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Community, Organizational and Policy Development

Erin M. Kerrison

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Erin M. Kerrison's work extends from a legal epidemiological framework, wherein law and legal institutions operate as social determinants of health. Specifically, through varied agency partnerships, her mixed-method research agenda investigates the impact that compounded structural disadvantage, concentrated poverty and state supervision has on service delivery, substance abuse, violence and other health outcomes for individuals and communities marked by criminal justice intervention.

Dr. Kerrison's research has been supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Ford Foundation and the Sunshine Lady Foundation. Her recent empirical research has been published in Criminal Justice and Behavior, Women and Criminal Justice, the Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology and the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice Her current book project is tentatively titled, Hustles and Hurdles: Law’s Impact on Desistance for Job-Seeking Former Prisoners, and foregrounds life history narratives for a sample of 300 drug-involved former prisoners. Their stories are analyzed through critical race and intersectional theoretical lenses, and local reentry conditions are contextualized by contemporary "collateral consequences" legislation that further undermine employment seeking outcomes within a contracted Rust Belt labor market. This study demonstrates how law, labor markets, neighborhoods, criminal justice surveillance and substance abuse patterns are compounded and steer long-term desistance and health outcomes.

Dr. Kerrison holds a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Haverford College, an MA in Criminology, Law and Society from Villanova University and a PhD in Criminology from the University of Delaware. She was awarded a Vice Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also an active member of the American Society of Criminology, the Law & Society Association and the Society for Social Work and Research.

Research/Expertise

  • Criminal Justice Organization and Policy
  • Legal Consciousness Among Underserved Community Members
  • Legal Epidemiology
  • Privatization of Healthcare and Supervision in Underserved Communities
  • Risk/Needs Assessments
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Modalities
  • Trauma and Offending

Current Projects

Expanded Publications

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E. M., Paternoster, R., Smith, L., & O’Connell, D. (2016). The complex relationship between motherhood and desistance. Women and Criminal Justice, 26(3), 212–231.

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., Paternoster, R., O’Connell, D., & Smith, L. (2016). Desistance for a long-term drug involved sample of adult offenders: The importance of identity transformation. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(2), 164–186.

Kerrison, E. M., & Bachman, R. (2016). Second-chance grandparenting: How a new and renewed identity impacts the desistance process. In S. F. Sharp, S. Marcus-Mendoza, K. A. Cameron, & E. S. Daniel-Roberson (Eds.), Across the Spectrum of Women and Crime: Theories, Offending, and the Criminal Justice System (pp. 225–242). Durham, NC.

Kerrison, E. M. (2015). White claims to illness and the race-based medicalization of addiction for drug-involved former prisoners. Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, 31, 105–128.

Kerrison, E. M., Bachman, R., & Alvarez, A. (2015). The societal causes of violence. In P. T. Clements, S. Seedat, & E. N. Gibbings (Eds.), Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment (pp. 123–150). St. Louis, MO: STM Learning, Inc.

Paternoster, R., Bachman, R., Bushway, S., Kerrison, E., & O’Connell, D. (2015). Human agency and explanations of criminal desistance: Arguments for a rational choice theory. Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology, 1(3), 20–235.

James Midgley

Professor of the Graduate School

JAMES MIDGLEY is professor of the graduate school and dean emeritus (1997-2006) of the School of Social Welfare.

An authority on international social welfare, Dr. Midgley is regarded as a pioneer in the fields of international social work and social work and social policy in the developing world. He has published widely on the topics of international social work and social welfare policy. Dr. Midgley’s current research interests include international social work, social development and social policy.

Research/Expertise

  • Development
  • Social Development
  • Social Policy
  • Community Development
  • International Social Welfare
  • Global Poverty and Inequality

 

Expanded Publications

Midgley, J. Future Directions in Social Development. New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (Editor with Manohar Pawar).

Midgley, J. Social Investment and Social Welfare: International Perspectives. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2017. (Editor with Espen Dah. and Amy Conley Wright).

 Midgley, J. Social Welfare for a Global Era: International Perspectives on Policy and Practice. Sage Publications, Los Angeles, CA: 2017.

Midgley, J., Social Development: Theory and Practice. London: Sage Publications, 2014.

Midgley, J., Social Policy and Social Change in East Asia. Langham. MD: Lexington Books (Rowan & Littlelfield) (Editor with James Lee & Yapeng Zhu), 2014.

Midgley, J. & Karger, H. Austerity versus Stimulus: International Challengers for Social Welfare. Special issue of Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. Vol. 41 (2) 2014.

Midgley, J., Austerity versus Stimulus: Theoretical Perspectives and Policy Implications. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. Vol. 41 (2), 2014, pp. 11-32

Midgley, J., Social Welfare Systems. In Masamichi Sasaki et al (Eds.), Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology. Boston, MA: Brill Publishers, 2014, pp. 217-225.

Midgley, J,, Patel, L. & Ulricksen, M. (Eds.), Social Protection in Southern Africa: New Opportunities for Social Development. Special issue of the Journal Development South Africa. Vol. 30 (1), 2013.

