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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 School of Social Work. Watch video »

Charu-Stokes, PhD '12

Charu Stokes, PhD '12
Charu describes how Boston College 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 Student Profiles

PhD Candidates

Here are the Social Work PhD candidates who are currently on the job market.  Click on the candidate's name to view their CV.

Addie Wyman Battalen

Addie Wyman Battalen

MSW, Columbia University; BA, Earlham College

Research Interests: Mental health & well-being with LGBT & Multiracial families; Increasing access to services for new parents, especially related to adoption, same-sex parenting and inter-racial families; School social work; Child & adolescent trauma


 

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Maria Emilia Bianco

MSW, Boston College; MA, Austral University

Research Interests: Migration, transnational families, transnational motherhood, gender inequality, women entrepreneurship and development. Community-based participatory and action research (PAR), mixed-methods and international research


 

Yeon Jin Choi

Yeon Jin Choi

MSW, Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests: Environmental gerontology, aging-in-place, older immigrants, health disparities

 


 

Yoosun Chu

Yoosun Chu

MSW, Boston College; MSc, University of Birmingham; BA, Seoul National University

Research Interests: International social work; Rights-based approach; Capacity building in developing countries, community development in developing countries; Immigrant integration


 

Sarah Dow-Fleisner

Sarah Dow-Fleisner

MA, Tufts University; BS, Colby-Sawyer College; BA, Colby-Sawyer College

Research Interests: Development trajectories of children in unsupportive and high-risk contexts; Parent-child and sibling relationships in families experiencing parental mental illness and substance use; Protective factors related to resilient functioning in at risk children; Statistical methodology


 

Liz Gruenfeld

Elizabeth Gruenfeld

MSW, Boston College; EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education; BA, Smith College (LCSW)

Research Interests: Trauma-sensitive education and psychosocial interventions in post-conflict settings; Intergenerational impacts of violence and forced migration; Human trafficking; Cross-cultural teacher training; Participatory and arts-based research; Critical race theory; Indigenous lifeways; Program evaluation and curriculum development; Intercultural education & international social work


 

Luz Maria Hernandez

Luz Maria Hernandez

MA, ITESM Mexico

Research Interests: Health disparities; Mental health minorities; Social policy; Intervention research

 


 

Hae Nim Lee

Hae Nim Lee

MSW, Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests: Adolescent well-being in multicultural families; immigrant health; work and well-being of immigrants; cross cultural research

 


 

Anne Leong

Anne Day Leong

MSW, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Measurement and evaluation; Early childhood; Head Start; Cross-cultural measurement; Community-based participatory research

 


 

Anayeli Lopez

Anayeli Lopez

MSSA, Case Western Reserve University; BA, Grace College

Research Interests: Immigrant populations/families; Transnational families; Immigration and deportation policies and outcomes; Program and intervention research

 


 

Robert Rosales

Robert Rosales

MSW, Boston College

Research Interests: Mental health help seeking, barriers, and disparities among Latino populations 

  


 

Pablo Gaitan Rossi

Pablo Gaitan Rossi

MS, Universidad Iberoamericana; BA, Universidad Iberoamericana

Research Interests: Context; Violence; Poverty; Inequality; Gender; Youth

 


 

Christina Sellers

Christina Sellers

MSW, Boston College; BA, Emmanuel College

Research Interests: Risk factors for adolescent substance use and related developmental outcomes; Resiliency factors that assist in the mitigation of risk factors; Familial factors related to risk and resilience in children’s socio-emotional development; Prevention of substance use initiation


 

Ana-Maria Vazquez

Ana-Maria Vazquez

MS, ITESO; MS, University of Sussex; BA, ITESO

Research Interests: Contemporary social conflicts and social welfare, collective organization in societies in conflict, violence and social welfare, the relation between social crisis and social activism

 


 

Kaipeng Wang

Kaipeng Wang

MSW, University of South Carolina Columbia

Research Interests: Social determinants of health; neighborhood environment and health behaviors; quantitative research methods

