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Dear reader, I am delighted to introduce “Real World Impact” the new research bi-annual newsletter of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of the newsletter is to provide a snapshot of the outstanding research with real world impact that is taking place at our school. Each issue will be organized around a theme that is critical to the advancement of social work. COVID-19 has shone the spotlight on long lived and deeply rooted inequities in our world. Such inequities are manifested in countless ways, depriving people from opportunities and the ability to thrive. Inequities are created and maintained by systems, policies, and institutions that marginalize people who are different from ascribed standards of superiority. The School of Social Work at the University of Illinois strongly opposes policies, institutional practices, and individual level actions that support and reinforce societal inequities. We are steadfastly committed to and engaged in collective work to promote social justice. Social justice is a state in which all people have access to the tools they need to flourish. Hence, our inaugural theme is social justice research. We know that combating inequities requires a massive restructuring of our lives at the micro, meso, and macro levels, reshaping of our beliefs, behaviors, relationships, culture, policies, organizations, and structures. Doing so requires thoughtful and honest analysis. Yet, our contemporary challenges bring opportunities to create robust responses in dialogue, research, practice, and policies. This newsletter highlights a sample of the exciting research we are doing at the School of Social Work to lead the way in imagining and creating a more just world. I hope you will enjoy reading our stories and learning from a truly world class set of social workers who are committed to social justice! Happy reading!

Liliane Windsor, PhD, MSW Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor



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THE ROLE OF SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN RACIAL HEALING In effort to better serve the changing demographics of its student population, Dr. Kevin Tan has been working with the MahometSeymour School District since 2018 with research on socialemotional learning (SEL). As part of a new Fall 2019 state mandate to include contributions of the LGBTQ community in the school curriculum, the district partnered with Dr. Tan and the School of Social Work to support its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) program. The COVID-19 pandemic soon struck, and following the murder of George Floyd, the voiced concerns and lived experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) within a majority White, conservative and affluent community needed to be heard and acknowledged.

In a separate Healing Illinois grant awarded to Drs. Tan and Durriyyah Kemp (Extension), they led a dozen social work students to deliver a series of conversations on racial healing and focus group discussions with educators, parents, and young people to better understand the impact of recent events, such as the November 2020 presidential election, Capitol Insurrection, and Black Lives Matter on young people’s social and emotional development. Through their focus groups, which are race specific, the research team has heard the members of the BIPOC community express fatigue and frustration. Dr. Carter-Black supported the efforts of Drs. Tan and Kemp by organizing social work students to engage in racial healing dialogues.

Dr. Tan, with the assistance of Drs. Janet Carter-Black, Brenda Lindsey, and other colleagues at the School of Social Work,supported Mahomet-Seymour School District’s SEL and DEI initiatives. Town hall sessions were held in the community to understand the constituents’ vision for the district. Teacher professional development sessions were delivered by Drs. Tan, Carter-Black, Lindsey and others including Associate Professor Tara Powell, Director of Student Affairs, Monica Cherry, and Assistant Professor Lisa Mercer (School of Art & Design). This work was supported by a Healing Illinois grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

The work of Dr. Tan on SEL and DEI was further integrated into many aspects of the School of Social Work. He has been working with Drs. Chi-Fang Wu (PhD Program Director) and Terry Ostler (MSW Program Director) through a Provost’s Initiative on Teaching Advancement grant on using simulations to increase the teaching efficacy of PhD students. Simulations have been jointly implemented with Dr. Brenda Lindsey in her School Social Work Practice classes. Drs. Tan, Wu, and Ostler have been working with doctoral students on research studies evaluating the use of simulations as a pedagogical tool for social work education. Through collaboration, the School of Social Work is preparing its students to engage in innovative teaching, service, and research that promote social justice.

Dr. Kevin Tan, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, conducts research focusing on understanding profiles of youth risk and protective factors, developmental patterns of problems behaviors, and their social contextual influences. Working collaboratively with administrative and teacher teams to understand SEL data, he promotes strategies to support the social, emotional and behavioral health of students, families, and their communities. Dr. Janet Carter-Black is a Teaching Professor in the School of Social Work, and her research interests include resilience in African American families, focusing on parenting strategies that facilitate healthy development and success trajectories for children despite external structural forces, particularly racism and discriminatory practices. Dr. Brenda Lindsey is a Teaching Full Professor in the School of Social Work and is a former school social worker with additional professional experience in providing children’s mental health services. Dr. Lindsey’s research and practice interests focus on the role of school social workers and Response to Intervention (RtI) with a special emphasis on evidence-based practice interventions for children with challenging problem behaviors. *This project is being funded by two grants from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).


