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Jeffrey L. Edleson

Dean and Harry & Riva Specht Chair in Publicly Supported Social Services

JEFFREY EDLESON is dean and the Harry and Riva Specht Chair in Publicly Supported Social Services in the School of Social Welfare. He was a professor of social work at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work for 29 years before joining Berkeley in 2012 and the founding director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse.

A leading expert in domestic violence, Dr. Edleson's current research examines the impact of adult violence on children and how social systems respond to these children. His work also focuses on international parental abduction in cases of domestic violence and the evaluation of interventions and policies on family violence. His body of publications comprises more than 130 articles and 12 books.

Dr. Edleson is currently serving as the President of the California Association of Deans and Directors (CADD) of Social Work Programs. His other recent appointments include the National Institute of Justice Scientific Review Panel on Family Violence and Violence Against Women as well as the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

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  • Program Evaluation
  • Family Violence
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Engaging Men
  • Violence Prevention

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2016  Edleson appointed to the Harry & Riva Specht Chair in Publicly Supported Social Services at Berkeley Social Welfare

2016 Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

2016 Edleson named one of a dozen highest impact scholars in social work in a new study by Hodge, Krener & Vaughn (2016) appearing in Research on Social Work Practice.

2015 Society for Social Work Research Book Award: Battered Women, Their Children, and International Law: The Unintended Consequences of the Hague Child Abduction Convention, co-authored with Taryn Lindhorst 

Expanded Publications

Claire M. Renzetti,  Jeffrey L. Edleson and Raquel Kennedy Bergen. Sourcebook on Violence Against Women (third edition). Sage Publications, 2018.

Renzetti, C.M., Edleson, J.L. & Bergen, R.K. (2016)(Eds.). Sourcebook on violence against women, 3rd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (1st edition published in 2001, 2nd in 2011)

Edleson, J.L., Lindhorst, T. & Kanuha, V.K. (2016). Ending Gender-Based Violence: A Grand Challenge for Social Work. Baltimore, MD: American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare.

Storer, H.L., Casey, E.A., Carlson, J., Edleson, J.L. & Tolman, R.M. (2016). Primary prevention is? A global perspective on how organizations engaging men in preventing gender-based violence conceptualize and operationalize their work. Violence Against Women, 22, 249-268.

Walsh, T.N., Tolman, R.M. & Edleson, J.L. (In press). Engaging men in violence prevention. In Renzetti, C.M., Edleson, J.L. & Bergen, R.K. (Eds.). Sourcebook on violence against women, 3rd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kiesel, L., Piescher, K., Edleson, J. (In press). The relationship between child maltreatment, intimate partner violence exposure, and academic performance. Journal of Public Child Welfare.

Carlson, J., Kendall, A. & Edleson, J.L. (2015/16). Becoming a good father: The developmental engine of first-time fatherhood. Fathering, 13, 182-202.

Carlson, J., Casey, E., Edleson, J.L., Tolman, R.M., Walsh, T.B. & Kimball, E. (2015). Strategies to engage men and boys in violence prevention: A global organizational perspective. Violence Against Women, 21, 1406-1425.

Carlson, J., Edleson, J.L. & Kimball, E. (2014). First-time fathers’ experiences of and desires for formal support: A multiple lens perspective. Fathering 12(3).

Kimball, E., Edleson, J.L., Tolman, R.M., Neugut, T. & Carlson, J. (2013). Global efforts to engage men in preventing violence against women: An international survey. Violence Against Women, 19, 924-939.

Edleson, J.L. (2012). Groupwork with men who batter: What the research literature indicates. Harrisburg, PA: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

Kimball, E., Nguyen, H.T. & Edleson, J.L. (2012). Using the Honor Our Voices Curriculum in Social Work Education. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota (manuscript submitted for publication).

Nguyen, H.T., Edleson, J.L. & Kimball, E. (2012). Honor our voices: A strength-based approach to supporting children exposed to domestic violence. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 25, 49-57.

Casey, E., Carlson, J., Fraguela-Rios, C., Kimball, E., Neugut, T.B., Tolman, R.M. & Edleson, J.L. (2012). Context, challenges, and tensions in global efforts to engage men in the prevention of violence against women: An ecological approach. Men and Masculinities, 16, 228-251.

Mbilinyi, L.F., Neighbors, C., Walker, D., Roffman, R. A., Zegree, J., Edleson, J. L., & O'Rourke, A. (2011). A Telephone Intervention for Substance-Using Adult Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence. Research on Social Work Practice, 21, 43-56.

Kiesel, L.R., Piescher, K.N. & Edleson, J.L. (2011). Direct and Indirect Child Exposure to Violence: Effects on Academic Performance and Disability. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota (manuscript submitted for publication).

Veneski, W.M., Lindhorst, T. & Edleson, J.L. (2011). U.S. judicial implementation of the Hague Convention in cases alleging domestic violence. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 62, 1- 21.

Witt, J.L. & Edleson, J.L. (2011). The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA): Providing research, education and access to information on violence against women and children.Violence Against Women, 17, 1207-1219.

Renzetti, C.M., Edleson, J.L. & Bergen, R.K. (2011)(Eds.). Companion reader on violence against women. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Tolman, R.M. & Edleson, J.L. (2010). Intervening with men for violence prevention. In Renzetti, C., Edleson, J.L. & Bergen, R.K. (Eds.). Sourcebook on Violence Against Women, 2nd Edition (pp. 351-367). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Neugut, T.B., Edleson, J.L. & Tolman, R.M. (2010). Children exposed to domestic violence: Prevention approaches with mothers and fathers. In Alexander, S., Alexander, R. & Guterman, N. (Eds.). Prevention of child maltreatment. St. Louis, MO: G.W. Medical Publishing.

Renzetti, C.M. & Edleson, J.L. (2008)(Eds.). Encyclopedia of interpersonal violence (Vols. 1-2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference.

LaLiberte, T., Bills, J., Shin, N. & Edleson, J.L. (2010). Child welfare professionals' responses to domestic violence exposure among children. Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 1640- 1647.

Edleson, J.L. & Williams, O.J. (2007)(Eds.). Parenting by men who batter women: New directions for assessment and intervention. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Walker, D., Neighbors, C., Mbilinyi, L.F., O’Rourke, A., Zegree, J., Roffman, R.A. & Edleson, J.L. (2010). Evaluating the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence on the Perpetrator: The Perceived Consequences of Domestic Violence Questionnaire (PCDVQ). Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25, 1684-1698.

Bergen, R.K., Edleson, J.L. & Renzetti, C.M. (2005)(Eds.). Violence against women: Classic papers. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Neighbors, C., Walker, D., Mbilinyi, L.F., O'Rourke, A., Edleson, J. L., Zegree, J., & Roffman, R. A. (2010). Normative misperceptions of abuse among perpetrators of intimate partner violence.Violence Against Women, 16, 370-386.

Lindhorst, T. & Edleson, J.L. (2012). Battered mothers, their children and international law: The unintended consequences of the Hague Child Abduction Convention. Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press.

