Mandel School faculty, PhD students present at the Society for Social Work Research conference

Many Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences faculty and PhD students participated in the Society for Social Work Research’s (SSWR) 20th Annual Conference Washington, D.C., earlier this month. Several students and alumni also gave presentations at the conference.

Claudia Coulton, Distinguished University Professor and the Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change, also participated on the Grand Challenges for Social Work.


  • Coulton: “Harnessing technology for social good: A grand challenge for social work.”
  • David Crampton, associate professor of social work; Francisca Richter, research assistant professor; and Coulton: “Integrated data system analysis for the design of a pay-for-success intervention in foster care.”
  • Coulton: “Meeting the grand challenge of big data in child welfare program and policy research.”    

Accepted Poster Presentations:

  • David Biegel, the Henry L. Zucker Professor of Social Work Practice: “Social support and recovery: The mediating role of mattering.”
  • Michael Gearhart, PhD student; Dan Flannery, the Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Professor; Mark Singer, the Leonard W. Mayo Professor in Family and Child Welfare; Jeff Kretschmar, research assistant professor; and Fredrick Butcher, research associate: “ADHD, comorbidities, and trauma symptoms: Predictors of functioning in juvenile justice involved youth.”
  • Jill Kobulsky, PhD student; and David Hussey, associate professor in the Mandel School: “Demographic patterns of early use and initiation of substances among youth in the child welfare system.”
  • Crampton and Susan Yoon, PhD student: “Increasing adherence to team decision-making through improved family participation.”
  • Yoon: “Heterogeneity in developmental trajectories of internalizing behavior problems among children who have experienced early childhood maltreatment.”