COMMUNITY WISE: ADDRESSING RACISM, SEXISM, AND CLASSISM WHILE MOBILIZING MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES TO PROMOTE HEALTH EQUITY IN THE FIELD OF SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER, HIV PREVENTION, AND REENTRY Rates of alcohol and illicit substance misuse (AISM) in marginalized communities (i.e., areas with high rates of poverty and crime) with concentrations of African Americans are similar to the general population. Yet AISM has significantly higher consequences for residents in these marginalized communities (e.g., higher incarceration and HIV/HCV infection rates, particularly among men). Social determinants of health including stigma, poverty, and exclusion partially explain these inequities. Yet, AISM evidence-based interventions have not paid enough attention to how social determinants of health uniquely affect marginalized communities and overlook community members’ experiential knowledge and their potential contributions to developing and testing interventions. In order to address this gap, our team developed and tested a new multi-level manualized intervention called Community Wise. Community Wise addresses social determinants of health (e.g., stigma, poverty, lack of treatment access, housing, and meaningful employment) and inequities related to AIDU at the micro level (e.g., cognitive and behavioral processes), meso level (e.g., relationships with individuals and organizations) and macro level (e.g., political and cultural processes). Community Wise builds on critical consciousness theory, which empowers individuals, organizations, and communities to address social determinants of health while changing individual behaviors (e.g., reducing AIDU). We developed and tested Community Wise following a blend of the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) and Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). MOST is an innovative and rigorous framework to engineer optimized and effective behavioral health interventions. CBPR is a framework where community and academic partners work together in all phases of the research process. In our last study, a sample of 602 formerly incarcerated men with a history of substance use disorder and incarceration were recruited to enroll in a 2x2x2x2 randomized full factorial experiment. The optimized version of the intervention had clinically and statistically significant reductions in substance use frequency over the 5 months follow up period. The outcome paper is currently under review.

Liliane Cambraia Windsor, Ph.D., MSW is Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Windsor develops behavioral interventions designed to promote health equity through group dialogue and community organizing. Her research focuses on reducing substance misuse, HIV infection, and incarceration in marginalized communities. For more information, including publications, visit the NCCB website at: www.newarkccb.org




CFRC researchers Tamara Fuller, Michael Braun, Satomi Wakita, and Kyle A. Adams III, examined racial disproportionality in the Illinois child welfare system at five critical decision points. These critical points include investigated/screened-in maltreatment reports, protective custodies, indicated maltreatment reports, post-investigation service provision, and timely exits from substitute care. The results of their analyses found that, compared to their percentage in the general child population, African American children were over-represented and Hispanic children were under-represented at every decision point in the child welfare system over the past seven years; White children, in contrast, were proportionally represented. Further analyses indicated that disproportionality was exacerbated among African American and Hispanic children at the protective custody and substitute care entry decision points: African American children became more over-represented and Hispanic children under-represented. Both over-representation and under-representation could result from unfair treatments or uneven resource allocations against a specific racial or ethnic group. By locating the decision points where children in a particular racial/ethnic group may be disproportionately represented compared to the representation in the general population or at a previous decision point, it is possible to identify decision points in the child welfare system where over-or under-representation may become magnified. These decision points may then serve as a starting point for efforts to root out racial biases—be they implicit, explicit, or institutional—that harm children.

Dr. Tamara Fuller joined the Children and Family Research Center at the School of Social Work in 1997, serving as the Center’s director since 2010. Dr. Fuller’s research focuses on children and families involved in the public child welfare system and the effectiveness of the services and interventions that are provided to families once they become involved in a maltreatment investigation. Dr. Satomi Wakita is a Research Data Analyst at CFRC and her research interests include the design of survey instruments, performance measurement, program evaluation, and the use of data to improve child welfare.

Kyle Adams is a Research Data Analyst at CFRC and his research interests include racial disproportionality indices, child welfare data analysis, and key performance indicator analysis.

The Children and Family Research Center (CFRC), is an independent research organization created jointly in 1996 at the School of Social Work by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The goal of the Center is to identify research needs and support research that is policy and practice relevant and encourage and facilitate public child welfare research activities through collaborative relationships. One of the goals in the DCFS strategic plan is to eliminate racial disparity through implementing the Family Focused, Trauma Informed, and Strengths Based (FTS) Illinois Core Practice Model in communities. CFRC’s research on racial disproportionality aims to inform improvements in the child welfare system. Learn more about research at CFRC at www.cfrc.illinois.edu


