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WELCOME FROM THE DEAN WE ARE COMMITTED TO SOCIAL JUSTICE A MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR THE MISSION OF THE PHD PROGRAM MEET THE FACULTY COMPETITIVE FUNDING! WHAT OUR CURRENT STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PROGRAM PHD STUDENT RESEARCH PHD GRADUATES THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA BIRTHPLACE OF HIGHER EDUCATION ATHENS, GEORGIA - A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE!
PhD students Luis Alvarez-Hernandez and Mariam Fatehi at the 2019 School of Social Work end of the year celebration.
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from the Dean
Welcome to the University of Georgia School of Social Work!Â As social workers, we are passionate about finding solutions to social problems and promoting well-being and social justice. As social work educators, we are looking for people who share this passion. Social work is a powerful and rigorous profession that confronts many of the 21st centuryâ€™s biggest societal challenges. Through practice, policy, and research, social workers address issues such as mental illness, substance misuse, child welfare, trauma, discrimination, community disempowerment, and poverty.
The School of Social Work is dedicated to preparing skilled and culturally responsive social work scholars to be leaders in addressing these social challenges. We do this through an emphasis on dynamic research, excellence in teaching, and commitment to community service. This is why our school integrates rigorous research methodologies with a community-based social justice focus and emphasis on evidence-based practices. The PhD program provides the professional social worker the opportunity to gain advanced training in scientific research and program evaluation skills under the guidance of faculty who are nationally recognized in their areas of study. The program provides intensive mentoring, promotes student productivity and publication, and supports students as they present their work at national and international conferences. Our Athens campus is located in a beautifully renovated, 19th century textile mill on the banks of the North Oconee River. We are walking distance to the Tate Student Center, Zell B. Miller Learning Center and the Main Library, and near both downtown Athens and the East Athens community. Please come visit us and see all that we have to offer. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or thoughts about opportunities for collaborations that further our mission. Anna Scheyett Dean and Professor firstname.lastname@example.org, (706) 542-5424
THE UGA SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK IS COMMITTED TO
SOCIAL JUSTICE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK FACULTY STATEMENT ON SOCIAL JUSTICE At the UGA School of Social Work, we believe social justice occures when systems of all sizes (individuals, families, communities) are able to safely and dependably to obtain the civil and human rights and resources they need to thrive. These include but are not limited to health; economic growth; social rights, equity, and inclusion; safety; freedom to move about the world; social support; food security; a clean environment; education; employment; childcare and housing. Eliminating social injustice is central to our work as social workers, requires brave and
assertive action and effort, and must be present in all we do and say. The School of Social Work advocates for social justice by fighting for the rights of people and communities, particularly those who have experienced marginalization, stigma, discrimination and oppression in any form. We partner with communities in Georgia and around the world to embrace and speak truth to power and privilege and to promote change for social justice in our classrooms, our research and our service.
Approved unanimously by the faculty of the School of Social Work on September 15, 2017
To learn more about the UGA School of Social Workâ€™s commitment to social justice, check out our Social Justice Wanted magazine and/or visit the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights website.
Laurie Anderson, UGA School of Social Work
School of Social Work students at the 2018 Social Justice Symposium, Athens, GA 11 3
from the PhD Program Director
Thank you so much for your interest in our PhD program here in the UGA School of Social Work! Here are some important things to consider when “Thinking UGA” and the PhD. Our program: •
Emphasizes community engaged scholarship and exemplifies a sustained commitment to social justice;
• Boasts nationally and internationally recognized faculty with innovative and expansive areas of expertise
Has a diverse student body that brings a wide variety of experiences and interests;
Provides excellent financial support in the form of research and teaching assistantships;
Provides opportunities to participate in faculty driven and independent research and publish in top tier refereed journals; and
Provides opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship within a robust program of study;
Provides multiple graduate certificate opportunities including gerontology, women’s studies, qualitative studies, quantitative methods, and nonprofit management and leadership.
Provides a rich and nurturing research environment;
If you have any questions about our PhD program, School, the university, or would like to visit our campus, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or 706-542-5461. Thank you again for “Thinking UGA!” We hope to hear from you soon. Y. Joon Choi, PhD PhD Program Director and Associate Professor firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-542-0844
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of the University of Georgia School of Social Work PhD Program, founded in 1990, is preparing social work scholars to situate their teaching and research in history, philosophy, and theories of social work and social welfare, with two-fold emphasis: (1) Producing scholars who have the capacity to work interdisciplinarily through an epistemologically diverse, research-intensive program of study, and (2) producing social work educators through instructional and mentored experiential learning opportunities. To learn more about the PhD programâ€™s mission and objectives on research and teaching visit our website at SSWPHD.UGA.EDU.
Why choose UGA?
Check out this video from the UGA Graduate School.
