Doctoral research

High expectations

Our students begin to publish and present their scholarly work during their time here, generating an average of 25 major presentations and 15 peer-reviewed publications annually.

Selected student fellowships and awards

Buckley, T. Doctoral Scholars Institute, Network for Social Work Management, 2019

Conley, D. David N. Saunders Legislative Award, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work, 2019

Luce, C. Environmental Fellowship Program Fellow, University of Michigan, 2018

Swan, L. E. T. Community and Public Health Research Award, Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, 2018

Selected student publications

Bouchard, L. M., Shin, S. H., & Chartier, K. G. (in press). Alcohol use in adolescence across U.S. race/ethnicity: Considering cultural factors in prevention and interventions. In D. Frings &  I. P. Albery (Eds.), The handbook for alcohol use and abuse: Understanding from synapse to society. Elsevier.

Kim, K., Hong, M., & Buckley, T. (in press). Family caregiving situations and engagement in advance care planning. Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Cuba, M. J., Massaro, V. R., Waters, C., Watson, S., Cody, A. M., & Stemhagen, K. (2018). Beyond the label: Using a multilevel model of intersectionality to explore the educational experiences of Latino English learners. Journal of Latinos and Education. Advance Online Publication. 

McDonald, S. E., Cody, A. M., Booth, L. J., Peers, J. R., Luce, C. O., Williams, J. H., & Ascione, F. R. (2018). Animal cruelty among children in violent households: Children’s explanations of their behavior. Journal of Family Violence, 1-12.

Compton, K. S., Barr, P., Bares, C., Karriker-Jaffe, K., Aliev, F. Mustanski, B. Dick, D. & Chartier, K.G. (under review). Evaluating neighborhood, social, and genetic influences on precursors of alcohol use risk behavior in African-American adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Conley, D. (in preparation). Behavioral health legislator voting behavior: A systematic review. Manuscript in preparation.

Wike, T. L., Grady, M. D., Massey, M., Bledsoe, S. E., Bellamy, J. L., Stim, H., & Putzu, C., (2018).  Factors influencing the use of the EBP process among newly licensed social work practitioners. Journal of Social Work Education.

Im, H., & Swan, L. E. T. (2019). Qualitative exploration of critical health literacy among Afghan and Congolese refugees resettled in the USA. Health Education Journal, 78(1), 38-50.

Wagaman, M. A., Alessi, E., Goffnett, J., Watts, K. J., Iacono, G., Thomas, D., Craig, S. (in press). Interrupting hetero- and cisnormativity in social work programs: LGBTQ+ student strategies for increasing inclusion. 

Selected student presentations

Bouchard, L. M. & Wike, T. L. (2019, July). Gone for now or gone for good: The need for narratives of rural high school seniors who intend to leave their communities following graduation. Oral presentation for the 44th National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, July, 2019. Paducah, KY.

Kim, K., Hong, M., & Buckley, T. (2018, November). Family caregiving environment and engagement in advance care planning. Poster session presented at the meeting of Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.

Cody, A.M. (2019, April). Building capacity for children’s participation in child welfare care and safety planning. Poster presentation at ResilienceCon, Nashville, TN.

Compton, K.S. (2019, April). Resistance and Resilience: Capturing the Experiences of People Directly Affected by Environmental Hazards. Paper presented at ResilienceCon in Nashville, TN.

Conley, D. (2019, January). Behavioral health legislator voting behavior: A systematic review. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

Luce, C. ., & Espitia, J. (2019, April). Making the case for collaboration: Taking interdisciplinary work beyond the academy. Poster presentation, 2019 New Horizons in Conservation Conference: Diversity, Equity, and Justice, Chicago, IL.

Cramer, L. & Stim, H. (2016, November) Collaborative digital storytelling: A high-impact, technology based learning tool for social work courses. Presented at the annual program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education: Atlanta, GA.

Swan, L. E. T., & Im, H. (2019, January). The impact of the number of trauma types on the mental health of female Somali refugee youth. Poster session presented at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

Watts, K. J. (2019, May). Masculinity and mental health: The intersectional challenges of gay Black men. Paper presented at the 7th Annual LGBTQ Research Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Recently completed dissertations

Stebbins, Mary (Aug 2019) Factors that influence mental health services utilization by children who have experienced adversity. Committee Members: Dr. Karen G. Chartier, Chair; Drs. Jamie Cage, Joseph Walsh, and Michael Southam-Gerow (VCU Dept. of Psychology)

Massey, Michael J. (May 2019) Critical Race Examination of Educator Perceptions of Discipline and School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Committee Members: Dr. Matthew D. Bogenschutz, Chair; Drs. Sarah Kye Price, Nicole Corley, Adia Terefa (VCU School of Education)

Casey, Rachel C. (May 2018) Mental Health Difficulties and Service Use of Incarcerated Women: The Influence of Violent Perpetration and Victimization. Committee Members: Dr. Kia J. Bentley, Chair; Drs. Sarah Kye Price, Shelby E. McDonald, Nancy Morris (VCU Dept. of Criminal Justice)

Rosenberg, Rachel D. (May 2018) Strengthening social networks of youth aging out of foster care: Promoting positive adult outcomes. Committee Members: Dr. Elizabeth M.Z. Farmer, Chair; Drs. Traci L. Wike, Youngmi Kim, M. Alex Wagaman, Michael Broda (VCU School of Education)

Cummings, Cory  (Aug 2017) The Anatomy of CBPR: A Case Study of CBPR Implementation for Health Promotion with the Peer Community. Committee Members: Dr. Kia J. Bentley, Chair; Drs. Liz Cramer, Sarah Kye Price, Rebecca S. Etz (VCU Dept. of Family Medicine and Population Health)

Jettner, Jennifer  (May 2017) Community Gardens: Exploring race, racial diversity and social capital in urban food deserts. Committee Members: Dr. Mary C. Secret, Chair; Drs. Patrick V. Dattalo, Elizabeth Farmer, Meghan Gough (VCU Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs)

Prorock-Ernest, Amy  (May 2017) Walking in beauty: Responsive and responsible health and healing among Virginia American Indian people. Committee Members: Dr. M. Alex Wagaman, Chair; Drs. Mary Katherine O’Connor, Sarah Kye Price, Maghboeba Mosavel (VCU Dept. of Health Behavior and Policy)


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