Renee A. Hepperlen, AM, PhD, LICSW portrait

Renee A. Hepperlen, AM, PhD, LICSW

Assistant Professor
Degree
BA, Gustavus Adolphus College
AM, University of Chicago
PhD, University of Minnesota
Office
114 Summit Classroom Building - UST
Phone
(651) 962-5802
Mail
SCB #201
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
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My research to date has comprised three interest areas: quality of life, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychometric measurement theory. In addition, I am interested in maternal and child health concerns and disability policy.


Expertise / Research Interests

  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Psychometric measurement theory
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Maternal and child health
  • Disability policy
  • Multidisciplinary practice training

Selected Publications & Presentations

Hepperlen, R. (2014, October). Implications of prenatal genetic screening: A parent perspective. Paper presented at the Midwest LEND Symposium. University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Bogenschutz, M., Hewitt, A., Nord, D. & Hepperlen, R. (2014). Direct support workforce supporting individuals with IDD: Current wages, benefits, and stability. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 52(2), 317 - 329

Hepperlen, R. & Nord, D. (2013, November). The evolution of Olmstead: Advancement through litigation and state planning. Paper presented at Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C.

Hepperlen, R. (2012, May). Direct support staff wages, benefits, turnover and vacancy: A preliminary look. Paper presented at the School of Social Work Research Symposium. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota.


See curriculum vitae for full listing of publications, presentations, practice experience, and professional engagement

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GRSW 502C - 01 Theory/Prac of Soc Wk II M - - - - - - 1640 - 1905 MNH 109

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M - - - - - -

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1640 - 1905

Location:

MNH 109

Course Registration Number:

20114 (View in ClassFinder)

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Instructor:

Renee A. Hepperlen

This course is a continuation of GRSW 501 and is also taken concurrently with a field placement which serves as a practice lab for theory and skills learned in the classroom. This course focuses on several practice applications: group theory and process (both task and treatment groups), agency change, and understanding the dynamics of unintended discrimination and oppression. As with the first course, student self-awareness and self-assessment are critical to developing a solid foundation for authentic practice.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GRSW 681C - 03 Social Wk Pract Research - - W - - - - 1640 - 1905 MNH 109

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- - W - - - -

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1640 - 1905

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MNH 109

Course Registration Number:

20129 (View in ClassFinder)

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Instructor:

Renee A. Hepperlen

This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the student to be an evaluator of social work practice as well as to be an active participant in adding to the knowledge base of social work. Students will propose, carry out, and present research findings for both a quantitative and qualitative research project. Both research projects include writing a literature review, designing and implementing research methods including human subjects review, collecting and analyzing data, and synthesizing and writing research findings. An emphasis is placed on research writing skills, single system design, and practice and program evaluation. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GRSW 682 - 08 Applied Research Seminar - - - R - - - 1920 - 2145 SCB 325

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- - - R - - -

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1920 - 2145

Location:

SCB 325

Course Registration Number:

20390 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Renee A. Hepperlen

Candidates for the MSW degree must satisfactorily conduct a clinical research project, present the findings, and complete a final written and bound report. The purpose of the clinical research project is to provide the student with an opportunity to independently conceptualize a research problem, formulate a research design, implement the research, analyze the data, address ethical and cultural considerations, and disseminate the findings. The project is a logical extension of required research courses (GRSW 580 and GRSW 681) and requires application, integration, and further development of previously acquired skills and knowledge. The research must be relevant to clinical social work practice. The project must demonstrate an original and clear contribution to the body of social work knowledge in the student's selected area of focus. It should demonstrate the student's ability to integrate social work theory with research findings.

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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GRSW 500 - 20 History /Phil of Social Work See Details * *

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See Details

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Course Registration Number:

30276 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Renee A. Hepperlen

This course provides a foundation for the graduate social work and includes some texts that will be used across the curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the history, legacies, philosophy and values of social welfare and social work. This course provides students the opportunity to explore the historical development of the ethics, purposes, and sanctions characteristic of professional social work practice.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SCB 3240930-130009 Jun '18
SCB 3240930-130014 Jul '18
SCB 3240930-130011 Aug '18

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
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