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With over 300 graduates of our doctoral program, Berkeley Social Welfare produces top-notch professors and researchers for some of the best social work schools and policy centers throughout the country and around the globe.

  Download the CVs of our doctoral candidates seeking academic appointments starting Fall 2019.

 

2018-19 Graduating Doctoral Candidates

Laura Brignone

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

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Rachel Gartner

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

View Full Profile | Email: rachelgart@berkeley.edu

Stephania L. Hayes

Dissertation: Conceptualization and Measurement of Helping-Related Stress in Peer Support Specialists

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Julia Hernandez

Dissertation: Engagement of Fathers In The Child Welfare System

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Woojin Jung

Dissertation: A Critical Analysis of Alternative Models: Combating Poverty through Aid

View Full Profile | Email: wjung@berkeley.edu

Renee T. Mack

Dissertation: The Impact and Influence of the Carceral State and Deinstitutionalization on the Institutional Care of the Mentally Ill

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Briana McGeough

Dissertation: Understanding Co-Occurring Alcohol Use and Depression Symptoms among Sexual Minority Women

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Current Doctoral Students

Brita Bookser

Research Interests: School discipline; early childhood stress and trauma; intergenerational transmutation of trauma; healing through play; youth programs; democratization of higher education; critical histories, theories, methodologies, pedagogies; ecological feminism; mixed-methods; prevention science

View Full Profile | Email: britabookser@berkeley.edu

Mayra K. Cazares

Research Interests: Foster Youth/Transition-Aged Youth, Early Parenting, Maternal & Child Well-Being, Social Capital, Intangible Protective Factors (i.e., Love, Belongingness)

View Full Profile | Email: mcaza002@berkeley.edu

Jacklyn E. Chambers

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

View Full Profile | Email: jaclyn_chambers@berkeley.edu

Eunkyung Chung

Research Interests: Health and well-being of persons with disabilities, discrimination/microaggressions, identity development, intersectionality, school climate, mixed methods

View Full Profile | Email: eunkyung.chung@berkeley.edu

Margaret Mary Downey

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

View Full Profile | Email: mmdowney@berkeley.edu

Douglas J. Epps

Douglas J. Epps

Research Interests: Immigration policy, impact of immigration control on individuals and families, alternatives to detention, anti-immigrant bias, unauthorized migration and migrant rights, ethical policy reform, privatization of immigration control and mixed methods

View Full Profile | Email: depps@berkeley.edu

Keegan Freiburger

Research Interests: Healing/Transformative Justice, Community Interventions into Structural Violence/Oppression, White Supremacy in Education, Youth Liberation/Empowerment, Transformative Participatory Research, Critical Pedagogy

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Walter Gómez

Research Interests: Sexual minority men's health, methamphetamine use and recovery, aging with HIV, structural factors related to biomedical interventions for HIV prevention and treatment, intersectionality, and qualitative and mixed methods

View Full Profile | Email: wgomezjr@berkeley.edu

Cristina Gomez-Vidal

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

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Joshua R. Gregory

Research Interests: Critical whiteness studies, critical race theory, the elimination of systemic and relational white supremacy in social services and education, and the integration of critical theories with social science research and practice methodologies

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Ivy Hammond

Research Interests: Child Welfare Systems and Service Delivery; Child Maltreatment Prevention; the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children; Infant Wellbeing; LGBTQ Youth

View Full Profile | Email: ivy_hammond@berkeley.edu

Louisa Kornblatt

Research Interests: Gender-based violence intervention and prevention, feminist theory, reproduction of abusive dynamics within systems of care, barriers to accessing services, community mental health, ethnography, theater of the oppressed, intersection of clinical social work and transformative art 

View Full Profile | Email: lmkornblatt@berkeley.edu

Juyeon Lee

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  

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Sergio Martinez

Research Interests: Education and Health Equity; Social Determinants of Health; Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Latinx/Chicanx; Latinx/Chicanx Mental Health; Spectrum of Prevention; Education Policy Analysis; Urban youth; decreasing attrition rates for underrepresented minorities at the community college level, Mixed Methods; Ethnography; Critical Pedagogies, Critical Theory 

View Full Profile | Email: sergio_martinez@berkeley.edu

Brenda Mathias

Research Interests: Neighborhood effects, impact of place, urban spaces, mixed-methods, participatory action research, community-building, youth, poverty, social innovation 

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Josué Meléndez Rodríguez

Research Interests: Social justice in and through higher education, praxis with critical theories, intersectionality, critical pedagogies, transformative qualitative research  

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G. Allen Ratliff

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

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Cheng Ren

Research Interests: Community engagement and assessment, urban development, migration policy, migrant health and well-being, program evaluation, community database, computational social welfare

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Joseph N. Roscoe

Joseph N. Roscoe

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

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Katie SavinKatie Savin

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

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Valentin Q Sierra, Jr.

Research Interests: Native American Youth, Urban Indian Health, Cultural Resilience Factors, Intergenerational/Historical Trauma, Digital Solutions to Health

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Kelly L. Ziemer, LMSW

Research Interests: Intersection of emotions, mindfulness and health; positive affect interventions, connection, health equity, social determinants of health, social isolation and loneliness, social and emotional learning, prevention science

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