- Presidential Plenary Speaker
- Aaron Rosen Lecturer
- Opening Plenary Speakers .
- Invited Symposium I Moderator and Presenters
- Invited Symposium II Moderator and Presenters
- Invited Symposium III Moderator and Presenters
- Doctoral Student Session Speaker
- “Meet the Scientist” Luncheon Senior Scholars
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Lisa Berkman, PhD, Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, is a social epidemiologist whose work focuses extensively on social influences on health outcomes. She is the Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology and Global Population Health at Harvard School of Public Health. Her research has been oriented towards understanding social inequalities in health related to socioeconomic status, different racial and ethnic groups, and social networks, support and social isolation. She is currently involved in interventions and policy evaluations to test the degree to which labor policies and practices can improve population health and wellbeing. Among current areas, she has identified work/family dynamics as a major health risk for working women. She has been an innovator in linking social experiences with physical and mental health. She has just written the second edition of “Social Epidemiology” (2014) along with co-editors, Kawachi and Glymour which is the leading textbook in social epidemiology. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research.
Friday, January 16, 2015, 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Matthew O. Howard, PhD, is the Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor for Human Services Policy Information and the associate dean for faculty development at the School of Social Work. Howard’s areas of expertise include inhalant substance abuse/disorders, substance use among juvenile offenders, alcohol dependence, psychiatric disorders among inhalant users, psychopathy among adolescent female offenders, and integrating evidence-based practice. Howard previously served as the editor-in-chief of Social Work Research, the flagship journal of the National Association of Social Workers; and is currently editor-in-chief of the North American editor for the British Journal of Social Work, a publication of the British Association of Social Workers. In 2010, he was elected as a member and Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Welfare. A renowned researcher and publisher, Howard was ranked #9 by the British Journal of Social Work in its feature, “Influential Publications in Social Work Discourse: The 100 Most Highly Cited Articles in Disciplinary Journals: 2000-09”. He has also received numerous teaching awards and other professional honors during his career.
Taking Advantage of Increased Longevity: Work and Productive Engagement
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes directs the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes is a Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work, and has appointments at the Boston College Carroll School of Management and the Business School at Middlesex University in London. She directs the Social Work Ph.D. program at Boston College. Focusing on social justice at the workplace, she has devoted her academic career to an examination of factors that affect the employment experiences of vulnerable populations. For the past ten years, she has provided leadership to studies that have explored emergent trends associated with the aging of the workforce. Her work has contributed to the growing body of knowledge about aging in the 21st century and the social, emotional, and economic well-being of contemporary older adults. Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes is currently the co-principal investigator of the field experiment, “The Time and Place Management Study,” a longitudinal study that has documented the outcomes of an intervention offering flexible work options to employees working at a large health care organization. In 2013, she collaborated with a colleague to gather data from social entrepreneurs age 50 and older who were engaged in social change initiatives. Some of her other recent research includes the 2010 “Generations of Talent Study,” an investigation that gathered data from over 11,000 employees working in eleven different countries. Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes was invited to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and participated in the 2010 White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility. She was a recipient of the 2007 Work-Life Legacy Award. Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes has published over 65 scholarly articles and chapters. She received her BA from Tufts University, MSP from Boston College, and PhD from Boston University.
Nancy Morrow-Howell is on the faculty at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and holds the Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professorship. She is also the Director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Washington University. Dr. Morrow-Howell is a national leader in gerontology, widely known for her work on productive and civic engagement of older adults. She is editor of the book Productive Aging, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. With support from private foundations and the National Institute on Aging, she explores strategies to maximize the engagement of older adults in productive roles. She has organized international conferences on productive aging and continues to collaborate with gerontology colleagues in Asia. Dr. Morrow-Howell is a fellow and President-Elect of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). She is past chair of the Social Research, Policy, and Program (SRPP) section of the GSA, past-vice president of the Association for Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGE-SW), and was actively involved with the John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative. She was the recipient of the 2011 Career Achievement Award from the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work, the 2012 Author Holly Compton Faculty Award from Washington University, and the 2013 Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research.