 


 

Yihan Wang

Yihan Wang

MPA, University of Maryland

Research Interests: Aging policy between the US and China; Long-term care; Aging in the workplace; Productive aging

 


 

Bongki Woo

Bongki Woo

MSW, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: Mental health and health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities; Substance abuse; Behavioral addiction; Co-occurring mental and substance use disorder; Cross-cultural research

 


 

Jie Yang

Jie Yang

MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests: Aging workforce; Unemployment; Productive aging; LGBT older adults; International social work

 


 

PhD Students

Melissa Bartholomew

Melissa Bartholomew

M.Div., Harvard University; J.D., Howard University; B.A., Howard University

Research Interests: Complex generational racial trauma; Forgiveness and faith as interventions for healing the descendants of Africans enslaved in America


 

Manuel Cano

Manuel Cano

MSW, Arizona State University; BA, ITESM

Research Interests: Substance abuse, child-welfare & unauthorized immigrants; evidence-based practices.

 


 

Ngozi Enelamah

Ngozi Enelamah

M.Ed., Harvard University; MBA, University of Lagos, Nigeria; B. Pharmacy, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Research Interests: Social determinants of health, food security in low socio-economic settings and models for social protection and building resilience in families


 

Kerri Socha Evans

Kerri Evans

MSW, University of Maryland; BA, Elizabethtown College  

Research Interests: Integration and building welcoming communities for migrants and refugees

 


 

Victor Figuereo

Victor Figuereo

MA, Ball State University; BA, Clark University

Research Interests: Racial microagressions; Diversity-related course processes and outcomes; Acculturative factors of mental health; Culturally-adaptive mental health treatment

 


 

Robert Hasson

Robert G. Hasson, III

MSW, Boston College; BA, Saint Michael’s College

Research Interests: Clinical services for vulnerable children and families; Trauma-informed interventions; Family preservation; Foster care; Refugees and migration    

 


 

Antonia Diaz Valdes Iriarte

Antonia Diaz-Valdes Iriarte

MSW, Pontific University Catholic of Chile; BA, Pontific University Catholic of Chile

Research Interests: Promoting the wellbeing of older adults; The role that public policies play on the wellbeing of older adults, especially the retirement income system; Statistics in social sciences and Evidence-based approach


 

Paloma Sotelo Marquez

Paloma Sotelo Márquez

M.A. in Public Policy, Central European University (CEU); B.A. in International Studies, University of Guadalajara

Research Interests: Innovation cycles in social interventions; Evidence-based social interventions; Child sexual abuse prevention; Rural development; Women empowerment; Public policy incidence by mission driven organizations


Julie Miller

Julie Miller

MSW, University of California, Berkeley; BS, Northeastern University

Research Interests: Primary: Gerontology; aging of Millennial generation; impact of demographic changes in homes, workplaces, and community spaces; service-learning in higher education

Secondary: Technology and society, disabilities, death & dying


 
Kathleen Nielsen

Kathleen M. Nielsen

MSW, University of Washington; BSW, Pacific Lutheran University

Research Interests: Adoption; Non-traditional families; Parenting; Adolescence; Youth at risk

 


 

Ana Paola Campos Paniagua

Ana Paola Campos Paniagua

M.S. in Nutrition, Iberoamericana University, México; B.S. in Nutrition, Iberoamericana University, México        

Research Interests: Early determinants of obesity and type 2 diabetes; Prevention and management of lifestyle-related chronic diseases across lifespan with special interest in adolescence and older adults; The role of social context, networks, resource allocation, and environment in health    


Jaime Perez Aponte

Jaime Perez-Aponte

MSW, University of Connecticut; BSW, Westfield State University

Research Interests: School social work; Community mental health; Trauma informed practice; Child welfare; Poverty; Childhood acculturation experiences; Mixed methodology research methods