Friday, June 9, 2017

There will be six new faces (some familiar) in the hallway starting this fall: three tenure-track assistant professors, one acting assistant professor and two full-time lecturers. Here is a brief look at their backgrounds. Please give them a warm welcome when they join the School community this September. The new assistant professors are:

Angelique Day received her PhD in interdisciplinary health science from Western Michigan University and an MSW from Michigan State University.  Much of her research and training focuses on foster care youth, including examining the differences in college retention rates between foster care youth and other low-income first-generation college students, and examining Youth Voice and its impact on child welfare, education and health policy reform.

Charles H. Lea is a doctoral candidate in social welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. His primary research areas focus on juvenile justice, education, re-entry, race and racial equity, with a particular interest in the influences on crime involvement and desistance among boys and young men of color, particularly African Americans.

Jane J. Lee is a 2017 PhD candidate at New York University Silver School of Social Work and a pre-doctoral research scientist at the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. She received a Master’s of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. Her research interests include health disparities, the intersection of migration and sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Ryan Petros is a 2017 PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. His research focuses on recovery for adults with serious mental illness, self-management strategies, community integration and homelessness. He is particularly interested in mixed methods research and has been working on projects using multimedia strategies, such as autovideography, to collect data.

The new lecturers are:

Danae Dotolo has an MSW from Arizona State University, an MA in bioethics from the University of Washington and will receive her PhD from the UW School of Social Work in June. Her research and teaching integrate her training in social work and bioethics with her 15 years of policy and administrative social work practice.

Justin Lerner earned an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and an MPA from New York University. He is a PhD candidate at New York University Silver School of Social Work. He has taught classes in social welfare policy as well as diversity, racism, oppression and privilege.  His research interests concentrate on health care use among transgender people.