Mbilinyi, L., Walker, D., Neighbors, C., Roffman, R., Zegree, J., & Edleson, J. (2009). Motivating Substance-Involved Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence to Seek Treatment: A Focus on Fathers. In R. Maiuro & C. Murphy (Eds). Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change in Intimate Partner Violence (pp. 181-198). New York: Springer Publishing.

Lee, H.Y., Lightfoot, E. & Edleson, J.L. (2008). Child protection services and adult domestic violence: The role of the child’s biological relationship to the perpetrator. Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 1189-1197.

Edleson, J.L., Shin, N. & Johnson Armendariz, K.K. (2008). Measuring children’s exposure to domestic violence: The development and testing of the Child Exposure to Domestic Violence (CEDV) Scale.Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 502-521.

Parker, T., Collins, M., Rogers, K. & Edleson, J.L. (2008). Danger Zone: Battered mothers and their children in supervised visitation. Violence Against Women, 14, 1313-1325.

Mbilinyi, L.F., Zegree, J., Roffman, R.A., Walker, D.D, Neighbors, C. & Edleson, J.L. (2008). Development of a marketing campaign to recruit non-adjudicated and untreated abusive men for a brief telephone intervention. Journal of Family Violence, 23(5), 342-351.

Roffman, R.A., Edleson, J.L., Neighbors, C., Mbilinyi, L. & Walker, D.D (2008). The Men’s Domestic Abuse Check-up: A Protocol for Reaching the Non-adjudicated and Untreated Man Who Batters and Abuses Substances. Violence Against Women, 14, 589-605.

Neighbors, C., Walker, D., Edleson, J.L., Roffman, R.A. & Mbilinyi, L. (2008). Selfdetermination theory and motivational enhancement treatment: Complementary models to elicit voluntary engagement by partner-abusive men. American Journal of Family Therapy, 36, 126-136.

Edleson, J.L., Silverman, J., Griffiths, J., Banks, D. & Malik, N.M. (2008). Collaborating for family safety: The Greenbook national demonstration initiative and its results. American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence e-Newsletter, 12.

Shin, N. & Edleson, J.L. (2008). A new scale for assessing child exposure to domestic violence.Protecting Children, 22, 6-9.

Edleson, J.L. (2007). Coordinated community responses in the United States: Promoting safety for battered women and their children. Libro de actas I Congreso Internacional sobre Violencia de Genero (pp. 128-139). Valencia, Spain: Toerlanciacero.

Edleson, J.L., Ellerton, A.L., Seagren, E.A., Schmidt, S.O., Kirchberg, S.L. & Ambrose, A.T. (2007). Assessing child exposure to adult domestic violence. Children and Youth Services Review, 29, 961-971.

Hazen, A.L., Connelly, C.D., Edleson, J.L., Kelleher, K.J., Landsverk, J.A., Coben, J.H., Barth, R.P., McGeehan, J., Rolls, J.A. & Nuszkowski, M.A. (2007). Assessment of intimate partner violence by child welfare services. Child and Youth Services Review, 29, 490-500.

Gewirtz, A. & Edleson, J.L. (2007). Young children’s exposure to adult domestic violence: Towards a risk and resilience framework for research and intervention. Journal of Family Violence, 22, 151-163.

Mbilinyi, L.F., Edleson, J.L., Beeman, S.K. & Hagemeister, A.K. (2007). What happens to children when their mothers are battered? Results from a four city anonymous telephone survey. Journal of Family Violence, 22, 309-317.

Edleson, J.L. (2006). Emerging responses to children exposed to domestic violence. Harrisburg, PA: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence/Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Edleson, J.L., Gassman-Pines, J. Y& Hill, M.B. (2006). Defining child exposure to domestic violence as neglect: Minnesota’s difficult experience. Social Work, 51, 167-174.

Edleson, J.L. (2006). A response system for children exposed to domestic violence: Public policy in support of best practices. In Feerick, M. & Silverman, G.B. (Eds.). Children Exposed to Violence (pp. 191-211). Baltimore, MD: Brookes.

English, D.J., Edleson, J.L. & Herrick, M.E. (2005). Domestic violence in one state's child protective caseload: A study of differential case dispositions and outcomes. Children and Youth Services Review, 27, 1183-1201.

Kohl, P.L., Edleson, J.L., English, D.J. & Barth, R.P. (2005). Domestic violence and pathways into child welfare services: Findings from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. Children and Youth Services Review, 27, 1167-1182.

Shetty, S. & Edleson, J.L. (2005). Adult domestic violence in cases of international parental child abduction. Violence Against Women, 11, 115-138.

Hagemeister, A. & Edleson, J.L. (2004). Children exposed to domestic violence in the child protection system: Policy issues. In Danis, F.S. & Lockhart, L.L. (Eds.). Breaking the silence in social work education: Domestic violence modules for foundation courses (pp. 34-39). Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.

Daro, D., Edleson, J.L. & Pinderhughes, H. (2004). Finding common ground in the study of child maltreatment, youth violence, and adult domestic violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 19, 282-298.

Edleson, J.L. (2004). Should childhood exposure to adult domestic violence be defined as child maltreatment under the law? In Jaffe, P.G., Baker, L.L. & Cunningham, A. (Eds.) Protecting children from domestic violence: Strategies for community intervention (pp. 8-29). New York, NY: Guilford.

Edleson, J.L., Mbilinyi, L.F., Beeman, S.K. & Hagemeister, A.K. (2003). How children are involved in adult domestic violence: Results from a four city telephone survey. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18(1), 18-32.

Edleson, J.L. & Bible, A.L. (2001). Collaborating for women’s safety: Partnerships between research and practice. In Renzetti, C., Edleson, J.L. & Bergen, R.K. (Eds.). Sourcebook on violence against women (pp. 73-95). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Edleson, J.L. (2001). Studying the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and woman battering in families. In Graham-Bermann, S.A. & Edleson, J.L. (Eds.). Domestic violence in the lives of children: The future of research, intervention and social policy (pp. 91-110). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Beeman, S., Hagemeister, A. & Edleson, J.L. (2001). Case assessment and service receipt in families experiencing both child maltreatment and woman battering. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 16, 437-458.

Mbilinyi, L., Hagemeister, A.K., Edleson, J.L. & Beeman, S.K. (2000). Social work response to the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and woman abuse in families. In N.T. Tan & E. Envall (Eds.). Social work around the world (pp. 152-164). Switzerland: International Federation of Social Workers.

Beeman, S., Hagemeister, A. & Edleson, J.L. (1999). Child protection and domestic violence services: From conflict to collaboration. Child Maltreatment, 4(2), 116-126.

Edleson, J.L. (1999). The overlap between child maltreatment and woman battering. Violence Against Women, 5(2), 134-154.

Edleson, J.L. (1999). Children's witnessing of adult domestic violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 14(8), 839-870.

