ph.D. students and candidates, and one post-doctoral student. Three faculty are also serving as co-chair or moderators for topical clusters. Four research posters have Ph.D. students/candidates as first authors, indicating their role in leading the research and presentation.

Research collaborators include 27 faculty or professional social workers and 12 Ph.D. students from 26 different universities and institutions.

Because of the virtual format, some sessions do not have a set date and time. VCU School of Social Work personnel are bolded.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

Examining the Use of the Words Healing and Healed Among Sexual Assault Survivors: Perceptions and Preferences

2:45-3:45 p.m.
Erica Martinez, M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University; Erika Hildebrandt, M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University; Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D., LCSW, associate dean of academic and student affairs and associate professor, VCU; Tiffany Ryan, M.S.W.; Molly Boeder Harris, M.A., The Breathe Network; Christopher Einolf, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University


Increasing Access: Addressing the Gap in Mental Health Services and Equity for Youth in the Latinx Community

5:15-6:15 p.m.
Ramon Coronado, M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University; April Viverette, M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University; Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D., LCSW, associate dean of academic and student affairs and associate professor, VCU; Mo Cuevas, Ph.D., Our Lady of the Lake University; Deborah Healy, Psy.D., Our Lady of the Lake University; Marissa Henderson, M.S., University Health System (San Antonio); Kristen O’Donnell, Ph.D., Our Lady of the Lake University


Orphaned & Vulnerable Children: What Is the Role of Intercountry Adoption in the 21st Century?  

5:15-6:15 p.m.
Sarah Neville, M.A., Boston College; Camie Tomlinson, M.S.W., Ph.D. student, VCU; Charles Currie, M.S.W., Union University; Amanda Stafford McRell, M.P.A., University of South Carolina; Hollee A. McGinnis, Ph.D., assistant professor, VCU


Challenges of Refugee Family Dynamics: Perspectives of Health Care Workers from a Refugee Camp

6:30-7:30 p.m.
Miriam Kuttikat, Ph.D, associate professor, VCU; Jennifer L. Murphy, M.S.W., Ph.D. student, VCU

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021

Depression in New Mothers: The Role of Maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences

1:15-2:15 p.m.
Sunny Shin, Ph.D., associate professor, VCU; Gabriela Ksinan Jiskrova, Ph.D., VCU; Tiffany Kimbrough, M.D., Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU; Karen Tabb, Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Elizabeth Lee, M.S.W., Virginia Department of Social Services; Carl Ayers, M.S.W., Casey Family Programs


Intergenerational Transmission of Complex Adversity: Maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences and Parent-Child Aggression Risk

1:15-2:15 p.m.
Sunny Shin, Ph.D., associate professor, VCU; Gabriela Ksinan Jiskrova, Ph.D., VCU; Tiffany Kimbrough, M.D., Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU; Karen Tabb, Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Elizabeth Lee, M.S.W., Virginia Department of Social Services; Carl Ayers, M.S.W., Casey Family Programs


Interrupting the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma

1:15-2:15 p.m.
Joshua Mersky, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Sunny Shin, Ph.D., associate professor, VCU; Lixia Zhang, Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa


Rural LGBTQ+ Youth School and Community Experiences

1:15-2:15 p.m.
Traci Wike, Ph.D., M.S.W., associate professor, VCU; Leah Bouchard, A.M., Ph.D. student; Aaron Kemmerer, M.S.W., Ph.D. student, VCU; Mauricio Yabar, LCSW, Ph.D. student, VCU


Building Multi-Tier Mental Health and Psychosocial Supports in the Community: Towards Trauma-Informed and Culture-Informed Care for Refugees in the U.S.

5-6 p.m.
Hyojin Im, Ph.D., associate professor, VCU; Laura E.T. Swan, M.S.W., Ph.D. candidate, VCU


Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

Using Research and Research Findings to Impact Policy Change Related to Maternal Mental Health

1:15-2:15 p.m.
McClain Sampson, Ph.D, M.S.S.W., University of Houston; Sarah E. (Betsy) Bledsoe, Ph.D., M.Phil., M.S.W., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Sarah Kye Price, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.S., M.Div., associate dean for faculty development and professor, VCU; Rena Bina, Ph.D., M.S.W., Bar-Ilan University


Social Change in Child Welfare: Outcomes for Children Living with Kin Vs Non-Kin Caregivers

3:45-4:45 p.m.
Symposium organizer: Nancy Rolock, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University; discussant: Hollee A. McGinnis, Ph.D., assistant professor, VCU

