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

  • BA, Lawrence University

Research Areas

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

Nathaniel Deka

Nathaniel Deka.

Education

  • MSW, Wayne State University
  • BA, Michigan State University
  • neighborhood effects on justice involved youth
  • geospatial analysis
  • community responses to the school to prison pipeline

Research Areas

Josal (Josie) Diebold

josie diebold.

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

  • 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.

Education

  • MSW, Roberts Wesleyan College
  • BA, Houghton College

Research Areas

  • policy determinants of economic inequality
  • effects of economic inequality on population welfare
  • large database analysis and policy mapping

Mary Keovisai

Mary Keovisai.

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Areas

  • Southeast Asian refugee families
  • war and gender-based violence
  • community 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

Berg Miller

Berg Miller.

PhD Candidate

Dissertation topic: An exploratory, mixed methods study of the microaggressions experienced by women of color employed in the human services (Chair: Hilary Weaver)

Education

  • MSW, Loyola University Chicago
  • MA, Loyola University Chicago
  • BA, Hollins University

Research Areas

  • workplace microaggressions between social service employees
  • applications of feminist intersectionality theory to research methods
  • intersectional experiences of discrimination for women of color

Honour Odigie

Honour Odigie.

Education

  • BA, SUNY Old Westbury

Research Areas

  • gendered economic disparities
  • economic interventions for female survivors of human trafficking 
  • program evaluation, policy analysis

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

Qi Zhou

qi zhou.

Education

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

Research Areas

  • nonprofit organizational collaboration/ interrelationship
  • program evaluation