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Doctoral Students
2017 -18

 

2017-18 Doctoral Candidates Seeking Academic Appointments: CV Book 

 

Brita Bookser    

Laura Brignone 

Mayra K. Cazares 

Jaclyn E. Chambers  Raúl Chávez  
Margaret Mary Downey   

Douglas J. Epps  

Rachel Gartner  

Walter Gómez

Cristina Gomez-Vidal       
Genevieve Graaf 

Stephania L. Hayes   

Julia Hernandez

Woojin Jung

Juyeon Lee         

Renee T. Mack

Briana L. McGeough   

Josué Meléndez Rodríguez

G. Allen Ratliff

 
Joe Roscoe Katie Savin Marla Stuart Kelly L. Ziemer  

 

Brita Bookser

britabookser@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2021 (expected)

MA, Mills College, May 2014

BS, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, June 2012

Research Interests: Child and family welfare, community mental health, the disruption of the preschool-to-prison pipeline, mental health consultation in early childhood education, restorative justice in schools, racial and economic inequities in education, prevention science, implementation science, strengths-based prevention/intervention

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: Transition-age youth/foster care, post-secondary education, social capital, early parenting, child welfare policy

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

Douglas J. EppsDouglas J. Epps

depps@berkeley.edu

berkeley.academia.edu/DouglasEpps

Douglas J. Epps' Curriculum Vitae

Education

PhD, May 2021 (expected)

MSW, University of Washington, 2015

BA, University of Washington, 2013 

Research Interests: Anti-immigrant sentiment, immigration policy, immigration detention and deportation, social exclusion and 'othering', xenophobia, immigrant health and well-being (individual and familial), deportation threat, mental health, privatized detention, human rights, globalization, social policy analysis

Rachel Gartner

rachelgart@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2019 (expected)

Dissertation: The Spectrum of Campus Sexual Violence Against Women: Frequency, Locations, and Correlates of Gender Microaggressions, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault

Walter Gómez

wgomezjr@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2019 (expected)

MSW, University of California, Berkeley, 2017

MA, University of California, San Francisco, 2009

BA, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 2004 

Research Interests: Sexual minority 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 GraafGenevieve Graaf

ggraaf@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2018 (expected)

Dissertation: Understanding and assessing State policies for financing home and community-based services to non-Medicaid eligible youth with complex behavioral healthcare needs

Stephania L. Hayes

stephania@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2019 (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

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, prevention of behavioral health problems, promotion of prosocial development and subjective well-being, school-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs, implementation science, multilevel and multivariate data analysis 

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 

 

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

melendezrodriguez.com

Education

PhD, May 2020 (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: Social justice in and through higher education, praxis with critical theories, intersectionality, critical pedagogies, transformative qualitative research

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: Sexuality and gender: intersectionality, conceptualization and theory; violence: perpetration, prevention, consequences and theory; power: theory and deployment; social work pedagogy; social welfare policy; theory in social science: queer theory, critical theory, structural theories; child and adolescent mental health and development; harm reduction

Joseph N. RoscoeJoseph N. Roscoe

joe.n.roscoe@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, May 2019 (expected)

MSW, Boston University, 2009

BA, University of Michigan, 2003

Research Interests: Intergenerational mental illness and substance use disorder, prevention science, implementation science, child welfare, quantitative methods

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 StuartMarla Stuart

MarlaStuart@berkeley.edu

Education

PhD, December 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