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Doctoral Programs in Social Work and Public Health Sciences 2020–2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

Preparing Leaders Welcome to the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. We prepare leaders in social work, public health and social policy — complementary professions aimed at supporting healthy and productive individuals, families, communities and systems. Our collaborative and entrepreneurial community is dedicated to equity and committed to impact. We equip our students to think critically as social work and public health scientists, to succeed as independent investigators and to understand and address challenges for the nation and world. The excellence and support of our faculty, the diversity and dedication of our students, and the unique opportunities available through our School and Washington University create an unparalleled academic environment. We hope you will learn more and join us. Sincerely,

Mary M. McKay Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean, Brown School

Program Leadership Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD, MSW Ralph and Muriel Pumphrey Professor of Social Work Research Director, Doctoral Education in Social Work Director, Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Policy, Research and Training “For over half a century, our School has prepared generations of social work scholars for impactful careers. Students join a diverse group guided by an exceptional, multidisciplinary faculty who are passionate about providing individualized mentoring and training programs to prepare students to address our world’s most challenging and urgent concerns.”

Patrick Fowler, PhD Associate Professor Director, Doctoral Education in Public Health Sciences “The public health sciences doctoral program provides unique training and research opportunities for transdisciplinary problemsolving. Doctoral students team with faculty to address complex public health issues locally, nationally, and globally. Training offers distinct hands-on experience with innovative science that promotes health, confronts disparities, and informs policies.” | 1

DONNY GERKE, PHD IN SOCIAL WORK ’18 Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, University of Denver W  ATCH GERKE'S COMMENCEMENT SPEECH | BIT.LY/3LJWGZ4

Excellence & Support We are part of Washington University, one of the nation’s preeminent research universities. Our top-ranked school of social work, groundbreaking program in public health, renowned medical school and Institute for Public Health provide doctoral students extraordinary opportunities for scholarship and integrated learning. The School’s transdisciplinary programs will allow you to explore your field in innovative ways and create new depths of understanding.

The Brown School is dedicated to providing our doctoral students:  Personalized and hands-on research experiences and mentoring

by leading scholars  A transdisciplinary curriculum that builds methodological

and analytical skills  Deep knowledge of their field’s theoretical and conceptual underpinnings,

philosophy and history  Teaching practica focused on functional content and pedagogy

to prepare for independent teaching at the graduate level  Professional growth, network building and successful placement

throughout the world  Flexibility in choosing a traditional dissertation format

or a three-paper format  Full-tuition scholarships, four-year stipends, subsidized health insurance

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Faculty Connections The Brown School boasts top scholars and experts in their fields, committed to generating new knowledge and bringing that knowledge into both the classroom and the community. You and your work will receive the benefit of their mentorship and guidance. Examples of faculty areas of expertise include:  Asset and savings building  Complex systems and systems science  Dissemination and implementation science  Epidemiology and biostatistics  Evidence-based interventions and policies  Family and child welfare  Global health  Health disparities and social determinants of health  Health promotion and disease prevention  Housing and homelessness  Mental health and addictions  Productive aging

Social and health policy  Qualitative and participatory research methods  Social and economic development  Social work in international settings  Urban design and the built environment  Violence and injury prevention  Youth development 4 | Doctoral Programs in Social Work and Public Health Sciences

“My experience at the Brown School was a time of great learning, growth and intellectual development. My courses were challenging, yet the faculty were approachable and encouraging. The support I received from the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies and the Center for Social Development kept me moving forward to completion and financially made the whole endeavor possible. They enhanced my journey of inquiry, and I am forever grateful.” —AMY LOCKLEAR HERTEL, PHD IN SOCIAL WORK ’15 Chancellor’s Chief of Staff, American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC School of Social Work

During your first year, one of the doctoral program directors will serve as your primary faculty adviser. By your second year, you will identify a substantive faculty adviser who will then serve as your primary adviser for the remainder of your program. In your second year and following, additional faculty will serve as teaching and research mentors, as well as dissertation committee members. To learn more about our renowned faculty, visit | 5

