Assistant Professor

Dr. Laura Brierton Granruth

Dr. Laura Brierton Granruth

Assistant Professor


Laura.Granruth@millersville.edu
Office: Stayer 311
Phone: 717.871-5956
Fax: 717.871.7941

Office Hours

M: 5:00pm-6:30pm
T: 3:00pm-5:30pm
R: 8:30am-9:30am
Comments: Other times by appointment

Additional Information

Dr. Granruth joined the faculty at Millersville University in August 2013 after teaching in other social work programs in Virginia. Her primary areas of teaching are policy formulation and analysis, policy advocacy, human behavior and the social environment, healthcare, and writing and briefing techniques for undergraduate social work students. She is involved in the local Lancaster community on several research projects, including a project with the District Attorney’s office to study and prevent the financial exploitation of elders.

Dr. Granruth began her professional career as a Personnel Security Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She remained at the CIA in increasing levels of security responsibilities until she resigned in 2000 to begin her social work career. Dr. Granruth earned her PhD in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and completed a dissertation on the impact of state tax code progressivity on health, education, and poverty outcomes for children. Her dissertation was recognized by the Ohio State University’s Department of Social Work’s 22nd National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social Work. Dr. Granruth has published in scholarly journals and presented at national, regional, and local conferences.

Recent Scholarship, Publications and Presentations

Publications

Granruth, L.B. (2015). State taxes matter in the lives of children. In K. Rice & M.V. Felizzi, M.V. (Eds.). Global Youth: Understanding challenges, identifying solutions, offering Hope.  (pp. 91-106).  Cambridge Scholars Publishing. UK.

Granruth, L.B. (2011). Impact of the level of state tax code progressivity on children’s health outcomes. Health & Social Work, 36(3), 207-215.

Presentations    

Granruth, L.B.  Where did Grandma’s (or Grandpa’s) money go?: Understanding and preventing the financial exploitation of elders. Presentation at the National Association of Social Workers Conference, Washington, DC, 2016.

Frank, J., Girvin, H. & Granruth, L.B.  Bridging the gap: Examining the effects of decreasing social distance between socioeconomic groups. Presentations at the International Association of Social Work with Groups Symposium, New York, NY, 2016.

Frank, J., Girvin, H. & Granruth, L.B. Bridging the gap: Examining the effects of decreasing social distance between socioeconomic groups. Presentation at the Third Annual Learning Institute, Millersville University, School of Social Work, Lancaster, PA, 2016.

Granruth, L.B., Bethel, J. Where did Grandma’s (or Grandpa’s) money go?: Understanding and preventing the financial exploitation of elders Presentation at the Third Annual Learning Institute, Millersville University, School of Social Work, Lancaster, PA, 2016.

Granruth, L.B.  Ethical social work: Justifying our practice decisions. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth, and Family Services Annual Conference, Harrisburg, PA, 2016.

Granruth, L.B., & Pashkova-Balkenhol, T. Developing a collaborative teaching model to improve undergraduate social work writing. Presentation at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Dallas, TX, 2016.

Pashkova-Balkenhol, T. & Granruth, L.B. Improving undergraduate student writing through a collaborative teaching model: New roles for teaching faculty and university librarians.  Presentation at the Second Annual Lancaster Learns Conference, Lancaster Learns, Lancaster, PA, 2016.

Granruth, L.B. Did Obamacare reduce health disparities for women and children? Presentation at the Second Annual Learning Institute, Millersville University, Department of Social Work, Lancaster, PA, 2015.

Granruth, L.B.  Do we still need textbooks? Presentation at the Inaugural Lancaster Learns Conference, Lancaster Learns, Lancaster, PA, 2015.

Granruth, L.B.  Guided ethical decisions: Avoiding the ethical traps. Presentation to COBYS Family Services, Leola, PA, 2015.

Granruth, L.B. Applying Joseph’s model of ethical decision making in social work practice: Justifying our practice decisions. Presentation at the CASA of Lancaster Ethics and Advocacy Conference, Millersville University, Lancaster, PA, 2014.

Granruth, L.B.  The Affordable Care Act “Obamacare”: What Do We Know? What Should We Know?  Presentation for staff social workers and nurses at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA, 2014.

Granruth, L.B. (2014). Gender – It’s all in your head. Presentation at the Sexuality and Gender Institute at Millersville University, Lancaster, PA, 2014.

Corso, L., Kamel, S. Rowell, E. & Granruth, L.B.  Social workers on a Bus – Advocacy in Motion. Presentation at Made in Millersville: A celebration of student scholarship and creativity.  Millersville University, Lancaster, PA, 2014.

Granruth, L.B.  The Impact of the Level of State Tax Code Progressivity on Selected Children’s Health and Educational Outcomes. Presentation at the First Annual Learning Institute Millersville University, Department of Social Work, Lancaster, PA, 2014.

Granruth, L.B.  The Affordable Care Act “Obamacare”: What Do We Know? What Should We Know?  Presentation at the Social Work Month Celebration, Millersville University, Department of Social Work, Lancaster, PA, 2014.

Additional Responsibilities Related to the Proposed Program:

Serve on DSW dissertation committee, School of Social Work curricular committees, Chair of Honors Thesis Committee, Lead Organizer within the School for NASW-PA’s annual advocacy Day.

Other Information Relevant to the Proposed Program:

I studied adult learning theory during my doctoral program and have incorporated techniques and practices into my classes.  This same class also gave attention to syllabus design with attention to core competencies and meeting the competencies through course assignments.

I participate actively in training and educational programs through the Center for Academic Excellence at Millersville University to stay current on teaching theory, strategies and techniques.