Eric Agyeman  is a first-generation college student from Ghana, West Africa. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management from the Methodist University College of Ghana and a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in policy and administrative practice from the University of Washington. Prior to his MSW, he founded a non-profit, Cheerful Hearts Foundation to end child trafficking in the West African fishing industry. Eric’s childhood experiences as a former child laborer led to his passion and commitment in addressing child labor and trafficking issues in Ghana, West Africa and global. Since 2008, Eric collaborated with the department of social welfare Ghana, international human rights organizations, trained community-based anti-trafficking advocacy groups, and organized child rights education that led to the rescue to over 750 victims of trafficking in Ghana. His master’s thesis used interrupted time series analyses to assess the impact of a program to reduce child trafficking he developed and implemented in a fishing community in Ghana. Aside from presenting his community-based trafficking research at various international conferences and universities across the United States, his work has been published by local and international media including the Guardian, El Pais, BBC, and Al Jazeera. He is currently a reviewer for the human trafficking journal of the United States. His research interests are to develop effective community-based child trafficking prevention interventions and to use his research to influence social policies in Ghana and Global. His goal is to return to Ghana and work with the Department of Social Welfare and teach at the University of Ghana’s Social Work department.  E-mail:

Bianca Altamirano completed her BA and MSW at Arizona State University. During both programs she worked as a research assistant on a project concerning adolescent romantic relationships, particularly Mexican American teen dating violence. She also has experience in research pertaining to the resiliency of youth living in poverty and Latino family well-being. After completion of her MSW, she was a research assistant at the Behavioral Health Disparities Curriculum Infusion Project for the National Association of Deans & Directors of Schools of Social Work. During the past several years Bianca has worked with families and adolescents involved in the behavioral health system and with Child Protective Services she has experience working with family literacy. Her primary research interests are in working with racial and ethnic minorities in areas related to trauma exposure throughout adolescence and how to support youth through culturally grounded interventions. She is also interested in learning how to effectively promote and support educational attainment, perhaps through the implementation of community-based programs to address stressors (e.g., community violence, familial stress, poverty, etc.) that can impede academic success.  E-mail:

Asia Bishop earned a BA in Sociology from Western Washington University and an MSW in Policy Practice from the University of Washington. She has 10 years of experience collaborating on multidisciplinary teams to develop and evaluate research-based tools and programs to improve youth systems and outcomes. Much of this work has focused on the juvenile legal system. Her roles have included mezzo-level practice integrated with research, including fostering community and agency partnerships alongside contributing to every stage of the research process. Her research focuses broadly on marginalized youth and the inequities they experience, with specific attention to the intersection of identity, environment, and health. She is particularly interested in how marginalized identities and environmental and systemic factors inform health decision-making and the type and accessibility of services available to youth. Through her research, she aims to ensure policy and program solutions to address inequities are socially just, relevant and responsive to youth’s lived experiences. E-mail:

Youngjun Choi earned his BA in social welfare at Kangnam University, the first South Korean university to provide training in the field of social work. After graduating, he served as an officer in the Korean Army where he finished his military service as a 1st lieutenant with honor by the Commanding General. Youngjun then completed his MSW at Columbia University.  Since completing his MSW, he has worked on various projects for the Social Service division of the Korean government's social policy institutes. From 2011-2013,  he worked at the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA) and took part in research projects dealing with family policy, social surveys at the national level, population, child support policy, single mothers, multi-cultural family support and  work/family care-giving reconciliation strategies.  In 2013-2014, Youngjun worked at the National Institute of Dementia in Korea (NID) and initiated policy projects to enhance the quality of life for dementia patients and their families such as developing a national level for the early detection of dementia and care strategies.  He was also instrumental in implementing Korea's National Dementia Helpline.  Youngjun's primary research interests are the reconciliation of work/family care-giving focusing on the older-adult population. He is also broadly interested in poverty and health issues of older-adults.  Email:

Kelsey Conrick  received a BA in Cell Biology from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and an MPH from the University of Washington Department of Health Services. She has worked at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) for three years. For her first project, she used qualitative methods to interview homeless patients who were part of an intensive case management program aimed at intervening on the frequent use of Emergency Department services. Later, she coordinated a national effort to set the agenda for and work towards eliminating disparities in injury entitled, “Injury-related Health Equity across the Lifespan.” Currently, Kelsey coordinates the Return to Learn after concussion program, which assists school nurses in facilitating students’ return to the classroom after concussion. She has also coordinated the writing for several equity-focused grants and co-directs HIPRC’s INSIGHT summer internship program for high school students. Employing her background in relational organizing, Kelsey enjoys working with communities to recognize strengths and address needs, rather than assuming needs and acting on their behalf. She firmly believes that discerning the needs of communities while engaging as partners with them increases the likelihood of success in every step of the research process, from recruitment of participants to translation of research into practice and policy. Kelsey’s current research interests include using community-engaged research methods to ameliorate disparities in the incidence of, treatment for, and outcomes after injury and violence. E-mail:

Anna Constantino-Pettit completed a BA from Washington University in St. Louis (’12) and subsequently a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University (’14). Anna focused her graduate coursework on clinical approaches to reducing emotional and behavioral dysregulation, with an emphasis on intergenerational effects of traumatic stress. She also completed the certificate with the WU Center for Violence and Injury Prevention, which afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with Washington University researchers in both the Schools of Medicine and Social Work. Following her graduate studies, Anna assumed the role of clinical research coordinator for the Washington University Perinatal Behavioral Health Service (PBHS), which provides education, screening, and intervention for mothers with perinatal mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  In her ongoing work with PBHS, Anna provides both therapy and case management services for women with infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, has written several successful grant applications to secure financial support for the program, has advocated for universal trauma-informed screening within the hospital system, and has collaborated on scholarly papers and academic presentations of the program’s innovations and impact. She was awarded an inaugural fellowship in advanced practice of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) by the STL Center for Family Development, and works intensively with adolescents in the transition to adulthood who can benefit from this evidence-based intervention. She hopes to dedicate her research career to advancing trauma-informed clinical interventions for mothers during the perinatal period in order to interrupt intergenerational cycles of traumatic stress and promote healthy attachment and infant development.  Email:

Henry Joel Crumé earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Oregon (2009).  After earning his BA, Joel taught English abroad in both South Korea and Mexico (2010-12). Joel earned his MSW from California State University, Fullerton (2014). As a MSW candidate at Cal State Fullerton, Joel participated in the California Social Work Education Center (CALSWEC) Title IV-E Stipend program specializing in public child welfare. After the completion of his MSW, Joel has been working with transitional-age youth as a public child welfare social worker in Richmond, California. Joel is interested in working with high-risk youth and researching interventions that promote reform in juvenile justice policy and practice. Email:                                        

Adam Davis  earned a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSW with a clinical focus at the University of Kentucky. Prior to pursuing a career in social work, Adam worked in a variety of settings including agriculture, insurance, and cooperative housing. During his MSW, Adam became passionate about research and was able to assist with secondary analysis of mixed-methods data on professionals who worked with victims of sex trafficking of minors in Kentucky. He has since been practicing clinical social work in a state psychiatric hospital that primarily serves involuntary patients with severe mental illness. Adam's clinical pursuits have been largely focused on working with individuals with cluster b personality disorders and traits. Adam has worked in clinical and leadership roles in the hospital and is currently working to improve continuity of care between the hospital and community mental health agencies across 50 counties. This experience in working with individuals facing significant marginalization as well as the ethical challenges inherent in working within a social welfare system with many gaps motivated the desire to pursue an academic career. Adam's research interests primarily involve strengthening the philosophical basis of the social work profession. More specifically, he is interested in exploring empirical methods to improve ethical practice as well as identifying ways to improve service delivery for individuals with personality disorders and traits.  Email:

Jessica De Larwelle is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar who earned a BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh in 2012. Throughout her education, she has worked with children and adolescents as a caretaker, a mentor, and a positive role model. Jessica earned her MSW concentrated in mental health from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2014. While there she worked on a SAMSHA funded study which evaluated outcomes of adults who were homeless and have a dual diagnosis of mental health and substance use. Jessica’s research interest prompted her to study abroad in Bristol, England to compare U.S. policies to those used in the United Kingdom for youth aging out of foster care and their likelihood of securing stable housing. In addition to her practical experience, she has worked closely with professors on seven research projects which led to publication in two academic journals. After earning her MSW, Jessica began working as an inpatient clinical social worker with children and adolescents struggling with mental illness. Her personal experience of aging out of foster care has inspired her research interests to explore risk and protective factors that contribute to youth successfully transitioning to adulthood. Specifically she would like to evaluate interventions for youth involved in the child welfare and / or juvenile justice system and their likelihood to pursuing higher education, securing employment, receiving adequate mental health treatment, and maintaining stable housing as they age out of care. Email:

Hazal Erçin graduated from the department of Sociology at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey; Hazal Ercin has conducted and participated in several field studies and research.  After her graduation, she had a chance to be a project assistant in a field study during which she could practice qualitative and quantitative research techniques.  Then for a year, Hazal Ercin worked in a special vocational high school that provides scholarships to students in need of economic assistance. Meanwhile, she became a graduate student at Social Policy Program at METU.  Her graduate term papers revolved around three main issues: Family, Elderly and Welfare. Also, she has attended to international conferences both as presenter and audience. Hazal has finished her master thesis about women with breast cancer and their caregivers based on a deep literature review and semi-structured in-depth interviews. She discussed experiences, needs and expectations of women with breast cancer and caregivers and tried to recommend evidence based health and social policies. Now she gained the scholarship program provided by the Ministry of National Education of Turkey which will cover her expenses during her PhD education.  Her interests are Social Policy, Health Policy, Gender, Aging, Palliative Care, Family Policies, and Disparities in Health Care.  E-mail:

Taurmini Fentress earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon. While completing this degree, Taurmini worked in the anthropology department on projects relating to food insecurity, poverty, culture, policy, and food choice in district elementary and middle schools. This research was dedicated to deepening the understanding of the relationships between food choice, food education, and school district policy and the impact this has on the health and wellbeing of children. After leaving the University of Oregon, she continued this work with a comparison study in Oviedo, Spain. Taurmini then came to the University of Washington where she completed her MSW and MPA while also working towards a graduate level certificate in Global Public Health specializing in women, adolescents, and children. She has been employed at the West Coast Poverty Center for the last three years where she has had the opportunity to continue working to bridge the gaps between research, policy, and practice. Taurmini’s long-term research interests are in stress and its effects on the body and mind across generations; she hopes to use stress as a through line linking individual experiences to culture and societal structures while exploring how interventions can be made at the population level. She is committed to transdisciplinary, multi-level, and impact-oriented work. E-mail:

Vern Harner received their MSW from Arizona State University, focusing on community and systems-level practice. Vern's experience includes leading a program aimed at reducing binge drinking in Phoenix's LGBTQ community, facilitating peer support groups through Ingersoll Gender Center in Seattle, organizing trans/queer student groups, and more. Vern is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Welfare at the University of Washington. Drawing on their experience advocating for trans and queer issues, Vern's current work focuses on intergenerational knowledge and support in transgender communities. Vern believes that by learning how trans communities have supported one another, social workers can be better poised to create programs leveraging these strengths. Additionally, they are a research associate on the current Trans Bodies, Trans Selves research team and host T-Time (trans open office hours) throughout the academic year.  E-mail:

Erin Harrop received her BS from the University of Washington in 2010, where she earned a Mary Gates Research Fellowship for her independent neuropsychology project on dopaminergic facilitation of learning and memory. She went on to receive her MSW from the University of Washington, after completing her Leadership and Education in Adolescent Health Fellowship in 2014. Erin’s focus on health risk behaviors has led her to serve as a research assistant at several research groups, including the Addictive Behaviors Research Center, the Center for Sexual Health and Risky Behaviors, and the Social Development Research Group. Her research interests concern the intersection of mental health and physical health, specifically in the areas of eating disorders, substance abuse, and weight-stigma. She sees weight-based discrimination as a critical, and often ignored, social justice issue, and her research agenda seeks to address this limitation by focusing on the systemic factors of weight-stigma which impact the recovery of eating disorder patients. She employs a critical feminist theory and anti-oppression lens to her work, as well as an explicit Health at Every Size approach to the promotion of health behaviors. Her research is informed by her clinical experience as medical social worker at Seattle Children’s Hospital where she has worked for the past four years. She is presently preparing for her qualifying paper which examines the experiences of higher-weight individuals with restrictive eating disorders.  E-mail:

Matt Ignacio is an enrolled tribal member of the Tohono O’odham Nation. For the past two decades, he has worked in the HIV/AIDS arena as a direct service provider, national trainer, and capacity-building assistance program manager. Having worked primarily with American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian (Native) communities, his work has largely focused on advocating for Native health issues related to HIV/HCV prevention, sexual health, substance use and misuse, drug user health and justice, and HIV clinical trials.  His academic career includes an MSSW from Columbia University, a BA in Sociology from University of California in Santa Barbara, and two years of undergraduate studies at the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Matt is interested in increasing healthcare access and utilization, as well as increasing culturally respectful programs and services for Native communities and other under-served and marginalized populations.  E-mail:

Ian Johnson received a B.A. in Sociology/Gender Studies from Ithaca College and an M.S.W. with a specialization in Gerontology from CUNY Hunter. He began working with older adults as a nurse's aide in an assisted living facility while in college and developed a research interest in the intersections of gender and aging. In the past seven years, he has worked as a clinical social worker in community-based organizations aimed at addressing the mental health needs of older adults across New York City. Currently, he supervises home-based mental health, peer services, case management, and nursing for older adults with severe mental illness living in the supportive housing system. His current research interests include marginalization and stigma within senior communities, LGBTQ older adults, and the development of mental health and substance use interventions for aging populations.  E-mail:

Jessica Lapham received a BA from the University of Southern California and an MSW from the University of Denver. Over the last 10 years, she has worked for a handful of community based organizations in a variety of roles including program management, advocacy and outreach, grant writing, fundraising campaigns, design and implementation of program evaluations, and consulting services. Jessica has primarily worked with at-risk youth in the Juvenile Justice System, veterans and the disability community. Her work has largely focused on providing alternative health and wellness services including horticulture, wilderness and yoga therapy programs as well as adaptive sports programs. Currently, she serves as an adjunct instructor and field liaison at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Jessica’s personal, professional and academic experiences have led to her research interests to examine the social mechanisms that impact health outcomes and to address why some populations are healthier than others.  E-mail: 

Hung-Peng Lin  is a M.O.E Fellow of Taiwan who received his MSW from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 2012. He is a seasoned clinical social worker and freelance forensic interviewer with more than seven years of post-MSW experience working with children, older adults as well as families, who have a history of trauma. Upon completing his graduate studies, he immersed himself in the field of child protection. He has since worked as a child protective services worker for three years and moved on to a position in program manager in charge of relational permanency program for aging-out youth and parent education program. As a CPS investigator, he proposed a Life Trajectory Mapping Model that would help us find missing children. He also strived to introduce and to localize a family engagement model, Family Group Conferencing (FGC) of New Zealand, in tackling out-of-home placement and many other critical decisions facing Taiwanese CPS workers. This practice model changed the landscape of decision-making as well as out-of-home care in Taiwan. Other than his practice experience, he was engaged in several impactful research projects, one of which is to address the problematic sexualized behavior and unregistered mounting foster care-to-prison pipeline among foster care youth in residential care. His wealth of experience in child welfare informs his research interest. Specifically, his research interest evolves around adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and development outcomes, disclosure of child maltreatment, early trauma and adolescent sexual health, institutional child sexual abuse, prevention/implementation science, intervention research, and program evaluation. His ultimate goal is to advocate prevention of child maltreatment, as well as accessible and trauma-informed interventions impacting families at-risk.  Email:

Emily Loerzel is a White Earth Anishinaabekwe who received her BA in Sociology at Elmhurst College and her MSW at Aurora University. Prior to receiving her MSW, she worked as a case manager in the fields of chronic mental health management, homelessness, and domestic violence. She moved her focus to working within the Chicago American Indian community as a community organizer and a clinical mental health intern at Indian Health Services. In 2016, she co-wrote and developed a Dept. Of Justice grant called Project Beacon, a pilot grant oriented towards building up direct services and outreach for urban Native American survivors of human trafficking. This allowed her to educate community members and professionals on human trafficking as well as work alongside legal professionals and law enforcement in the city of Chicago. Her current research interests are developing community based interventions against human trafficking of Indigenous people, wellness of Indigenous women and adolescents, and violence against Indigenous communities.  E-mail: 