Innovative Research The most vital and groundbreaking social work and public health research is being conducted at the Brown School and its numerous faculty-led research centers and institutes. You’ll have access to, and engagement with, the data, policies and strategies that are forging the future of these fields. Centers include:  Centene Center for Health Transformation  Center for Diabetes Translation Research  Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Policy, Research and Training  Center for Mental Health Services Research  Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research  Center for Public Health Systems Science  Center for Social Development  Center for Violence and Injury Prevention  Clark-Fox Policy Institute  Evaluation Center  Health Communication Research Laboratory  International Center for Child Health and Development  Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies  Prevention Research Center in St. Louis  SMART Africa Center  Social Policy Institute  Social System Design Lab

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Pre- & Postdoctoral Training The Brown School currently supports two T32 training programs funded by the National Institutes of Health for PhD students enrolled in our social work program, and for scholars already holding doctorates in social work and related disciplines, who are interested in addictions and mental health research.  Transdisciplinary Training in Addictions Research (TranSTAR) T32 Program  Brown School NIMH Training Program in Mental Health Services Research

Both programs provide tuition fellowships and stipends, specialized coursework and mentored research training for eligible applicants. Our trainees have been very successful in pursuing research funding through NIH and other competitive funding sources, and our alumni hold faculty positions at some of the nation’s top research institutions. Find out more about these opportunities at

“As a Mental Health Services Research fellow, I have been able to hone my grant writing and analytical skills. Additionally, the Race and Opportunity Lab within the Center for Social Development has contributed to my growth in leadership and enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of research methodology for the study of Black emerging adults.” —ROBERT MOTLEY JR., PHD STUDENT IN SOCIAL WORK NIMH T32 Predoctoral Trainee | 7

Program Curriculum The curriculum at the Brown School emphasizes significant theoretical and methodological preparation. Candidates for doctoral degrees must have and/or complete the following to graduate:  Previously obtained master’s degree  72 graduate credit hours, which can include 21 master’s-level credits

transferred from a relevant degree  Two years of full-time coursework  An additional two to three years for dissertation completion  Three teaching practica for course credit  Three research practica for course credit  Completion of an area of specialization statement, qualifying examination

and oral dissertation defense The first year of study includes basic principles in research, statistics and measurement, as well as theoretical orientations and content fortifying the knowledge base of social work or public health. After the first semester, each student begins a more individualized program of study. A curriculum plan is developed in consultation with the faculty adviser to develop the substantive and methodological skills to support the student’s area of focus.

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“When I was looking into schools for my PhD, I knew I wanted a program that was grounded in robust quantitative and analytical methods. I chose the Brown School because it was clear that the faculty and leadership here feel the same way. Every semester, I’ve taken at least one quantitative methods course that has helped me to extract the most value from my research as well as my theory and substantive area courses.” —K ARISHMA FURTADO, PHD IN PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCES ’20 Data and Research Catalyst at Forward Through Ferguson

After the foundation semester, students customize their program from a wide array of courses available at the Brown School and across the university campus.  Agent-Based Modeling  Epidemiology of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan  Foundations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Applied Sciences  Generalized Linear Modeling  Global Burden of Disease: Methods and Applications  Issues and Directions in Intervention Research  Multilevel and Longitudinal Modeling  Operations Management  Politics of Education  Propensity Score Analysis  Psychology of Aging  Qualitative and Participatory Research Methods  Social Network Analysis  Structural Equation Modeling  Survival Analysis  System Dynamics  Transdisciplinary Problem Solving: Child Maltreatment Prevention  Other Brown School graduate courses in substantive

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Research Outcomes Our PhD students experience remarkable research opportunities and publication success during their time at the Brown School. STUDENT PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS Allen, P., Pilar, M., Walsh-Bailey, C., Hooley, C., Mazzucca, S., Lewis, C. C., Mettert, K. D., Dorsey, C. N., Purtle, J., Kepper, M. M., Baumann, A., Brownson, R. C. (2020). How are health policy implementation outcomes measured quantitatively? A systematic review. Implementation Science, 15(47). Asher BlackDeer, A., Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., Beeler-Stinn, S., & Duran, B., (2020). Substance Use and Interpersonal Violence: Exploring Potential Threats to Underrepresented Minority Students’ Academic Success. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. Cheng, S.-Y., Shen, A. C.-T., & Jonson-Reid, M. (2020) Profiles of teen dating violence and association with depression among Chinese teens. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Ekenga, C. C., Wang, X., Pérez, M., Schootman, M., & Jeffe, D. B. (2020). A Prospective Study of Weight Gain in Women Diagnosed with Early-Stage Invasive Breast Cancer, Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, and Women Without Breast Cancer. Journal of Women's Health, 29(4), 524-533. Fabbre, V. D., & Gaveras, E. (2020). The manifestation of multilevel stigma in the lived experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming older adults. The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 90(3), 350–360. Hawasli, A. H., Ray, W. Z., Goad, M. A., Frank, T. L., Ellis, E. R., Schmidt, M., & Lamartina, P. (2019). Project management for developing a spine" Enhanced Recovery After Surgery" program in a large university-affiliated hospital. Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences.

