Students on the job market

The Doctoral Program at the Wayne State University School of Social Work is pleased to present our doctoral students and recent graduates who are currently on the job market. Please feel free to contact the students directly if you know of career opportunities for these students. You may also feel free to contact Faith Hopp, doctoral director, at with any questions.

Laurel Hicks, Ph.D., LCSW

lhHicks received a dual-title Ph.D. in Social Work (Clinical Concentration) and Infant Mental Health from Wayne State University in 2017. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Neurodevelopmental Research Program with Elysia Davis, Ph.D., and Benjamin Hankin, Ph.D., collaborating on a large, NIMH R01-funded research project called, The Care Project. This research examines the effects of lowering depression, via Interpersonal Therapy, in pregnancy on the development of the baby, essentially testing the fetal programming hypothesis. She specializes in perinatal and infant mental health, and specifically focuses on investigating resiliency factors and interventions that improve wellbeing during pregnancy and postpartum for the whole family system. She is passionate about supporting ways to integrate evidence-based methods into behavioral health settings, ensuring that no family is left behind. This not only includes transdisciplinary collaboration, but also promoting interventions that are culturally-competent, trauma-informed and most of all useful and effective to ALL parents and their children. Hicks utilizes a true biopsychosocial approach to her research. Methodologies include quantitative, qualitative, biobehavioral (cortisol, testosterone, MRI, EEG, and respiratory sinus arrhythmia), and dyadic observations.

Curriculum Vitae  Learn more about Hicks here.

Jeoung Min Lee, M.S.W.

jmlJeoung Min Lee is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Social Work, a pre-doctoral fellow at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute (MPSI) for Child & Family Development, and an awardee of Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) at Wayne State University. She is interested in youth violence and psychosocial/behavioral health of racially and ethnically diverse adolescents in urban communities. Her three-paper dissertation investigates multiple level risk/protective factors associated with bullying among urban African American youth in Chicago. She also explores how internalizing problems (e.g., depression and loneliness) of bully victims might increase their risk of suicidal thoughts. In addition, she explores the effects of exposure to community violence on youths' aggressive behavior.  She received the 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Proposal Award from the Korean American Social Work Educators Association for her dissertation.

Curriculum Vitae