USING ILLINOIS YOUTH SURVEY DATA TO BETTER UNDERSTAND DATING VIOLENCE AND PEER VICTIMIZATION AMONG TRANSGENDER AND GENDER- EXPANSIVE YOUTH. While research has shown that transgender adolescents experience disproportionately high rates of dating violence and peer victimization, most studies have relied on small samples of transgender youth and have not included the victimization experiences of gender-expansive youth (who do not identify as male, female, or transgender). In effort to address these limitations, Dr. Rachel Garthe led a team of investigators at the University of Illinois in examining a subsample of male, female, transgender, and gender-expansive youth from the 2018 Illinois Youth Survey (IYS). The IYS is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and administered, managed, and analyzed by the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD) in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois. The IYS is a student self-report survey administered in school settings, designed to gather information about a variety of health and social indicators, including substance use patterns and attitudes of Illinois youth. IYS results in a scientific statewide sample and four scientific substate sample estimates and is used by multiple stakeholders for various planning and evaluation initiatives. The 2018 IYS data were further divided into four gender groups (male, female, gender-expansive, and transgender), with 1116 per each of the four groups, for a total of 4464 youths included in the study. Additionally, they were frequency matched on grade, race, geographic region, and free or reduced lunch status. Log-binomial regression was used to calculate the prevalence of self-reported verbal, physical, and cyber peer victimization and physical and psychological dating violence by gender. Through their analysis of the IYS data, team investigators, Dr. Garthe, Amandeep Kaur, Agnes Rieger, Allyson M. Blackburn, Shongha Kim, and Dr. Goffnett found that both transgender and gender-expansive youth reported higher rates of all forms of victimization when compared to those reported by male and female youth, with transgender youth reporting the highest rate of victimization. The research team suggests that the rates of violence and victimization among gender diverse youth is a public health concern, as it results in poorer health outcomes for an already vulnerable population. Incorporating the experiences of transgender and gender-expansive youth in school policies and violence prevention programs could help address these disparities, create more inclusive initiatives, and promote the well-being of transgender and gender-expansive youth. Read more about this study: Garthe, R.C., Kaur, A., Rieger, A., Blackburn, A. M., Kim, S., & Goffnett, J. (2021). Dating Violence and Peer Victimization Among Male, Female, Transgender, and Gender-Expansive Youth. Pediatrics, 147(4):e2020004317 THE RESEARCH TEAM Dr. Rachel Garthe is an Assistant Professor, the Undergraduate Research Coordinator in the School of Social Work, and an affiliate of the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD). Her research examines the etiology, consequences, and prevention of youth violence, primarily among youth living in urban, low-income communities. Additionally, she researches dating violence and intimate partner violence, specifically looking at how definitions and responses to violence can more inclusive and accessible to historically marginalized populations. Through this research, she has focused on guiding violence prevention efforts for youth and adults. Shongha Kim, MSW, is a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research area is primarily focused on bullying, cyber-bullying, and dating violence among early adolescents in middle school settings. In particular, she examines the dynamics of peer relationships and the importance of friendships during early adolescence. Her research examines these topics in collaboration with schools to reduce negative mental health outcomes (e.g., depression, suicidal ideation) that may result from violent experiences.

Center for Prevention Research & Development (CPRD) The Center for Prevention Research & Development (CPRD) is a research center in the School of Social Work. Concentrating its efforts in the areas of school reform and after-school evaluation, health and human service reform, and prevention science, emphasizing an ecological framework, where populations and environment intersect. CPRD researchers specialize in policy analysis, applied research and evaluation, online data systems and professional development and training. Since its inception in 1989, CPRD has worked closely with many rural, suburban, and urban communities both in Illinois and across the United States. CPRD has a special emphasis on research, evaluation, and the development of data systems for self-study and program improvement. CPRD has overseen the IYS for the past eight years, working with schools across Illinois to administer the survey, conducting analyses using the data,and disseminating findings widely. Please see the IYS website for more information, reports, white papers, and an interactive data dashboard: Learn more about research at CPRD: cprd.illinois.edu

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Doug Smith Crystal Reinhart Marni Basic Ornit Weiss Shahana Begum Angus Lanker Spencer Williams Andy Kaiser Cindy Heck Barb Lancaster Learn more about IYS: iys.cprd.illinois.edu


WELCOME DR. MOSES OKUMU Dr. Moses Okumu will be joining the School of Social Work faculty in Fall of 2021. Dr. Okumu’s research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions in marginalized communities. He is particularly interested in examining the efficacy of digital and technology- based interventions for improving the sexual and mental health outcomes of vulnerable Black youth. After earning his PhD degree at the Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work at the University of Toronto, Dr. Okumu began a postdoctoral fellowship position in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Originally from Uganda, much of Dr. Okumu’s research on the development and delivery of digital health interventions is centered there and in sub- Saharan African communities. Focusing on community-based strategies and strengths, Dr. Okumu’s work advocates for increasing the infrastructure of existing support systems and equipping community members with the resources necessary to provide services to local youth. Additionally, his research aims to inform the development of evidence-based programming, best practices, and policies related to interventions that promote the well-being of marginalized Black youth. While his current research focuses on the prevention of gender-based violence among youth facing multiple forms of adversity in Uganda, Dr. Okumu is also interested in gender-transformative approaches and strength- based interventions related to men’s sexual and mental health. Experienced with using collaborative and community based participatory methods, Dr. Okumu is interested in working with communities to address local needs in ways that utilize and further strengthen existing networks.

WELCOME DR. MAI HOANG Dr. Mai Hoang will be joining the School of Social Work faculty in Fall of 2021. Dr. Hoang’s research focuses on identifying the psychological factors that maintain racial biases and injustices impacting educational and clinical outcomes, as well as addressing systematic health disparities to increase access and service delivery for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). While her work typically incorporates both quantitative and qualitative methods, Dr. Hoang is also interested in employing community-based participatory methods in her racial justice and health disparities research. Influenced by her family coming to the US as refugees during the Vietnam War, Dr. Hoang became interested in economics, primarily in relation to the behaviors of people and communities. While working as an accountant, she also volunteered to teach financial skills classes for systems-involved youth. In hopes of making more of an impact, Dr. Hoang left her job to pursue a PhD, earning her doctoral degree in 2020 from the Department of Educational Psychology at UIUC. After completing practicums and a year-long internship with the University of Illinois Counseling Center, Dr. Hoang began a postdoctoral research fellowship with the School of Social Work and has since been extending her expertise in racial bias and disparities to the research in maternal and infant health with Dr. Karen Tabb Dina. Although her current work focuses on health disparities, Dr. Hoang is also interested in examining the ways in which racial bias impacts information processing more generally. By examining the ways people’s personal experience and belief systems influence their response to information, Dr. Hoang hopes to increase the efficacy of diversity training. Because diversity training and cultural competency initiatives are deployed widely across professions, Dr. Hoang’s research has potential to address racial biases for those in critical, high-contact service positions- such as clinicians, educators, medical personnel, and police officers.


