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Doctoral Students
2016 -17

 

Laura Brignone   

Mayra K. Cazares

Jaclyn E. Chambers 

Raúl Chávez Margaret Mary Downey  
Rachel Gartner  Walter Gómez

Cristina Gomez-Vidal 

Genevieve Graaf   

Stephania L. Hayes    
Julia Hernandez 

Leah A. Jacobs  

Woojin Jung 

Juyeon Lee 

Renee T. Mack     

Hanna F. Mark  

Briana L. McGeough  

Josué Meléndez Rodríguez  

Zachary A. Morris   

G. Allen Ratliff 
Joe Roscoe Katie Savin Marla Stuart Kelly L. Ziemer  

Laura Brignone

laura.b@berkeley.edu

Education

MSW/PhD, May 2018 (expected)

BA, Stanford University, June 2010

Research Interests: Gender-based violence, social seclusion, Latin American women's immigration, intersectionality in barriers to service, culturally-derived interventions

Mayra K. Cazares

mcaza002@berkeley.edu

Education

MSW/PhD, May 2021 (expected)

BA, University of California, Riverside, 2014

Research Interests:  Child welfare, risk and resilience, policy, prevention and intervention, psychopathology, culture, foster care, TAY, residential care

Jaclyn E. Chambers

jaclyn_chambers@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2020 (expected)

MSW, New York University, 2009

BA, Colgate University, 2007 

Research Interests: Intersection of social work and law, juvenile justice, child welfare, crossover youth, risk assessment and risk reduction for justice-involved individuals, adolescent development

Raúl Chávez

chavez@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2017 (expected)

Dissertation: Young Latino males in the twenty-first-century labor market: An identity-based approach to understanding their work roles, choices, and behaviors

Margaret Mary Downey

mmdowney@berkeley.edu

Education

MSW/PhD, May 2018 (expected)

BA, Temple University, May 2009

Research Interests: Health and home care, dissemination and implementation science in health settings, (reproductive) health and transformative justice, race/gender, integrative care, care work ethics, knowledge production in social work and medicine

Rachel Gartner

rachelgart@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2018 (expected)

MSW, Washington University in St. Louis, May 2010

BA, Washington University in St, Louis, May 2008 

Research Interests: Sexual violence prevention, gender microaggressions, adolescent development, gender socialization, risk/protective factors for violence perpetration, victimization of sexual minority youth, mental health impact of cumulative stress

Walter Gómez

wgomezjr@berkeley.edu

Education

MSW/PhD, May 2019 (expected)

MA, University of California, San Francisco, 2007

BA, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 2004 

Research Interests: Men who have sex with men, methamphetamine dependence and recovery pathways, aging with HIV/AIDS, sexual minority stress, life course perspective, qualitative and mixed methods

Cristina Gomez-Vidal

cgomezvidal@berkeley.edu

Education

MSW/PhD, May 2021 (expected)

BA, University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Research Interests: Nonprofit management, funder-fundee relationships, public/private partnerships, impacts of financial and policy incentives, program planning and evaluation, welfare state

Genevieve Graaf

ggraaf@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2017 (expected)

MSW, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, December 2004

MS, Marriage and Family Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, December 2004

BFA, Performance Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, May 1999

Research Interests: Child mental health policy, specifically as it relates to accessing high-quality and effective mental health care for seriously emotionally disturbed youth and their families in community settings; evidence-based practice and implementation science and its implications for community-based mental health organizations and service delivery

Stephania L. Hayes

stephania@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2017 (expected)

MA, Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, May 2011

BA, Health Science, University of Florida, May 2008

Research Interests: Adult mental health, recovery ideology, consumer-operated services, coercion and involuntary treatment, professionalization of peer support, organizational theory, "big data" management, scale validation, mixed methods

Julia Hernandez

juliah@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2018 (expected)

MSW, University of California, Berkeley, 2014

BA, Princeton University, 2009

Research Interests: Child maltreatment, early childhood mental health, early intervention services, prevention science, father engagement in child welfare

Leah A. Jacobs

Leah.Ashly.Jacobs@berkeley.edu

PhD, May 2016 (expected)

Dissertation: Search beyond symptoms: Does neighborhood disadvantage explain recidivism for probationers with behavioral health problems?

