DSW Graduates

2022

Christina Helfrick Dr. Christina Helfrick
Champions for Teens Pilot Intervention: Increasing the Social Capital of Homeless Youth


Dissertation Chair: Dr. Karen Rice
Dissertation Committee Members: Drs. Ann Guadino & Jennifer Frank

Solomon Hill Dr. Solomon Hill
What are Students' Perceptions of Online Social Work Education, Specifically MSW Programs?

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Karen Rice
Dissertation Committee Members: Drs. Leonora Foels & Steve Stoeffler

Erica Maloney Dr. Erica Maloney
It's Complicated: Exploring Labor Union Attitudes, Experiences, and Perceptions Among Social Workers

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jennifer Frank
Dissertation Committee Members: Drs. Laura Brierton Granruth & Pamela Twiss

bridgette montgomery

Dr. Bridgette Montgomery

Digital Immigrants Raising Digital Natives Perception of Social Media's Influence on Youth's Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Development

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Karen Rice                                                                                                  Dissertation Committee Members: Drs. Andrew Bland, Bertha Saldana DeJesus, and Mary Glazier

janice nuss Dr. Janice Nuss
The Impact of Global Learning on Social Work Student Values

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Karen Rice
Dissertation Committee Members: Drs. Wanja Ogongi & Jason Petula

Carrie Snyder Dr. Carrie Snyder 
#Say the Word: Is Disability Included in Diversity Training for Social Work Educators?

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Laura Brierton Granruth
Dissertation Committee Members: Drs. Karen Rice & Thomas Neuville

Abigail WilsonDr. Abigail Wilson
Social Workers and Child Welfare: Perceptions and Factors of Career Trajectory after Graduation

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Heather Girvin
Dissertation Committee Members: Drs. Karen Rice & Jennifer Frank

Shin Yun

Dr. Shin Yun
Social Work Awareness of Hospice Referral Barriers in the Veterans Health Administration

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Curtis Proctor
Dissertation Committee Members: Drs. Joyous Bethel and Samuel Benbow

2021

paula udeDr. Paula Ugochukwu Ude
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Among African Diaspora Living in the United States: Knowledge & Help-Seeking Behaviors

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Wanja Ogongi
Dissertation Committee Members: Drs. Juliana Svistova & Barth Yeboah

gina daniel Dr. Gina Daniel
Family Secrets: Exploring Unexpected Paternity Through Direct-to-Consumer DNA Ancestry Tests

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Laura Brierton Granruth
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Karen Rice & Dr. Juliana Svistova

amanda musser Dr. Amanda Musser
Social Work Leadership and the Needs of Pediatric Cancer Patients in Schools: Providing Education and Support to Teachers and Administration on the Front Line

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Heather Girvin
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Karen Rice & Dr. Laura Granruth

2020

sylvia Dr. Sylvia Bekele
Professional Identity Development in Graduate Level Social Work Students: An Efficacy Test of the Social Work Identity Workshop

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Karen Rice
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Wanja Ogongi & Dr. Barth Yeboah 

heidi kimmelDr. Heidi Kimmel
Utilizing Trauma-informed Supervision to Address Compassion

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Marc Felizzi
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Heather Girvin & Dr. Karen Rice

kevinDr. Kevin Lally
The Relationship Between Disability, Psychological Distress, and Opioid Use

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Alex Redcay
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Marc Felizzi & Dr. Sharon Lyter

bradley schafferDr. Bradley Schaffer
A Qualitative Study of Rural Veterans Treatment Court: Participant Lived Experiences and Perspectives


Dissertation Chair: Dr. Karen Rice
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Heather Girvin & Dr. Edward Hanna

dee stalneckerDr. Dee Stalnecker
Revisiting the Visiting Teacher: A Historical Analysis of School Social Work Identity

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Leonora Foels
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Lesley Colabucci (Early, Middle, & Exceptional Education) & Dr. Jennifer Frank & Dr. Karen Rice

2019

dsw gradDr. Micah Beaston
Perceptions Of The Impact Of Community School Model On Well-Being And Resilience Of Students: A Case Study Utilizing Photo Elicitation

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Karen Rice
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Heather Girvin & Dr. Tiffany Wright (Educational Foundations)

dsw gradDr. Amy L. Freeman
Complex Organizational Trauma: Development Of A Measurement Tool

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Alex Redcay
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. John Conahan (Kutztown University) & Dr. Marc Felizzi

dsw gradDr. Allison Gosch
Teacher And Administrator Perspectives Of School Climate In A Rural School District

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Marc Felizzi
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Laura B. Granruth & Dr. Wanja Ogongi

hendrix Dr. Tammy Hendrix
When Change Comes: Mixed Methods Exploration Of The Perceived Effect Of Permanency Roundtables On The Decision Making Ecology Of Pennsylvania Child Welfare Caseworkers

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Heather Girvin
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Karen Rice & Dr. Jennifer Frank

micskyDr. Tami J. Micsky
The Community Of Inquiry Framework And Distance Education In Social Work

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Leonora Foels
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Joyous Bethel & Dr. Curtis Proctor

Dr. Alexandria Patrick
Participant's Perceptions Of An Urban After-School Employment Program: A Phenomenological Qualitative Study

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Marc Felizzi
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Heather Girvin & Dr. Julian Svistova (Kutztown University)

Dr. Amy Roth
Adventure-Based Experiential Learning Components Essential For Teaching Social Skills: A Systematic Review

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Leonora Foels
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Karen Rice & Dr. Joyous Bethel

2018

Dr. Bertha DeJesus
Does Experiential Training Received By Field Instructors Affect The Supervision Students Received In Field Settings?

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Karen Rice
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Jennifer Frank & Dr. Kathleen Walsh

Dr. Ling Dinse
Barriers To Exiting And Factors Contributing To The Cycle Of Enter/Exit/Re-entering Commercial Sex Work

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Karen Rice
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Marc Felizzi and Dr. Wanja Ogongi

EthanhaymovitzDr. Ethan L. Haymovitz
Minority Stress, Gender Nonconformity, And Disparities In Young Men's Mental Health

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Curtis Proctor
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Karen Rice & Dr. Heather Girvin

PiaDr. Pia K. Houseal-Allport
Making Meaning Of Place: Facilitating Ecological Place-Based Experiences With Youth

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Heather Girvin
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Marc Felizzi & Dr. Juliana Svistova (Kutztown University)

Dr. Meredith E. Moore
Vantage Points: Variables Which Influence Female Ascent To Veterans Administration Leadership

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Heather Girvin
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Marc Felizzi & Dr. Laura Granruth

Dr. Karen E. Polite
An Exploration Of Culture As An Agent Of African American Male Persistence At A Community College

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Karen Rice
Dissertation Committee Members: Dr. Leonora Foels & Dr. Kimberly Mahaffy (Sociology/Anthropology)