Research Affiliates

Jodi Berger Cardoso, Ph.D., LCSW
Jodi is a professor at the University of Houston. Her research interests include: rarly childhood health and developmental outcomes in Latino children; Health disparities; Latino children involved in the child welfare system.

Alan Dettlaff, Ph.D., MSW
Dr. Dettlaff is an Assistant Professor in the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests focus on understanding and addressing racial disparities in the child welfare system, with an emphasis on improving outcomes for African American children and children of Latino immigrants.

Cynthia Franklin, Ph.D.
Dr. Franklin holds the Stiernberg / Spencer Family Professorship in Mental Health at the School of Social Work where she coordinates the clinical concentration for the Masters in Social Work Program. Her professional interests include school social work, adolescent pregnancy prevention, family therapy, clinical practice, and clinical assessment.

Kristy Gillispie, MSW
Kristy is a doctoral student at the School of Social Work with an interest in Children of Incarcerated Parent(s).

Teresa Granillo, Ph.D
Dr. Granillo is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. Her areas of interest include Latina/Latino mental health, eating disorders, and mental health service utilization.

Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., ACSW
Dr. Holleran Steiker is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the School of Social Work. Her professional interests include substance abuse prevention, culturally grounded social work practice, adult and adolescent substance abuse and recovery, and social work with groups.

Barbara Jones, Ph.D.
Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Grief, Loss, and Family Survival in the School of Social Work, where she also holds a courtesy appointment with the Center for Women and Gender Studies. Her professional interests include pediatric palliative and end of life care, grief and loss, childhood cancer survivors, hope and resiliency, spirituality and international social work.

Carol Lewis, Ph.D.
Dr. Lewis is the Associate Director of the Center for Social Work Research at the School of Social Work. Her research interests include adolescent pregnancy prevention; intensive case management for adolescent parents; reproductive health; research design; program evaluation

Elissa Madden, Ph.D.
Dr. Madden is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work.  As a former Child Protective Services caseworker, Dr. Madden’s research interests focus on child welfare issues, particularly permanency outcomes for foster youth.

Pam Malone, Ph.D., LCSW
Dr. Malone is a lecturer at the School of Social Work. Her professional interests include grief and loss, trauma, adolescent development, substance abuse, and intervention research.

Yolanda Padilla, Ph.D.
Dr. Padilla is a professor of Social Work and Women’s Studies. She also holds faculty affiliations at the Population Research Center and the Center for Mexican American Studies. Her professional interests include population studies focusing on racial and ethnic disparities in health and well-being with an emphasis on Mexican American children and families, poverty, immigration, and applications to social welfare policy development.

Megan Scarborough
Megan is a Research Associate at the School of Social Work.  Megan has extensive project management experience and is specifically interested in adolescent issues and Latino families.

Sanna Thompson, Ph.D.
Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work. Her professional interests include adolescents and families, juvenile delinquency, runaway/homeless youth, and adolescent substance abuse.

Rowena Wong, Ed.D.
Centennial Professor in Services to Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D
Dr. Zayas is a Centennial Professor for Leadership at the School of Social Work; he also serves as the Dean of the School of Social Work.