Hoefer, R. & Midgley, J. (Eds). Poverty, Income and Social Protection. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Midgley, J., Social Development and Social Protection: New Opportunities and Challenges. Development South Africa. 30 (1), 2013, 2-12.

Midgley, J & Piachaud, D (Eds.), Social Protection, Economic Growth and Social Change: Goals, Issues and Trajectories in Brazil, China, India and Africa.Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2013.

Midgley, J., Poverty Policy, Development and the State: Toward a Typology of Strategic Approaches. In Ulrich Becker & Frans Pennings, F. (Eds.), International Standard Setting and Innovation in Social Security. Alphen an der Rijn: Kluwer Law International, 2013, pp. 139-158.

Midgley, J., Social Development and Social Welfare: Implications for Comparative Social Policy. In Patricia Kennett (Ed). A Handbook of Comparative Social Policy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2013, pp. 182-204.

Midgley. J. & Carzola, A. (Eds.) Planning and Community Development: Case Studies. Madrid: Techincal University of Madrid, Grupo GESPLAN-UPM, 2012.

Patel, L., Kaseke, E. & Midgley, J. Indigenous Welfare and Community Based Social Development: Lessons from African Innovations. Journal of Community Practice. Vol. 20 (1/2), 2012, pp. 12-31.

Midgley, J., Social Protection and the Elderly in the Developing World: Mutual Aid, Microinsurance and the State. Journal of Comparative Social Welfare. Vol. 28 (2), 2012, pp. 153-163.

Midgley, J., Social Protection and Social Policy: Key Issues and Debates. Journal of Policy Practice. Vol. 11 (1/2), 2012, 8-24.

Midgley, J., Development. In L. M. Healy & R. Link (Eds.). Handbook on International Social Welfare. New York: Oxford University Press. 2012, pp. 24-29.

Midgley, J. & Sirojudin, Microinsurance and Social Protection: The Social Welfare Insurance Program for Informal Sector Workers in Indonesia. Journal of Policy Practice. Vol. 11 (1/2), 2012, 121-136.

Midgley, J. & Hosaka, M. (Eds), Grassroots Social Security in Asia: Mutual Aid, Microinsurance and Social Welfare. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Midgley, J. & Piachaud, D. Colonialism and Welfare: Social Policy and the British Imperial Legacy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2011.

Midgley, J., From Mutual Aid to Microinsurance. Strengthening Grassroots Social Security in the Developing World. Social Development Issues, Vol. 33 (1), 2011, pp1- 12.

Midgley, J. & Sirojudin, Social Protection and Community Based Social Security in Indonesia. Social Development Issues, Vol. 33 (1), 2011, pp 13-23.

Midgley, J. and Tang, K. L. (Eds), Social Policy and Poverty in East Asia. The Role of Social Security. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Midgley, J. & Conley, A. (Eds), Social Work and Social Development:Theories and Skills for Develomental Practice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Midgley, J., Global Debates and the Future of Social Development. Social Work Researcher Practitioner, Vol.22 (1), 2010, pp 8-23.

Midgley, J., Retirement provision in the United States: From Welfare Pluralism to Welfare Consumerism’ In Mark Hyde & John Dixon (Eds), Comparing How Nations Administer Retirement Income: Essays on Social Security. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010, pp. 23-46.

Midgley J., ‘Social Development and Social Work: Towards Global Dialogue.’ In H. G. Homfeldt and C. Reutlinger (Eds.), Sociale Arbeit and Sociale Enwicklung. Scheiner Verlag, 2009, pp. 12-24.

Midgley, J. and Livermore, M. (Eds), Handbook of Social Policy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2009.

Midgley J., ‘Developing Appropriate Approaches for Social Welfare in Developing Countries.’ Zeitschrift fur Auslandisches und Internationales Arbeits-und Sozialrecht, Vol. 22 (1-2), 2008, pp. 104-118.

Midgley J., ‘Perspectives on Globalization and Culture: Implications for International Social Work Practice.’ Journal of Global Social Work Practice. Vol. 1 (1), 2008, pp. 1-11.

Midgley, J. and Tang, K. L. (Eds), Social Security, the Economy and Development. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. (Editor with Kwong-leung Tang).

Midgley, J., Welfare Reform in the United States: Implications for British Social Policy. (With commentaries by Kitty Stewart, David Piachaud and Howard Glennerster. London: Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics. CASEpaper 131, 2008.

Midgley, J. (Associate Editor), Encyclopedia of Social Work, 20th Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. (with Larry Davis and Terry Mizrahi et al (Editors.).

Midgley J., ‘Developmental Social Policy: Theory and Practice.’ In Xuilan Zhang and James Midgley (Eds.), Issues of Developmental Social Policy in China. Beijing: China Social Security Press, 2007, pp. 157-181.

Midgley J., ‘Soziale Entwicklung: Die Roller Soziale Arbeit.’ In Leonie Wagner and Ronald Lutz and (Eds.), Internationals Perspektiven Socialer Arbeit. Frankfurt Am Maine: IKO-Verlag, 2007, pp 129- 148. [Social Development: The Role of Social Work].

Midgley J., ‘Perspectives on Globalization, Social Justice and Social Welfare.’ Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. Vol. 34 (2), 2007, pp. 17-35.

