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Current Doctoral Students

Silvana Alfaro-Borden

Silvana Alfaro-Borden

 Silvana Alfaro-Bordon is interested in exploring parent-infant relationships through the lens of developmental theories while taking into consideration the context in which these relationships occur. More specifically, the impact of domestic violence, trauma, anxiety, and depression on parent-infant relationships developed among culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged individuals. FN7224@wayne.edu

Carla Barron

Carla Barron

Carla Barron is interested in home-based services and interventions with young children and families. Of particular interest is how the training and supervision received by professionals providing home-based services can affect the therapeutic relationship as well as therapeutic and developmental outcomes. AC7863@wayne.edu

Christopher Biek

Christopher Biek

Christopher's focus is on the accessibility and effectiveness of mental health and addiction treatments in American Indian/Native American communities. He has found very few policy interventions and culturally appropriate treatments for American Indian populations. His goal is to gather information by applying learned social work and anthropological research methods ethnographically with urban Detroit American Indian communities. He seeks to identify interventions and policies needing to be re-evaluated for their effectiveness in bridging the gaps of these disparities. He also plans to create interventions based off of stories that are either personal, connective, or both for the individual. The goal is for these narratives to help heal inter-generational and current inflicted trauma from personal and colonial influences. These interventions would be unique to each person's culture and experiences, allowing them to heal in a way not dictated by mainstream society.FZ7952@wayne.edu

Erin Blaim

Erin Blaim

Erin Blaim is interested in researching the effects of social policies in the United States and gender disparities. In particular, she is interested in researching effects of United States asylum policies.EI7960@wayne.edu

Crecendra Brown

Crecendra Brown

Crecendra Brown is interested in the impact faith-based organizations have on the implementation of social services programs in regards to older adults.  In particular, she is interested in researching the effects spirituality and prayer has on mental health service delivery among older adults. AK7181@Wayne.edu

Nikita Buckhoy

Nikita Buckhoy

Nikita’s background features macro practice, policy advocacy, and direct service in community health settings and/or around community health issues.  Her interests include exploring community and environmental health-related policy standards, implementation, and enforcement; and advancing environmental health literacy and advocacy in vulnerable communities. Secondary, she hopes to help enhance social work’s recognition of, and responses to, environmental health threats.BM5884@wayne.edu

Alexandra Cameron

Alexandra Cameron

Alexandra Cameron is interested in research on adolescent suicide and it's relationship to bullying and resilience. While there is a strong relationship between bullying and suicide among teens, Alexandra is interested in examining mediating factors between them. She is also intrigued by adolescent resilience towards suicidal ideation, as this may influence future intervention efforts.FE5520@wayne.edu

Ann Carrellas

Ann Carrellas

Ann Carrellas is primarily interested in research concerned with supporting youth and adults who have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. In particular, her focus is on effective interventions and policy development that promote best practice in terms of supporting youth with FASDs as they transition into adulthood and throughout their lives.DO9921@wayne.edu

Tina Dykehouse

Tina Dykehouse

Tina Dykehouse is interested in specialty juvenile courts and collaborative process within the child welfare field. For her dissertation study Tina has formed a research partnership with the nationally recognized nonprofit Zero to Three to explore interdisciplinary collaboration as it occurs within Zero to Three's Safe Babies Court Teams. Tina is also dedicated to the practice of highly effective social work instruction. She takes joy in applying her wide‐ranging practical and research experience combined with creative instructional skills and critical pedagogy towards demonstrated excellence within the social work classroom.AZ5020@wayne.edu

Rebeca Guzman

Rebeca Guzman

Rebeca Guzman’s research focus is on better understanding how community health workers see themselves before training, after training, and after a meaningful period of practice.AB8304@wayne.edu

Laurel M. Hicks

Laurel M. Hicks

The PhD clinical concentration in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University has prepared Ms. Hicks to take an active role in research, scholarship, and clinical teaching. Specifically, her focus is on the study of mindfulness‐based interventions aimed to improve mental health, and parent‐infant outcomes in urban parents during pregnancy. She is additionally interested in understanding trauma history, physiological and  psychological stress responses and how this contributes to parent and infant health in  antenatal and postnatal periods. Her dissertation examines the relationship of mindfulness on the biobehavioral (respiratory sinus arrhythmia) response to parenting stress during pregnancy in a group low SES parents‐to‐be.

Derek Johnson

Derek Johnson

 As a co-occurring disorder therapist for individuals and groups in outpatient and residential settings, Derek Johnson’s focus of research is on the genesis of addiction.  Of particular interest to him is the social impact of addiction; public and professional perception of persons with substance and/or process addictions, the linkage between physiological and psychosocial dependence, and integrated principles of recovery. EW5106@wayne.edu

Jeoung Min Lee

Jeoung Min Lee

Jeoung Min Lee is interested in delinquent adolescents, especially bullying and cyberbullying in the schoolyard based on a longitudinal study. Another interest is immigrant adolescents. she is researching the relationship between immigrant parents' socialization behaviors and their children's ethnic identity and how children's ethnic identity  becomes a coping strategy, such as buffering school dropout during acculturation.FD6594@wayne.edu

Sarah  Mountain

Sarah Mountain

Sarah Mountain's background is in women's studies and macro/community organizing social work. Her research interest is adolescent girls in urban communities and the community programs that support them. She is also interested in studying the role that civic engagement plays in the lives of these girls.AT0674@wayne.edu

Anh Prisner

Anh Prisner

 Anh Prisner is interested in creating maltreatment prevention and intervention programs with young children and families in developing countries. In particular, she is interested in how to change policies in developing countries by researching the  cultural and societal meaning of maltreatment and changing the mindsets and policies around them by developing child maltreatment prevention services to strengthen family development.DZ9161@wayne.edu

Maria Schell

Maria Schell

Maria is am interested in the cultural determinants of attitudes toward violence; particularly cross-cultural variance of language used to define and justify aggression. Maria is currently working with Professor Arlene Weisz to analyze qualitative data collected from a sample of domestic violence survivors in Detroit. They are examining the use and accessibility of resources; including police intervention, personal protection orders, and educational support.FT2184@wayne.edu

Lori Vanderwill

Lori Vanderwill

 Lori Vanderwill is a school-based clinical therapist who is interested in mental health and academic success of urban children and youth. Her research interests include trauma-informed teaching methods in schools. Of additional research interest is the impact of mental health from a teacher, student, and administrative perspective on the academic success of students.ES2280@wayne.edu

Bryan Victor

Bryan Victor

Bryan Victor's current research focuses on childhood exposure to domestic violence and subsequent involvement with the child welfare system.  He is also interested in the use of data science methods within social work research including data visualization to facilitate dissemination of research findings.  During the 2016-2017 academic year, Victor holds a pre-doctoral training fellowship with the Child & Adolescent Data Lab at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.FJ8623@wayne.edu

Markus Whitehead

Markus Whitehead

Markus Whitehead's research interests focus on risk factors contributing to negative mental health outcomes among female veterans. He recently conducted a study with Dr. Elvia Krajewski-Jaime and Dr. Jennifer Kellman-Fritz examining these risk factors and presented their findings at the 2013 NASW conference in Dearborn Michigan. Their findings paper on this research will be published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Health and Wellness.FJ0497@wayne.edu

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