Edleson, J.L. (1999). Problems associated with children's witnessing of domestic violence. Harrisburg, PA: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

Edleson, J.L. (1999). The overlap between child maltreatment and woman abuse. Harrisburg, PA: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

Peled, E. & Edleson, J.L. (1998). Predicting children's domestic violence service participation and completion. Research in Social Work Practice, 8(6), 698-712.

Edleson, J.L (1996). "Let's get out. I can't stand it here anymore." In B. Sipe & E.J. Hall (Eds.). I am not your victim (pp. 273-279). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Tolman, R.M., Edleson, J.L. & Fendrich, M. (1996). The applicability of the Theory of Planned Behavior to abusive men's cessation of violent behavior. Violence & Victims, 11, 341-354.

Edleson, J.L. (1996). Controversy and change in batterers' programs. In J.L. Edleson & Z.C. Eisikovits (Eds.) Future interventions with battered women and their families (pp. 154-169). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Choi, A. & Edleson, J.L. (1996). Social disapproval of wife assaults: A national survey of Singapore.Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 27, 73-88.

Schechter, S. & Edleson, J.L. (1995). In the best interest of women and children: A call for collaboration between child welfare and domestic violence constituencies. Protecting Children, 11(3), 6-11.

Tolman, R.M. & Edleson, J.L. (1995). Intervention for men who batter: A review of research. In S. Stith and M.A. Straus (eds.). Partner violence: Prevalence, causes, consequences and solutions (pp. 262-273). Minneapolis, MN: National Council on Family Relations.

Choi, A. & Edleson, J.L. (1995). Advocating legal intervention in wife assaults: Results from a national survey of Singapore. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 10, 243-258.

Peled, E. & Edleson, J.L. (1995). Process and outcome in small groups for children of battered women. In E. Peled, P.G. Jaffe, and J.L. Edleson (Eds.). Ending the cycle of violence: Community responses to children of battered women. Newbury Park, CA: SAGE.

Edleson, J.L. & Choi, A. (1994). Social work intervention with wife assaults in Singapore. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, 4, 93-103.

Peled, E. & Edleson, J.L. (1994). Advocacy for battered women: A national survey. Journal of Family Violence, 9, 285-296.

Haj-Yahia, M.M. & Edleson, J.L. (1994). The use of conflict resolution tactics among engaged Arab-Palestinian men in Israel. Journal of Family Violence, 9, 47-62.

Eisikovits, Z.C., Guttmann, E., Sela-Amit, M. and Edleson, J.L. (1993). Woman battering in Israel: The relative contributions of relationship adjustment, conflict, and social support. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 63, 313-317.

Edleson, J.L. & Tan, N.T. (1993). Conflict and family violence: The tale of two families. In P. Boss, W.J. Doherty, R. LaRossa, W.R. Schumm, and S.K. Steinmetz (Eds.) Sourcebook of family theories and methodology: A contextual approach (pp. 382-384). New York: Plenum.

Peled, E. & Edleson, J.L. (1992). Multiple perspectives on groupwork with children of battered women. Violence & Victims, 7, 327-346.

Syers, M. & Edleson, J.L. (1992). The combined effects of coordinated intervention in woman abuse.Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 7, 490-502.

Edleson, J.L., Eisikovits, Z.C. & Peled, E. (1992). A model for analyzing societal responses to woman battering: Israel as a case in point. International Social Work, 35, 19-33.

Edleson, J.L. & Syers, M. (1991). The effects of group treatment for men who batter: An 18-month follow-up study. Research in Social Work Practice, 1, 227-243.

Edleson, J.L. & Frank, M. (1991). Rural interventions in woman battering: One state's strategies.Families in Society, 72, 543-551.

Edleson, J.L., Eisikovits, Z.C., Guttmann, E. & Sela-Amit, M. (1991). Cognitive and interpersonal factors in woman abuse. Journal of Family Violence, 6, 167-180.

Edleson, J.L. (1991). Social Workers' intervention in woman abuse: 1907-1945. Social Service Review, 65, 304-313.

Tolman, R.M. & Edleson J.L. (1991). Using electronic mail networks to enhance human service research collaboration. Computers in Human Services, 8, 81-97.

Edleson, J.L. (1991). Coordinated community responses to woman battering. In M. Steinman (ed.)Woman battering: Policy responses (pp. 203-219). Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Press.

Eisikovits, Z.C., Edleson, J.L., Guttmann, E. & Sela-Amit, M. (1991). Cognitive styles and socialized attitudes of men who batter: Where should we intervene? Family Relations, 40, 72-77.

Edleson, J.L. & Syers, M. (1990). The relative effectiveness of group treatments for men who batter.Social Work Research & Abstracts, 26, 10-17.

Edleson, J.L. (1990). Judging success intervention with men who batter. In D.J. Besharov (ed.) Family violence: Research and public policy issues (pp. 130-145). Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute Press.

Eisikovits, Z.C. & Edleson, J.L. (1989). Intervening with men who batter: A critical review of the literature. Social Service Review, 63, 384-414.

Tolman, R. & Edleson, J.L. (1989). Behavioral group treatment for men who batter. In B.A. Thyer (Ed.)Behavioral family therapy (pp. 169-190). Springfield, IL: C.C. Thomas.

Edleson, J.L. & Grusznski, R. (1989). Treating men who batter: Four years of outcome data from the Domestic Abuse Project. Journal of Social Service Research, 12, 3-22.

Grusznski, R.J., Brink, J.C. & Edleson, J.L. (1988). Education and support groups for children of battered women. Child Welfare, 67, 431-444.

Gamache, D.J., Edleson, J.L. & Schock, M.D. (1988). Coordinated police, judicial and social service response to woman battering: A multiple-baseline evaluation across three communities. In G.T. Hotaling et al (Eds.) Coping with Family Violence: Research and Policy Perspectives (pp. 193-209). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Brygger, M.P. & Edleson, J.L. (1987). The Domestic Abuse Project: A multi-systems intervention in woman battering. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2, 324-336.

Edleson, J.L. & Brygger, M.P. (1986). Gender differences in self-reporting of battering incidents: The impact of treatment upon report reliability one year later. Family Relations, 35, 377-382.

Edleson, J.L. (1985). Rapid assessment instruments for evaluating practice with children and youth. Journal of Social Service Research, 8, 17-31.

Edleson, J.L., Miller, D., Stone, G.W. & Chapman, D.G. (1985). Group treatment for men who batter. Social Work Research & Abstracts, 21, 18-21.

Edleson, J.L., Eisikovits, Z. & Guttmann, E. (1985). Men who batter: A critical review of the empirical evidence. Journal of Family Issues, 6, 229-247.

Edleson, J.L. & Roskin, M. (1985). Preventive groupwork for improving immigrant adjustment. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 10, 217-224.



Dolfi, M.A. & Edleson, J.L. (1985). Increasing student self-referral for social work services: A program evaluation. Social Work in Education, 7, 160-170.

Roskin, M. & Edleson, J.L. (1985). The immigration of English-speakers to Israel: 1981 & 1983. International Social Work, 28(2), 1-6.

