G. Allen Ratliff

G. Allen RatliffEducation

Ph.D. (expected 2021)

University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare
Dissertation Title: A Life History Exploration of Gender and Violence with Young Transgender People
Committee: Paul R. Sterzing, Ph.D. (Chair); Anu Manchikanti Gómez, Ph.D.; Colette Auerswald, M.D.

MSW (2012)

Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
Certificate in Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Children and Adolescents

BA (2008)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sociology and English

Licensure

2013-present Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Illinois #149.016368)

Research Interests

  • Power, violence, and marginalization
  • Space, place, and the social environment
  • Child and adolescent health and wellbeing
  • Critical social theories
  • Gender, sexuality, intersectionality
  • Social work ethics, history, and philosophy

Teaching Interests

  • Social welfare theory, research, and policy
  • Clinical practices: motivational interviewing, trauma-focused, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, person-centered practices
  • Gender and sexuality, human behavior
  • Social work ethics, history, and philosophy

Pronouns: he/him/his

Email:  garatliff@berkeley.edu

Curriculum vitae

Publications

Peer-reviewed 

Gomez, A.M., Đỗ, L., Ratliff, G. A., Crego, P.I., & Hastings, J. (2020) Contraceptive beliefs, needs, and care experiences among transgender and nonbinary young adults. Journal of Adolescent Health. doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.03.003

Ratliff, G. A. (2019). Social work, place, and power: Applying heterotopian principles to the social topology of social work. Social Service Review, 93(4), 640-677. doi.org/10.1086/706808

Chambers, J., & Ratliff, G. A. (2019). Structural competency in child welfare: Opportunities and applications for addressing disparities and stigma. The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 46(4), 26.

Graaf, G., & Ratliff, G. A. (2018) Preparing social workers for evidence informed community-based practice: An integrative framework. Invited article for The Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE), Special Issue on Integrating Evidence-Based Practice and Implementation Science in Academic and Field Curricula. doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2018.1434437

Sterzing, P. R., Gartner, R. E., Goldbach, J. T., McGeough, B. L, Ratliff, G. A., & Johnson, K. C. (2019). Polyvictimization prevalence rates for sexual and gender minority youth: Breaking down the silos of victimization research. Psychology of Violence, 9(4), 419–430. doi.org/10.1037/vio0000123

Sterzing, P. R., Ratliff, G. A., Gartner, R. E., McGeough, B. L., & Johnson, K. C. (2017) Social ecological correlates of polyvictimization among a national sample of transgender, genderqueer, and cisgender sexual minority adolescents. Child Abuse & Neglect, 67, 1–12. doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.02.017 7.

Sterzing, P. R., Auslander, W. F., Ratliff, G. A., Gerke, D. R., Edmond, T., & Jonson-Reid, M. (2017). Exploring bullying perpetration and victimization among adolescent girls in the child welfare system: Bully-only, victim-only, and bully-victim, and noninvolved roles. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 35(5-6), 1311-1333. doi.org/10.1177/0886260517696864

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

Kelly, B.L., & Ratliff, G. A. (2017). Strengths-Affirming Social Work Practice with LGBTQ Youth. In M. P. Dentato (Ed.). Social work practice with the LGBTQ community: The intersection of history, health, mental health and policy factors. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Manuscripts Under Review and In Progress

Gomez, A.M., Hooker, N., Olip-Booth, R., Woerner, P., Ratliff, G. A. (under review) "It's Being Compassionate, Not Making Assumptions": Transmasculine and Nonbinary Young Adults' Experiences of "Women's" Healthcare Settings. Women's Health Issues.

Ratliff, G.A., Lightfoot, M., Adams, S., Lund, I., & Auerswald, C. (in preparation). The use of discretionary power in the enactment of structural violence against young people experiencing homelessness.

Ratliff, G.A., Lightfoot, M., Adams, S., & Auerswald, C. (in preparation). Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) with vulnerable populations: ethical and justice-promoting practices for youth participation in health research

Ratliff, G.A., Lightfoot, M., Adams, S., & Auerswald, C. (in preparation). Space and place as fundamental features of violence and safety for young people experiencing homelessness

Graaf, G. & Ratliff, G. A. (in preparation) Social work is place-based work: grounding social welfare research, practice, and policy in place-based frameworks

Manuscripts Planned

Ratliff, G. A. The search for acceptance: spatial dynamics of violence and safety for young transgender people. (Manuscript utilizing dissertation data)

Ratliff, G. A. Family matters: the critical importance of families in preventing violence against young transgender people. (Manuscript planned with dissertation data)

Ratliff, G. A., Lightfoot, M., & Auerswald, C. Clusters and networks of police interactions with young people experiencing homelessness: opportunities for addressing and reducing police violence

Presentations

Peer-reviewed conference presentations

Ratliff, G. A., Lightfoot, M., Adams, S., Mousseau, H., Lund, I., & Auerswald, C. (2020) Emerging findings on a spatial topology of violence and safety for young people experiencing homelessness. Oral presentation at the Society for Social Work Research 2020 conference, Washington, D.C

Sacks, T., Samuels, G., Stone, S., & Ratliff, G. A. (2018) Beyond Inclusion: Knowledge Justice and Social Work Science. Roundtable at the Society for Social Work Research 2019 conference, San Francisco, CA.

Ratliff, G.A. & Sterzing, P.R. (2018) Bias-Motivated Physical Assaults Among Transgender, Genderqueer, and Cisgender Sexual Minority Youth. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work Research 2018 conference, Washington, D.C.

Ratliff, G. A. & Sterzing, P.R. (2017) Rates and correlates of depression, posttraumatic stress, and suicide attempts for transgender, genderqueer, and cisgender sexual minority youth. Oral presentation at the Society for Social Work Research 2017 conference, New Orleans, LA..