 

Woojin Jung

wjung@berkeley.edu 

Education

PhD, May 2017 (expected)

MPP, Harvard University, June 2007

MSW, Washington University, August 2004

BA, Ewha Woman’s University, February 1994

Research Interests: International development, development assistance (foreign aid), impact evaluation, public policy analysis, community-driven approach, welfare state, social protection, Asian studies, African studies

Juyeon Lee

juyeon.lee@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2020 (expected)

MSW, Seoul National University, February 2016

BA, Seoul National University, August 2013

Research Interests: Children and youth, prosocial development, socio-emotional well-being, prevention science

Renee T. Mack

reneemack@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2018 (expected)

Dissertation: Exogenous Historical and Criminal Justice Factors that Impact Treatment at a State Psychiatric Hospital 

Hanna MarkHanna F. Mark

hannamark@berkeley.edu

Dissertation: Microaggressions Across Cultures and Accounting for Political Conflict: A Study of Discrimination in Israel 

Education
 

​PhD, May 2017 (expected)

MSW, University of California, Berkeley, May 2013

BA, Boston University, May 2008

Briana L. McGeough

briana.mcgeough@berkeley.edu

Education

​MSW/PhD, May 2019 (expected)

BA, Brown University, May 2012

Research Interests: Clinical interventions for LGBTQ populations, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, sexual assault prevention/bystander intervention models

Josué Meléndez Rodríguez

melendez@berkeley.edu

Personal website: melendezrodriguez.com

Education

PhD, May 2019 (expected)

MA, Postsecondary Education, Michigan State University, August 2014

MSW, Macro Practice, Michigan State University, May 2013

BSW, Loyola University Chicago, August 2008

Research Interests: Understanding and using education as a tool for promoting social wellbeing, understanding and combating injustices experienced by disadvantaged students, engaging critical social theories to identify causes of and solutions to social problems, utilizing innovative methodologies to justly represent plurality

Zachary A. Morris

zach.morris@berkeley.edu

Personal website: zacharyamorris.com

PhD, May 2016 (expected)

Dissertation: Work, Need, and the Modern Welfare State: A Comparative Analysis of Policy Responses to the Disability Benefit Crisis

G. Allen Ratliff

garatliff@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2020 (expected)

MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012

BA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008

Research Interests: Sexual and gender identity, queer theory, critical race/gender theory, gender-based violence, violence prevention, polyvictimization, violence perpetration, child and adolescent mental health, adolescent health and development, harm reduction, trauma and resilience, social welfare policy, social work pedagogy

Joe Roscoe

joe.n.roscoe@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2019 (expected)

MSW, Boston University, 2009

BA, University of Michigan, 2003

Research Interests: Child and family, severe mental illness, prevention science, implementation science

Katie SavinKatie Savin

katie_savin@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2020 (expected)

MSW, Hunter College, CUNY, 2011

BS, New York University, 2010

Research Interests: Advanced care planning in historically disenfranchised populations, public health policy with a focus on the intersection of healthcare disparities and death and dying legislation, employing critical social theories to examine institutional (mis)trust, disability studies

Marla Stuart

MarlaStuart@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2017 (expected)

MSW, University of Washington, 1991

BA, Greenville College, 1986

Research Interests: Using complexity science, big data, and modeling to better understand families, communities, organizations and societies; illuminate causes of social injustice; promote excellence in public sector practice and policy; advance social change

Kelly L. Ziemer

kziemer@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2020 (expected)

MSW, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 2013

MSc, SKEMA Business School, 2009

BBA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005 

Research Interests: Prevention science, implementation science, at-risk youth, mindfulness, social emotional learning (SEL), school-based interventions