FACULTY TENURED, TENURE TRACK AND CLINICAL
Our faculty members are respected and recognized scholars and teachers who have engaged in innovative research on some of the most pressing problems we face today— racism, poverty, mental health, addiction, trauma, health disparities, immigrant and refugee rights, aging, and many others. They both engage in rigorous research and mentor future generations of social work practitioners and scholars. Click on any of the faculty members’ pictures to link to their SSW faculty web page which includes a short biography, research interests and CV.
ADRIENNE BALDWIN-WHITE Assistant Professor
Y. JOON CHOI
Associate Professor PhD Program Director
Assistant Professor School of Social Work & College of Public Health
Associate Professor MSW Program Director
Pauline M. Berger Professor in Family & Child Welfare
Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor, CSJ Director, Caribbean Study Away Program Director
Associate Professor MSW/JD Program Coordinator
ROSALYN DENISE CAMPBELL Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Health & Wellbeing
JUNE GARY HOPPS Thomas M. Parham Professor of Family & Children Studies
KRISTINA JASKYTE Associate Professor
Associate Professor & STAHL Associate Dean Clinical Assistant Professor
Dean & Professor
Associate Professor Ghana Study Away Director
ANTHONY MALLON Clinical Associate Professor INPO Director, MA NML Program Director
ORION MOWBRAY LARRY NACKERUD Associate Professor Director of Research
Assistant Professor Global Engagement Director
Associate Professor MSW Admissions Coordinator Northen Ireland Study Away Director
REBECCA WELLS Clinical Assistant Professor MSW/MPH Program Coordinator
Check out the UGA School of Social Work 2018-2019 Research Review, a compendium of recent faculty and doctoral student research activity. 7
FUNDING GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS Prospective PhD students admitted to the School of Social Work will be offered FOUR YEARS OF GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP FUNDING FOR FULL-TIME STUDY. Students receiving funding will be awarded the Deanâ€™s Research Assistantantship Award in the first and second year of the PhD program, and in the third and fourth year, a teaching assistantship. In subsequent years of study, students may apply for various teaching, graduate, and/or research assistantships, either in the SSW, another department at UGA, or through extramural funding, which provide equivalent stipends and tuition waivers, on a semesterby-semester basis.
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Following are just a few of the numerous extramural awards that our PhD students received during the 2018-2019 academic year. Click the links to learn more about the award!
Southern Regional Education Boardâ€™s Doctoral Scholars Program Award and Doctoral Dissertation Award Pre-Dissertation Fellowship by the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work Asian and Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association Doctoral Fellowship
Minority Fellowship for Doctoral Students by the Council on Social Work Education
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Read what our current
PHD STUDENTS are saying about the program
Click on any of the student pictures on these pages to view their online profiles.
“The SSW PhD program at UGA provided me with the resources and support I needed to become a much stronger researcher, writer, and scholar. I’ve had many opportunities to publish and present my research and am grateful for the mentorship that I have received from faculty and peers alike.” Katherine Gower, 3rd Year Student
“As a bilingual and Latinx PhD student, it has been encouraging to see the diversity of the students and faculty in the program. I am constantly receiving support from the School of Social Work and other departments on campus as I conduct research and present at conferences.” Luis Alvarez-Hernandez, 2nd Year Student
To learn more about our current students and recent graduates, visit the Student Profile section of our web site. 10
“I have received extensive mentorship from faculty and support from my peers during my studies in the doctoral program. I have had the opportunity to work on numerous publications and conference presentations. As an international student, I really appreciate the diversity and welcoming environment at UGA.” Abha Rai, ABD*
“Being a student in the UGA Social Work Program has been an enriching and motivational experience. The program leadership, faculty, and support staff have provided me with the resources necessary to succeed in both the classroom and throughout my research endeavors; all while fostering professional and personal growth.” George Mois, 3rd Year Student
“After a remarkable career in direct practice, UGA School of Social Work offers an academic program that values my field experience and rigorously challenges me to grow as a researcher and educator. I am grateful for this journey of critical reflection and opportunities for generating new knowledge in social work.” Shena Leverett Brown, ABD
*ABD - All But Dissertation
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Doctoral students at the UGA School of Social Work are engaged in research that explore various issues of great relevance to our communities, all of which affect diverse populations at the individual, organizational and/or policy levels. What the UGA School of Social Work PhD students learn from their research will advance not only our knowledge on these issues, but also have tremendous implications for social work practice, policy, education and research.
PhD student George Mois and volunteer Phyllis Hamilton put an interactive companion through its paces in the Assistive Robotics Technology Lab at UGA. In collaboration with Jenay Beer, assistant professor in social work and public health, Mois is conducting research in assistive technology to improve the quality of life for older adults, children and at-need populations.
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Photo by Laurie Anderson/UGA School of Social Work
MENTAL HEALTH ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM DISABILITY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS & COMMUNITY ORGANIZING TRAUMA AND VIOLENCE RURAL SOCIAL WORK AGING IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
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PhD candidate Joel Izlar (ABD) is working on a case study examining how the “Really Really Free Market” functions as a vehicle for alternative social services, community organizing and protest against waste. The market is an experiment in gift economics, where resources are shared (food, goods, and services) at no cost (money, trading, and bartering is not allowed).