Cross Cultural Perspectives on Longevity
Friday, January 16, 2015, 8:00 am – 9:45 am
(Moderator) Karen D. Lincoln, Ph.D., MSW, M.A. An honors graduate from UC Berkeley where she received a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in African American studies and a graduate from the University of Michigan where she earned a MSW, a M.A. in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology, Dr. Lincoln is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, Director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Social Work Excellence and former Associate Director of the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the University of Southern California. After receiving her MSW, Masters in Sociology and PhD in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan, Dr. Lincoln joined the faculty of the University of Washington, where she continued her research on African American health and mental health, developed and taught courses on social work practice with African American families, and served as Chair of the Mayor’s Council on African American Elders. As Chair, Dr. Lincoln helped to found the African American Elders Program, a social service agency that serves low-income, frail, homebound, African American elders, allowing them to avoid institutionalization and remain in the community. Dr. Lincoln has continued her advocacy efforts in Los Angeles by founding and chairing Advocates for African American Elders, an outreach and engagement partnership of academic, government, nonprofit, and community groups whose mission is to engage African American elders and their families in enhancing their quality of life through advocacy, education and increasing access to community resources. Dr. Lincoln has published 50 articles and book chapters in the areas of stress and mental health disparities. She has received more than $2 million in grant funding to support her research. Dr. Lincoln’s research lies in improving clinical and community-based treatment of African Americans with mental health problems and disorders and chronic health conditions. She also contributes to a blog where she fuses social commentary with her vast knowledge of health and mental health of African American communities; posing questions such as “Is Being Black Bad for Your Health?,” disseminating information about how the Affordable Care Act will impact African Americans, and sharing her inspiration for a “Healthy Black America.” Dr. Lincoln is also owner of Karen D. Lincoln Consulting Services. Her company provides a full range of applied research and evaluation services and cultural competency training to nonprofits, community-based organizations, government agencies and major universities.
(Presenter) William Vega is a provost professor at USC with appointments in social work, preventive medicine, psychiatry, family medicine, psychology and gerontology. He is also the executive director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging and an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the Roybal Institute, Vega was director of the Luskin Center on Innovation and an associate provost at UCLA. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine, Vega has conducted community and clinical research projects on health, mental health and substance abuse throughout the United States and Latin America. His specialty is multi-cultural epidemiologic and services research with adolescents and adults — work that has been funded by multiple public and private sources. He has published more than 190 articles and chapters, in addition to several books. In 2006, the ISI Web of Science listed him in the top half of one percent of the most highly cited researchers worldwide in social science literature over the past 20 years. He is the recipient of many awards including the Community, Culture and Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research, the Award of Excellence in Research by a Senior Scientist from the National Hispanic Science Network, and most recently in 2013, the Rema Lapouse Award from the Mental Health, Epidemiology, and Statistics Sections of the American Public Health Association.
(Presenter) Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work at the University of Washington. Her primary area of scholarship is the promotion of health equity and optimal aging in marginalized populations. Currently, as the Principal Investigator of the National Health, Aging and Sexuality Study: Caring and Aging with Pride over Time (R01), Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is leading the first longitudinal study of LGBT midlife and older adults. She is also addressing the needs of older adults in China and examining cross-generational risk of cardiovascular disease in a Native American community. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is the author of three books and more than 75 publications in leading journals, and has received numerous awards including the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work Career Achievement Award, the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award, and the SSWR Outstanding Research Award. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Hartford Scholar and Mentor, and founder of the GSA Rainbow Research Group and Shanti/Seattle. Locally, nationally, and internationally, Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen provides consultation and training on serving older adults and their families in diverse communities. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley.
(Presenter) Denise Burnette is Professor of Social Work at Columbia University. She holds an MSSW (University of Tennessee), an International Masters in Mental Health Policy and Services (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), a PhD in Social Welfare (University of California, Berkeley) and certification in College and University Administration (Harvard University). Since 2007, she has served as International Scholar with the Open Society to build research and teaching capacity in Social Work faculties in Albania, Mongolia and Moldova. She has also held Senior Fulbright fellowships at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai; 2006-2007) and the Centre for Research on HIV and AIDS (University of Botswana; 2012-2013). Dr. Burnette’s research interests are in mental health and psychosocial well-being of older adults in the context of changing social structures in low-resource settings. Her current studies are on help-seeking for dementia in India, cross-cultural measurement of social isolation in Mongolia, and prevention and help-seeking behavior in the current Botswana HIV/AIDS Impact Survey. Dr. Burnette teaches Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Advanced Clinical Practice in Aging, Research Methods, and Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Problems. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Gerontological Society of America, and the New York Academy of Medicine.
