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Kyle Bourque, PhD '12

Kyle Bourque, PhD '12
Kyle discusses the dynamics that steered him towards a career as an Army social worker and eventually to doctoral education at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Watch video »

Charu-Stokes, PhD '12

Charu Stokes, PhD '12
Charu describes how Boston College Graduate School of Social Work gave her extensive support and mentorship, enabling her to take advantage of her rich international experiences and successfully complete her PhD on a related research topic. Watch video »

PhD Recent Graduates

Venera Bekteshi
Venera Bekteshi

MA, St. John's University; MPA, Columbia University; MSW, Boston College; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: Human trafficking in global context; coping with integration challenges among various immigrant communities; domestic violence and immigrant women
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Kyle Bourque
Kyle Bourque

MSW, University of Michigan; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: Mental health issues and the military
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Melissa Brown
Melissa Brown

MSW, Boston College; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: Elder caregiving, productive aging, aging and work, and the work-family interface
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Rene Carapinha
Rene Carapinha

MSW, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Research Interests: Social development theory, policy and practice, social and economic mobility, and women and work
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Amy Griffin
Amy Griffin

MSW, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Juvenile delinquency; foster care; mixed methods; resilience
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Philip Higgins
Philip Higgins

MSSW, Columbia University
Research Interests: Palliative care, oncology, heart failure, chronic disease, hospice, interdisciplinary teams, underserved populations
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Jacquelyn Hillios
Jacquelyn Hillios

MSW, Boston College; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: Factors associated with recovery from addiction across the life course; design and evaluation of interventions targeting enhanced recovery outcomes (e.g. sober communities, physical activity, etc.); recovery oriented systems of care (ROSC); effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of recovery support services; the role of stigma in addiction and recovery
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Megumi Inoue
Megumi Inoue

MSW, Washington University in St. Louis
Research Interests: Gerontology, caregiving, end-of-life issues, and elders’ social network
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Haesang Jeon
Haesang Jeon

MGS, MSW, Boston College
Research Interests: Gerontology, community-based participant-directed long-term care, aging network
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Jennifer Leonardo
Jennifer Leonardo

MSW, Boston College
Research Interests: International social work, cross cultural relations, health disparities, family support systems
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Christina Matz-Costa
Christina Matz-Costa

MSW, Boston College; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: Productive engagement of older adults, aging workforce, quality of employment, role transitions in older life, volunteer and civic engagement, and elder caregiving
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Kimberly O'Brien
Kimberly H. McManama O'Brien

BA, Harvard University; MSW, Boston College; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: Researching the temporal relationship between alcohol use and suicidality in adolescents; developing and testing a brief alcohol intervention for adolescents who have attempted suicide
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Chrisann Newransky
Chrisann Newransky

MA, Brandeis University; MSW, Boston College; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: Social determinants of health disparities, cervical cancer screening, HPV vaccination, sexual and reproductive health for girls and women, social exclusion and inclusion, and microcredit self-help groups
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Julie Norstrand
Julie Norstrand

MS, Drexel University; MSW, Boston College
Research Interests: Social capital and health among older adults, global aging and health, civic engagement, and employment among older adults
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Alison Rhodes
Alison Rhodes

Ed.M., Harvard University; MSW, Boston College
Research Interests: Resilience, trauma, posttraumatic growth, and mindfulness and arts-based interventions
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Najwa Safadi
Najwa Safadi

MSW, McGill University; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: Poverty and social policy, formulating and implementing anti-poverty policies, dynamics of decision-making, international aid and anti-poverty policies, in Global South countries, Middle East and Palestine
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Christopher Salas-Wright
Christopher Salas-Wright

MA, Boston College; MSW, University of Washington; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests:Substance abuse prevention; youth violence and delinquency; high-risk and gang-involved Latino youth; and the role of spirituality and religiosity in positive youth development
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Abby Schwartz
Abby Schwartz

MGS, Miami University of Ohio; MSW, Boston College; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: Dementia caregivers, male caregivers, elder economic security, and community-based services for older adults and their families
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Margaret Sherrer
Margaret Sherrer

MSW, Rhode Island College; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: Psychosocial factors among individuals with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and mood disorders; cognitive appraisal and trauma; and disaster response in rural communities
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Charu Stokes
Charu Stokes

MSW, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: HIV/AIDS, kinship care, cultural competency, resiliency
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Wade Taylor
Wade Taylor

MSW, Baylor University; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: HIV/AIDS Behavioral Science Interventions and Research, LGBT & Queer Studies in Social Work Education
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Sandee Tisdale
Sandee Tisdale

MSW, Boston College; PhD, Boston College
Research Interests:Work and families; Human Development; family policy; adolescent outcomes
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