Roskin, M. & Edleson, J.L. (1984). A research note on the emotional health of English-speaking Immigrants in Israel. Jewish Journal of Sociology, 26, 139-144.

Edleson, J.L. (1984). Violence is the issue: A critique of Neidig's assumptions.Victimology, 9, 483-489.

Edleson, J.L. (1984). Working with men who batter. Social Work, 29, 237-242.

Roskin, M. & Edleson, J.L. (1983). The emotional health of English speaking immigrants to Israel. Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 60, 155-161.

Witkin, S.L., Edleson, J.L., Rose, S.D. & Hall, J.H. (1983). Group training in marital communications: A comparative study. J. of Marriage and the Family, 45, 661-669.

Edleson, J.L., Ordman, A. & Rose, S.D. (1982). Assessing children's social skills: The development of and failure to validate a behavioral roleplay test. Journal of Social Service Research, 6, 47-61.

Edleson, J.L. & Rose, S.D. (1981). Investigations into the efficacy of short-term group social skills training for socially isolated children. Child Behavior Therapy, 3, 1-16.

Edleson, J.L. (1981). Teaching children to resolve conflict: A group approach. Social Work, 26, 488-493.

Edleson, J.L. & Rose, S.D. (1981). Developing skills for the interview. In S.P. Schinke (Ed.). Behavioral Methods in Social Welfare: Helping Children, Adults and Families in Community Settings (pp. 257-268). New York: Aldine.


Edleson, J.L. (1980). The effect of sex differences on sociometric data generated by a rosterrating scale instrument. Journal of Social Service Research, 2, 249-254.

Witkin, S.L., Edleson, J.L. & Lindsey, D. (1980). Social workers and statistics: Preparation, attitudes and knowledge. Journal of Social Service Research, 3, 313-322.

Edleson, J.L., Witkin, S.L. & Rose, S.D. (1979). The recruitment process: An initial investigation. Journal of Social Service Research, 3, 313-322.

Rose, S.D. & Edleson, J.L. (1979). Interpersonal skills training for social workers in small groups. Social Work with Groups, 2, 77- 86.

Edleson, J.L. (1978). A Piagetian approach to social work with children and adolescents. Clinical Social Work Journal, 6, 3-12.

Brockway, B.S., Kleinmann, G., Edleson, J.L. & Gruenewald, K. (1977). Non-aversive procedures and their effect on cigarette smoking. Addictive Behaviors, 2, 121-128.

Rose, S.D., Cayner, J.J. & Edleson, J.L. (1977). Measuring interpersonal competence.Social Work, 22, 125-129.

Erin M. Kerrison

Assistant Professor

Erin Kerrison will be on research leave during the 2018-19 academic year.

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 National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Ford Foundation, and the Sunshine Lady Foundation. Her recent empirical research has been published in Punishment & Society, Social Science & Medicine, 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.


  • 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 Crime


SW 260: Forensic Social Welfare

SW 280: Introduction to Social Welfare Research

I am neither currently in a position to sponsor any visiting students or fellows from overseas at this time, nor am I considering applications for direct research supervisees. Prospective students (MSW and/or PhD) who are interested in partnering with faculty at the School of Social Welfare, should review my colleagues' respective webpages.

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Del Toro, J., Lloyd, T., Buchanan, K. S., Robins, S. J., Bencharit, L. Z., Smiedt, M. G., Reddy, K. S., Pouget, E. R. Kerrison, E. M., Goff, P. A. (2019). The criminogenic effects of police stops on adolescent black and Latino boys. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(17), 8261–8268.

Bandes, S. A., Pryor, M., Kerrison, E. M., & Goff, P. A. (2019). The mismeasure of Terry stops: Assessing the psychological and emotional harms of stop and frisk to individuals and communities. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 37, 176–194.

Kerrison, E. M. (2018). Risky business, risk assessment, and other heteronormative misnomers in women’s community corrections and reentry planning. Punishment & Society, 20(1), 134–151.

Kerrison, E. M., Cobbina, J., & Bender, K. (2018). “Your pants won’t save you”: Why black youth challenge race-based police surveillance and the demands of black respectability politics. Race and Justice, 8(1), 7–26. *Lead Article for Special Issue: “Youth and Policing”

Kerrison, E. M. (2017). An historical review of racial bias in prison-based substance abuse treatment design. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 56(8), 567–592.

Kerrison, E. M. (2018). Exploring how prison-based drug rehabilitation programming shapes racial disparities in substance use disorder recovery. Social Science & Medicine, 199, 140–147.

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E. M., Paternoster, R., Smith, L., & Connell, D. O. (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., & Paternoster, R. (2016). The effects of age at prison release on women’s desistance trajectories: A mixed-method analysis. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 2(3), 341–370.

Paternoster, R., Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., O’Connell, D., & Smith, L. (2016). Desistance from crime and identity: An empirical test with survival time. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(9), 1204–1224.

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.

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), 209–235.



Kerrison, E. M. “Meditation Programs.” (In Press). In K. R. Kerley, H. Copes, S. De Li, & S. F. Sharp (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Corrections. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell

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: Carolina Academic Press.

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.



Owens, E., Kerrison, E. M., & Santos Da Silveira, B. (2017). Examining racial disparities in criminal case outcomes among indigent defendants in San Francisco. Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., O’Connell, D., & Paternoster, R. (2013). Roads diverge: Long-term patterns of relapse, recidivism and desistance for a cohort of drug-involved offenders (Grant Number 2008-IJ-CX-1107). Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice.



Kerrison, E. M. (2016). Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 by Koritha Mitchell. Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, 4(2), 101-103.

Kerrison, E. M. (2015). Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South by Talitha L. LeFlouria. Punishment & Society, 17(4), 535-537.

Anu Manchikanti Gómez

Assistant Professor

ANU MANCHIKANTI GÓMEZ is assistant professor at the School of Social Welfare and director of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) Program.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Gómez has worked as a health equity researcher with a focus on reproduction and sexuality throughout the life course. She has conducted research both in the US and globally on diverse topics, including contraceptive use, abortion, HIV prevention, gender equity, transgender health and violence against women and children. Dr. Gómez's current research focuses on three areas: (1) the measurement and meaning of pregnancy planning; (2) understanding contraceptive decision-making within social, relational and structural contexts; and (3) evaluating the impact of and evidence base for policies related to reproductive health. She also serves as a co-PI on SOLARS, a prospective, longitudinal cohort study funded by UCSF's Preterm Birth Initiative. SOLARS aims to describe the relationship between psychosocial stress and preterm birth in Black and Hispanic/Latina women in Oakland and Fresno, Calif. She currently collaborates with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco; the Guttmacher Institute; Planned Parenthood Northern California; and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.

Dr. Gómez's work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Society for Family Planning Research Fund, the Berkeley Population Center, the Institute for Research on Labor and Education at UCB, the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative, and Gilead Sciences. In 2017, she was named a winner of 120 Under 40, a global initiative to identify the next generation of family planning leaders. She was also the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Young Professional Award from the Sexual and Reproductive Health Section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Gómez currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Women's Health Network and Ibis Reproductive Health.