Enhancing the Prospects for Increased Longevity
Friday, January 16, 2015, 2:30 pm – 4:15 pm
(Moderator) Dr. Barbara Berkman is the Helen Rehr / Ruth Fizdale Professor Emerita of Health and Mental Health at Columbia University School of Social Work, and Research Professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She has directed 23 federally and foundation supported research projects focusing on issues in gerontology and oncology, and is currently Principal Investigator of the Hartford Foundation’s Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program. She is a former President of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research. Dr. Berkman has received many awards and honors for her research and policy efforts in health and aging. In recent years, she received the “2002 Career Achievement Award” from the Association for Geriatric Education in Social Work, and in 2004 was given NASW Foundation’s Social Work Pioneer Award. In 2009 she received the Donald P. Kent award from The Gerontological Society of America. Most recently, in 2012, she received the Distinguished Achievement in Cancer Award from the American Cancer Society. In recognition of her major contributions to research and practice, she has been elected a Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America, the New York Academy of Medicine, and The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
(Presenter) J. David Hawkins, Ph.D., is the Endowed Professor of Prevention and Founding Director of the Social Development Research Group, University of Washington School of Social Work. His research focuses on understanding and preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems. He seeks to identify risk and protective factors for health and behavior problems across multiple domains; to understand how these factors interact in the development of healthy behavior and the prevention of problem behaviors. Dr. Hawkins is a current member of both the IOM-NRC Board on Children, Youth, and Families and the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health. He is also a member of the IOM’s Workshop Committee on Standards for Benefit-Cost Analysis of Preventive Interventions for Children, Youth, and Families. He is a current member of the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Advisory Board and a past president of the Society for Prevention Research. He also served as member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Epidemiology, Prevention and Services Research Review Committee, the Office for Substance Abuse Prevention’s National Advisory Committee, the National Institutes of Health’s Study Section for Community Prevention and Control, the Department of Education’s Safe, Disciplined, Drug-Free Schools Expert Panel, and the Washington State Governor’s Substance Abuse Prevention Committee. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.
(Presenter) Dr. Hee Yun Lee is an Associate Professor and Director of Research at University of Minnesota School of Social Work. She earned BA and MA degrees at Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, and a Master and PhD in Social Welfare at University of California, Los Angeles. Her major research areas are cancer health disparity among underserved minority populations. Using information communication technology (ICT), she is developing and testing intervention to promote health behavior change. Her integration of ICT into intervention strategies designed to promote cancer screening behavior is a novel and promising approach. Dr. Lee’s research projects were funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI R21), U.S. Department of Defense, National Institute of Health (CTSI KL2 Award), Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, and the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Korea. She was a recipient of the 2004 Hartford Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and 2007 Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar Award. Dr. Lee currently serves as a National Executive Board Member for the Social Work Oncology Research Group and a grant application reviewer for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)
(Presenter) Dr. Hughes is Professor in the School of Public Health and directs the Center for Research on Health and Aging at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on the design and testing of evidence-based health promotion programs for older adults. She has generated more than $30 million nationally in funding from NIH, CDC, the Veterans Administration and major foundations. Dr. Hughes designed and tested the Fit & Strong! exercise/behavior change program for older adults with osteoarthritis (OA). Her prior work found that disability from arthritis is more pronounced among persons with OA in their.lower extremity joints. Fit & Strong lasts eight weeks but has demonstrated significant improvements in joint stiffness, pain and function; performance measures of lower extremity strength and mobility as well as anxiety and depression out to 18 months. Fit & Strong! is ranked highly by CDC and the Administration on Aging and is currently offered by 60 providers in the U.S. A Hispanic version of the program is available and a new diet/weight management component is being tested. Dr. Hughes is Principal Investigator of the UIC Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation. She has served on many national advisory committees for the Institute of Medicine, NIH, the Administration on Aging, and CDC and was recently named UIC Researcher of the Year.
