Doctoral program graduates

Angela Kaiser, PhD, MSW
Dissertation title: Bridging Social Capital Formation in a Faith-Based Organization. [defended 2010]

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice, Oakland University

Angela Kaiser

April Idalski Carcone, PhD, MSW
Dissertation title: A Social Ecological Perspective on Diabetes Care: Supporting Adolescents and Caregivers [defended 2010]

Position: Associate Professor (research), Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, Wayne State University


Shelly Tucker, PhD
Dissertation title: The Civic engagement of Latino immigrants in the United States [defended 2010]

Position: Independent Research and Author

Cristina Tucker

Rebecca Wiersma, PhD, LMSW
Dissertation title: Children's Adaptive Psychological Functioning in the Face of Adversity [defended 2010]

Position: Associate Professor, Madonna University


Jessica Lee Lucero, PhD, MSW
Dissertation Title: Neighborhood Risk and Protective Factors for Teenage Childbearing and Fathering [defended 2012]

Position: Assistant Professor, Utah State University


Erin Comartin, PhD, MSW
Dissertation Title: Collective Action for the Rights of Sex Offenders: Evaluating Social Movement Organizations [defended 2012]

Position: Assistant Professor, Wayne State University


Kimberly Ann Brisebois, PhD, MSW
Dissertation Title: Child Welfare Professionals on Kinship Caregivers: Attitudes and Implications [defended 2012]

Position: Director of Family Services, Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society


Jessica K. Camp, PhD, MSW
Dissertation Title: Mental Disorders and Inequality in the United States: Intersection of Race, Gender, and Disability on Employment and Income [defended October 2013]

Position: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Mickey Sperlich, PhD, MSW

Dissertation Title:  Trauma Exposure, Posttraumatic Stress, and Depression in a Community Sample of First-time Mothers [defended July 2014]

Position: Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo


Sarah Van Zoeren, PhD, MSW

Dissertation Title: The Influence of Individual and Perceived Organizational Characteristics On Teacher Interventions In Bullying Situations [defended May 2014]

Position: Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services, Eastern Michigan University


Cassandra Barragan, PhD, MSW

Dissertation Title: What Impacts Life Satisfaction of Aging Adults Following Stressful Life Events?: An Examination of the Buffering Effect of Personal Resources [defended March 2015]

Position: Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University

Christina Marsack, PhD, MSW

Dissertation title: An Examination of Quality of Life of Parents of Adult Children Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorder [defended February 2016]

Position: Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University


Shantel Crosby, PhD, LMSW

Dissertation title: Evaluating Trauma-Informed Educational Practices With Trauma-Exposed, Female Students [defended March 2016]

Position: Assistant Professor, University of Louisville


Deirdre Shires, PhD, MSW, MPH

Dissertation title: Factors Associated with Primary Care Providers' Willingness to Deliver Routine and Transition Care to Transgender Individuals [defended May 2016]

Position: Assistant Professor, Michigan State University


Bryan Victor, PhD, LMSW

Dissertation title: Domestic Violence And Parental Substance Misuse In Child Welfare-Involved Families [defended May 2017]

Position: Associate Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis



Laurel M. Hicks, PhD, LCSW

Dissertation title: Preparing to Parent: Mindfulness in Expectant
Parents exposed to Adversity [defended June 2017]

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurodevelopmental Research Program, Department of Psychology, University of Denver



Tina R. Ryznar, PhD, MSW

Dissertation title: Understanding Interdisciplinary Collaboration within Zero to Three Safe Babies Court Teams [defended March 2018]

Position: Part-time Faculty, School of Social Work, Wayne State University