Professional conference presentations (not peer-reviewed)

Ratliff, G. A. & Heerten-Rodriguez, L.R. (2018) Want to be a social worker? Let's talk about pursuing social work education. Oral presentation at the Midwest LGBTA College Conference 2018, Omaha, NE.

Ratliff, G. A. (2011) Using Google Analytics to support online sexual health research. Oral presentation at Sex:Tech 2011. San Francisco, CA

Ratliff, G. A. (2008) Understanding the scope of HIV and its global impacts on children. Oral presentation at University of Nebraska Student Health Conference 2008, Lincoln, Nebraska. Tetreault, P. &

Ratliff, G. A. (2006) Learning the basics of sexual health for LGBT people and their partners. Oral presentation at the Midwest LGBTA College Conference 2006. Sioux Falls, SD.

Ratliff, G. A. & Tetreault, P. (2006) Keys to sexual health and healthy relationships. Oral presentation at the Midwest LGBTA College Conference 2006. Sioux Falls, SD.

Awards

  • 2020-2021 | University of California Dissertation Year Fellowship ($27,000)
  • 2019, 2020 | Markowski-Leach Scholarship ($2,000/year)
  • 2018-2019 | Dissertation Completion Fellowship ($18,000)
  • 2018 | Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, School of Social Welfare
  • 2016, 2017 | Graduate Division Summer Research Grant ($3,000/year)

Research Experience

School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Researcher
2017 - present | Project Director, SFYEAH study on violence and youth homelessness
Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Principal Investigator: Colette Auerswald, M.D.

School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Researcher
2017 - present | Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity Program
Principal Investigator: Anu Manchikanti Gómez, Ph.D.

2015 - 2017 | Center for Child and Youth Policy
Principal Investigators: Jill Duerr Berrick, Ph.D., and Neil Gilbert, Ph.D.

Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Research Project Manager
2012 - 2014 | Homeless Youth Services Access Study, Chicago site, hosted by the Night Ministry.
Principal Investigator: Les Whitbeck, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hektoen Institute at Cook County Hospital. Chicago, IL
Clinical Research Specialist
2012 | Project HOPE: Hospital Visit as Opportunity for Prevention and Engagement Funded by National Institutes on Drug Abuse CTN-0049.
Principal Investigator: Lisa Metsch, Ph.D., Columbia University.

Impact Program for LGBT Health and Development, University of Illinois at Chicago
(now the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University)
2010-2011 | Research Administrator
2009-2010 | Project Coordinator
2009 | Research Assistant
Funded by National Institute for Drug Abuse and National Institute for Mental Health
Principal Investigator: Brian Mustanski, Ph.D.

Clinical Experience

Director of Clinical Services| 2014-2015
Youth Service Project. Chicago, IL 
Managed and supervised clinicians and programs delivering mental and behavioral health care for young people and families in restorative, trauma-informed models

Clinical Fellow2014-2015 
Chicago Counseling Associates. Chicago, IL.
Provided person-centered, mindfulness therapy at community mental health program

Youth Development Clinical Case Manager2012-2013 
Teen Living Programs. Chicago, IL.
Provided intensive clinical care for young people experiencing homelessness

Teaching Experience 

Lecturer(graduate level)
Department of Social Work, California State University East Bay 
2020, Fall Community-Based Social Welfare Research
2020, Spring Introduction to Social Welfare Research

Graduate Student Instructor (primary course instructor, graduate level)
School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
2017, Fall Historical, Ethical, and Philosophical Foundations of Social Work
2016, Fall Historical, Ethical, and Philosophical Foundations of Social Work

Graduate Student Instructor (co-instructor, undergraduate level)
School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
2017, Summer Social Welfare Policy
2017, Spring Social Welfare Policy

Graduate Student Instructor (teaching assistant, undergraduate level)
School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
2016, Summer Introduction to Social Work as a Profession
2016, Spring Social Welfare Policy

Invited Speaker

Ratliff, G. A. & Sarabia, R. (2019) Creating a culture of health and safety for young people experiencing homelessness. California Welfare Directors Association Statewide Conference 2019, Monterey, CA.

Ratliff, G. A. & Johnson, M. (2012) Addressing heterosexism: an examination of the clinical implications of working with LGBTQ youth and their families. Invited presentation to Grand Rounds 2011-2012, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Guest Lecturer

School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

  • Historical, Ethical, and Philosophical Foundations of Social Work (graduate level)

October 2019 "Exploring Ethical Cases in Social Work"
October 2018 "Exploring Ethical Cases in Social Work"

  • Introduction to Social Work Practice (undergraduate level)

October 2019 "Direct Practice in Social Work"

  • Multilevel Social Work Practice (graduate level)

November 2015 "Supervision as Social Work Practice"

Midwestern University. Downers Grove, IL

  • LGBTQI Considerations in Healthcare (professional medicine and pharmacy program)

May 2016 "LGBTQI Youth and the Practice of Healthcare".

Guest Speaker

Suitcase Clinic Training Series, University of California, Berkeley

April 2019, 2020 "Gender, Sexuality, and Youth Homelessness"
October 2018, 2019 "Gender, Sexuality, and Youth Homelessness"
April 2019, 2020 "Social Service Ethical Practice"

Service

Academic Service

School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

2017-2018 Doctoral Committee Student Representative
2016-2018 Doctoral Student Representative

School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

2017-2018 Graduate Student Facilitator, Ending Youth Homelessness Working Group

Graduate Assembly, University of California, Berkeley

2017 Chair, Basic Needs Committee
2016-2017 Delegate, School of Social Welfare

Community Service

Youth Spirit Artworks, Berkeley, CA 

2018-present,  Board of Directors