PhD Student Profiles

PhD students group 2017.

Learn more about our current PhD students and candidates.

Learn more about our current PhD students and candidates:

Megan Bailey

connor walters.

Education

  • MA, Union University
  • BA, Union University

Research Areas

  • refugee and immigrant communities
  • barriers to integration and community inclusion
  • program evaluation

Krisztina Baltimore

Krisztina Baltimore.

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • BA, SUNY Geneseo

Research Areas

  • mental health supports for Middle Eastern refugee and immigrant college students
  • identity development and the refugee and immigrant experience

Erin Bascug

Erin Bascug.

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • MS, University of Delaware
  • BA, Drew University

Research Areas

  • adolescent dating violence and sex trafficking
  • behavioral and sexual health effects of early trauma and revictimization
  • mixed methods

Nicole Capozziello

Nicole Capozziello.

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • BA, Lawrence University

Research Areas

  • effects of the criminal justice system on communities
  • food justice
  • storytelling as a means for social change

Josal (Josie) Diebold

josie diebold.

PhD Candidate

Dissertation topic: Investigating white antiracist organizing -building to scale and developing mutual interest (Chair: Annette Semanchin Jones)

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • BA, Canisius College

Research Areas

  • critical analysis of whiteness and white supremacy
  • antiracist organizing
  • participatory and action research

Hannah Ginn

Hannah Ginn.

Education

  • MSW, University of Wyoming
  • BA, University of Washington

Research Areas

  • sexual subjectivity at diverse intersections of gender, age and disability
  • sexuality policies and practices affecting women labeled with an intellectual disability
  • feminist and disability theories and methods

Seventy F. Hall

Seventy F. Hall.

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • BS, Towson University

Research Areas

  • identity development and empowerment in youth-driven contexts
  • homelessness and child welfare involvement among LGBTQ+ youth
  • participatory action research

Andrew Irish

Andrew Irish.

PhD Candidate

Dissertation topic: The longitudinal relationship of economic inequality to suicide and substance use in the United States (Chair: Elizabeth A. Bowen)

Education

  • MSW, Roberts Wesleyan College
  • BA, Houghton College

Research Areas

  • relationship of economic/status inequality and behavioral health
  • recovery capital and substance misuse
  • policy mapping methodology

Jay Kim

Jay Kim.

Education

  • AM (MSW), University of Chicago
  • BA, Seoul National University

Research Areas

  • community organization and development
  • immigrants and refugees

Charles LaBarre

Charles LaBarre.

Education

  • MSW, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • BS, Binghamton University

Research Areas

  • substance use disorder interventions
  • trauma-informed social work field education
  • health disparities and social determinants of health

Jessica Mencia

jessica mencia.

Education

  • BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Research Areas

  • abortion accessibility in the Southeast United States
  • gender-based violence
  • survivors of color

Chris-De-Vaun Odenkyem-Wade

Chris-De-Vaun Odenkyem-Wade.

Education

  • BS, SUNY College at Brockport

Research Areas

  • HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment barriers
  • minority sexual health
  • Black immigrant, refugee and asylee health
  • social marketing as a tool for behavior change

Honour Odigie

Honour Odigie.

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • BA, SUNY Old Westbury

Research Areas

  • precarious labor experiences of trafficked migrant women
  • discrepancies between the stated goals of trafficking prevention schemes, policies, interventions, and trafficked migrant women's account of their experiences 
  • critical analysis of anti-trafficking discourse, policies and interventions

Temitope Oke

Temitope Oke.

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • BSW, University of the District of Columbia

Research Areas

  • refugees/asylum seekers' welfare 
  • HIV/AIDS and sexual minorities
  • program evaluation

Sarah Richards-Desai

Sarah Richards-Desai.

PhD Candidate

Dissertation topic: An exploration of refugee women's economic wellbeing, social capital, and employment in a resettlement city (Chair: Yunju Nam)

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • BA, Houghton College

Research Areas

  • refugee women's social capital and economic participation
  • applications of transnational feminist perspectives on resettlement policy

Candra Skrzypek

Candra Skrzypek.

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • BA, SUNY Geneseo

Research Areas

  • educational policy and educational justice
  • school-community partnerships
  • first-generation college student families' experiences

Beth Tripi

beth tripi.

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • BSW, Buffalo State College

Research Areas

  • child, adolescent and young adult mental health
  • mental health service delivery systems

Connor Walters

connor walters.

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • BA, Canisius College

Research Areas

  • mental health stigma within systems of care
  • feminist and disability studies
  • borderline personality disorder

Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams.

Education

  • BA, SUNY Buffalo State College

Research Areas

  • community organizing for urban neighborhoods
  • relationships between trauma and human services as it relates to Black women
  • gentrification and forced displacement of Black individuals and families

Qi Zhou

qi zhou.

Education

  • MSW, Peking University
  • BA, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics

Research Areas

  • nonprofit organizational collaboration/ interrelationship
  • program evaluation