Dr. Gómez earned her PhD in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. She also received an MSc in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University.

Many of Dr. Gómez's full-text publications can be found on the University of California's eScholarship platform.


  • Sexual and Reproductive Health 
  • HIV Prevention
  • Gender Equity
  • Violence against Women
  • Transgender Health
  • Health Equity
  • Social Determinants of Health


I typically teach SW282, a yearlong research methods course for 2nd year MSW students. I occasionally teach SW250L: Human Sexuality. I wll be teaching SW250L in Spring 2019.

Current Projects

In the News


2018                 RISE Leader, Gender Equity Resource Center, University of California, Berkeley

2017                 Outstanding Young Professional Award, Sexual and Reproductive Health Section,
American Public Health Association

2017                 Winner, 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins University

2017-2018          Faculty Award, Institute on Research on Labor and Education, University of California, Berkeley

2016                 2nd Place, Top Poster Abstract, North American Forum on Family Planning

2011-2014          NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Recipient, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Curriculum Vitae

Expanded Publications

Neilands TB, Chakravarty D, Dworkin SL, Campbell CK, Wilson PA, Gómez AM, Grisham KK, Hoff CC. "Development and Validation of the Power Imbalance in Couples Scale (PICS)." (In Press). Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Gómez AM, Arcara J. (In Press). "State Contraceptive Equity Protections and Privately Insured Women's Expectations of Contraceptive Access without the Affordable Care Act." Social Service Review.

Gómez AM, McCullough C, Hoff C. (In Press). "Expectations of Future Provision of Pharmacist-Prescribed Hormonal Contraception in California." American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Downey MM, Gómez AM. (2018). "Beyond Immutable Barriers: Structural Competency and Reproductive Health." AMA Journal of Ethics 20(3): 211-223.

Gómez AM, Mann ES, Torres V. (2018). "‘It Would Have Control Over Me Instead of Me Having Control’: Intrauterine Devices and the Meaning of Reproductive Freedom." Critical Public Health 28(2): 190-200.

Gómez AM. (2018). "Abortion and Subsequent Depressive Symptoms: An Analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health." Psychological Medicine 48(2): 294-304.

Gómez AM. (2017). "Availability of Pharmacist-Prescribed Contraception in California, 2017." JAMA 318(22):2253-2254

Gómez AM, Wapman M*. (2017). "Under (Implicit) Pressure: Young Black and Latina Women’s Perceptions of Contraceptive Care." Contraception 96(4) 221-226..

Gómez AM. (2017). "Availability of Pharmacist-Prescribed Contraception in California, 2017." JAMA 318(22):2253-2254.

Gómez AM, Freihart B*. (2017). "Motivations for Interest, Disinterest  and Uncertainty in IUD Use." Maternal and Child Health Journal 21(9): 1753–1762.

Downey MM*, Arteaga S*, Villaseñor EV, Gómez AM. (2017). "More Than a Destination: Contraceptive Decision-Making As a Journey." Women’s Health Issues 27(5): 539–545.

Gubrium A, Mann ES, Borrero S, Dehlendorf C, Fields J, Geronimus AT, Gómez AM, Harris LH, Higgins J, Kimport K, Luker K, Luna Z, Mamo L, Roberts D, Romero D, Sisson G. (2016). "Realizing Reproductive Health Equity Needs More than Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)." American Journal of Public Health 106(1), 18-19.

Arteaga S*, Gómez AM. (2016). “`Is That a Method of Birth Control?’ A Qualitative Exploration of Young Women’s Use of Withdrawal.” Journal of Sex Research 53(4-5): 626-632.  

Campbell C*, Gómez AM, Wilson P, Grisham K*, Hoff C, Dworkin S. (2016). "Sexual Behavior and HIV Risk Among Age-Discrepant, Same-Sex Male Couples:  A Qualitative Exploration." Culture, Health and Sexuality 18(12): 1319-1332.

Marshall CJ*, Gómez AM. (2015). “Young Men’s Awareness and Knowledge of Intrauterine Devices in the United States.” Contraception 92(5): 494-500.

Fonseka R*, Minnis AM, Gómez AM. (2015). “Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration among Sri Lankan Men.” PLoS ONE. 

Gómez AM, Clark J. (2014). “The Relationship between Contraceptive Features Preferred by Young Women and Interest in IUDs: An Exploratory Analysis.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 46(3), 157-63.

Gómez AM, Allina A, Fuentes L. (2014). “Women or LARC First? Reproductive Autonomy and the Promotion of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 46(3), 171-5

Campbell C, Gómez AM, Dworkin S, Wilson P, Grisham K, McReynolds J, Vielehr P, Hoff C. (2013). “Health, Trust, or ‘Just Understood?’: Condom Decision-making Processes of Black, White, & Interracial Gay Couples." Archives of Sexual Behavior 43(4), 697-706.

Gómez AM, Beougher SC, Chakravarty D, Neilands TB, Mandic CG, Darbes LA, Hoff CC (2012). “Relationship Dynamics as Predictors of Broken Agreements About Outside Sexual Partners: Implications for HIV Prevention Among Gay Couples.AIDS & Behavior 16(2), 1584-8.

Speizer IS, Gómez AM, Stewart J, Voss P. (2011). “Community-Level HIV Behaviors and HIV Prevalence Among Women and Men in Zimbabwe.” AIDS Education and Prevention 23(5), 437-47.

Gómez AM. (2011). “Sexual Violence as a Predictor of Unintended Pregnancy, Contraceptive Use and Unmet Need Among Female Youth in Colombia.” Journal of Women’s Health 20(9), 1349-56. 

Gómez AM, Speizer IS, Moracco KE. (2011) “Linkages Between Gender Equity and Intimate Partner Violence Among Urban Brazilian Youth.” Journal of Adolescent Health 49(4), 393-99. 


Gómez AM. (2011) “Testing the Cycle of Violence Hypothesis: Child Abuse and Adolescent Dating Violence as Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence in Young Adulthood.” Youth & Society 43(1), 171-92. 


Gómez AM, Speizer IS. (2010) “Community-Level Intimate Partner Violence and the Circumstances of First Sex Among Young Women from Five African Countries.” Reproductive Health 7(11). 


Speizer IS, Beauvais BF, Gómez AM, Finn T, Roussel B. (2009) “Using Multiple Sampling Approaches to Measure Sexual Risk-Taking Among Young People in Haiti: Programmatic Implications.” Studies in Family Planning 40(4), 277-88. 


Gómez AM, Speizer IS. (2009) “Intersections Between Childhood Abuse and Adult Intimate Partner Violence Among Ecuadorian Women.” Maternal and Child Health Journal 13(4), 559-66. 


Gómez AM, Speizer IS, Beauvais HF. (2009) “Sexual Violence and Reproductive Health Among Youth in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.” Journal of Adolescent Health 44(5), 508-10. 


