Graduates are in leadership positions in local, national, and international settings, including universities, social welfare organizations, and government. There is a growing demand for social work faculty with PhD training. The interdisciplinary focus of the PhD program and its strong research component make our graduates especially competitive for these academic positions.

Recent Dissertations
Author Title Date
Bronwyn Keefe Can a Service Philosophy be Identified in Aging and Disability Resource Centers? A Study of Institutional Logics as Applied to the Creation of New Hybrid Organizations 2013
Su-Chiu Liu An Analysis of Welfare and Health Policy Changes on the Health Seeking Behavior of Taiwanese Immigrants Residing in the United States 2013
Antoinette Basualdo-Delmonico The Invisible Hand in Youth Mentoring: Parent, Mentor and Agency Perspective on Parental Role 2013
Ivy Krull Government Funding Requirements to Promote Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Community-Based Addiction Treatment Organizations: The Association Between Funder Requirements and Treatment Staff 2013
Ignatius Samuel Disparities in Mental Health Service Use Among African American Adolescent Males Released from Juvenile Detention Facilities 2013
Kelly Mills-Dick Voices from the Street: Exploring How Older Adults and Outreach Workers Define and Mitigate Problems Associated with Urban Elder Homelessness 2011
Jennifer Meade Who Has the Power? Diversity and Discourse within Domestic Violence Organizations 2011
Cesar Abarca Laboring in the Margins: An Examination of Undocumented Latino Immigrants 2011
Sook Hyun Kim Niches of Youth Empowerment: A Study of North Korean Refugee Organizations 2011
Terrence Omar Lewis The Phenomenon of LGBT Affirming Black Churches and Their Response to the HIV/AIDs Crisis in Black America 2011
Sviatlana Smashnaya Opportunity to succeed or freedom to fail in building high-impact nonprofits: The role of internal and external factors in shaping the performance of youth-oriented nonprofit organizations in a transitional society like Belarus 2010
N. Diane Gout Cultural identity and familial relationships as protective factors against intimate partner violence among American Indian and Alaska native mothers 2010
Rolanda Ward “I Took a Break, But Now I am Back:” Foster Youths’ Perspectives on Leaving and Returning 2009
Christiana Bratiotis Task Force Community Response to Compulsive Hoarding Cases 2009
Lisa Zerden Acculturation and Needle Sharing: A Dual Site Student of Puerto Rican Injection Drug Users 2008
Jie Ha Lee Sexual health disparities among racial/ethnic minority females: STDS and sexual risk behaviors 2008
Therese Fitzgerald HIV/AIDS risk reduction health service utilization among injection drug using women 2008
Margaret Boyd American Apartheid Revisited: African American and West Indian Homeowners in Mattapan 2007
Michelle Strout Evidenced-based practices for substance abuse prevention: Reports from the front line 2006
Nicole Dubus Permission to be authentic: A qualitative study of paraprofessional providers and recipients of a home-visiting program 2006
Exploitation in the shadows: Unauthorized latina migrants tell their story 2006
Silvia Dominguez Latina Immigrants in Public Housing: Race Relations, Social Networks and Access to Servcies 2005
Iris Cohen Early professional socialization: Evaluation of multidisciplinary palliative care education for social work and medical students 2002
Cynthia Hazen A socio-cultural analysis of the ethical standards of care for psychotherapy professions in the United States: Psychiatry, psychology and social work 2001
Ellin Reisner Work/family spillover: A qualitative study of public transportation operators 2001
Hope Worden The effects of race and class on women’s experience of domestic violence 2001
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes Workplace responsiveness to work/life issues: Focusing on the small business experience 2000
Karen Bullock Employment and caregiving: A comparison of three ethnic groups of disabled elders and their informal caregivers 2000