Doctoral graduates of the School excel in their careers and are renown as leaders in many fields of social work practice. Meet some of them:
Tonya E. Edmond, Ph.D. ’97, is an Associate Professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Edmond came into academia with 15 years of social work experience in domestic violence and rape crisis centers. Throughout her career, she has been committed to strengthening services for domestic violence survivors.
Edmond’s current projects include a study about the effectiveness of a cognitive behavioral group intervention with adolescent girls who have experienced maltreatment, a state-wide study of rape crisis centers in Texas, and a study to further our understanding of the trauma-treatment needs of women involved in the justice system.
Jeremy Goldbach, PhD ’12, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. His practice background includes both clinical social work and community organizing. As a community organizer in Texas, he oversaw a large project that funded community coalitions to reduce substance use through policy-based strategy. His scholarship focuses on cultural competence in prevention practice, with a focus on sexual and ethnic minority youth experiences.
Goldbach is currently studying the relationship between minority stress and behavioral health outcomes in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth. He has recently been awarded a grant from the USC James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund to develop an instrument to measure stress of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adolescents.
Johnny Kim, PhD ’06, is an Associate Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. He is passionate about helping schools and students succeed, a passion originated in his early career as a school social worker and case manager for community-based mental health agencies in Seattle. His research and scholarship focus on evaluating school-based interventions, solution-focused brief therapy, quantitative research methods, and evidence-based practice.
Kim’s current projects include a 5-year federal grant to increase the well-being of and improve permanency outcomes for children affected by substance abuse, and a randomized control trial in Oklahoma County on the effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy for child-welfare involved parents in outpatient treatment for substance-use disorders.