Doctoral Programs in Social Work and Public Health Sciences 2019â€“2020 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 â€” 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.”
Douglas A. Luke, PhD Professor Director, Doctoral Education in Public Health Sciences Director, Center for Public Health Systems Science “The Brown School is a one-of-a-kind place to learn and grow as a doctoral student in public health. From our extraordinary faculty and personal attention to our numerous research centers and expansive complex of buildings, students are immersed in a rich, interdisciplinary environment of ideas, resources and opportunities for hands-on learning.”
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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
and professional development accounts
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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 brownschool.wustl.edu/faculty.
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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. Youâ€™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 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 System Design Lab
Learn more about our research depth at brownschool.wustl.edu/research.
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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 brownschool.wustl.edu/PhDtraining.
“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 brownschool.wustl.edu | 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 STUDENT IN PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCES
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
and methods areas taught by faculty experts
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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 Beeler-Stinn, S., Cheng, S. Y., & Wolf, D. P. S. (2018). A Case Study of a Network Analysis of Drug Use and Emergency Department Visits in St. Louis: Supporting a Quicker Rehabilitation. Journal of Life Care Planning, 16(2). Kivumbi, A., Byansi, W., Sensoy, O. B., Ssewamala, F., Mugisha, J., et al (2019). Prevalence of disruptive behaviors and attention deficit/hyperactive disorder among school-going children in Southwestern Uganda. BMC Psychiatry, 19(1), 105. Eaton J. C., Rothpletz-Puglia, P., Dreker, M. R., Iannotti, L., Lutter, C., Kaganda, J. & Rayco-Solon, P. (2019). Effectiveness of provision of animalsource foods for supporting optimal growth and development in children 6 to 59 months of age. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Art. No.: CD012818. Furtado, K. S., Brownson, C., Fershteyn, Z., Macchi, M., Eyler, A., Valko, C., & Brownson, R. C. (2018). Health departments with a commitment to health equity: A more skilled workforce and higher-quality collaborations. Health Affairs, 37(1), 38-46. Gallegos-Riofrío, C. A., Waters, W. F., Salvador, J. M., Carrasco, A. M., Lutter, C. K., Stewart, C. P., & Iannotti, L. L. (2018). The Lulun Project’s social marketing strategy in a trial to introduce eggs during complementary feeding in Ecuador. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 14, e12700. Huseynli, A. (2018). Implementation of deinstitutionalization of child care institutions in post-Soviet countries: The case of Azerbaijan. Child Abuse & Neglect, 76, 160-172.
Motley, R. & Joe, S. (2018). Police use of force by ethnicity, sex and socioeconomic class. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 9(1), 49-67. Pilar, M. R., Cunningham-Williams, R. M., & Williams Woodson, S. L. L. (2019). Does the Andersen Behavioral Model of Health Services Use predict college students’ use of on-campus mental health services? Journal of American College Health, 1-13. Serrano, N., Perez, L. G., Carlson, J., Patrick, K., Kerr, J., Holub, C., & Arredondo, E. M. (2018). Subpopulation differences in the relationship between the neighborhood environment and Latinas’ daily walking and vehicle time. Journal of Transport & Health, 8, 210-219. Stahlschmidt, M. J., Jonson-Reid, M., Pons, L., Constantino, J., Kohl, P. L., Drake, B., & Auslander, W. (2018). Trying to bridge the worlds of home visitation and child welfare: Lessons learned from a formative evaluation. Evaluation and Program Planning, 66, 133-140. Wang, X., Steensma, J. T., Bailey, M. H., Feng, Q., Padda, H., & Johnson, K. J. (2018). Characteristics of The Cancer Genome Atlas cases relative to U.S. general population cancer cases. British Journal of Cancer, 119(7), 885. Wong, R., Amano, T., Lin, S. Y., Zhou, Y., & MorrowHowell, N. (2019). Strategies for the recruitment and retention of racial/ethnic minorities in Alzheimer disease and dementia clinical research. Current Alzheimer Research, 16, 458-471.
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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: Health Science Administrator with the Indian Health Service; Research Scientist with Missouri Institute of Mental Health Tenure track positions: Boston College, Brigham Young University, University of Hong Kong, Louisiana State University, Maryville University, North Carolina Central University, Rutgers 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 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 students study, socialize, connect with faculty and attend classes. 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. Event spaces are filled by guest speakers, conferences, panel discussions and professional development trainings — offering valuable opportunities to connect with and learn from leaders in social work, public health and social policy.
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Brown and WashU student groups offer more occasions for collaboration. Groups include: Advocacy and Learning for Public
American Indian Student Association Black Student Union Brown School African
Brown School Alliance of Asian and Pacific
Chinese Students and Scholars
Global Health at the Brown School Graduate Professional Council International Student Association Korean Graduate Student
Latino Graduate Student Alliance Mental Health Alliance Mi Gente OUTgrads Sexuality and Gender Alliance Student Coordinating Council Taiwanese Graduate Student
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“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 Home to exciting startup hubs, internationally acclaimed research hospitals and multiple Fortune 500 headquarters, 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. Nearby coffee shops make welcoming study spots, and the restaurants and music venues in the Delmar Loop are within easy walking distance. 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 brownschool.wustl.edu/STL.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
PHD PROGRAM IN PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCES 314.935.3599 email@example.com
PhD Program Manager
PhD Program Manager
Application requirements include: Personal statement Undergraduate and graduate transcripts Masterâ€™s degree in relevant discipline TOEFL may be required for international applicants GRE scores 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 applyweb.com/wustl. Public health sciences applicants: Apply through sophas.org.
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FINANCIAL SUPPORT All students receive full-tuition scholarships and stipends for living expenses. Other sources of financial support have included: Brown School Chancellorâ€™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.
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We are proud to highlight the achievements of past and current Brown School PhD students in the latest edition of the doctoral programs view...
Published on Aug 13, 2019
We are proud to highlight the achievements of past and current Brown School PhD students in the latest edition of the doctoral programs view...