Thursday, November 5, 2020

We recently welcomed four outstanding new faculty members to our community, each bringing new levels of expertise to the classroom or research setting. Here is a brief look at their backgrounds. We hope you will welcome them warmly to the School.

Lecturer Arden M. Hellmann joined the Office of Field Education. She began her career in Seattle, partnering with communities, schools and families to help children and youth thrive in schools. She went on to manage a family support center and then provided grant administration and program oversite for several private and public organizations. She provides organizational and program development support for the HealthyGen Center. Arden received her MSW from the UW and a BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.    

Research Assistant Professor David Huhcurrently director of the methods division at the School’s Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, joined the faculty in August. A quantitative and clinical psychologist, David focuses his research on ways to increase the accessibility of statistical approaches to more powerfully and accurately assess behavioral health interventions and test theoretical models of health and health disparities. He received a BS in psychology from the University of Oregon and an MS and PhD, both in clinical psychology, from the UW. He completed his residency at the UW School of Medicine and was a postdoctoral fellow at the UW’s Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors. Read a Q&A with David and find out why he thinks research can make a real difference.

Lecturer Caroline James is passionate about serving the underprivileged, immigrant and domestic violence community. At the School, she’ll be teaching and facilitating student field education placements. After working first as an immigration officer and then in library services in Singapore, Caroline changed careers, receiving a bachelor of arts and sciences degree in social work and communication and then a master's degree in social work in 2003, both from the UW. For the past 17 years, she has held positions at the Interim Community Development Association, most recently serving as director of housing services.  

Assistant Professor Meghan Romanelli studies the multisystemic factors that lead to mental health disparities among LGBTQ communities, with an emphasis on service access and treatment engagement. A licensed clinical social worker, she was a pre- and postdoctoral research fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University, where she earned her PhD in 2019. She holds a master’s of science in social work degree from Columbia University and a BA in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross. Read a Q&A with Meghan and find out what attracted her to the School of Social Work.