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PhD Faculty and Research Areas

Faculty Name

Faculty Contact Information

Substantive Areas of Interest

 Data Sets Available

 Variables, Frameworks, Research Questions of Interest 

Troy Andersen 
Associate Professor/Lecturer

 (801) 587-9648
 Alzheimer’s disease, progressive neurologic disease, aging, health, rural health care.    
Amanda Barusch 
(801) 581-7585
 Human Behavior, Aging, Policy Research, Grant Writing.

Current research projects include:

  • A series of studies examining the methods and foundations of social work research
  • A book-length project that examines aging well from a critical theory perspective
  • A narrative study of two "alternative" identities for older women: crone and cougar
Rob Butters, PhD
Assistant Professor
(801) 585-3246
Forensic Social Work, Sexual Abuse, Meta-Analysis, Community-Based Research, Technology in Social Work.    

Jason Castillo, PhD

 (801) 585-9592 Poverty; Child and family welfare policy; Social Welfare Policy and Community Organizations; Fathering and other involvement issues.    

David Derezotes, PhD, LCSW

 (801) 585-3546

Ecobiosychosocial-spiritual Well Being, Implications of Emerging Science and Technology, Mental Health Practice, Dialogue in Local and Global Community, Inclusion and diversity trainings, Peace and conflict studies.

Caren Frost, PhD  (801) 581-5287

Maternal and child health; Social/behavior aspects of breast cancer;
Qualitative research methods; Ethics in international research;
Refugee women’s health.


Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW

(801) 581-3826
Mindfulness-based interventions; Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement; Clinical Research and Treatment of Addiction, Chronic Pain, Affective Disorders, PTSD; Integrative Medicine and Behavioral Medicine; Translational Research using Cognitive Neuroscience Methods; Resilience; Positive Psychology. 1) Data from NIDA-funded grant on Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement as a treatment for prescription opioid misuse among chronic pain patients;
2) Data from a SAMHSA-funded trial of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement as a treatment for comorbid psychiatric and substance use disorders.
Pain; opioid misuse; addictive behavior;  psychiatric diagnosis; psychophysiological variables (heart rate variability, facial EMG, GSR, EEG); attentional bias to pain and drug cues; dispositional mindfulness; emotion regulation; coping.
Christina Gringeri, PhD 801-581-4846

Social networks, violence, and low income women; Social capital and human development; International service learning; Feminist research strategies; Qualitative and critical methodologies; Women creating social change in patriarchal structures; Bridging macro and diversity curriculum in field practicum.

Various narrative data collections; data sets of published social work articles to examine quality indicators as well as diversity features. Theories of feminist organizing, social movements theories; diversity and critical theories related to social work education; using critical consciousness frameworks to analyze social work publications.
Emma R. Gross, PhD (emeritus)

Community development theory; Institutions and the distribution of power in communities; Organization development theory; Policy studies: Agenda setting through evaluation; Human development theory in relation to poverty environments and impacts (ACES).


Factors influencing social development processes and outcomes—How and why societies make the decisions they do about public welfare.
Application of policy knowledge and political process to the development and implementation.

Charles Hoy-Elis, PhD  (801) 585-6881 SW 311

LGBTQ mental health; Empowerment practice with sexual and gender minorities; Gerontological SW practice; Embodiment of stress and social determinants of health; Gender, sex, sexuality and identity.

Rosemarie Hunter, PhD
(801) 972-3620 

Community practice; Global social work; Campus-community partnerships;  Issues of immigration, resettlement, and integration. Social Work Education with communities living at the margins.

Qualitative Data with the Case Management Certificate Program. Qualitative data on Global Social Work. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) and Participatory Action Research (PAR).
Jeremiah Jaggers, PhD (801) 581-7644 
Familial influence on juvenile delinquency; Dual-status (a.k.a. multi-system, dually-involved) youth; factors contributing to delinquent behavior in abused and neglected youth; Mental health services to prevent justice system involvement among maltreated youth.
  1. Pathways to Desistence
  1. National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN)
  1. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health)
  1. Numerous restricted access data sets from the Indiana Department of Child Services and the Marion County, Indiana Juvenile Court  
  1. Child abuse and neglect
  2. Psychological trauma and mental illness
  3. Serious delinuency
  4. Mental health interventions for maltreated youth
  5. Integration of social control and differential association theories
  6. Neurocognitive theory
Hank Liese, PhD(emeritus)

Service-learning; Civic engagement; Community-based research; Social justice.

Brad Lundahl, PhD, LCSW (801) 581-4570 

Motivational Interviewing; Evidence based practice through metaanalytic research; Child welfare; Counseling.

Some in DWS; some systematic reviews. Does MI work in systems such as DCFS, DWS? What are best practices of DCFS caseworkers?
Phillip Osteen, PhD (801) 581-6192 
Health and Behavioral promotion, Suicide prevention; Impact of physical and mental health on quality of life and job performance.    
Patrick Panos, PhD (801) 671-5226 

International social work; Participatory agency outcome evaluation; Research methods; Distance learning for community development in isolated communities.

Kort Prince, PhD (801) 587-9947 

Criminal justice; Research design; Longitudinal/multilevel modeling; Structural equation modeling.

Numerous datasets are available across criminal justice, homelessness, and mental health domains (as they relate to criminal justice programs); these datasets are available upon agency-specific and IRB project-specific approval. Most datasets are processed for project-specific research questions; raw datasets require training from agency partners in addition to their approval. UCJC conducts research across a wide range of criminal justice topics and programs as well as in domains that intersect with criminal justice (e.g., homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, etc.). A full list of research topics/projects can be found here.
Joanna Bettmann Shaefer, PhD
Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
(801) 587-7600 

Attachment; Treatment outcomes; Wilderness therapy; Residential treatment.

Wilderness therapy treatment outcomes (both adolescent and adult), adolescent refugee Adult Attachment Interviews, adolescent psychological evaluations, veteran mental health following therapeutic adventure.

Responses to therapeutic adventure programming, mental health changes following wilderness therapy intervention.
Martell Teasley, PhD
Profressor, Dean
(801) 581-6194 

African American adolescent development; Diversity in cultural competence; Black studies; School social work practice.

  What social and cultural factors promote successful educational outcomes for African American children and youth?
Aster Tecle, PhD  (801) 587-8473 
Discourse & cultural identities; forced migration & globalization; refugees & immigrants; Indigenous knowledge & research; CBPR; PAR.   Constructivist, discursive, interpretive.
Mary Beth Vogel-Ferguson, PhD (801) 581-3071 

Social welfare policy and welfare reform; Poverty issues; University-public social service agency research partnerships; Program evaluation; Trauma and Resiliency.

  Characteristics of public benefit recipients in Utah; experiences of public benefit users related to the agency providing benefits; Questions of interest: impact of adverse childhood experiences on adult functioning relative to work, relationships, etc.; providing community services from a trauma informed approach. 
Joanne Yaffe, PhD  (801) 581-4829  Evidence-informed practice and policy; Systematic reviews and meta-analysis; Intervention research; Practitioner/researcher collaboration; Scholarly communication. Retrieved studies related to eyewitness identification.

Accuracy of eyewitness identification and influence of estimator and systems variables on that accuracy; relationship between confidence and accuracy.

Quality of systematic reviews in social work and other disciplines.

Jaehee Yi, PhD (801) 585-7030 

Cancer survivorship; Posttraumatic stress and growth; Grief and loss; Emerging adulthood; Crosscultural research; Photo Storytelling Intervention.




Last Updated: 4/20/19