Gómez AM, Speizer IS, Reynolds H, Murray N, Beauvais HF. (2008) “Age Differences at Sexual Debut and Subsequent Reproductive Health: Is There a Link?” Reproductive Health 5(8). 


Miller M, Liao Y, Gómez AM, Gaydos C, D’Mellow DM. (2008) “Factors Associated with the Prevalence and Incidence of Trichomonas Vaginalis Among African American Women Who Use Drugs in New York City.” The Journal of Infectious Diseases 197(4), 503-9.


Gómez AM, Grimes DA, Lopez LM, Schulz KF. (2007) “Steroid Hormones for Contraception in Women with Sickle Cell Disease.” The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 


Speizer IS, Finn A, Manchikanti A, Beauvais H, Roussel B. (2007) Risk-taking Behaviors Among Youth Socializing in Target Venues of Carrefour, Haiti: Adaptation of the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) Methodology. Chapel Hill, NC: MEASURE Evaluation, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina. 


Book Contributions 

Manchikanti A. (2007). “Measures of Fertility.” In Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Manchikanti A. (2007). “Measures of Fetal Death.” In Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Manchikanti A. (2007). “Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System.” InEncyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Manchikanti A. (2007). “National Maternal and Infant Health Survey.” InEncyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Manchikanti A. (2007). “United Nations Children’s Fund.” In Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Hoff C, Manchikanti A. (2005). “Spoken and Unspoken Desires: Sexual Negotiation and Communication Strategies Among HIV-Positive Gay and Bisexual Men.” In HIV+ Sex: The Psychological and Interpersonal Dynamics of HIV-Seropositive Gay and Bisexual Men's Relationships. Eds. Perry Halkitis, Cynthia Gómez, Richard Wolitski. Washington DC: American Psychological Association Books. 

Tina Sacks

Assistant Professor

TINA SACKS is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. Her fields of interest include racial inequities in health, social determinants of health, and poverty and inequality. Professor Sacks focuses on the how macro-structural forces, including structural discrimination and immigration, affect women’s health. Her current work investigates the persistence of racial and gender discrimination in health care settings among racial/ethnic minorities who are not poor. She published a book on this subject entitled Invisible Visits: Black Middle Class Women in the American Healthcare System (Oxford, 2019) Her next major project explores the implications of the infamous U.S. Public Health Service Tuskegee Syphilis Study on the Study’s direct descendants.

Professor Sacks is also the principal investigator of two projects on immigration and health including a bi-national study of migration, labor, and health among indigenous Mexican women in California and Oaxaca, Mexico. She also leads a study of gender dynamics and food stamp participation among Latina immigrants in California in collaboration with the Berkeley Food Institute and the UC Berkeley Nutrition Policy Institute.

Professor Sacks’ work has been published in Race and Social Problems, Qualitative Social Work, Family and Community Health, Health Affairs, the New Yorker, and MSNBC News. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Sacks collaborates with Carlos Javier Ortiz, a photographer and documentary filmmaker, on issues affecting Black and Latino communities. Their films, We All We Got (2015) and A Thousand Midnights (2016), appeared at the AFI, Tribeca, LA, and St. Louis International Film Festivals among others.

Prior to joining Berkeley Social Welfare, Professor Sacks spent nearly a decade working for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she worked on public health policy with special emphasis in environmental and women’s health programs.  Her experience includes serving as the special assistant to the director of the CDC, legislative director of the Baltimore City Health Department, and executive director of a non-profit healthcare organization.



  • Racial Disparities in Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Poverty and Inequality

Current Projects

In the News


2015, IIS Manuscript Mini-Conference Grant, The Institute of International Studies (IIS)

Curriculum Vitae

Expanded Publications

Tina K. Sacks (2017): Performing Black womanhood: a qualitative study of stereotypes and the healthcare encounter, Critical Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2017.1307323


Gunn, Alana J., Sacks, Tina K., and Jemel, Alexis (2016). "That's not me anymore": Resistance strategies for managing intersectional stigmas for women with substance use and incarceration histories. Qualitative Social Work.

Sacks, T. (2015). "New Pathways to Analysis through Thick Description: Historical Trauma and Emerging Qualitative Research." Qualitative Social Work. 14(6) 753–757.


Ferrera, M. J., Sacks, T. K., Perez, M., Nixon, J. P., Asis, D., & Coleman, R. W. L. (2015). Empowering immigrant youth in Chicago: utilizing CBPR to document the impact of a youth health service corps program. Family & community health, 38(1), 12-21.

Sacks, T. (under review). Mobilizing class resources and presenting the self: The differential healthcare experiences of black middle class women.

Campos-Castillo, Celeste, Benjamin W. Woodson, Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, Tina Sacks, Michelle Fleig-Palmer and Monica E. Peek. Forthcoming. "Examining the Relationship between Interpersonal and Institutional Trust in the Political and Health Care Contexts." in Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Trust: Towards Theoretical and Methodological Integration, edited by E. Shockley, T. M. S. Neal, L. M. PytlikZillig and B. H. Bornstein. New York: Springer

Sacks, T. (2013). “Race and Gender Concordance: Strategy to Reduce Health Disparities or Red Herring? Evidence from a Qualitative Study.” Race and Social Problems.

Gehlert, S., Sohmer, D., Sacks T., Mininger, C., McClintock, MK, & Olopade, O. (2008). “Targeting Health Disparities: Linking Upstream Determinants to Downstream Interventions.” Health Affairs.

Furimoto-Dawson, A. & Gehlert, S., Sohmer, D., Olapade, O., & Sacks, T. (2007). “Early life conditions and mechanisms population health vulnerabilities.” Health Affairs.


Sacks, T. (2015, January). “Use of the Vignette Technique in a Qualitative Study of Health Disparities.” Presentation delivered at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Sacks, T., Das, A., Jones, A., Hoffman, C., Staller, K., Padgett, D., Gilgun, J. (2015, January). “Beyond Description: A Workshop on Moving from Description to Analysis in Qualitative Social Work Research.” Panel discussion held at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Sacks, T. (2014, October). Negotiating the Health Care Encounter: Race, Class and Gender in the Age of the Affordable Care Act. University of California Berkeley Alumni Weekend Speaker’s Series (invited).

Sacks, T. (2014, January). “Sanguinity and the Black Body: African American Women, Hysterectomy and Reproductive Freedom.” Presentation delivered at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Sacks, T. (2013, March). "Ain’t I a Woman": Black Middle Class Women Discuss Race and Gender Preference in Healthcare. Presentation delivered at the University of Illinois at Chicago Engendering Society Conference, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. (2013, January). "Ain’t I a Woman": Black Middle Class Women Discuss Race and Gender Preference in Healthcare. Presentation delivered at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Sacks, T. (2012, October). “Demonstrate You Are Also a Person”: Healthcare Disparities Among Black Middle Class Women. Presentation delivered at the American Public Health Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Sacks, T. (2012, January). Mobilizing Class Resources and Presenting the Self: A Qualitative Study of Healthcare Disparities Among Black Middle Class Women. Presentation delivered at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. 

