Doctoral research

Selected student presentations

Casey, R.C., & Compton, K.S. (2017, October). Freire and the Grand Challenges: Problem-posing and praxis in social work classrooms. Interactive workshop at the Council on Social Work Education 63rd Annual Program Meeting; Dallas, TX.

Casey, R.C., & Bentley, K.J. (2016, June). Incarcerated women’s experiences and beliefs about psychotropic medication: An empirical study. Paper presentations at the National Organization of Forensic Social Work Annual Conference; New Orleans, LA.

Compton, K.S. & Cody, A.M. (2017, May). Mapping the Possibilities. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Cummings, C.R., & Bentley, K.J. (2017, January). Wellness: Participatory, personalized, and connected. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work Research 21st Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. (National)

Cummings, C.R., Chartier, K.G., Martinez, P., Karriker-Jaffe, K., Greenfield, T.K., & Burnette, J.D. (2016, September).  A commitment to more inclusive genetics research on alcoholism: Developing strategies to increase recruitment of diverse groups. Poster  presentation at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Research Participant Recruitment & Retention Conference: What is Working Across the Nation? Baltimore, MD. (National)

George, C. & Robinson, J. (April 2016). Empowering Clerks of the Court to Provide Effective Accommodations to People with Disabilities. Poster presented at the VCU Graduate Student Association Research Symposium and the VCU School of Social Work Research Symposium, Richmond, VA.

Murray, M., Khoury, D., & Farmer, E.M.Z. (2016, January) Improving Implementation and Dissemination in Treatment Foster Care. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work Research, Washington, D.C.

Maternick, A., Stim, H.T., McDonald, S. E., Williams, J. H., & Ascione, F. R. (2016, July). Understanding the impact of animal maltreatment exposure on children in households experiencing intimate partner violence: A mixed methods approach. Poster session presentation at the international family violence and childhood victimization conference, Portsmouth, NH.

Collins, E., Maternick, A., McDonald, S.E., Nicotera, N., Williams, J. H., & Ascione, F. (January, 2016). Women's experiences of companion animal maltreatment in the context of intimate partner violence: A qualitative study with implications for safety planning and intervention. Poster presentation for the 20th Annual Program Meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research, Washington DC.

Prorock-Ernest, A. (May 2016). Wading through the murky waters: A doctoral student’s reflection on research engagement in Indian Country. Oral presentation at the Twelfth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (Urbana-Champaign: IL).

Rosenberg, R. (April 2017). Strengthening social networks of youth aging out of foster care. Poster presentation at the VCU School of Social Work Annual Research Symposium, Richmond, VA

Rosenberg, R. & Kim, Y. (January 2017). Aging out of foster care: Homelessness, post-secondary education, and employment. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Ward, C.J., & Gupta, L.A., (April, 2017) Development of the PhD Student as a Distance Education Educator. Round table presented at the Social Work Distance Education conference, San Antonio, TX.

Charles, J, K.L., Perkins, N.H., Ward, C.J., Abell, M.L., & Secret, M., (March 2017) Preparing BSWs for MSW research success: Comparing advanced standing and traditional students. Paper presented at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.  

Recently completed dissertations

Cummings, Cory  (Aug 2017) The Anatomy of CBPR: A Case Study of CBPR Implementation for Health Promotion with the Peer Community. Committee Members: Dr. Kia J. Bentley, Chair; Drs. Liz Cramer, Sarah Kye Price, Rebecca S. Etz (VCU Dept. of Family Medicine and Population Health)

Jettner, Jennifer  (May 2017) Community Gardens: Exploring race, racial diversity and social capital in urban food deserts. Committee Members: Dr. Mary C. Secret, Chair; Drs. Patrick V. Dattalo, Elizabeth Farmer, Meghan Gough (VCU Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs)

Prorock-Ernest, Amy  (May 2017) Walking in beauty: Responsive and responsible health and healing among Virginia American Indian people. Committee Members: Dr. M. Alex Wagaman, Chair; Drs. Mary Katherine O’Connor, Sarah Kye Price, Maghboeba Mosavel (VCU Dept. of Health Behavior and Policy)

Ross, Avina  (Dec 2016) Black Feminist Discourse Analysis of Portrayals of Gender Violence Against Black Women: A Social Work Dissertation. Committee Members: Dr. Elizabeth P. Cramer, Chair; Drs. Shelby E. McDonald, Nicole L. Lee, Kellie E. Carlyle (VCU Dept. of Health Behavior and Policy), Rowena L. Briones (Affiliate Graduate Faculty)

Masri, D. Neal (Aug 2016) A Correlational Analysis of Secondary Data for Factors Influencing Graduation from Adult Drug Court. Committee Members: Dr. Patrick Dattalo, Chair; Drs. Sanford Schwartz, David Fauri and James C. May (Richmond Behavioral Health Authority).

Newmark, Ananda (Aug 2016) Student Engagement in Undergraduate Social Work Education among “at-risk” students. Committee Members: Dr. Mary C. Secret, Chair; Drs. Elizabeth M.Z. Farmer, Timothy L. Davey, Laura J. Moriarty (Affiliate Graduate Faculty)

Dixon, Mark A. (Aug 2016) Deployment Resilience among U.S. Airmen: A Secondary Analysis of Risk and Protective Factors using the 2013 Community Assessment Survey. Committee Members: Dr. Joseph F. Walsh, Chair; Drs. Patrick V. Dattalo, Karen G. Chartier, Scott R. Vrana (VCU Department of Psychology)