CAROL LEE Carol Lee is a PhD student in the School of Social Work. She is a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) doctoral fellow funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and a Licensed Social Worker in Illinois. Her work as a practitioner influenced her decision to pursue a doctoral degree, as she wanted to conduct research in ways that benefited the community being studied and the social workers providing services to them. One of Carol’s current studies examines the impact of COVID-19 on young adult (ages 18-29) racial minorities recovering from substance use disorders. Racial and ethnic minority communities have historically been disproportionately affected by large scale disasters and accordingly, have been impacted during the coronavirus pandemic. Past work by a range of scholars has already shown communities of color are disproportionately burdened by substance use disorders. The pandemic provides new figures to support such grim findings, hinting at the exacerbation of longstanding inequities. Using a mixed methods design consisting of both interviews and surveys, Carol’s study seeks to identify the COVID-19 related constructs that impact people’s recovery path and to understand the extent to which that path has been impacted by the pandemic. Informed by a health equity and social justice framework, her study aims to contribute to substance use disorder relapse prevention research by investigating the impact of this unprecedented pandemic on the most vulnerable minority populations. Additionally, Carol intends to use preliminary data from her research to inform larger studies on the barriers and unique challenges young minorities who are in recovery face when the society is hit with a pandemic. Reflective of Carol’s commitment to conduct more equitable research in ways that benefit those being studied, her research is being conducted in collaboration with three other CSWE MFP doctoral fellows, community-based participatory research experts, a community-based organization, and a community-collaborative board in an effort to increase relevance of the study results for the target population in Newark, New Jersey.


Researchers at the School of Social Work are committed to conducting rigorous, innovative, and impactful scholarship in the areas of social innovation, education, workforce development, health, child welfare and poverty. Their recent publications are reflective of the School of Social Work’s dedication to produce and share research being conducted in these areas.

POVERTY Poverty at the School of Social Work is defined as a state in which individuals, families, and communities lack access to material resources and political, social, and economic opportunities. Scholars focus their work locally and internationally in the areas of risk and protective factors, policy design and evaluation, and access to resources. Recent publications in this area include: Greenlee, A., Kramer, K., Andrade, F., Bellisle, D., Blanks, R., & Mendenhall, R. (2020). Financial instability in the earned income tax credit program: Can advanced periodic payments ameliorate systemic stressors? Urban Affairs Review, doi:10.1177/1078087420921527 Hong, J.S., Song, E.J., Peguero, A.A., Wu, C., & Schmaeman, A.C. (2020). Can family and neighborhood cohesiveness buffer the association between family economic hardship and children’s peer victimization? Families in Society, 101(3), 382-394,doi.org/10.1177/1044389419895853. Hong, J.S., Choi, J., Espelage, D.L., Wu, C., Boraggina-Ballard, L., & Fisher, B. W. (2020). Are children of welfare recipients at a heightened risk of bullying and peer victimization? Child & Youth Care Forum, 1-22,doi.org/10.1007/ s10566-020-09587-w Kim, S. M., Wu, C., & Woodard, R. (2020). The Dreams of mothers: Implications of Sen’s capability approach for single mothers on welfare. Journal of Poverty, 24 (4), 267-283, doi.org/10.1080/10875549.2019.1692272

Larrison, C.R. (2020). The criminalization of poverty. In Lauren Ricciardelli (Ed) Social work, criminal justice, and the death penalty: A social justice perspective. Oxford Press. Park, H., Zhan, M., & Choi, S. (2020) After-school childcare arrangements and maternal labor supply in low-income American households: Comparisons between race and ethnicity,” The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 47(4). Sinha, G. R., & Piedra, L. M. (2020). Unbanked in India: A qualitative analysis of 24 years of financial inclusion policies. International Social Work, 0(0), 1-18. doi:10.1177/0020872819881184 Wu, C., Chang, Y., Rhodes, E. C., Musaad, S., & Jung, W. (2020). Work-hour trajectories and associated socioeconomic characteristics among single-mother families. Social Work Research, 44 (1), 47-57,doi.org/10.1093/swr/ svz029.


Social Innovation research in the School of Social Work is defined as the use of technology and bottom-up innovation strategies to create new solutions to social problems and transform social systems. Scholars at the School produce research that crosses disciplinary boundaries and has a focus on real world impact. Recent publications in this area include: Allum, C., Devereux, P., Lough, B.J., Tiessen, R. (2020). Volunteering for climate action. Ottawa: International Forum for Volunteering in Development. Bennett, K. M., Clary, K. L., Smith, D. C., & Lee, C. (2020). Usability and acceptability of a mobile app to help emerging adults address their friend’s substance use: Quantitative study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(11),doi: 10.2196/16632. Hernandez, R., Cohn, M., Hernandez, A.K., Daviglus, M.L., Martinez, L., Martinez, A., Martinez, I., Durazo-Arvizu, R.A., Moskowitz, J.T. (2020) Web-based positive psychological intervention to improve blood pressure control in Spanish-speaking Hispanic/Latino adults with uncontrolled hypertension: Protocol and design of the ¡Alégrate! randomized controlled trial.” JMIR Research Protocols, 9(8). Tiessen, R., Cadesky, J.N., Lough, B.J., & Delaney, J. (2020). Scholar/practitioner research in international development volunteering: Benefits, challenges, and future opportunities. Canadian Journal of Development Studies. Online First. https://doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2020.1841606


