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Children/Youth Issues


Lisa Badanes

Department: Psychology

Title: Associate Professor

Expertise: Depression/anxiety, Stress, Child development, Risk and resilience

Badanes, Lisa

Jennifer Bolton

Department: Nutrition

Title: Professor

Expertise: School nutrition, infant or childhood feeding, prenatal nutrition, breastfeeding, initiating solids, healthy foods for children, childhood obesity, trans fat

Bolton, Jennifer

Annie Butler

Department: Human Services

Title: Chair and Professor, Director of the Center for High Risk Youth Studies

Expertise: Ethics, LGBTQ issues, High-risk adolescents and youth, Gang issues, Gang culture, Gang indoctrination, Transition from gang life, Addictions and recovery, Drugs and school districts, Underage drinking, Addictions (Substance abuse and behavioral addictions such as gambling and sex), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (a trauma therapy), Grief, Domestic violence, Dating violence, Multicultural

Butler, Annie

Jennifer Capps

Department: Criminal Justice and Criminology

Title: Interim Dean - School of Professional Studies

Expertise: Juvenile justice, Mental health, Gangs

Larry Curry

Department: Social Work

Title: Retired Faculty

Expertise: Child and family preservation, Addictive behaviors, Child welfare

Bethany Fleck Dillen

Department: Psychology

Title: Associate Professor

Expertise: Education, Memory, College teaching, Child development, Early childhood education, Developmental psychology, College teaching pedagogy

Fleck, Bethany

Lisa Kindleberger Hagan

Department: Psychology

Title: Professor

Expertise: Child cognitive development, Infant attachment and temperament, Child emotional development, Use of psychological testing in child education, Child development of gender roles, Use of psychological theory to guide child education, Women's studies

Hagan, Lisa

Tricia Hudson-Matthew

Department: Human Services

Title: Associate Professor and Director, Center for Addiction Studies

Expertise: Mental health, domestic violence, self-esteem, addiction and substance abuse, motivational interviewing techniques and grief and loss, couples counseling

Hudson, Tricia

Katrina Little

Department: Nursing

Title: Lecturer

Expertise: Maternal-newborn health care, Community health nursing, Nursing faculty education

Little, Katrina

Lunden MacDonald

Department: Modern Language

Title: Director of Learning Communities and First Year Success

Expertise: Spanish language, Literature, Teaching, Contemporary trends in foreign language study, Translation, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood), Investigative trends in SIDS and SUDC research

Andrew Mrkvicka

Department: Social Work

Title: Affiliate Faculty

Expertise: Child welfare, Abuse and neglect, Interfamilial sex abuse, Secondary trauma, Compassion fatigue

Mrkvicka, Andrew

Nhu Nguyen

Department: Teacher Education

Title: Professor

Expertise: Physical Fitness

Marina Pereira

Department: Social Work

Title: Associate Dean - College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Expertise: Acculturation and assimilation changes in the U.S., Mental health issues of children, adolescents and families, Child abuse, Sexual abuse, Domestic violence, Loss and grief issues, Immigration, First-generation students, Service learning, Bilingual, Bicultural

Christina Peters Huber

Department: Economics

Title: Professor

Expertise: Economics of the family, Maternal and child health, Intra-household bargaining

Aaron Richmond

Department: Psychology

Title: Professor

Expertise: Educational psychology, Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Teaching higher education, Memory, Mnemonics, Learning styles, Memory aids and memory development, Online education, Motivation, Science education, Adolescent education, At-risk youth education

Jessica Ritter

Department: Social Work

Title: Professor

Expertise: Child welfare, Child abuse and neglect, Children’s rights, Political activism

Ritter, Jessica

Marc Rodriguez

Department: School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Family Literacy

Title: Parents as Teachers Coordinator, Parenting Coordinator

Expertise: K-12 Education, Parenting skills, Sheltered (ESL) Instruction, Educational Administration (Principal)

Rodriguez, Marc

Susie Ryder

Department: Social Work

Title: Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Field Education

Expertise: Therapy with children, adolescents, couples and families, Supervision, Parenting, Solution focused brief therapy, School social work, Substance abuse, Suicide prevention

Ryder, Susie

Darlene Sampson

Department: Social Work

Title: Clinical Field Faculty and Equity Specialist Coordinator, WEEAC

Expertise: Trauma, Issues related to children of color, Police and community interactions, Educational challenges, pedagogy and curriculum, Over suspension of children of color, School/community consultation-particularly with black/brown communities, Racial bullying, Diversity/equity/inclusivity, Mental Health, General social work

Sampson, Darlene

Dorothy Shapland

Department: Teacher Education

Title: Assistant Professor

Expertise: Early Childhood Teacher Education, Early Childhood STEM/STEAM & Social Emotional Learning

Shapland, Dorothy

Eileen Starr

Department: Social Work

Title: Assistant Professor

Expertise: Clinical work with children, youth and families, Conflicted communities (sectarian violence in Northern Ireland)

Starr, Eileen

Shawn Worthy

Department: Human Services

Title: Professor

Expertise: Gender differences in extreme sports, Psychology and performance of high-risk/extreme sports athletes, Sports training and fear, Youth adventure therapy, Crisis intervention, Family dynamics, Family systems, High-risk youth, Teen suicide, Parenting, Workplace stress, Job-family balance

Worthy, Shawn

Jenn Zukowski-Boughn

Department: Theatre

Title: Affiliate Professor

Expertise: Children's literature, Fantasy and science fiction, Folklore (fairy tales, mythology), Theatre and performance of literature, Harry Potter

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