Fall 2019

November 12, 2019
DSW Student and alumni Professional Notes

Below are some of the many presentations, publications and other professional notes shared by our DSW community this fall: (Note, we will continue to add to this list as the semester progresses!)


Beth Young, DSW class of 2021, worked in collaboration with her department head to submit for a HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) grant focused on Opioid Workforce Expansion (OWEP) in May 2019. In August, she learned that their OWEP application was fully funded at 1.3 million dollars. She will operate as the project coordinator for the entirety of the grant.


Dawn Brubaker '19 DSW, along with Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan, Morgan Neibich-Gianni, and Dr. Naranjo, contributed to two chapters of a book that was released earlier this year. The chapters are titled, "Refugee Resettlement and Asylum Process Overview" and "Integrating Trauma-Informed Care in Providing Servicing for Refugees and Asylum." The textbook is titled the Handbook of Refugee Experience: Trauma, Resilience, and Recovery, edited by Jeffery Kottler, Sophai Banu, and Suni Jani.


In October, ZaDonna Slay, DSW class of 2021, presented a poster related to her banded dissertation, "An examination of the psychological health among Black female faculty." She presented at the Women in Educational Leadership Symposium, Boone, NC.

Susan Schmidt, '17 DSW, presented "Trauma inflicting or trauma informed? Comparing current US policies towards migrant children, and towards children who have experienced maltreatment," at the International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Rome, Italy. She also had a book chapter publication:
Schmidt, S. (2019). Welcoming the stranger: The ethics of policy and practice with migrant and refugee populations [Book chapter]. In S. Marson & R. McKinney (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values. London: Routledge.


DSW alumni were well-represented at the 2019 North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) 69th annual convention in Indianapolis, IN, November 7 - 10, 2019. Workshop presentations by our DSW community include:

  • Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein17 DSW; Lisa Doot Abinoja, MA, LCSW, Cross-Curricular Collaboration in Social Work Classes
  • Rebecca Coleman ’17 DSW, MSW, LCSW; David Sherwood, PhD, MSW, Empowering People, Healing Communities: Working Toward Renewal and Restoration
    Rebecca Coleman ’17 DSW, MSW, LCSW, Catholic Social Teaching: Empowering Women Through Community & Partnerships
  • Shannon Cassidy Cousineau ’18 DSW, LICSW, The Balancing Act: Caring for an Elderly Relative and Keeping the Faith
  • Katrinna Matthews ’19 DSW, MSSW, LAPSW; Ginny Schwindt, MSSW, LCSW, Using Interprofessional Practicums to Address Social Justice With Students
  • C. Jean Roberson ’19 DSW; Rachel Hagues, PhD; Rachel Copeland, Teaching Students to Incorporate Faith and Spirituality in Practice
  • Kathleen (Katie) Terry ’19 DSW, Neurodiversity and Social Work Practice with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Kingsley Chigbu, PhD, assistant professor, University of St. Thomas DSW program, The Research Domain Criteria: Implications for Violence Prevention Research

We had record-breaking participation by our DSW students and alumni at the CSWE-APM conference in Denver in October of this year. Check out our DSW community's presentations and involvement in CSWE councils, commissions and as track chairs: APM event news HERE»