Workforce Development is broadly defined by the School of Social Work as the development and dissemination of teaching strategies and educational models that are responsive to the changing landscape of the profession. Researchers at the School focus on designing, implementing, and evaluating curriculum that supports comprehensive social work education aimed at training social workers in using evidence- based interventions to provide care in multiple settings. Recent publications in this area include: Chiu, Y.-L., & Cross, T. P. (2020). How a training team delivers simulation training of child protection investigators. Children & Youth Services Review, 118. https://doi-org.proxy2.library.illinois.edu/10.1016/j. childyouth.2020.105390 Conyer, M., Tebbe, T., Lindsey, B. & Shayman, E. (2020). School social work manual best practice guide (3rd edition). Illinois State Board of Education. Available from: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/ISBE-IASSW-School-Social-Work-Guide.pdf Goulet, B., Cross,T.P., Chiu,Y., & Evans, S. (2020): Moving from procedure to practice: a statewide child protection simulation training model. Journal of Public Child Welfare, doi: 10.1080/15548732.2020.1777247 Piedra, L. M. (2020a). Assessing quality for qualitative researchers. Qualitative Social Work, 19(2), 169-174. doi:10.1177/1473325020906019 Piedra, L. M. (2020b). In this issue … A glimpse into our cluttered landscape. Qualitative Social Work, 19(2), 175-177. doi:10.1177/1473325020905966 Piedra, L. M. (2020). In this issue…Keep calm and carry on. Qualitative Social Work, 19(4), 559-563. doi:10.1177/1473325020933387

Powell, T., Billiot, S. & Salzman, L. (2020). Disaster social work. Encyclopedia of Social Work Online. Oxford Press. Reinhart, C.A., Sae-Hau, M., Lee, C.A., & Weiss, E.S. (2020). Blood cancer survivorship in NCI-designated centers: A study of services, gaps and access barriers. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 14(1), 43-47. doi:10.1007/s11764-01900823-4 Windsor, L.C., Pinto, R.M., Lee, C.A. (2020). Interprofessional collaboration associated with frequency of life-saving links to HIV continuum of care services in the urban environment of Newark, New Jersey. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1), doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-05866-3 Xu, S., Liu, M., Shi, O., Parker, V., Hernandez, R. (2020). Differences of quality in end-of-life care across settings: Results from the U.S. National Health and Aging Trends Study of Medicare Beneficiaries.” Journal of Palliative Medicine, 23(9): 1198-1203.


Informed by a health equity framework, health and mental health research at the School of Social Work are broadly defined as a state in which all individuals have access to the resources necessary to achieve social, physical, and psychological well-being. Researchers at the School focus their work locally and internationally in behavioral, integrated, psychological, and physiological health. Recent publications in this area include: Admon, L.K., Dalton, V.K., Kolenic, G.E., Ettner, S.L., Tilea, A., Haffajee, R.L., Brownlee, R.M., Zochowski, M.K., Tabb, K.M., Muzik, M. & Zivin, K. (2020). Trends in suicidality 1 year before and after birth among commercially insured childbearing individuals in the United States, 2006-2017. JAMA psychiatry.

Burrows, B., Andrade, F. C. D., Piedra, L., Xu, S., Aguinaga, S., Steinberg, N., Sarkisian, C., Hernandez, R. (2020). The influence of evidence-based exercise and age reattribution on physical function in Hispanic older adults: Results from th¡ Caminemos! randomized controlled trial. Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Amengual, J., Coronel, J., Marques, C., Aradillas-García, C., Morales, J. M. V., Andrade, F. C. D., Erdman, J. & Teran-Garcia, M. (2020). β-carotene xxygenase 1 activity modulates circulating cholesterol concentrations in mice and humans. The Journal of Nutrition.

Campbell, C.C., Smith, D.C., Clary, K. & Egizio, L. L. (2020). Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) in the substance use system of care. In A. L. Begun and P. Murray’s (Eds.). Handbook of social work and addictive behaviours (pp. 343-354). Routlege Press.

Andrade, F. B. D., Antunes, J. L. F., Andrade, F. C. D., Lima-Costa, M. F. F., & Macinko, J. (2020). Education-related inequalities in dental services use among older adults in 23 Countries. Journal of Dental Research, 99 (12), 1341-1347.

Choi, S., Piedra, L. M., & Byoun, S.-J. (2020). Lessons from the nursery: The role of childcare in a cognitive behavioral treatment intervention for Latinas. Qualitative Social Work, 0(0), 1-19. doi:10.1177/1473325020931169

Andrade, J. M., Andrade, F. C. D., Duarte, Y. A. O., Andrade, F.B. (2020) Association of frailty and family functionality on health-related quality of life in older adults. Quality of Life Research, 1-10.

Faisal-Cury, A., Levy, R., Kontos, A., Tabb, K., Matijasevich, A. (2020). Postpartum bonding at the beginning of the second year of child’s life: The role of postpartum depression and early bonding impairment. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 41 (3), 224-230.