Jackson, A. N., Butler-Barnes, S. T., Stafford, J. D., Robinson, H., Allen, P. C. (2020) “Can I live”: Black American adolescent boys’ reports of police abuse and the role of religiosity on mental health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(12). Malone, S., Seigel, N., Newland, J., Saito, J., & McKay, V. (2020). Understanding antibiotic prophylaxis prescribing in pediatric surgical specialties. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 41(6), 666-671. Motley, R., Chen, Y. C., Johnson, C., & Joe, S. (2020). Exposure to community-based violence on social media among black male emerging adults involved with the criminal justice system. Social Work Research, 44(2), 87-97. Pilar, M., Eyler, A., Moreland-Russell, S., Brownson, R. (2020). Actual causes of death in relation to media, policy, and funding attention: Examining public health priorities. Frontiers in Public Health, 8, 279. Sun, S., Nabunya, P., Byansi, W., Bahar, O. S., Damulira, C., Neilands, T. B., Guo, S., Namuwonge, F. & Ssewamala, F. M. (2019). Access and Utilization of Financial Services among Poor HIV-Impacted Children and Families in Uganda. Children and Youth Services Review, 104730. Wang, X., Ojha, R. P., Partap, S., Johnson, K. J. (2020). The effect of insurance status on childhood and adolescent cancer survival using data from the National Cancer Database. International Journal Epidemiology.

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Accolades & Outstanding Career Placements Our students receive significant accolades for their work, and our graduates enter exciting postdoctoral, research leadership and tenure track positions around the globe. RECENT STUDENT ACCOLADES  APHA 1038 Student Oral Session Award for Public Health Education and Health  A ACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholar-in-Training Award, American Association for Cancer Research  Council on Social Work Education: Child Welfare Track Dissertation Award  Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being  EPIC Scholarship  Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer Diversity Scholarship  National Association of Social Work: William E. Gordon Research Fellowship  Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) NIA T32 Fellowship  Open Society Foundation Civil Society Scholar Award  R36 Award: National Institute on Aging  Social Work HEALS Fellowship

Examples of positions accepted by our graduates in the past two years: Postdoctoral positions: Research Training Program in Aging at Duke University; Division of Public Health Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine Research leadership: Data and Research Catalyst at Forward Through Ferguson; Health Science Administrator with the Indian Health Service; Research Scientist with Missouri Institute of Mental Health; Senior Associate at the Iris Group Tenure track positions: Boston College, Brigham Young University, University of Hong Kong, Louisiana State University, Maryville University, North Carolina Central University, Rutgers University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, University of Denver, University of Georgia, University of Iowa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

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Our Campus Community COVID-19 has altered our campus operations for fall 2020, but we look forward to welcoming students for our full campus experience as soon as safely possible. Learn more below.

The Brown School and its affiliated research centers fill three interconnected buildings in the heart of Washington University, creating a comprehensive “campus within a campus” where you’ll attend classes, connect with faculty members, study and explore. Our facilities are designed to provide what you need to make the most of your days at the Brown School — including a café, study rooms, library and computer lab, and even lockers and showers for active commuters. Our tight-knit community provides easy access to the many trainings and one-on-one services offered by the Brown School. We frequently offer guest speakers, conferences, panel discussions and professional development trainings — valuable opportunities to connect with and learn from leaders in social work, public health and social policy. 12 | Doctoral Programs in Social Work and Public Health Sciences