Asynchronous presentations/posters

The Ambiguous Loss Scale: Development and Validation with People Experiencing Pet Loss

Claire Luce, M.S.W., Ph.D. candidate, VCU; Laura E.T. Swan, M.S.W., LCSW, Ph.D. candidate, VCU; and Shelby E. McDonald, Ph.D., M.S.W., associate professor, VCU


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Associated Sociodemographic Characteristics Among Korean College Students  

Aely Park, Ph.D., Sunchon University; Youngmi Kim, Ph.D., associate professor, VCU


Examining the Relationships Between Perceived Microinteractions and Adolescents’ Self-Reported Grades and Feelings of Well-Being: Gender and Racial Differences and Similarities

M. Annette Clayton, Ph.D., M.S.S.W., ACSW, Virginia Wesleyan University; Jennifer L. Murphy, M.S.W, Ph.D. student, VCU


Examining the Roles of Neighborhood Disadvantage and School Quality in College Enrollment  

Youngsun Joo, Ph.D., Myongji University; Youngmi Kim, Ph.D., associate professor, VCU


Family Conundrums with Psychiatric Medication: An Inquiry into Experiences, Beliefs, and Desires

Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., M.S.S.W., professor, VCU


Gender-Specific Profiles of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Youngmi Kim, Ph.D., associate professor, VCU; Haenim Lee, Ph.D., Dongguk University; Jennifer L. Murphy, M.S.W., Ph.D. student, VCU


Happiness, Hope, and Hopelessness: Substance Use Among High School Seniors

Leah M. Bouchard, A.M., Ph.D. student, VCU; Jennifer L. Murphy, M.S.W., Ph.D. student, VCU


Is a Recovery High School the Solution: A Qualitative Study

April C. Viverette, M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University; Jennifer Vasquez, M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University;  Nadia Moreno, M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University; Rita Ruelas, M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University; Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D., LCSW, associate dean for academic and student affairs and associate professor, VCU


Longitudinal Relationships Among Social, Mental, and Physical Factors in Later Life

Sok An, Ph.D., Daegu University; Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor, VCU; Minhong Lee, Ph.D., Dong-Eu University


Looks Matter: Are Schools of Social Work Representing Diversity and Inclusion on Their Websites?

Ijeoma Ogbonnaya, Ph.D., Arizona State; Traci Wike, Ph.D., M.S.W., associate professor, VCU; Leah Bouchard, A.M., Ph.D. student, VCU; Aaron Kemmerer, M.S.W., Ph.D. student, VCU; Mauricio Yabar, LCSW, Ph.D. student, VCU


Neighborhood Environment and Psychological Distress Among Older Adults: The Moderating Role of Economic Vulnerability

Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor, VCU; Amanda Lehning, Ph.D., University of Maryland; Richard Smith, Ph.D., Wayne State University


Neighborhood Structural Characteristics and Mental Disorders: Examining the Mediating Role of Community Violence Exposure  

Haenim Lee, Ph.D., Dongguk University; Jiho Park, M.S.W., Case Western Reserve University; Youngmi Kim, Ph.D., associate professor, VCU


Social Network Analysis for Social Work Science: Validation of a Hierarchical Mapping Technique to Understand Network Level Closeness and Emotional and Educational Support Among College Students

Hollee A. McGinnis, Ph.D., assistant professor, VCU; Michael Broda, Ph.D., VCU School of Education; David Chan, Ph.D., VCU Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics; Claire Luce, M.S.W., Ph.D. candidate, VCU; Camie Tomlinson, M.S.W., Ph.D. student, VCU


A Systematic Review of Prevention Approaches to Rural Opioid Use

Leah M. Bouchard, A.M., Ph.D. student, VCU; Sunny Shin, Ph.D., associate professor, VCU


Validation of the Six-Item Lubben Social Network Scale with Spanish-Speaking older adults in Puerto Rico

Tommy D. Buckley, M.S.W., Ph.D. candidate, VCU; Todd D. Becker, M.S.W., University of Maryland; Denise Burnette, Ph.D., Ph.D.Program director, professor and endowed chair, VCU; Humberto Fabelo, Ph.D., associate professor

ALSO PARTICIPATING

Associate professors Maurice Gattis, Ph.D., and M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D., are serving as co-chair and moderator, respectively, for the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity cluster. Professor Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., M.S.S.W., is serving as moderator of Research on Social Work Education cluster.

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