Map of Los Angeles County census tracts depicting clusters of high and low incidence rates of child maltreatment in 2015. Source: U.S. Census Bureau and California Child Welfare Indicators Project
Tenesha Littleton (ABD) is exploring how the geographic availability of housing affordability is related to neighborhood child maltreatment rates. Using data from the U.S. Census, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the California Child Welfare Indicators Project, she utilizes a cross-sectional ecological design and employs spatial analysis for this research.
What is “rural”? Second year PhD student Elisa M. Childs and Associate Professor Dr. Javier Boyas teamed up to “define rural” with a 4-question survey. 15
The UGA School of Social Work community extends beyond Athens, Georgia through the research and accomplishments of our diverse PhD alumni. These graduates are thought leaders in both academia and other settings, such as government agencies, independent research centers, and the military, in finding solutions for social problems and in promoting social justice for the most vulnerable individuals, families and communities.
A complete list of the UGA School of Social Work PhD graduates, along with dissertation titles, committee members and recent dissertation abstracts may be found on our web site.
2019 Spring/summer PhD graduates. L-R: Junghee Bae, PhD, Porter F. Jennings, PhD, Lindsey R. Disney, PhD, Dana R. Dillard, PhD, and Amanda D. Ham, PhD Not pictured, Yolanda Machado-Escudero, PhD, and Eunhye Kim, PhD
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SHERINAH K . SAASA PhD ‘18
Assistant Professor Brigham Young University School of Social Work
“My doctoral experience at UGA deepened my commitment to principles of social justice and equity, expanded my ability to generate knowledge, and fueled my desire to move social welfare policies and social work education forward.”
Sherinah Saasa is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Brigham Young University. Her research centers on African immigrant adjustment in the U.S., and international child welfare with a focus on the intersection of poverty, education inequality, gender-based discrimination and HIV/AIDS on the outcomes of vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa. 18
XIAOCHUAN WANG PhD ‘18
Assistant Professor University of Central Florida School of Social Work
“The rigorous trainings in theories, philosophies and research methods, plus the intensive and supportive research culture, as well as interdisciplinary inspirations offered by the UGA doctoral program helped me to clearly identify my research interests, refine my research agenda, and strengthen my research capabilities.”
Xiaochuan (Sharon) Wang is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at University of Central Florida. Her research interests center on mental health and aging. Specifically, her research looks at the influence of support networks on mental health, and individual and structural factors of mental service underutilization, with a focus on new immigrants. She also explores how intersectionality may affect well-being and successful aging among older adults. 19
STEPHE N V. M CGARITY PhD ‘18
Assistant Professor University of Tennessee School of Social Work, Nashville
“I had access to some of the best and brightest faculty in our field. Through those professors, I was challenged to hone my research skills, develop a compelling research program, and tackle some of the most persistent and emerging social problems of our time. All of that in one of the best cities in the South!”
Stephen McGarity’s research looks at how to increase access to mainstream financial products and build financial literacy among that population. He is also working on developing a smart phone app for people with disabilities that will provide financial literacy training, offer access information on tax-advantaged savings accounts, and connect users with local nonprofits that can help with financial planning. 20
NICOLE A. CO RL E Y PhD ‘17
Assistant Professor Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work
“As a result of my experiences at the UGA SSW, both my research and teaching demonstrate my commitment to practice, liberatory and transformative social justice.”
Nicole Corley’s research focuses on the academic experiences of black students from single-mother homes. Corley’s research explores the intersections of resilience, resistance, and racial socialization as a means to better understand the academic experiences of black students and their families. Her research departs from the deficit orientation, or disparity data, that focuses on under-achievement, toward an understanding of the factors and processes that contribute to the strengths and academic success of black students. 21
J. LLOY D AL L E N PhD ‘17
Assistant Professor Wayne State University School of Social Work
“Faculty members were willing to work collaboratively with students on various research projects often resulting in multiple journal article publications coupled with national and international conference presentations.”
J. Lloyd Allen is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University. His current research focuses on parent-child communications with self-identified gay males. He has published several articles on African-Americans in academia, female social workers, substance use among gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals, and evaluated Canadian schools of social work.
D EBRA LU BAR PhD ‘13
Deputy Director for Management and Operations National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, Georgia
“The growth I experienced as part of the program prepared me to lead public health and public policy activities that support health and well-being around the world.”
Debra Lubar has led CDC’s Office of Appropriations, working closely with the White House and Congress on CDC’s budget and related policies. This included efforts to support emergency responses that saved lives around the world during the Ebola and Zika outbreaks. Her current position is part of the Senior Executive Service, leading infectious disease policy, communications and management activities, and helping to translate public health research into policies and programs that improve health around the world.
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University of Georgia School of Social Work PhD Program interactive viewbook for prospective students.
Published on Aug 16, 2019
University of Georgia School of Social Work PhD Program interactive viewbook for prospective students.