Sacks, T. (2011, October). The Black Women’s Health Care Project: Health and Resilience Among the Black Middle Class. Presentation delivered at the American Public Health Association Conference, Washington, DC.

Sacks, T. (2010, October). Understanding Health Care Disparities: Using Qualitative Data to Explore Perspectives of Middle Class African American Women.Presentation delivered at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

Mininger, C. & Sacks, T. (2008, January). Measuring the Built Environment in Breast Cancer Research. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, Washington, DC.

Sacks, T. & Brazelton, J. (2005, December). Loneliness: A Risk Factor for Breast Cancer Among African-American Women. Paper presentation at the American Public Health Association. Philadelphia, PA.


Sacks, T. (2012, December). “Demonstrate You Are Also a Person”: Healthcare Disparities Among Black Middle Class Women. Presentation delivered at Rush Medical Center University Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. (2012, June). Black, Female, and Middle-Class: A Healthcare Negotiation. Presentation delivered at the Institute for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T (2009, January). Understanding Health Care Disparities: Perspectives of Middle class African Americans. Presentation to the Health Economics Workshop, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. (2008, May). Middle-class African-Americans: Persistent Health Challenges. Presentation to the Health Economics Workshop, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. Curry, A., Bird, Jason, Darrow, J. (October, 2008). Exploring Opportunities and Challenges for Teaching Assistants. The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Teaching Workshop, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. Mininger, C. & Gehlert, S. (2007, April). Social Isolation, the Built Environment, and Breast Cancer. Proseminar Series at the Institute for Mind and Body, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. & Gehlert, S. (2006, November). Felt Loneliness and Breast Cancer Outcomes. Proseminar Series at the Institute for Mind and Body, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. & Mininger C. (2006, November). Trans-disciplinary Research: Breast Cancer and the Social Environment. External Advisory Committee-National Institutes of Health (NCI and NIEHS), Chicago, IL.

Kurt Organista


A leading expert on social work practice within the Latino community, Dr. Organista's research focuses on psychosocial problems within the Chicano and Latino communities, acculturation and adjustment of ethnic minorities to American societies, minority mental health, cognitive behavioral therapy, depression in Latinos and HIV prevention with Mexican migrant laborers/Latinos.

Dr. Organista's book, HIV Prevention with Latinos: Theory, Research and Practice, is the first-ever collection of texts written by leading authorities on the topic of HIV prevention among diverse Latino populations. It attempts to respond to the diminishing returns of the behavioral model of HIV risk by deconstructing the many social ecological contexts of risk within the Latino experience. He is also served as the principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse Alcoholism (NIAAA)-funded project that seeks to developing and test a structural-environmental model of HIV risk and prevention for migrant day laborers in San Francisco and Berkeley (2010 to 2015).

Dr. Organista currently teaches courses on social problems and psychopathology, stress and coping and social work practice with Latino populations.


In the News

Expanded Publications

Organista, K. C., Arreola, S. G. & Neilands, T. (2016).  La desesperación in Latino migrant day laborers and its role in substance related sexual risk.  Social Science and Medicine—Population Health, 2, 32-42.   

Organista, K. C., Marcia, L., Martinez, C., Acalá, M. & Ramirez, J. (2016). Undocumented Latino migrant day laborers in the San Francisco Bay Area: Psychosocial, economic and political consequences. In R. Furman & A. Ackerman (Eds.), The Immigrant Other: Lived experiences in a transnational world (p. 90-106). New York:  Colombia University Press.

 Ojeda, L., & Organista, K. C. (2015). Latino American men. In Y.J. Wong & S. R. Wester (Eds.), APA handbook of the psychology of men and masculinities. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Hernandez, M. Y., & Organista, K. C. (2015). Qualitative exploration of an effective depression literacy fotonovela with at risk Latina immigrants. American Journal of Community Psychology, 56 (1-2), 79-88. DOI 10.1007/s10464-015-9729-8

Horevitz, E., Organista, K.C., & Arean, P. (2015). Depression treatment uptake in integrated primary care: Examination of the warm handoff and other decision making factors among Latino clients. General Hospital Psychiatry.

Organista, K. C., Worby, P.A., Quesada, J., Arreoloa, S. G., Kral, A.H. & Khoury, S. (in press). Sexual health of Latino migrant day laborers under conditions of structural vulnerability. Culture, Health & Sexuality.

Horevitz, E. O. & Organista, K. C. (in press). The Mexican Health Paradox: Expanding the explanatory power of the acculturation construct. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.

Organista, K. C. (2009). Latino clinical perspective on Montalvo’s ethnoracial gap in clinical practice with Latinos. Clinical Social Work Journal, 37, 287-293.

Organista, K. C. (2009). New practice model for Latinos in need of social work services. Social Work, 54(4), 297-305.

Organista, K. C. & Ehrlich, S. F. (2008). Predictors of condom use in Latino migrant day laborers. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 30(3), 379-396.

Organista, K. C. (2008). The plight and fight of farmworkers in the United States (pp. 103-113). In R. Nahmias, The migrant project: Contemporary California Farm Workers. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.

Brammeier, M., Chow, J. M., Samuel, M. C., Organista, K. C., Miller, J., & Bolan, G. (2008). Sexually transmitted diseases and risk behaviors among California agricultural workers: Results from a population-based survey. Journal of Rural Health, 24(3), 279-284

Organista, K. C. (2007). Commentary: The need to explicate culturally competent approaches with Latino clients. In J. Christopher Muran (Ed.), Dialogues on difference (pp. 168-175). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Organista, K. C. (2007). Solving Latino psychosocial and health problems: Theory, research, and populations. Hoboken, New Jersey: John J. Wiley & Sons, Publishers.

Limb, G., & Organista, K. C. (2006). Change between entry and graduation in MSW student views on social work’s traditional mission, career motivations, and practice preferences: Caucasians, students of color and American Indian group comparisons. Journal of Social Work Education, 42(2), 269-290.

Organista, K. C. (2006). Cognitive-behavioral therapy with Latinos and Latinas. In P. A. Hays and G. Y. Iwamasa, Culturally responsive cognitive-behavior therapy: Assessment, practice, and supervision (pp. 73-96). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Organista, K. C., Alvarado, N., Balbutin-Burnham, A., Worby, P., & Martinez, S. (2006). An exploratory study of HIV prevention with Mexican/Latino migrant day laborers. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 5(2), 89-114.

Organista, K. C., & Kubo, A. (2005). Pilot survey of HIV risk and contextual problems and issues in Mexican/Latino migrant day laborers. Journal of Immigrant Health, 7(4), 269-281.

Organista, K. C., Carrillo, H., & Ayala, G. (2004). HIV prevention with Mexican migrants: Review, critique, and recommendations. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 37 (suppl. 4), S227-S239.

Organista, K. C. (2000). "Cognitive-behavioral group psychotherapy with Latinos." In A. Freeman and & J. R. White (Eds.), Handbook of group cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Organista, K. C., Balls Organista, P., Bola, J., Garcia de Alba, J., & Castillo Morán, M.A. (2000). "Predictors of condom use in Mexican migrants laborers." American Journal of Community Psychology, 28(2), 245-265.