Life Course Factors Shaping Prospects for Longevity
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 10:00 am – 11:45 am
(Moderator) Professor Ruth Dunkle is the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Wilbur J. Cohen Collegiate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Her research, teaching, and clinical practice focus on gerontology. Recent research projects include “Mothers of Adult Daughters with a Serious Mental Illness: The Experience of African Americans and Whites” and “An Historical Perspective of Social Service Delivery in Detroit in the Twentieth Century.” Since 1988, Professor Dunkle has served as a project co-director of the National Institute on Aging training program, “Social Research Training on Applied Issues of Aging,” with Professor Berit Ingersoll-Dayton. She also serves as co-director of the Geriatric Fellowship Program with Letha Chadiha. Professor Dunkle recently wrote a book on the oldest old, which examines their future time perspectives and their coping strategies in dealing with the changes in their physical and psychological functioning, and which identifies relevant service delivery strategies for improving the quality of their lives.
(Presenter) Assistant Professor Summer Sherburne Hawkins, PhD, joined the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) faculty in 2012. She is a social epidemiologist with an interest in addressing policy-relevant research questions in maternal and child health. Her research examines the impact of policies on health disparities in parents and children, particularly using methodology that integrates epidemiology and economics. Dr. Hawkins has published on the topics of parental smoking, infant feeding practices, and childhood obesity as well as the impact of state- and local-level policies on disparities in these health behaviors and outcomes. Prior to joining GSSW, Dr. Hawkins was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health.
(Presenter) Dr. Jan Greenberg is the Director of School of Social Work at University of Wisconsin-Madison. For two decades, he has been studying how problems in the lives of adult children associated with having a major intellectual or mental illness affects the physical and mental health of aging parents, and the rippling effects on siblings of adults with disabilities. Dr. Greenberg has been the PI or Co-PI on several NIH funded studies examining the long-term toll of caregiving on the health and mental health of families of persons with serious mental illness and persons with developmental disabilities. Several of these studies involve the collection and analysis of biomarker data and investigate the toll of daily and chronic caregiving stressors on the health of parental caregivers. An emerging focus of Dr. Greenberg’s research examines the impact of having a brother on sister with disabilities on the life course of their non-disabled siblings. Dr. Greenberg has been the Director of an NIMH predoctoral training program on families and mental health services, and a faculty mentor for both the Hartford Faculty Scholars Program and the Institute on Aging and Social Work, and served on the Program Committee of the Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program.
(Presenter) Dr. Sandy Magaña, PhD, MSW is a Professor in the Departments of Disability and Human Development and Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar. Dr. Magaña holds a Masters in Social Work from Cal State San Bernardino and received her Ph.D. from the Heller Graduate School of Social Policy at Brandeis University. She completed post doctoral training from the Waisman Center NICHD funded Post Doctoral Program in Developmental Disabilities Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Magaña was on the faculty of the UW-Madison School of Social Work for 12 years before her current position at UIC. Her research focus is on the cultural context of families who care for persons with disabilities and mental illness. Dr. Magaña’s current research includes a study funded by the National Institutes of Health investigating the cultural equivalence of autism assessment among Latino children, a project funded by the Illinois Autism Program to provide parent training to Latino families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and a project funded by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation that pairs occupational therapists with community health workers to promote participation of Latino children with ASD.
“The Future of Social Work Research: Doctoral Students and SSWR”
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Edwina (“Eddie”) Uehara, MSW, PhD, has been Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Washington since 2006. She previously served the School as Associate Dean for Educational Initiatives (1998-2002) and Acting Dean (2001-2002). Dr. Uehara’s scholarly interests center on understanding the interplay of social structure and the cultural construction of health, illness and healing. Her work has been published in a range of journals in social work and related fields and disciplines, including American Journal of Sociology; Journal of Health and Social Behavior; Archives of General Psychiatry; Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; American Journal of Community Psychology; Social Science and Medicine; Social Work; and Gerontology. Recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award (1996), the School of Social Work’s Students’ Award for Classroom Excellence (1994), and the Edith Abbott Award for Scholarly and Career Excellence from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration (2007), Dr. Uehara is the inaugural holder of the Ballmer Endowed Deanship in Social Work, the first position of its kind in a public university. She has taught and mentored scores of master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral students, particularly those specializing in ethnography and narrative analysis, social networks analysis, and minority mental health research.