“I have appreciated the countless number of opportunities to connect with students, staff, and faculty at the Brown School; the community is approachable and supportive! During my first year of doctoral studies, through engaging with faculty and staff, I became connected with the Social Policy Institute. I joined the food security research team, where I am currently involved in multidisciplinary projects. Joining the SPI is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my journey!” —T YLER FRANK, PHD STUDENT IN PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCES

“My time at the Brown School has been filled with stimulating coursework, relevant research opportunities, and invaluable mentorship. The Prevention Research Center has created a fostering environment that has led to my intellectual development, and overall growth in becoming an independent researcher in chronic disease prevention for disadvantaged communities.” —NAT SERRANO, PHD CANDIDATE IN PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCES NHLBI T32 Predoctoral Trainee in Cardiovascular Disease and Obesity | 13

“My family moved to St. Louis from New York City and felt like we had landed in a paradise. We developed a wonderful connection with our neighbors, my wife volunteered in our local school district, our daughters loved their schools and we had a supportive faith community. The low cost of living and cultural opportunities were incredibly helpful. No place is perfect, and St. Louis has room to grow, but it was wonderful taking baby steps toward an even better St. Louis with our community.” —COLE HOOLEY, PHD IN SOCIAL WORK ’19 Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University

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Discovering St. Louis St. Louis offers big-city opportunities and a low cost of living, making it an accessible and desirable destination for students. Our students live throughout the region and the city’s 79 distinct neighborhoods. They love WashU’s convenient location, served by several bus routes, bike paths and light rail public transit. The award-winning expanse of Forest Park is just across the street from campus. It encompasses 1,300 acres of green space for you to explore by bike, on foot or via pedal boat or paddleboard — and it’s home to many of the city’s free, world-class museums and events. Outside of school, our students are active citizens in St. Louis, whether through leadership on nonprofit boards or their neighborhoods’ community councils, or in part-time jobs in the city’s many health and service organizations. Local initiatives like Venture Café leverage the city’s vibrant startup scene to address inequities through collaborative solutions. With its long history of innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and approachable feel, there is so much to discover and enjoy in our great city. Learn more at

“The city has all you could want — museums, green spaces, good music and exciting new restaurants — plus that distinct Midwestern friendliness.” —“ST. LOUIS IS AS WELCOMING AS IT IS BUDGET-FRIENDLY” The New York Times, March 14, 2018

Join Us We invite you to learn more about what the Brown School can offer you and your career in scholarship and social impact. For questions, to schedule a visit or to get more information, contact: PHD PROGRAM IN SOCIAL WORK 314.935.6605


Marissa Hardwrict

Smriti Bajracharya

Social Work PhD Program Manager

Public Health Sciences PhD Program Manager

SCHEDULE A VISIT In light of COVID-19, we have adjusted our in-person visit protocols. Contact us directly to determine the next steps for getting a feel for our campus and programs.

Application requirements include:  Personal statement  Undergraduate and graduate transcripts  Master’s degree in relevant discipline  TOEFL may be required for international applicants  GRE scores (optional for fall 2020 applicants)  Three letters of recommendation  CV  Writing sample

All applicants must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School at Washington University as well as the requirements of the applicable Brown School PhD program. Applications open September 1, and the application deadline for each program is December 1. Social work applicants: Access our online application at Public health sciences applicants: Apply through 16 | Doctoral Programs in Social Work and Public Health Sciences

FINANCIAL SUPPORT All students receive full-tuition scholarships and stipends for living expenses. Other sources of financial support have included:  Brown School  Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship  National Institute of Mental Health  National Institute on Drug Abuse  Olin Fellowship for Women  McDonnell International Scholars Academy  John A. Hartford Foundation  Fulbright Scholar Program  Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellows Program  Open Society Foundation  Taiwan Ministry of Education

At the Brown School, doctoral students are immersed in a transdisciplinary environment that prepares them to become global scholars. Our worldrenowned faculty, dedicated staff and research centers work together to support hands-on learning.

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OUR VISION To create positive social change through our path-breaking research and educational excellence.

OUR MISSION To educate and prepare future social work and public health leaders in areas of policy, practice and research. ........ To pioneer research and apply results to impact policy and practice locally, nationally and internationally. ........ To collaborate with organizations to use evidence to improve access to and quality of social services and to address social and economic justice.


Founded in 1925, the George Warren Brown School was named with a generous gift from Betty Bofinger Brown in memory of her late husband.

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