Arante, F.O., Tabb, K.M., Wang, Y., Faisal-Cury, A. (2020). The relationship between postpartum depression and lower maternal confidence in mothers with a history of depression during pregnancy. Psychiatric Quarterly, 91 (1), 21-30. Boehm, J.K., Qureshi, F., Chen, Y., Soo, J., Umukoro, P., Hernandez, R., Lloyd-Jones, D., Kubzansky, L.D. (2020). Optimism and cardiovascular health: Longitudinal findings from the CARDIA Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 82(8): 774-781.

Garthe, R. C., Hidalgo, M., Goffnett, J., Hereth, J., Garofalo, R., Reisner, S., Mimiaga, M., & Kuhns, L. (2020). Protective processes of intimate partner violence in relation to mental health symptoms among young transgender women. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 7, 386-395. Goffnett, J.M, Liechty, J.M., & Kidder, E. (2020). Interventions to reduce shame: A systematic review. Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, 30, 141-160, doi. org/10.1016/j.jbct.2020.03.001

Guenther E., Taylor, S., & Mauck, C., (2020). Using art conversations as social engagement through defined art categories to stimulate responses from people living with dementia. Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research, 4(2), 36-49.

James, S. L., Castle, C. D., Dingels, Z. V., Fox, J. T., Hamilton, E. B., Liu, Z., ... Tabb, K. M., … & Henry, N. J. (2020). Estimating global injuries morbidity and mortality: methods and data used in the Global Burden of Disease 2017 study. Injury prevention, 26(Supp 1), 125-153.

Guimaraes, R., Andrade, F. C. D. (2020). Expectativa de vida com e sem multimorbidade entre idosos brasileiros: Pesquisa nacional de saúde [Life expectancy free of multimorbidity among Brazilian older adults: National health survey, 2013]. Revista Brasileira de Estudos de População, 37, 1-15.

Macinko, J., Vaz de Melo Mambrini, J., Bof de Andrade, F., Andrade, F. C. D., Lima-Costa, M. F. (2020). Life-course risk factors are associated with activity of daily living disability in older adults. European Journal of Public Health.

Guimaraes, R., Andrade, F. C. D. (2020). Healthy life-expectancy and multimorbidity among older adults: Do inequality and poverty matter? Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 90. Haagsma, J. A., James, S. L., Castle, C. D., Dingels, Z. V., Fox, J. T., Hamilton, E. B., ... Tabb, K. M., … & Mahotra, N. B. (2020). Burden of injury along the development spectrum: Associations between the Socio-demographic Index and disability-adjusted life year estimates from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. Injury prevention, 26(Supp 1), 12-26. Heist, D.H., Cnaan, R.A., & Lough, B.J. (2020). Determinants of serving a mission: Senior volunteering among Latter-day Saints. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Online First. https://doi.org/10.1037/rel0000246 Hereth, J., Garthe, R. C., Garofalo, R., Reisner, S. L., Mimiaga, M. J., & Kuhns, L. (2020). Examining patterns of interpersonal violence, structural and social exclusion, resilience, and arrest among young transgender women. Criminal Justice and Behavior, Online Advance Publication.

Mejia-Arango, S., Aguila, E., López-Ortega, M., Gutiérrez-Robledo, L. M. F., Vega, W. A., Andrade, F. C. D., Rote, S., Grasso, S., Markides, K. S., Angel. (2020). Health and social correlates of dementia in oldest old Mexican-origin populations. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, 6(1). Murray, C. J., Aravkin, A. Y., Zheng, P., Abbafati, C., Abbas, K. M., Abbasi-Kangevari, M., ... Tabb, K. M., … & Abegaz, K. H. (2020). Global burden of 87 risk factors in 204 countries and territories, 1990–2019: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet, 396(10258), 1223-1249. Nidey, N., Carnahan, R., Carter, K. D., Strathearn, L., Bao, W., Greiner, A., Jelliffee-Pawlowski, L., Tabb, K. M., & Ryckman, K. (2020). Association of Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Opioid Prescription Patterns Among Postpartum Women. American Journal on Addictions, 29(6), 463–470. Nidey, N., Tabb, K. M., Carter, K. D., Bao, W., Strathearn, L., Rohlman, D. S., . . . Ryckman, K. (2020). Rurality and risk of perinatal depression among women in the united states. Journal of Rural Health, 36(1), 9-16. doi:10.1111/jrh.12401.

Hernandez, R., Burrows, B., Wilund, K., Moskowitz, J.T. (2020). Expressions of gratitude and positive emotion among hemodialysis patients: Qualitative findings. The Journal of Nephrology Social Work, 44(1): 9-12.

Okrey-Anderson, S., & Lough, B.J. (2020). Gender and sexual minority youth in Christian home schools: Perceptions of climate and support. Journal of LGBT Youth. Online First. https://doi.org/10.1080/19361653.2019.1700404

Hong, J. S., Williams-Butler, A. B., Garthe, R. C., Kim, J., Voisin, D. R. (2020). Relationship between coping strategies and peer victimization among low-income African American youth living in Chicago. Child & Youth Care Forum, 49, 287-302.