Julian Chun-Chung Chow

Hutto-Patterson Charitable Foundation Professor

Hutto-Patterson Charitable Foundation Professor JULIAN CHUN-CHUNG CHOW is a leading thinker and scholar in community practice. His current research interests include community practice and service delivery in urban poverty and ethnic and immigrant neighborhoods; community analysis and needs assessment; program planning and development; and cultural competency services.

In 2011, Dr. Chow received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he studied the development of social service systems and infrastructure in China and also conducted research as part of a larger comparative study looking at how recent Chinese immigrants fare in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Research/Expertise

  • East Asian Studies
  • Community Practice and Service Delivery in Urban Poverty, Ethnic and Immigrant Neighborhoods
  • Community Analysis and Needs Assessment
  • Program Planning and Development
  • Cultural Competency Services

Expanded Publications

Chow, J. (2016). Developmental Social Work in Practice: A Community-Based Participatory Research Study. In JS. Huang & LC. Chen (Eds.), Developmental Social Work in Practice: Theory and Practice (pp. 17-26). Taipei, Taiwan: Songhui Publications. (in Chinese)

Chow, J., & Lou, C. (2015). Community-based approaches to social exclusion among rural-to-urban migrants in China. China Journal of Social Work, 8 (1), 33–46.  

Chow, J., & Vu, C. (2014). Human services in the United States: A focus on safety net programs for ethnic minority families and children. In M. Reisch (Ed.), Social policy and social justice (pp. 431-455). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Chow, J. (2013). Social policy and poverty alleviation programs: Implications for Asian countries. In Zhao, Y., Huang, C-C., Zhao. R., & Edwards, R. L. (Eds.), The Comparative Study of Social Work Education in China and the United States (pp.133-144). Beijing, China: Social Sciences Academic Press. (in Chinese)

Chow, J., & Peng, C. (2013). Community-needs assessment. In E. Mullen (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work. NY: Oxford University Press.

Horevitz, E., Lawson, J., & Chow, J. (2013). Examining cultural competence in health care: Implications for social workers.  Health & Social Work, 38, 135-145. doi:10.1093/hsw/hlt015.

Wu, G., & Chow, J. (2013). Social service utilization, sense of community, family functioning and the mental health of new immigrant women in Hong Kong. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health10, 1735-1746. doi:10.3390/ijerph10051735

Chow, J. (2012). Social exclusion: Challenges for community practice. In N. P. Ngai, X. P. Guan, S. Ngai, & X. Huang (Eds.), Social policies and services in Chinese societies: Issues and opportunities(pp. 225-234). Beijing, China: Social Sciences Academic Press. (in Chinese)

Chow, J. & Cheng, L. Guest Editors. (2011). Special Issue: Social Policy, Communities, and Social Development. Social Development Issues, 33 (1).

Chow, J. & Vu, C. (2011). English language learning, job skills development, and welfare-to-work services in immigrant communities. Social Development Issues, 33 (1), 46-59.

Xu, Q. & Chow, J. (2011). Exploring the community-based service delivery model: Elderly care in China. International Social Work. 54 (3), 374-387.

Chow, J., Auh, E., Scharlach, A., Lehning, A., & Goldstein, C. (2010). Types and sources of support received by caregivers from diverse racial and ethnic groups. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 19 (3), 175-194.

Xu, Q., Perkins, D., & Chow, J. (2010). Local political participation, sense of community and social capital: China’s experience. American Journal of Community Psychology, 45, 259-271.

Austin, M., Johnson, M., Chow, J., De Marco, A., & Ketch, V. (2009). Delivering welfare-to-work services in county social service organizations: An exploratory study of staff perspectives.Administration in Social Work, 33 (1), 105-126.

Han, M. & Chow, J. (2009). What changes MSW students' view on the mission of social work? Social Work Education, 29 (2), 205-221.

Han, M. & Chow, J. (2009). Post Traumatic Stress among Refugees and Veterans. In Edith Chen & Grace Yoo (eds.), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today, (pp. 821-828). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

Chow, J. & Austin, M. (2008). The culturally responsive social service agency: The application of an evolving definition to a case study. Administration in Social Work, 32 (4), 39-64.

De Marco, A., Austin, M. & Chow, J. (2008). Making the transition from welfare to work: Employment experiences of CalWORKs participants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 18 (4), 414-440.

Scharlach, A., Giunta, N., Chow, J., & Lehning, A. (2008). Racial and ethnic variations in caregiver service use. Journal on Aging and Health, 20 (3), 326-346.

Chow, J., Yoo, G., & Vu, C. (2007). Welfare reform and the delivery of welfare-to-work programs to AAPIs: What Works? AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community, 5 (2), 77-97.

Xu, Q. & Chow, J. (2006). Urban community in China: Service, participation, and development. International Journal of Social Welfare, 15 (3), 199-208.

Johnson, M., Chow, J., Ketch, V., Austin, M. (2006). Implementing welfare to work services: A study of staff decision-making. Families in Society, 87 (3), 317-328.