Organista, K.C., Balls Organista, P., Garcia de Alba, G.J., Castillo Morán, M.A., & Ureta, L.E. (1997). Survey Of Condom-Related Knowledge, Beliefs, and Perceived Social Norms in Mexican Migrant Laborers, Journal of Community Health, 22(3):185-198.

Organista, K.C. & Balls Organista, P. (1997). Migrant Laborers and AIDS In The United States: A Review Of The Literature, AIDS Education and Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 9(1):83-93.

Organista, K.C. & Balls Organista, P. (1997). "Migrant laborers and AIDS in the United States: A review of the literature," AIDS Education and Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 9(1):83-93.

Organista, K.C. & Muñoz, R.F. (1996). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Latinos, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 3:255-270.

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.


  • 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.

Paul R. Sterzing

Associate Professor

PAUL R. STERZING, PhD is an associate professor at the School of Social Welfare and a graduate of the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Sterzing is currently the Co-chair of the MSW Program, Co-director of the Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare, and a faculty affiliate with the Gender and Women Studies Department.

Dr. Sterzing was the principal investigator for SpeakOut—a three-year study funded by the National Institute of Justice—to identify the lifetime and last year polyvictimization rates for a large, national sample of sexual and gender minority adolescents. SpeakOut provided the first comprehensive examination of more than 40 different forms of victimization from across different contexts (e.g., home, school, community, online) and perpetrators (e.g., parents, siblings, peers, dating partners). Compared to previous estimates, sexual and gender minority adolescents were polyvictimized at nearly twice the national rate (39.3% vs. 20%). Moreover, adolescents who identify as transgender or genderqueer were significantly more likely to be polyvictimized in the last year compared to their cisgender-sexual-minority male counterparts.

I also propose two new family typologies, LGBTQ microaffirming and LGBTQ microaggressing, to explain differential rates of mental health problems, peer rejection, extrafamilial victimization, and polyvictimization within this population. Overall, sexual and gender minority adolescents in families with high-levels of microaggressions, violence, and non-violent adversity were at greater risk for polyvictimization, with posttraumatic stress functioning as the primary mechanism bridging familial and extrafamilial victimization. These findings suggest addressing trauma symptoms stemming from these family experiences of microaggressions, violence, and non-violent adversity could reduce rates of peer rejection, extrafamilial victimization, and polyvictimization for sexual and gender minority adolescents.


  • Polyvictimization of vulnerable adolescents
  • Bullying involvement roles and peer rejection
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity microaggressions
  • Impact of family-level microaggressions and microaffirmations on mental health and extrafamilial forms of victimization
  • Impact of mental and behavioral health problems on rates of revictimization



  • MSW: Theories for Multi-level Practice (SW 200)
  • MSW: Seminar in Social Welfare Research (SW 282a / SW 282b)
  • Doctoral: Group Study in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Research (SW 298)

Current Projects

In the News

SpeakOut - National LGBTQ Youth Victimization Study
SpeakOut - Importance of the Study
SpeakOut Consent Video

Curriculum Vitae

Adrian Aguilera

Associate Professor

ADRIAN AGUILERA is associate professor at the School of Social Welfare.

Dr. Aguilera’s current research interests focus on utilizing digital health and mobile technologies to improve health and mental healthcare of low-income and ethnic minority populations, with a focus on Latino and Spanish speaking populations. He is also interested in understanding how culture and socioeconomic status influence mental health and mental health treatment.

A clinical psychologist, Dr. Aguilera is currently developing and testing the impact of an automated text messaging intervention to improve engagement with depression treatment in a public sector setting.


  • Mobile Technology (mHealth) and Mental Health
  • Digital health
  • Latino Mental Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression
  • Primary Care Based Mental Health

Current Projects

In the News

Expanded Publications

Aguilera, A., Bruehlman-Senecal, E., DeMasi, O., Avila-Garcia, P., (2017) Automated text messaging as an adjunct to CBT for depression: A clinical trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Aguilera, A., & Lyles, C.R. (2017) The Case for Jointly Targeting Diabetes and Depression Among Vulnerable Patients Using Digital Technology. JMIR Diabetes. 

Bruehlman-Senecal, E., Aguilera, A., Schueller, S. M. (2017) Phone-based mood ratings prospectively predict psychotherapy attendance in a public hospital clinic. Behavior Therapy.

Suffoletto, B., & Aguilera, A. (2016). Expanding Adolescent Depression Prevention Through Simple Communication Technologies. Journal of Adolescent Health, 59(4), 373-374.

Vázquez, M. Y. G., Sexto, C. F., Rocha, Á., & Aguilera, A. (2016). Mobile Phones and Psychosocial Therapies with Vulnerable People: a First State of the Art. Journal of medical systems, 40(6), 1-12.

DeMasi, O., Aguilera, A., Recht, B. (2016) Detecting Change in Depressive Symptoms from Daily Wellbeing Questions, Personality, and Activity. Wireless Health 2016, Washington, D.C.

Aguilera, A., Schueller, S. M., & Leykin, Y. (2015). Daily mood ratings via text message as a proxy for clinic based depression assessment. Journal of affective disorders, 175, 471-474.

Aguilera, A. (2015). Digital Technology And Mental Health Interventions: Opportunities And Challenges. ARBOR Ciencia, Pensamiento y Cultura, 191(771), 10-3989.

Aguilera, A., & Berridge, C. (2014). Qualitative Feedback From a Text Messaging Intervention for Depression: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Cultural Differences. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 2(4).

Leykin, Y., Aguilera, A., Pérez-Stable, E. J., & Muñoz, R. F. (2013). Prompting Depression Treatment Seeking among Smokers: A Comparison of Participants from Six Countries in an Internet Stop Smoking RCT. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 31(3), 238-247.

Aguilera, A., & Muench, F. (2012). There’s an app for that: Information technology applications for cognitive behavioral practitioners. The Behavior Therapist. 35(4), 65-73.

Morris, M. E., & Aguilera, A. (2012). Mobile, Social, and Wearable Computing and the Evolution of Psychological Practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 43(6), 622

Aguilera, A., Leykin, Y., Adler, N., Muñoz, R.F. (2012). Individual and community SES effects on Smoking, Depression, and Obesity. American Journal of Community Psychology. 50(1-2), 211-6

Aguilera, A. & Muñoz, R.F.  (2011) Text messaging as an adjunct to cognitive behavioral therapy: A feasibility/usability pilot study. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 42(6), 472-478

Aguilera, A., Lopez, S.R., Breitborde, N.J.K, Kopelowicz, A., Zarate, R. (2010). Expressed emotion, sociocultural context and the course of schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119(4), 875-85.

Aguilera, A., Garza, M.J., Munoz, R.F. (2010). Group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Spanish: Culture Sensitive Manualized Treatment in Practice. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66(8), 857.

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