Piedra, L. M., Matthew, L. E., & Wu, C.-F. (2020). Participant responses to a water treatment intervention in rural Guatemala. Qualitative Social Work, 19(5/6), 796-809. doi:10.1177/1473325020906251

Piedra, L. M., Ridings, J., Howe, M. J. K., Smith, J. L., O’Brien, C., Howard, A., & Conrad, K. J. (2020). Stakeholders’ ideas about positive aging for Latinos: A conceptual map. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 0(0), 1-14. doi:10.1177/0733464820935749 Powell, T., Shin, O.J., Li, S.J., Hsiao, Y. (2020). Post-traumatic stress, social and physical health: A mediation and moderation analysis of Syrian refuges and Jordanians in a border community. Plos One. 15(10). doi: 10.1371/journal. pone.0241036 Quashie, N. T. Andrade, F. C. D. (2020). Family status and later-life depression among older adults in urban Latin America and the Caribbean. Ageing & Society, 40(2),233-261. Simonovich, S.D., Pineros-Leano, M., Hench, K., Meline, B., & Tabb, K.M. (2020). Formula and milk food insecurity among infants and children in WIC families. Journal of Nursing Practice Applications & Reviews of Research. Tabb, K., Bentley, B., Reinhart, C. (2020) Stakeholder perceptions and lessons learned: from the All Our Kids (AOK) early childhood networks. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.30362.06088 Tabb, K.M., Hsieh, W.J., Gavin, A.R., Eigbike, M., Faisal-Cury, A., Mohd Hajaraih, S.K., Huang, W.H.D., Laurent, H., Carter, D., Nidey, N, Ryckman, K., Zivin, K. (2020). Prevalence and associated factors with immediate postpartum depression and suicidal ideation among women in a midwestern delivery hospital. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, 1. Tabb, K.M., Malinga, T., Wang, Y., Kelly, K., Meline. B., Huang, H. (2020). Prevalence and correlates of tobacco smoking during the perinatal period among women enrolled in a midwestern WIC program. Community Mental Health Journal, 1-5. Tan, K., Davis, J.P., Smith, D.C. & Yang, W. (2020) Individual, family, and school correlates across patterns of high school poly-substance use. Substance Use & Misuse, 55(5), 743751, doi: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1701035.

Velasquez-Melendez, G., Andrade, F. C. D., Moreira, A. D., Hernandez, R., Vieira, M. A., Felisbino-Mendes, M. S. (2020). Association of self-reported sleep disturbances with ideal cardiovascular health in Brazilian adults: A cross-sectional population-based study. Sleep Health, doi:10.1016/j. sleh.2020.08.005. Vos, T., Lim, S. S., Abbafati, C., Abbas, K. M., Abbasi, M., Abbasifard, M., ... Tabb, K. M., … & Abdollahi, M. (2020). Global burden of 369 diseases and injuries in 204 countries and territories, 1990–2019: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet, 396(10258), 1204-1222. Wade, R. M., & Harper, G. W. (2020). Racialized sexual discrimination (RSD) in the age of online sexual networking: Are gay/bisexual men of color at elevated risk for adverse psychological health? American Journal of Community Psychology, 65(3-4), 504-523. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12401 Wade, R. M. & Harper, G. W. (2020). Toward a multidimensional construct of racialized sexual discrimination (RSD): Implications for scale development. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. doi: 10.1037/sgd0000443 Wade, R. M. & Harper, G. W. (2020). Racialized sexual discrimination (RSD) in online sexual networking: Moving from discourse to measurement. The Journal of Sex Research. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2020.1808945 Wang, H., Abbas, K. M., Abbasifard, M., Abbasi-Kangevari, M., Abbastabar, H., Abd-Allah, F., ... Tabb, K. M., … & Abushouk, A. I. (2020). Global age-sex-specific fertility, mortality, healthy life expectancy (HALE), and population estimates in 204 countries and territories, 1950–2019: A comprehensive demographic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet, 396(10258), 1160-1203. Wu, C.-F., Piedra, L. M., Matthew, L. E., Rhodes, E. C., & Nguyen, T. H. (2020). Water treatment in rural Guatemala: factors associated with the use of bios and water filters. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 10(2), 286-297. doi:10.2166/washdev.2020.147


Child Welfare at the School of Social Work is defined as the social policies, practices, and services aimed at ensuring the safety, permanence and well-being of children and their families. Scholars focus their work both locally and nationally in the areas of epidemiology of child maltreatment and public health implications, foster care and child welfare service delivery, and the impacts of policy on outcomes. Recent publications in this area include:

Cross, T.P., Alderden, M.A, Wagner, A., Sampson, L., Peters, B. & Lounsbury, K. (2020). Biological evidence in adult and adolescent sexual assault cases: Timing and relationship to arrest. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 7/8, 1828-1939. Cross, T.P., Alderden, M.A, Wagner, A., Sampson, L., Peters, B. & Lounsbury, K. (2020). Biological evidence in adult and adolescent sexual assault cases: Timing and relationship to arrest. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 7/8, 1828-1939. Cross, T.P., Vieth, V., Russell, A., & Jensen, C.J. (2020). Adult sex offenders against children: Etiology, typologies, investigation, treatment, monitoring and recidivism. In R. Geffner, V.Vieth, V. Vaughan-Eden, A. Rosenbaum, L.K. Hamberger, & J. White, (Eds.). Handbook of interpersonal violence across the lifespan. Springer. Cross, T.P. & Risser, H.J. (2020). Child welfare system: Structure, functions, and best practices. In R. Geffner, V.Vieth, V. Vaughan-Eden, A. Rosenbaum, L.K. Hamberger, & J. White, (Eds.). Handbook of interpersonal violence across the lifespan. Springer. Cross, T.P., Ernberg, E. & Walsh, W.A. (2020). The criminal justice response to child and youth victimization. In R. Geffner, V.Vieth, V. Vaughan-Eden, A. Rosenbaum, L.K. Hamberger, & J. White, (Eds.). Handbook of interpersonal violence across the lifespan. Springer. Goulet, B., Chiu, Y. & Cross, T.P. (2020). Child maltreatment: Mandated reporting. In R. Geffner, V.Vieth, V. VaughanEden, A. Rosenbaum, L.K. Hamberger, & J. White, (Eds.). Handbook of interpersonal violence across the lifespan. Springer.

