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:

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

  • 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

Thomas P. Chacko

thomas chacko

PhD Candidate

Dissertation topic: Posttrauma adaptations and resilience among Vietnam combat veterans (Chair: Kate Kost)

Education

  • MA, University at Buffalo
  • MSW, Nagpur University (India) 
  • BA, Mysore University (India)

Research Areas

  • trauma among older veterans
  • resilience, PTSD and posttraumatic growth
  • personality and mood disorders

Nathaniel Deka

Nathaniel Deka

Education

  • MSW, Wayne State University
  • BA, Michigan State University

Research Areas

  • neighborhood effects on justice involved youth
  • geospatial analysis
  • community responses to the school to prison pipeline

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

Ainslie Evans

Ainslie Evans

Education

  • BA, University at Buffalo

Research Areas

  • trauma-informed educational practices
  • mental health ramifications of the mind-body connection
  • youth adversity and resilience

Nurit Fischer-Shemer

Nurit Fischer

PhD Candidate

Dissertation topic: Multigenerational experiences, adaptation, and grief among aging Holocaust survivors’ offspring (Chair: Deborah P. Waldrop)

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • MEd, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)
  • BSPharm, Hebrew University at Jerusalem (Israel)

Research Areas

  • multigenerational trauma
  • severe trauma among older adults
  • grieving processes of individuals and communities

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

Kathleen A. Knaak

kathleen knaak

PhD Candidate

Dissertation topic: The Impact of Inclusive, Family-Focused Preschool Education on Kindergarten Readiness for Children with Disabilities (Chair: Thomas Nochajski)

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • BA, SUNY Fredonia

Research Areas

  • impact of person-centered planning on the quality of life and social inclusion of adults and children with disabilities

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

Shasta Savage

Shasta Savage

Education

  • MSW, University at Buffalo
  • BA, Ithaca College

Research Areas

  • trauma-informed mindfulness and self-compassion
  • youth development
  • resilience

Carol F. Scott

Carol Scott

PhD Candidate

Dissertation topic: Youth Social Media Use: Engagement, Frequency, and Consequences for Risk and Well-being (Co-chairs: Thomas Nochajski & Laina Bay-Cheng)

Education

  • MSW, University of Windsor (Canada)
  • BA, McMaster University (Canada)
  • Diploma, Fleming College (Canada)

Research Areas

  • youth social media use and relation to well-being
  • social networks and peer relationships
  • alcohol and substance use

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

Connor Walters

connor walters

Education

  • BA, Canisius College

Research Areas

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

Asli Cennet Yalim

Asli Cennet Yalim

PhD Candidate

Dissertation topic: Mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of displaced Syrians: An exploratory mixed-methods study (Chair: Isok Kim)

Education

  • MSW, Florida State University
  • MA, Istanbul University (Turkey)
  • BA, Istanbul University (Turkey)

Research Areas

  • refugee mental health and psychosocial well-being
  • forced migration in the Middle East
  • resilience and empowerment
  • community-based participatory research