“Meet the Scientist” Luncheon Senior Scholars
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
James Drisko, LICSW, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Smith College School for Social Work where he has taught practice and research at MSW and PhD levels. He is a SSWR Fellow and was elected to the National Academy of Practice in Social Work. His research and scholarship has addressed evidence-based practice, qualitative research methods, clinical practice processes and outcomes, common factors, Reactive Attachment Disorder and the assessment of competence in social work education. Dr. Drisko has been teacher and mentor to many doctoral students and junior faculty at several institutions. He is widely known for advanced level training on qualitative research methods and computer software to support qualitative research.
Rich Furman, MSW, Ph.D., is Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington, Tacoma. He is affiliated with the Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies program and teaches in the Freshmen Core. Dr. Furman has won national awards, and has published over 130 scholarly articles, books, and book chapters, investigating men at risk and applied masculinities, social work practice with transnational populations, and the use of the arts and humanities in social work practice, research and education. He has applied research, teaching, and practice in Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Cambodia. A qualitative methodologist, Dr. Furman is dedicated to innovations in expressive and creative approaches to research.
Sarah Gehlert, Ph.D., is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work and Professor in the Department of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the Co-Program Leader of the Prevention and Control Program of the Siteman Cancer Center and Co-Principal Investigator of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded U54 Transdisciplinary Center on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) and Director of its Education, Training, and Outreach Core. Her publications focus on social influences on health, especially neighborhood and community influences. Dr. Gehlert is a Fellow of SSWR, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, and the Academy of Transdisciplinary Learning and Advanced Science.
Matthew O. Howard, Ph.D. is currently Frank A. Daniels, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Social Policy and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Howard has published more than 210 peer-reviewed articles and received three grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. His areas of research are in substance abuse, mental illness, and antisocial behavior domains. Dr. Howard has served as Editorin-Chief of Social Work Research, Editor of the Journal of Social Service Research, and North American Editor of the British Journal of Social Work and received the 2014 University of North Carolina Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction.…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Jeffrey M. Jenson, Ph.D., is the Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth at Risk in the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. His research focuses on the application of a public health approach to preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems and on the evaluation of preventive interventions aimed at promoting positive youth development. Dr. Jenson has published seven books and numerous articles and chapters on topics associated with child and adolescent development and prevention science. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and the Society for Social Work and Research. ……………………………………………..…………………………….……………..……………….……………..
Nancy P. Kropf, Ph.D., is a Professor at the School of Social Work and Associate Dean for Research & Strategic Initiatives at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She is a gerontologist who has published over 100 articles and book chapters, and nine books, in the area of older adults who hold caregiving roles in later life. She has studied older parents of adults with disabilities, care providers of older adults with severe mental illness, and grandparents who are raising grandchildren. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a John A. Hartford Geriatric Scholar. ……………………………………………..…………………………………………………………………………..
Craig Winston LeCroy, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Dr. LeCroy is a recognized expert in social work practice with children, youth and families. He is the recipient of numerous grants including: Randomized trial of the Healthy Families home visitation program (Children’s Bureau), interventions for risk reduction and avoidance in youth (National Institute of Health), mental health training grant for improving service delivery to children and adolescents (National Institute of Mental Health), and Youth Plus: Positive Socialization for Youth (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. He is the author of over 100 scholarly articles or book chapters and 11 books. ……………………………………………..…………………………………………………………………………..
Nancy Morrow-Howell, MSW, Ph.D., is on the faculty at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and holds the Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professorship. She is also the Director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Washington University. Dr. Morrow-Howell is a national leader in gerontology, widely known for her work on productive and civic engagement of older adults. With support from private foundations and the National Institute on Aging, she explores strategies to maximize the engagement of older adults in productive roles. She has organized international conferences on productive aging and continues to collaborate with gerontology colleagues in Asia.………………………
Arlene Weisz, Ph.D., is a Professor at the School of Social Work, Wayne State University, in Detroit. Her research focus is on Intimate Partner Violence and teen dating violence and sexual assault prevention programming. She co-authored multiple articles on teen dating violence prevention and help seeking and a book that gathered practice wisdom from teen dating violence and sexual assault prevention practitioners. Her research on adult Intimate Partner Violence has focused on primarily on legal interventions and risk assessment. Dr. Weisz has thoughts on the rewards and challenges of conducting research in an urban community.