Freisthler, B., Lery, B., Gruenewald, P. & Chow, J. (2006). Methods and challenges of analyzing spatial data for social work problems: The case of examining child maltreatment geographically. Social Work Research, 30 (4), 198-210.

Chow, J. (2006). Professionalization of community services. In M. Yan & J. Gao (eds.). Community social work: An insider-outsider exchange of perspectives (pp.239-244). Beijing, China: Chinese Social Science Press. (in Chinese)

Chow, J., Osterling, K. & Xu, Q. (2005). The risk of timing out: Welfare-to-Work services to Asian immigrants and refugees. AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community, 3 (2), 85-104.

Chow, J., Johnson, M., Austin, M. (2005). The status of low-income neighborhoods in the post-welfare reform environment: Mapping the relationship between poverty and place. Journal of Health and Social Policy, 21 (1), 1-32.

Chow, J. & Crowe, K. (2005). Community-based research and methods in community practice. In Marie Weil (Ed.) Handbook of Community Practice, (pp. 604-619). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Lou, V., Chow, J., & Chan, C. (2004). Impact of expectation fulfillment on post-migration marital happiness among Mainland Chinese wives with Hong Kong husbands. Journal of Social Work Research and Evaluation: An International Publication, 5 (1), 99-112.

Giunta, N., Chow, J., Scharlach, A., & Dal Santo, T. (2004). Racial and ethnic differences in family caregiving in California. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 9 (4), 85-107. Reprinted in Cummings, S. & Galambos, C. (eds.) Diversity and Aging in the Social Environment. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, Inc.

Chow, J., Jaffee, K., & Snowden, L. (2003). Racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service use in poverty areas. American Journal of Public Health, 93 (5), 792-797.

Midgley, J. & Chow, J. (Guest Eds.). (2003/2004). Introduction: East Asian welfare systems: Theories and applications. Social Development Issues, 25 (3), 1-5.

Guan, X., & Chow, J. (2003/2004). The development of urban community services in China. Social Development Issues, 25 (3), 51-61.

Chow, J. & Wyatt, P. (2003). Ethnicity, language capacity, and perception of ethnic-specific services in Asian American communities. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Services, 1 (3/4), 41-60.

Chow, J. (2002). Asian American and Pacific Islander mental health and substance abuse agencies.Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 30 (1), 79-86.

Susan Stone

Catherine Mary and Eileen Clare Hutto Professor of Social Services in Public Education

SUSAN STONE is the Catherine Mary and Eileen Clare Hutto Professor of Social Services in Public Education at the School of Social Welfare.

An expert on social work in education and its impact on the academic progress of vulnerable youth in schools, Dr. Stone’s research interests include understanding family and school influences on child and adolescent academic performance, especially for urban and at-risk children and youth; parenting under stress; family treatment; linking families, schools, and communities; school-based social work practice; mixing quantitative and qualitative methods; and multi-level statistical modeling.

Dr. Stone is widely published in academic journals. Her 2010 publication, School Social Work: An Evidence-Informed Framework for Practice, offers school social work students and practitioners a new framework for choosing interventions based on a synthesis of evidence-based practice and recent conceptual frameworks of school social work clinical practice offered by leading scholars and policymakers.

Research/Expertise

  • School-Based Psycho-Social Services
  • School-Effects
  • Archival Data Analysis

Expanded Publications

Stone, S., Astor, R., & Benbenishty, R. (in press). Teacher and principal perceptions of student victimization and the schools’ response to violence: The contributions of context on staff congruence. International Journal of Education Research.

 

Stone, S., Brown, T., & Hinshaw, S.P. (in press, 2010) ADHD-related school compositional effects: An exploration. Teachers College Record, 112(5).

 

Fulton, B.D., Scheffer, R.M., Hinshaw, S.P., Levine, P., Stone, S., Brown, T.T., & Modrek, S. (2009). National variation of ADHD diagnostic prevalence and medication use: Health care providers and education policies. Psychiatric Services, 60(8), 1075-1083.

Scheffler, R., Brown, T., Fulton, B., Hinshaw, S., Levine, P., & Stone, S. (2009). Positive association between ADHD medication use and academic achievement during elementary school. Pediatrics, 123(5), 1273-1279.

Kelly, M. & Stone, S. (2009). An analysis of factors shaping interventions used by school social workers. Children in Schools, 31(3), 163-176.

Jung S. & Stone, S. (2008). Socio-demographic and programmatic moderators of Early Head Start: Evidence from the National Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project. Children & Schools, 30(3), 149-157.

Stone, S. & Jung, S. (2008). County variation in child and adolescent health status and school district performance. American Journal of Public Health, 98(12), 2223-2228.

Stone, S. Education and social policy. (2008). In Midgley, J. (ed.). Handbook of social policy. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Stone, S. (2008). Non-academic needs of students: How can schools intervene?. In N. Gilbert & J. Berrick, (Eds.). Raising children (pp. 201-220). New York: Oxford.

Stone, S., Ekman, E., English, D., & Fujimori, S. (2008). Collaboration among social work and journalism students and faculty: An instructional model. Journal of Social Work Education, 41(1), 163-72.

