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PhD Candidate Addresses the Racialization of Latinos through Innovative Research

PhD Candidate Addresses the Racialization of Latinos through Innovative Research

This past spring, BCSSW doctoral candidate Victor Figuereo was awarded the Pinderhughes Fellowship given annually to an outstanding African-American PhD student at the School. Victor is now in his third year at BCSSW, and is hard at work to earn his degree, expected in 2019, under the tutelage of mentor Rocío Calvo. He is also a member of the school’s Latino Leadership Initiative, and specifically, he is part of the LLI’s Latino Research Seminar, a program designed to address the disparity of Latino professors in higher education. Read more »

PhD Videos

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.

emilia bianco

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


 

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    


Manuel Cano

Manuel Cano

MSW, Arizona State University; BA, ITESM

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

 


 

Victor Figuereo

Victor Figuereo

MA, Ball State University; BA, Clark University

Research Interests:  Intersection of race, immigration, and Latinx mental health; Social networks and Latinx healthcare access; Race in social work research and education 
 


 

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


 

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    
 


 

Luz Maria Hernandez

Luz Maria Hernandez

MA, ITESM Mexico

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

 


 

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


 

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
 


 

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


 

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

 


 

PhD Students

Ignacio Eissmann Araya

Ignacio Eissmann Araya

Master in Government and Society, Alberto Hurtado University, Chile; Sociologist, Alberto Hurtado University, Chile

Research Interests: Social policies and intervention strategies to overcome homelessness; sociocultural factors that explain homelessness; development of mixed methods of social research and the design of social policies.


 

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


 

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

 


 

Carlos Andrade Guzman

Carlos Andrade Guzmán

Master in Management and Public Policies, University of Chile; Bachelor in International Trade, Metropolitan Technological University, Chile  

Research Interests: Approaches and methodologies of social work intervention; public-private relationship for the development of social policies and interventions; reflectivity in policies, interventions and social research; social policies and interventions in child welfare, disability and care; qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methodologies applied to the study of policies and social interventions; approaches and methodologies for the training of social workers in research and social policies and interventions.        


 

Abril Harris

Abril Harris 

MSW California State University, Long Beach; BA, University of California, Riverside

Research Interests: The impact of discrimination and racism on identity formation in youth and young adults of color; harnessing the power of the self to affect communal and institutional change; identifying and analyzing systematic and structural forces that destabilize communities of color; community based research approaches.      


 

Antonia Diaz Valdes Iriarte

Juan Pablo Sanchez King

MSc, Universidad Mayor, Chile; MBA, ; MBA, Instituto Educativo del Noroeste, Mexico; BE, CETYS Universidad, Mexico

Research Interests: Cultural transformation, social innovation, emotional empowerment, productive engagement, ecological wellbeing, emotional transformation and intervention research.


 

Dale Arvy Maglalang

Dale Arvy Maglalang

M.A., Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University; B.S. Human Development & B.A. Asian American Studies, University of California, Davis

Research Interests: Social Determination of Health, health inequities, racial health justice, Critical Social Work, Critical Race Theory, ethnic studies, Asian American population, care work, (im)migration      


 

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


Javier Reyes Martinez

Javier Reyes Martinez

Master in Business Administration; Master in Marketing; BA in Communications

Research Interests: Cultural rights and human rights, cultural policies and social policies, cultural promotion, non-profit organizations, social inclusion, and social justice.    


 

Kathleen Nielsen

Kathleen M. Nielsen

MSW, University of Washington; BSW, Pacific Lutheran University

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

 


 

Pooja Paul

Pooja Paul

M.S.W. in Public Health- Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India; B.Sc. (Chemistry) - St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, India 

Research Interests: Health behavior and health disparities, sexual and reproductive health, social policy   
 


 

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 
 


 

Smitha Rao

Smitha Rao

MSW Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; MSc Environment and Development, Kings College London; BA (Hons.) Journalism, University of Delhi 

Research Interests:  Intersections of environment and social justice; Disaster policies; Poverty; Immigration; International Social Work.