Havlicek, J. (2020). Systematic review of birth parent-foster youth relationships before and after aging out of foster care. Children Youth and Services Review. Havlicek, J., & Dworsky, A. (2020). Aging out of foster care. In Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work. Oxford University Press. Kim, H., Jonson-Reid, M., Kohl, P., Chiang, C., Drake, B., Brown, D., McBride, T., & Guo, S. (2020). Latent class analysis risk profiles: An effective method to predict a first re-report of maltreatment? Evaluation and Program Planning, 101792. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2020.101792 Kim, H., Drake, B., & Jonson-Reid, M. (2020). Longitudinal understanding of child maltreatment report risks. Child Abuse & Neglect, 104(April), 104467. https://doi. org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104467 Kim, H., Drake, B., & Jonson-Reid, M. (2020). Neighborhood contexts and child maltreatment reports among families receiving AFDC/TANF: A longitudinal and multilevel study. Child Maltreatment, 107755952096988. https://doi. org/10.1177/1077559520969886 Parrish, R.N. & Cross, T.P. (2020). Child and youth fatality review. In R. Geffner, V.Vieth, V. Vaughan-Eden, A. Rosenbaum, L.K. Hamberger, & J. White, (Eds.). Handbook of interpersonal violence across the lifespan. Springer.


Social Work in Schools research at Illinois addresses multiple aspects of education and schooling and focuses on the promotion of just and equitable learning environments. Scholars at the School focus on policy and program evaluation, intervention and prevention strategies, student outcomes, and impacts of racial discrimination. Recent publications in this area include: Bates, T., III., Tan, K., & Shin, O.K., (2020). The relationship between ninth grade students’ social skills and internalizing problems by free-and-reduced lunch status. Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research, 4(1), 33 – 52.

Saxsma, M., Welsh, M., Kim, S., & Garthe, R. C. (2020). Relationships between self-esteem, mental health, and cyber-victimization among middle school students. Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research, 4, 50-68.

Kim, B. K. E., Gilman, A. B., Tan, K., Kosterman, R., Bailey, J. A., Catalano, R. F., & Hawkins, J. D. (2020). Identifying and predicting criminal career profiles from adolescence to age 39. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 30.

Sullivan, T. N., Goncy, E. A., Garthe, R. C., Carlson, M. M., Behrhorst, K, & Farrell, A. (2020). Patterns of dating aggression and victimization in relation to school environment factors among middle school students. Youth & Society, 52, 1128-1152.

Kopels, S (2020). Questioning of a student at school leads to suicide and a policy change. Social Work and the Courts. NASW Specialty Practice Sections. Spring/Summer, 2-5. Kopels, S. (2020). The use of seclusion in Illinois and beyond. School Social Work Journal, 44(2), ix-xvi. Kopels, S. (2020). The pandemic and the sickness. School Social Work Journal, 45(1), viii-xi. Kopels, S. (2020). COVID-19 and parental planning for children. Social Work and the Courts. NASW Specialty Practice Sections. Fall/Winter, 2-4. Lee, J.U., Hong, J.S., Tan, K., Pineros-Leano, M., & Baek, S.A., (2020). Bullying victimization profiles of school-aged adolescents and associations with weight statuses: A latent class analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. (Online First). Mullen, S.P., Adamek, J.F., Phansikar, M., Roberts, B., & Larrison, C.R. (2020). A path analysis of the role of first-generation status and engagement in social interaction, physical activity, and therapy in satisfaction with life among college students. PsyArXiv Pre-Print (https://psyarxiv.com/xnkgw/).

Schlender, J., Tan, K., & Wegmann, K. (2020). Gender differences in growth mindset, group identity, and social skills. Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research, 4(2), 32 – 34. Tan, K., White, J., & Alvarez, M. (2020). Practice highlights: Advocating for school social work to advance student social, emotional, and mental health: Strategies from two case studies. Children and Schools,42 (4). Tan, K., White, J., Shin, O., Kim, S.H., & Hoang Le, M.D. (2020). Teacher-student ratings of social, emotional, behavioral needs among high school freshmen students. Educational Studies, 1-19. Tan, K., White, J., Hillen, M. & Alvarez, M. (2020). Addressing student social and emotional needs: An ecological systems framework to advocate for school social work services. School Social Work Journal. 45(1), 16-39. Tan, K. & McClowry, G. (2020). The SEL, Equity, and Re-Opening Town Hall: Advancing a national conversation for school social work. Q & A Resource Guide. School Social Work Association of America.

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