Johnson, M.A., Stone, S., Lou, C., Vu, C., Ling, J., Mizrahi, P., & Austin, M. (2008). Family assessment in child welfare services: Instrument comparisons.Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 5(1/2), 57-90.

Lou ,C., Anthony, E., Stone, S., Vu, C., & Austin, M.J. (2008). Assessing child and youth well-being: Implications for child welfare practice. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work5(1/2), 91-134.

Johnson, M.A., Stone, S., Lou, C., Ling, J., Claassen, & Austin, M.J. (2008). Assessing parent education programs for families involved with child welfare services: Evidence and implications. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 5(1/2), 191-238.

Stone, S. (2007) Child Maltreatment, Out-of-Home Placement and Academic Vulnerability: A Decade Review of Evidence and Future Directions. Children & Youth Services Review.

 

Stone, S., Austin, M. J., & D'Andrade, A. (2007) Educational Services for Children in Foster Care: Challenges and Opportunities. Public Child Welfare.

Stone, S. & Gambrill, E. (2007) Do School Social Work Texts Provide a Sound Guide for Practice and Policy? Children in Schools.

Stone, S. (2006) Correlates of Change in Student Reported Parent Involvement in Schooling: A New Look at the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Phillippo, K. & Stone, S. (2006) School-Based Collaborative Team Tasks: An Exploratory Case Study. Children in Schools.

Jacob, R. & Stone, S. (2005) Teachers and students speak. Education Next, 5(1), 49-53.

Stone, S. & Han, M. (2005) Perceived school climate and perceived discrimination among children of immigrants. Children and Youth Services Review, 27(1), 51-66.

Stone, S., Engel, M., Nagaoka, J., & Roderick, M. (2005) Getting it the second time around: Student classroom experience in Chicago's Summer Bridge Program. Teachers College Record, 107(5), 935-957.

Stone, S. (2004) Reflecting on the social environment dimensions of HB&SE: An HB&SE faculty member as discussant. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 10(3), 111-118

Stone, S. (2003) The transition to high school: Teacher perspectives in a large, urban, predominantly minority school system. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 12(1), 47-67.

Valerie Shapiro

Assistant Professor

VALERIE B. SHAPIROPhD, is an assistant professor and the Co-Director of the Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves as an analyst for the Social Development Research Group as well as the Devereux Center for Resilient Children.

Dr. Shapiro’s research is in the prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems in children and youth through the adoption, implementation, and sustainability of effective prevention practices. In order to promote the use of effective prevention practice, her scholarship focuses on how to (1) set the stage for communities to adopt and sustain a science-based approach to prevention, (2) implement programs successfully, and (3) assess youth outcomes in routine practice. She serves on the steering committee of the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health that produced the National Academy of Medicine Discussion Paper entitled “Unleashing the Power of Prevention.” She is currently studying the implementation of Social Emotional Learning practices in school and out-of-school time (OST) settings.

Dr. Shapiro has been a Society of Social Work Research Dissertation Fellow (2012), Child Intervention, Prevention, & Services (CHIPS) Fellow (2013), and a Hellman Foundation Fellow (2014). She was also the sole recipient of the 2014 Prytanean Faculty Prize, recognized for demonstrated scholarly achievement, distinguished teaching, and success as a role model for students at UC Berkeley. Dr. Shapiro has published in prominent interdisciplinary journals such as the Journal of Adolescent HealthPrevention ScienceSchool Psychology Quarterly, and the American Journal of Community Psychology, as well as well-regarded Social Work journals including Social Work Research, the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, and Social Work Research & Practice. Her research has been supported by the Berkeley Faculty Research Fund, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program, and the Stuart Foundation, as well as through institutional grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Health Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Program. 

Dr. Shapiro has also been recognized by GADE (2012) for Leadership and Service to Doctoral Education in Social Work, holds an LSW, and is a Department of Education Certified School Social Worker.

For an indication of scholarly impact, see Google Scholar Profile

List of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) posed by current and prospective students.

Research/Expertise

  • Adoption, Implementation, and Sustainability of Effective Prevention Practices
  • Strength-Based Screening and Assessment in Schools and Youth Serving Organizations
  • Coalition-Based Models for Community Decision-Making to Prevent Mental, Emotional and Behavior Problems in Young People

Teaching

COURSES:

Courses taught: 2015-2016

MENTORING ACTIVITIES:

Postdoctoral Scholars: Sarah Accomazzo (PhD in Social Welfare, Berkeley 2014), B.K. Elizabeth Kim (PhD in Social Welfare, University of Washington 2014)

Dissertation Supervisory Committee: Sarah Accomazzo (Social Welfare); Kelly Whitaker (Social Welfare); Pamela Vandekamp (Education); Brenda Carrillo (Education); 

Qualifying Exam Supervisory Committee: Kelly Whitaker (Social Welfare); Kyla Johnson-Trammell (Education); Wendy Wiegmann (Social Welfare); Leah Faw (Education); Kate Cordell (Social Welfare); Ellen Cook (Education); Heliana Ramirez (Social Welfare); Pamela Vandekamp (Education); Brenda Carrillo (Education); Julia Hernandez (Social Welfare); 

Graduate Student Fellowship Supervisor: Joe Roscoe (Social Welfare); Leah Jacobs (Social Welfare); Heliana Ramirez (Social Welfare)

Graduate Student Thesis/Capstone Supervisory Committee: Christina Jeffery (MSW/MPH)

Undergraduate Student Honors Thesis Supervisor: Mariya Mykhaylova (Social Welfare)

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) Supervisor: Ferdose Idris (University of Washington Sociology Major); Jordan Johnson (New York University Psychology Major)

Current Projects

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Expanded Publications

Shapiro, V.B., Kim, B.K.E., Robitaille, J.L., & LeBuffe, P.A. (In Press). Protective factor screening for prevention practice: Sensitivity and specificity of the DESSA-Mini. School Psychology Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/spq0000181.

Chain, J., Shapiro, V.B., LeBuffe, M.A., & Bryson, A.M. (2017). Academic achievement of American Indian and Alaska Native students: Does social emotional competence reduce the impact of poverty? American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 24(1), 1-29.

Shapiro, V.B., Hudson, K.D., & Downey, M.M. (2017). Institutional expectations, opportunities, and interest in the professoriate: A mixed methods examination of satisfaction among doctoral students in social work. Journal of Social Work Education, 53(3), 520-534.

Accomazzo, S., Shapiro, V.B., Israel, N. & Kim, B.K.E. (2017). Strengths of youth in a public behavioral health system: Measurement choices, prevalence rates, and group differences. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 44(2), 274-288.

Shapiro, V.B., Accomazzo, S., & Robitaille, J.L. (2017). In the same ballpark or a whole new ball game? Staff as raters of youth behavior. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(4), 1051-1055.

Hudson, K.D., Shapiro, V.B., Ebiner, I.A., Berenberg, A., & Bacher, N. (2017). Preparing Tomorrow’s Professoriate: An Examination of Social Justice Language in Social Work PhD Program Manuals. Social Work Education, 36(4), 443-455.

Shapiro, V.B., Kim, B.K.E., Accomazzo, S. & Roscoe, J.N. (2016). Predictors of rater bias in the assessment of Social Emotional Competence. International Journal of Emotional Education, 8(2), 25-44. 

Hawkins, J.D., Jenson, J.M., DeVylder, J., Catalano, R.F., Botvin, G. J., Fraser, M.W., Bender, K.A., Shapiro, V.B., & Bumbarger, B. (2016). Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth (Policy Belief). American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Shapiro, V.B., Kim, B.K.E., Fleming, J.L., & LeBuffe, P.A. (2016). Efficient methodologies for monitoring fidelity in routine implementation: Lessons from the Allentown Social Emotional Learning Initiative. Implementation Science, 11(Suppl 1): A83.

Whitaker, K. Shapiro, V.B., & Shields, J.P. (2016). School-based Protective Factors Related to Suicide for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58(1): 63-68.

Cackler, C.J.J., Shapiro, V.B., Lahiff, M. (2016). Female sterilization and poor mental health: Rates and relatedness among American Indian and Alaska Native women. Women’s Health Issues, 26(2), 168-175.

Simmons, C.A., Shapiro, V.B., Accomazzo, S., & Manthey, T.J. (2016). Strengths-Based Social Work: A Meta-Theory to Guide Social Work Research and Practice. In N. Coady & P. Lehmann (Eds.), Theoretical perspectives for direct social work practice (3rd edition, pp. 131-154). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Shapiro, V.B., Accomazzo, S., Claassen, J., & Fleming, J.L. (2015). The choices, challenges, and lessons learned from a multi-method social-emotional / character assessment in an out of school time setting. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice,  10(3): 32-45.

Shapiro, V.B., Hawkins, J.D. & Oesterle, S. (2015). Building local infrastructure for community adoption of science-based prevention: The role of coalition functioning. Prevention Science, 16(8), 1136-1146.

Hawkins, J. D., Jenson, J. M., Catalano, R., Fraser, M. W., Botvin, G. J., Shapiro, V.B., Brown, C. H., Beardslee, W., Brent, D., Leslie, L. K., Rotheram-Borus, M. J., Shea, P., Shih, A., Anthony, E., Haggerty, K. P., Bender, K., Gorman-Smith, D., Casey, E., & Stone, S. (2015).Unleashing the power of prevention (Discussion Paper). Washington, DC: Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.

Kim, B.K.E., Oesterle, S. Hawkins, J.D., & Shapiro, V.B. (2015). Assessing Sustained Effects of Communities That Care On Youth Protective Factors. Journal of the Society for Social Work & Research, 6(4), 565-589.

Shapiro, V.B. (2015). Resilience: Have we not gone far enough? A response to Larry E. Davis. Social Work Research, 39(1): 7-10.

Fagan, A.A., Hawkins, J.D., & Shapiro, V.B. (2015). Taking SEL to Scale in Schools: The Role of Community Coalitions. In J.A. Durlak, C.E. Domitrovich, R.P. Weissberg, & T.P. Gullotta (Eds.). Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning: Research and Practice. New York: Guilford.

