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GSSW celebrates summer 2017 PhD graduates

September 20, 2017

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) PhD program congratulates its summer 2017 PhD graduates and welcomes them to its family of proud alumni and passionate change makers.

Erin Boyce, PhD '17
Boyce's research interest is how social work practices relate to direct, indirect and secondary trauma among those exposed to childhood sexual assault. Her dissertation is titled "Funding Request for Development of a Trauma-Informed Parenting Intervention: The Birth Mother's Perspective."

Hagit Brandes, PhD '17
Brandes' research interest is the human–animal connection and the human–environment connection, exploring how these relationships affect human well-being and how they can explain social problems. Her dissertation is titled "The Potential of Green Care to Promote Positive Youth Development with a One Health Lens."

Ann Obermann, PhD '17
Obermann's research interest is in how the organizational health of human service organizations impacts employees, client outcomes, and quality of services. Her dissertation is titled "Exploring Occupational Stress Through the Perspectives of the Child Welfare Workforce." Obermann has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Social Work, where she is lead faculty for the Scientific Inquiry research sequence and teaches Social Work for Children and Adolescents and Intro to Families and Social Work in the BSSW program. Obermann also chairs the program's distance learning committee.