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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Spring 2017 PhD graduates accept social work faculty and research appointments at universities nationwide

June 15, 2017

Shanna Katz Kattari, PhD '17
Shanna Katz Kattari, PhD '17 at the GSSW Open House on June 9, 2017

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) PhD program is among the oldest social work doctoral programs in the nation, and its alumni—researchers, educators and policy experts—are spread across the globe. GSSW's spring 2017 PhD graduates are headed to faculty and research positions at seven universities in the U.S. and Canada, including Harvard, where they will continue to advance scholarship and the profession of social work.

Stephanie Begun, MSW '12, PhD '17
Begun is a mixed-methods researcher who focuses on reproductive and sexual health decision-making, social networks, and social norms among homeless youth. Her dissertation is titled "A Mixed Methods Examination of Pregnancy Attitudes and HIV Risk Behaviors Among Homeless Youth: The Role of Social Network Norms and Social Support." Begun has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

Jordan Farrar, PhD '17
Farrar's research centers around youth involved in armed conflict, the effect of armed conflict on families and communities, and interventions for youth directly involved in armed conflict. Her dissertation is titled "Becoming Human Through the Communalization of Trauma and Healing: Experiences of Support Among Former Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda." She has accepted a research associate position in the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Helen Lin Jiang, PhD '17
Jiang's research interest focuses on gerontology, especially online social support among older adults. Her dissertation is titled "Online Dating Preferences of Chinese American Older Adults." Jiang has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, which has multiple campuses in the Brownsville, Texas, area.

Shanna Katz Kattari, PhD '17
Kattari is completing a one-year transitional postdoc with the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Research and Training Center at the University of Michigan. In fall 2018 she will begin an assistant professorship at the University of Michigan School of Social Work in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kattari's research focuses on understanding how power, privilege and oppression systematically marginalize, exclude, and discriminate against people regarding their identities/expressions. Her dissertation is titled "Development of the Ableist Microaggression Scale and Assessing the Relationship of Ableist Microaggressions with the Mental Health of Disabled Adults." On June 9, Kattari received the 2017 GSSW adjunct faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in recognition of her embodiment of social work ethics and values.

Susanne Klawetter, PhD '17
Klawetter's research interests include social determinants of health, maternal and child health disparities, preterm birth, maternal mental health, and early childhood intervention. Her dissertation is titled "Warm Connections: An Integrated Behavioral Health Intervention Development Study." She has accepted a faculty position at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Lisa Langenderfer-Magruder, PhD '17
Langenderfer-Magruder has been accepted to a post-doctoral fellowship in systemic collaboration research at the Florida Institute for Child Welfare at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Her primary interest is interpersonal violence, with a concentration on intimate-partner violence. Langenderfer-Magruder's dissertation is titled "Working the Front Lines of Intimate Partner Violence: Responders' Perceptions of Interrole Collaboration."

Jessica Yang, PhD '17
Yang has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Her research interest is understanding the ways in which the experiences of former foster youth—including adverse childhood experiences and aging out of foster care—affect development across the lifespan. Yang's dissertation is titled "The Rest of The Story: Exploring the Overall Functioning and Maturational Experiences of Former Foster Youth in Middle Adulthood."

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