Shapiro, V.B., Oesterle, S., & Hawkins, J.D. (2015). Relating coalition capacity to the adoption of science-based prevention in communities:  Evidence from a randomized trial of Communities That Care. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55(1-2): 1-12.

Brown, L.D., Feinberg, M.E., Shapiro, V.B., Greenberg, M.T. (2015). Reciprocal relations between coalition functioning and program implementation support. Prevention Science, 16(1), 101-109. [PMC4051854]

Shapiro, V.B., Hudson, K.D., Moylan, C.A., & Derr, A.S. (2015). Changing organizational routines in doctoral education: An intervention to infuse social justice into a social welfare curriculum. Arbor, 191 (771), a202 1-15.

Hawkins, J.D., Jenson, J.M., Catalano, R.F., Fraser, M.W., Botvin, G.J., Shapiro, V.B., Bender, K.A., Brown, H., Beardslee, W., Brent, D., Leslie, L.K., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Shea, P., Shih, A., Anthony, E.K., Haggerty, K.P., Gorman-Smith, D., Casey, E., Stone, S., & the Coalition for Behavioral Health. (2015). Unleashing the Power of Prevention. American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare Grand Challenge Initiative. Paper No. 10.

Brown, E.C., Hawkins, J.D., Rhew, I.C., Shapiro, V.B., Abbott, R.D., Oesterle, S., Arthur, M.W., Briney, J.S., & Catalano, R.F. (2014). Prevention System Mediators of Communities That Care Effects on Youth Outcomes. Prevention Science, 15(5): 623-632. [PMC3884024]

Hudson, K.D., Shapiro, V.B., Moylan, C.A., Garcia, A., & Derr, A.S. (2014). Infusing social justice into doctoral programs of Social Welfare: An incremental approach. Journal of Social Work Education, 50(3): 559-567.

Smith, G.T., Shapiro, V.B., Sperry, R.W., & LeBuffe, P.A. (2014). A strengths-based approach to supervised visitation in child welfare. Child Care in Practice, 20(1), 98–119.

Shapiro, V.B., Oesterle, S., Abbott, R.D., Arthur, M.W., & Hawkins, J.D. (2013). Measuring dimensions of coalition functioning for effective and participatory community practice. Social Work Research, 37(4), 349-359. [PMC3999977]

Shapiro, V.B., Hawkins, J.D., Oesterle, S., Monahan, K.C., Brown, E.C., & Arthur, M.W. (2013). Variation in the effect of Communities That Care on community adoption of a scientific approach to prevention. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 4(3), 154-164. [PMC3848955]

Haggerty, K.P. & Shapiro, V.B. (2013). Science-based prevention through Communities That Care: A model of social work practice for public health. Journal of Social Work in Public Health, 28:3-4, 349-365. [PMC3711473]

Naglieri, J.A., LeBuffe, P.A., & Shapiro, V.B. (2013). Assessment of social-emotional competencies related to resilience. In S. Goldstein & R. Brooks (Eds.), Handbook of Resilience in Children. NY, NY: Kluwer/Academic Press.

Gloppen, K.M., Arthur, M.W., & Hawkins, J.D., & Shapiro, V.B. (2012). Sustainability of the Communities That Care prevention system by coalitions participating in the Community Youth Development Study.Journal of Adolescent Health (51), 259–264. [PMC3428591]

LeBuffe, P.A., Naglieri, J.A., & Shapiro, V.B. (2012). The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment – Second Step Edition (DESSA-SSE) Assessment, Technical Manual, and User’s Guide. Lewisville, NC: Kaplan.

Ohmer, M.L, Sobeck, J., Wallace, J.M. & Shapiro, V.B., Teixeri, S.N. (2012). Community based research. In M.O. Weil (Ed.), The Handbook of Community Practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Naglieri, J.A., LeBuffe, P.A., & Shapiro, V.B. (2011). Universal screening for social emotional competencies: A study of the reliability and validity of the DESSA-mini. Psychology in the Schools, 48(7): 660-671.

Naglieri, J.A., LeBuffe, P.A., & Shapiro, V.B. (2011/2014). The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment - Mini (DESSA-Mini) Assessment, Technical Manual, and User’s Guide. Charlotte, NC: Apperson, Inc

Hawkins, J.D., Shapiro, V.B., & Fagan, A.A. (2010). Disseminating effective community prevention practices: Opportunities for social work education. Research on Social Work Practice, 20(5), 518-527. [PMC20299164]

Hill, K.G., Hawkins, J.D., Bailey, J.A., Catalano, R.F., Abbott, R.D., & Shapiro, V.B. (2010). Person-environment interaction in the prediction of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence in adulthood. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 110, 62-69. [PMC2885447]

LeBuffe, P.A., Shapiro, V.B., & Naglieri, J.A. (2009/2014). The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) Assessment, Technical Manual, and User’s Guide. Charlotte, NC: Apperson, Inc.  

LeBuffe, P.A. & Shapiro, V.B. (2008). Supporting parent-professional collaboration through strength-based assessment. In C. Newman, C. Liberton, K. Kutash, & R. Friedman (Eds.). A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base, 20, 263-266.

