• department Clinical Practice
  • education BS (Human Development & Family Relations), University of Connecticut
    MSW (Advanced Generalist Practice & Programming), Columbia University
    PhD (Advanced Clinical Practice), Columbia University
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Areas of Expertise

Children, Youth and Families; Community Engagement; Health and Public Health; Trauma and Violence

Practice and scholarly focus

• Youth participation in legal and governmental decision making
• Interdisciplinary legal representation for children and youth
• Child welfare workforce development

Courses

WP 707 Social Welfare Policy and Programs on Children
CP 759 Introduction to Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups
CP 770 Clinical Practice with Individuals
SR 906 Qualitative Research Methods

Publications

Augsberger, A., Collins, M., & *Gecker, W.A. (In press). Engaging youth in municipal government: Moving towards a youth centric practice. Journal of Community Practice.

Augsberger, A., Collins, M., & *Gecker, W.A. (2017). Best practices for youth engagement in municipal government. National Civic Review, 106 (1), 9-16.

Augsberger, A., Collins, M. E.,*Gecker, W.A., & Lusk, K., *Zhao, Q.J. (2017). “She treated us like we bring valid ideas to the table:” Youth experiences of a youth led participatory budgeting process. Children and Youth Services Review. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.02.025

Augsberger, A., Collins, M., *Gecker, W.A., & *Dougher, M. (2017). Youth civic engagement: Do youth councils reduce or reinforce social inequality? Journal of Adolescent Research. doi.org/10.1177/0743558416684957

Augsberger, A., Lens, V., & Hughes, A. (2016). “I didn’t know you were fighting so hard for me:” Attorneys’ perceptions of youth participation in child dependency proceedings. Family Court Review, 54 (4), 578-590.

Collins, M., Augsberger, A., & *Gecker, W.A. (2016). Youth councils in municipal government: Examination of activities, impact and barriers. Children and Youth Services Review, 65, 140-147.

Hahm, H.C., Augsberger, A., Feranil, M., Jang, J., & *Tagerman, M.D. (2016). The associations between forced sex and severe mental health, substance use, and HIV risk behaviors among Asian-American women. Violence Against Women. doi:10.1177/1077801216647797

Auerbach, C., Zeitlin, W., Augsberger, A., Lawrence, C.K., & Claiborne, N. (2016). Societal factors impacting child welfare: Re-validating the perceptions of child welfare scale. Children and Youth Services Review, 62, 65-71. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.01.020

Augsberger, A., Yeung, A.,*Dougher, M., & Hahm, H.C. (2015). Factors influencing the underutilization of mental health services among Asian-American women with a history of depression and suicide. BMC Health Services Research, 15(542), 1-11. doi:10.1186/s12913-015-1191-7

Augsberger, A., & *Swenson, E. (2015). “My worker was there when it really mattered:” Foster care youths’ perceptions and experiences of their relationships with child welfare workers. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 96 (4), 234-240. doi:10.1606/10443894.2015.96.34

Auerbach, C., Zeitlin, W., Augsberger, A., McGowan, B.G., Claiborne, N., & Lawrence, C.K. (2015). Societal factors impacting child welfare: Validating the perceptions of child welfare scale. Research on Social Work Practice, 25(3), 305-312. doi:10.1177/1049731514530001

*Denotes student co-author

Presentations

Augsberger, A., Collins, M., *Gecker, W.A. & *Dougher, M. (2017). Social capital and civic engagement: Are youth councils a mechanism to reduce and/or perpetuate social inequality? Symposia paper presented at the 21st Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Augsberger, A., Collins, M., & *Gecker, W.A. (2017). Youth led participatory budgeting in municipal government: Youth perceptions and experiences. Symposium paper presented at the 21st Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Collins, M., Augsberger, A., & *Gecker, W.A. (2017). Identifying the practice components of youth councils: Contributions of theory. Poster session at the 21st Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.

*Gecker, W.A. Augsberger, A., & Collins, M. (2017). GIS Study of Youth Councils in the Boston-metro area. Poster session at the 21st Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.

*Gecker, W., Collins, M., & Augsberger, A. (2016). Best practices for youth engagement in municipal government. Paper presented at CSWE: Council on Social Work Education. Atlanta, GA.

Collins, M., Augsberger, A., & *Gecker, W.A. (2016). Youth councils and social justice: Practice and potential. Paper session at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development. Seoul, Korea.

Collins, M., Augsberger, A., & *Gecker, W.A. (2016). Youth civic engagement and social inequality: The potential of youth councils. Paper presented at the APPAM: Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management. London, England.

Augsberger, A., (2016). The role of perceived trust in establishing positive relationships between foster care youth and child welfare caseworkers. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Washington, DC.

*Denotes student co-author

Grants

Principal Investigator. (2014-2016). The Social Justice Function of Youth Councils. The Initiative on Cities, Boston University. Funding: $5000.

Principal Investigator. (2010-2013). Youth Participation in Child Welfare Decision Making: A Focused Ethnography. Columbia University, New York, NY

Fahs-Beck Fund, New York Community Trust. Doctoral Dissertation Grant: $5000

New York Foundling Vincent Fontana Center, Doctoral Dissertation Grant: $5000

Co-Investigator. PIs: Spinak, J. & Lens, V. (2008-2013). Adolescent Representation Project. Columbia Law School and Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY. Funded by the Ira DeCamp Foundation.

Professional Activities and Certifications

2017: Consulting Editor, Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.

2015-2016: Research Consultant, Boston Mayor’s Youth Council.

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Adolescent Research.

Peer Reviewer, Youth and Society.

Peer Reviewer, Child & Youth Care Forum.

Peer Reviewer, Children and Youth Services Review.

Peer Reviewer, Child and Family Social Work.

Peer Reviewer, Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance.

Peer Reviewer, Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services
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Member, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Member, Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Awards and Honors

2013 Doctoral Student Commencement Speaker.

2013 New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) Outstanding Student Award.

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