Moo-Hyun Kim received his BA in Social Welfare from the University of Seoul and his MSW at    Washington University in St. Louis. Throughout his BA and MSW, Moo-Hyun was involved in several research projects as a research assistant or practicum student responsible for background study, data collection, data analysis, or program evaluation. As an MSW student who specialized in research, he conducted an independent study examining community-level protective and risk factors for child maltreatment incidence. Currently, Moo-Hyun’s main research interests are neighborhood-level child maltreatment prevention and the measurement of child neglect and emotional abuse. He is also interested in applying GIS (Geographical Information System) to community-level child maltreatment research. At UW, he hopes to expand his understanding about family violence prevention and contribute to developing effective violence prevention strategies.  E-mail:

Angie Malorni received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Ohio State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington. She has been a youth worker for over 8 years and worked with the City of Seattle to design and facilitate Youth Participatory Program Evaluation for city-wide teen programs. She currently works for an after-school and OST intermediary organization, School's Out Washington, managing over 75 school-age and youth serving organizations through continuous program improvement processes. As part of that process, she facilitates peer-learning communities to improve capacity and support collaboration in the youth development field. She translates theory into practice by designing curriculum, training materials and workshops on service-learning, active-participatory approaches, social and emotional learning, racial and social justice, youth voice and positive youth development across King and Pierce counties. She is interested in utilizing mixed methods, CBPR and PAR to explore the ways SEL can support critical consciousness development in youth and young adults. She is also interested in contributing to the ongoing work of increasing equity, cultural responsiveness and justice into social science research methods and application. E-mail:

Kristin McCowan received a BS in Psychology and a BA in English from Stephens College. She earned her MSW at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Kristin has spent several years working with various vulnerable groups including persons with substance use disorders, persons with mental health disorders and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Her research interests include studying poverty and antipoverty policy because poverty is often cited as a root cause of other social problems. Kristin is especially interested in how poverty impacts the health and mental health status of minority populations.  E-mail:

Araceli Orozco-Hershey received her BA in Hispanic American Language and Literature at Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and completed her MSW at the University of Washington. She has worked in the field of social work over 10 years in the capacities of clinician, clinical and field supervisor, program developer, educator and researcher.  Her private practice specializes in immigrant mental health and crisis intervention.  Her teaching experience includes teaching graduate classes at Boston College where she customized the Human Behavior and Social Environment course to make it culturally and contextually congruent with the immigrant Latino population. In her current position of clinical supervisor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, at Harvard Medical School, she launched the Latino MSW internship program and established the Post Master Community Engagement Fellowship for Latino social workers.  Araceli is interested in studying complex trauma in immigrant population, developing interventions to treat anxiety disorders in Latino immigrants and joining in efforts to create policies which improve healthcare access for immigrant populations.  E-mail:

Andrea G. Perez Portillo (she/her/hers)  is a queer immigrant from El Salvador raised in Richmond, Ca. She completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology and Psychology from Wellesley College. She obtained her MSW from the University of Denver with a concentration in Children and Youth. While completing her graduate studies, Andrea was a research assistant in multiple research projects working directly with youth experiencing homelessness. Through this experience, Andrea was able to utilize media, art, and participant empowerment to promote self-advocacy and expression. Upon completion of her graduate degree, she worked in community mental health as a wraparound clinician and therapist. As a bilingual mental health clinician she worked with underserved communities of color in order to advocate and support in their navigation of the child welfare system, judicial proceedings, and advocate for access to culturally responsible services. Andrea’s personal, professional, and academic experiences drive her interest in research that center resilience and empowerment within immigrant communities.  Email:

Jessica Ramirez is a first-generation Xicana/Chicana college student from Oxnard, California. She completed her undergraduate studies in public health at California State University, Northridge and received a dual Master’s Degree in public health and social work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has worked with Children, Youth and Families of Color in various settings—including community centers, public housing communities, and schools. Because of her education, clinical experiences, and personal observations, she is passionate about and committed to social justice. More specifically, her interests revolve around working with underrepresented and underserved communities who are affected by incarceration, substance abuse, and violence. Her goal is to return to her community or communities alike to help shed light on and address the many social injustices that affect the well-being/health of underrepresented and underserved Communities of Color.  E-mail:

Ashley Rousson earned a BA in Secondary Education from DePaul University in Chicago (‘07). She earned her MSW from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (’13), where she studied interpersonal practice and mental health, and first became interested in the issue of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).  She has since worked for Wellspring Family Services in Seattle in several direct service capacities in their counseling, Employee Assistance, and Domestic Violence Intervention programs.  Ashley developed her research skills throughout her MSW and beyond serving as a research assistant for several professors, completing a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), and co-authoring a note from practice that was published in Violence Against Women, in 2015. Ashley’s research interests center around violence and victimization. In particular, she is interested in IPV perpetration, and women’s use of force/violence, especially “victim-defendants”. She is interested in examining the direct service prevention and intervention approaches we utilize to address IPV and these populations, including criminal justice responses.  E-mail:

Claire Willey Sthapit received her BA in Anthropology from the College of Wooster, OH, and an MSSW with Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville, KY. Through her work as a couples therapist in Washington, D.C. and Kathmandu, Nepal, Claire perceived a need for more comprehensive and tailored strategies to support persons affected by domestic violence. From 2010 to 2013, she worked with a non-governmental organization in Pokhara, Nepal that does community based work around issues of human rights and the psychosocial well-being of marginalized women, children, and their families. There she facilitated two rounds of a course in psychosocial counseling and provided clinical supervision to counselors and social mobilizers. Inspired by this organization's multilayered participatory approach to violence prevention and intervention, Claire is interested in strategies to engage communities for addressing domestic violence and other issues of concern to them. Since the earthquake struck Nepal in spring 2015, she has become increasingly interested in the role of community participation for disaster reconstruction, as well as reducing the risk of interpersonal violence and trauma post-disaster.  E-mail:

Jessica Saniguq Ullrich has a BA from Gonzaga University and MSW from University of Alaska Anchorage. Jessica’s research interests include Alaska Native kinship care, Indian child welfare policy implementation, and primary prevention intervention development that centers on Alaska Native cultural values and practices. Jessica worked in child welfare for 11 years in positions ranging from visitation supervisor, permanency worker, in-home services case manager, ICWA Specialist, and supervisor of the first Alaska Native Family Services unit in Anchorage, Alaska. Jessica is committed to moving forward racial equity and social justice dialogues in the classroom, in research, and through political advocacy.  E-mail:

Thomas Walton earned a BA degree in Sociology, with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, from the University of Texas at Austin.  Afterwards, he began his social work career as a case manager and HIV testing coordinator for street-dependent adolescents.  A couple years later, he relocated to Seattle and became involved in human-subjects research at the University of Washington, collecting data for the Social Development Research Group at schools throughout the US and conducting in-home assessments with older adults with dementia and their caregivers for the School of Nursing.  In 2008, Tom entered the University of Washington’s MSW program where he focused on policy with internships at OPEIU 8 (a union organizing social workers) and King County Mental Health.  For the past five years, he has served as the Project Director for the Warrior Check-Up Study -- a randomized controlled trial of a substance use intervention for active-duty Army personnel -- at the Innovative Programs Research Group.  During that time, he has worked closely with many soldiers in crisis who sought help from the study because they perceived it to be their only means to confidential support.  In his research career, he hopes to explore some of the concerns commonly raised by these soldiers: “moral injury” as it relates to PTSD symptomatology, suicidal ideation and community reintegration; as well as, the intersections of sexual orientation, masculinity, violence and stigma.  Additionally, Tom is interested in the implementation of evidence-based practices, policy, and the economics of social work and behavioral public health.  E-mail:

Yuanjin Zhou earned a Bachelor of Law degree in Social Work from the Xiamen University in China (2012). During her undergraduate study, she travelled around China, participating in several social work programs in different cities/rural areas. Her practice experience includes working with migrant workers and their family, community-dwelling elderly, survivors of the fateful Wenchuan earthquake, and youth volunteers. Then, Yuanjin is committed to promoting positive social change in China through conducting rigorous research to inform practice and policy-making procedures. After entering the master program of sociology (with a minor in social work research), Yuanjin has been working with a practice research team in Xiamen University, which its primary research interests focus on developing community- and home-based services for the elderly. Hired by Xiahui Social Service Agency for the Elderly as a practice researcher, Yuanjin was involved a variety of research projects, including those related to interprofessional collaboration, intergenerational education, health promotion, community-based stroke care and community-based dementia care. With these preliminary explorations, Yuanjin is focusing her research on how to integrate social and health care services for the elderly, especially those with chronic diseases (for example, dementia), in different countries. She is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between research and practice, and developing innovative research methodologies to integrate research procedures into real practice settings.  E-mail: