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Faculty Experts for the Media

Faculty Experts on Effects of Economic Recession

Professors Daniel Brisson and Nicole Nicotera are community practice specialists who can discuss the impact of economic recession on communities and neighborhoods. Contact Professor Brisson at 303-871-4805, or daniel.brisson@du edu. Contact Professor Nicotera at 303-871-2301, or

Professor William Cloud is evaluating the effectiveness of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOPE VI public housing revitalization project in Denver. He can address issues related to poverty and public housing, especially as they pertain to the HOPE VI project. Contact Professor Cloud at 303-871-2921, or (Print media inquiries only; no radio or television)

Professor Jean East is co-founder of Project WISE (Women's Initiative for Service and Empowerment), a Denver-based non-profit agency that provides counseling, mentoring and community organizing services with low-income women. She can discuss the effects of the economic recession on low-income women. Contact Professor East at 303-871-2870, or

Jeff Jenson, the Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth at Risk, can address the effects of the economic recession on high-risk and vulnerable children and adolescents. Contact Professor Jenson at 303-871-2526, or

Faculty Experts on Mental Health, Trauma and Suicide Prevention

Professor Stacey Freedenthal is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with victims of trauma and domestic violence in a variety of settings including hospital emergency rooms. Her research is in the area of suicide prevention and help-seeking, especially among young people, and American Indian adolescents and adults. Contact Professor Freedenthal at 303-871-4608, or

Professor Julie Anne Laser-Maira has more than 14 years of clinical social work experience in a variety of American urban and rural settings. She can provide information regarding the effects of trauma on children and youth, and on what can be done to help them recover. Contact Professor Laser-Maira at 303-871-2352, or

Professor Ann Petrila is associate dean of field education at the Graduate School of Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker who can address trauma-related issues, particularly trauma in children. Contact Professor Petrila at 303-871-2863, or

Faculty Experts on Families and Immigration

Professor Stephen von Merz has more than a decade of bilingual clinical social work practice. He can address the impact of immigration-related issues on individuals and families. Contact Professor von Merz at 303-871-4605 or

Other human services issues

For information on other issues related to social work, please contact Debbie Jones, director of communications and marketing for the Graduate School of Social Work, at 303-871-3114, or