Shapiro, V.B. & LeBuffe, P.A. (2007). Strengths that matter: An empirical investigation of elementary school student success. In C. Newman, C. Liberton, K. Kutash, & R. Friedman (Eds.). A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base, 19, 107-110.

Shapiro, V.B. & LeBuffe, P.A. (2006). Using protective factors in practice: Lessons learned about resilience from a study of children aged five to thirteen. In B.M. Lester, A.S. Masten, & B. McEwen (Eds.). Resilience in Children. Annals of the New York Academy of the Sciences, 1094, 350-353.

Nickerson, A.B., Brosof, A.M., & Shapiro, V.B. (2004). Predicting positive outcomes for students with Emotional Disturbance. California School Psychologist, 9, 39-49.

LeBuffe, P.A. & Shapiro, V.B. (2004). Lending ‘strength’ to the assessment of preschool social-emotional health. California School Psychologist, 9, 51-61.

Michael J. Austin

Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Management

MICHAEL J. AUSTIN is the director of the Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in the Human Services and serves as editor of Human Service Organizations. He is the Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Management at the School of Social Welfare. He is also the former dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Florida State University and the University of Washington, where he chaired the macro practice specializations.

As a leading contributor to the field of human services management, Dr. Austin teaches in the areas of theory for practice and the management of program implementation. His work focuses on nonprofit and public sector management, organizational change and policy implementation.

In addition to consulting with human service organizations nationally and internationally, Dr. Austin is the author and co-author of 20 books as well as 140 articles and 40 chapters and technical reports on the subject of human service management.

Research/Expertise

  • Strategic Planning
  • Social Service Management
  • Organizational Development

Awards/Honors

Chauncey Alexander Lifetime Achievement Award, Network of Social Work Management, June 2016

Fellow, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, January 2016

Lifetime Career Achievement Award, Association of Community Organization and Administration, Council on Social Work Education, New York, February 2005

Slavin-Patti Award for Best Article, 2010: (with Benton, A.). Managing Nonprofit Mergers: The Challenges Facing Human Service Organizations. Administration in Social Work. 34 (4), 2010

 

Expanded Publications

Goossen, C. & Austin, M.J. (2017) Service user involvement in UK social service agencies and social work education. Journal on Social Work Education, 53(1), 1-15

Graaf, G., McBeath, B., Lwin, K., Holmes, D. & Austin, M.J. (2017). Supporting evidence- informed practice in human service organizations: An exploratory study of link officers. Human Service Organizations. 41(1), 58-75

 

Taylor, S., Carnochan, S. & Austin, M.J (2016). Engaging employers as partners in subsidized employment programs. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare., XLIII (1),149-169

Austin, M.J. & Isokuortti, N. (2016). A framework for teaching practice-based research with a focus on service users, Journal of Teaching in Social Work, Special Issue. 36(1), 11-32

Jolles, M.J., McBeath, B., Carnochan, S. & Austin, M.J. (2016). Factors associated with managerial innovation in public human service organizations. Human Service Organizations. 40(4), 421-434

Graaf, G., Carnochan, S., Radu, P. & Austin, M.J. (2016).The impact of the great recession on county human service organizations: A cross case analysis. Human Service Organizations. 40(2), 152-169

Austin, M.J., Anthony, E., Knee, T.R. & Mathias, J. (2016). Revisiting the relationship between micro and macro social work practice. Families in Society. 97(4), 270-277 

Carnochan, S. & Austin, M.J. (2015) Redefining the bureaucratic encounter between service providers and service users: Evidence from the Norwegian HUSK Projects. Journal of Evidence-based Social Work, 12(1), 64-79.

Murtaza, N. & Austin, M.J. (2015) Community organizing and service delivery in the midst of an economic crisis: The role of a Jewish INGO in Argentina, 2001-2009. Social Development Issues. 37(1), 38-52

 McBeath, B., Jolles, M.P., Carnochan, S., & Austin, M.J. (2015). Organizational and individual determinants of practitioner evidence use in public human service organizations. Human Service Organizations. 39(4), 267-289

Radu, P., Carnochan, S. & Austin, M.J. (2015). Obstacles to social service collaboration in response to the great recession: The case of the Contra Costa County Safety Net Initiative. Journal of Community Practice. 23(3/4), 323–347

Carnochan, S., Samples, M., & Myers, M, Austin, M.J. (2014). Performance measurement challenges in nonprofit human service organizations, Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 43(6).1014-1032

McBeath, B. & Austin, M.J. (2014). The organizational context of research-minded practitioners: Challenges and opportunities. Research in Social Work.

Carnochan, S., Taylor, S. & Austin, M.J. (2014). Employer-Employee relationships in subsidized employment programs: The role of soft skills. Families in Society. 95(3)

Sommerfeld, D.H. & Austin, M.J. (2014). Mapping the research priorities of nonprofit sector research centers: Implications for nonprofit human services research. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. 4(1), 11-24

Morris, Z. & Austin, M.J. (2014) Leadership development in the Jewish nonprofit sector: A case study of the New York Muehlstein Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership. Journal of Jewish Communal Services, 89(1), 125-140.

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