Committee Members

Chair of the Doctoral Student Committee

Emma Carpenter, MSW

Doctoral Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: Intersection of family planning and social work, reproductive and sexual health, reproductive health policy, pregnancy and parenting for queer parents


Communication Subcommittee

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Dominique Mikell, MSW

Doctoral Student, UCLA - Luskin School of Public Affairs, Dept. of Social Welfare

Research Interests:State parenthood, adult functioning of former foster children and participatory and interpretive research methods


Jenny McCullough Cosgrove, MSW

Doctoral Student, Arizona State University School of Social Work

Research Interests: Program evaluation, applied research, gender equality, prevention and intervention science, gender violence, youth development, health and sexuality


Candra Skrzypek, LMSW

Doctoral Student, University at Buffalo School of Social Work

Research Interests: educational justice, educational policy and program implementation, school-community partnerships, school climate


Megan Farwell, MSW MPA

Candidate, PhD in Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice

Research Interests: Capacity and sustainability of nonprofit organizations, nonprofit administration, public policy governing nonprofits, program evaluation

Conference Subcommittee


Bikki Tran Smith, MA MSW

Doctoral Candidate, University of Chicago

Research Interests: Intersection of health care policy, politics and place; health care reform; primary and behavioral health disparities; behavioral health treatment access and capacity; social determinants of health; geography and health; mixed methods research



Injury & Violence Prevention Fellow & Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Research Interests: gender-based/interpersonal violence prevention, intervention, and policy; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer health; equity in higher education; mixed methods research; community-based participatory action research; systematic reviews and meta-analyses


Brieanne Beaujolais, MA MSW

Doctoral Candidate, The Ohio State University

Research interests: Gender-based violence, college campus sexual violence, intervention research, and strategies to promote health, wellbeing, and empowerment for survivors of gender-based violence

Mentoring Subcommittee


Laurenia Mangum, LMSW

Doctoral Student, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: Primary and Secondary HIV prevention interventions, sexual health disparities among African American Women, PrEP uptake among young Black women, maternal well-being, child maltreatment


Andrew Foell, MSW MPP

Doctoral Student, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests: Community building, development and organizing; urban poverty & spatial inequality; community engaged research methods; neighborhood effects

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Jessica Bagneris, LMSW

Doctoral Student, Florida State University

Research Interests: trauma, intimate partner relationships, families, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, infidelity, divorce, primary prevention, social/emotional regulation, minority and vulnerable populations


Maggie Thomas, MSW

Doctoral Candidate, Boston University School of Social Work

Research Interests: material hardship, poverty, and economic wellbeing among children and families; structural inequities; public policy impacts on child and family wellbeing

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Javier Garcia-Perez, MSW MS

Doctoral Student, UCLA - Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare

Research Interests: Identity-based traumatic stress, mental health disparities, queer Latinx, queer people of color, trauma, youth, qualitative research methodology

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Kess Ballentine, MA MSW

Doctoral Candidate, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: Intersections of parenting and child-serving systems, low-wage work environments, child mental health, and the intersections of race, gender, and poverty on family processes and wellbeing


Abha Rai, MSW

Doctoral Candidate, University of Georgia School of Social Work

Research Interests:Gender-based violence issues in diverse populations, especially immigrant communities