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Amy Chanmugam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Department Chair


210.458.3003
Amy Chanmugam, Ph.D.
Title

Associate Professor & Department Chair

Phone Number
210.458.3003
Email

Room

FS 4.544

Department

Social Work

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Research Interests
  • Intimate partner violence, especially child/adolescent exposure
  • Family interventions & support services, especially shelter-based
  • Family systems & psychological trauma
  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Adoption & foster care
  • School social work & school-based interventions
  • Qualitative methods
Education
  • Ph.D., Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • M.S., Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, 1996
  • B.A., Psychology and German Literature, Vassar College, 1990
Faculty
Heidi Adams Rueda, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


210.458.2309
Heidi Adams Rueda, Ph.D.
Title

Assistant Professor

Phone Number
210.458.2309
Email

Room

FS 4.408

Department

Social Work

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Research Interests
  • Adolescent dating and sexuality
  • Domestic abuse and teen dating violence
  • Minority and at-risk youth populations (i.e., Latino youth, adolescents with disabilities)
  • The design and evaluation of developmentally- and culturally-grounded preventative interventions
Education
  • Ph.D., Social Work, Arizona State University, 2013
  • Master of Social Work, Arizona State University, 2007
  • B.A., Psychology and Spanish, University of Nebraska, 2004
Candace Christensen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


210.458.2918
Candace Christensen, Ph.D.
Title

Assistant Professor

Phone Number
210.458.2918
Email

Room

FS 4.404

Department

Social Work

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Research Interests
  • Using feminist methodology and arts-based research (theatre and photovoice) methods as both a tool for inquiry and intervention for preventing GBV (gender-based violence) among college students, within families and through media
  • Disseminate research results that inform GBV prevention policy
  • Intervention practices and feminist, arts-based research methods
Education
  • Ph.D., Social Work, University of Utah, 2012
  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah, 2008
  • B.A., Theatre Studies and Literature, University of Texas at Dallas, 1997
Richard Harris, Ph.D.

Professor


210.458.2843
Richard Harris, Ph.D.
Title

Professor

Phone Number
210.458.2843
Email

Room

FS 4.422

Department

Social Work

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Research Interests
  • Social demography
  • Demographic techniques
  • Demography of aging
  • Gender roles
  • Sexual harassment and assault
  • Military sociology
  • Cultural competence
  • Stratification
Education
  • Ph.D., Sociology, Cornell University, 1976
  • M.A., Sociology, Cornell University, 1974
  • B.A., Sociology, Macalester College, 1971
Megan Hayes Piel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


210.458.2938
Megan Hayes Piel, Ph.D.
Title

Assistant Professor

Phone Number
210.458.2938
Email

Room

FS 4.414

Department

Social Work

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Research Interests
  • Child welfare and well-being
  • Youth aging out of foster care
  • Foster family resilience
  • Mental health in emerging adulthood
  • Intergenerational transmission of child abuse and neglect
Education
  • Ph.D., Social Work, Arizona State University, 2015
  • Master of Social Work, Arizona State University, 2011
  • B.S., Biopsychology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2005
Mary Houston-Vega, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


210.458.3008
Mary Houston-Vega, Ph.D.
Title

Associate Professor

Phone Number
210.458.3008
Email

Room

FS 4.512

Department

Social Work

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Research Interests
  • Ethical dilemmas and professional liability specific to social work education, current social work practice, and emerging areas of social work practice (e.g. technology, animal assisted activities and therapy, etc.)
  • Practice oriented frameworks for preventing and managing life-endangering situations and crises, (i.e. disasters, suicide, and violence in the work place)
  • Application of transformative pedagogy in teaching in general and culturally competent practice in particular
Education
  • Ph.D., Social Work, University of Southern California, 1984
  • Master of Social Work, University of Denver, 1975
  • B.A., Social Work, Colorado State University, 1974
Jolyn Mikow, Ph.D.

Title IV-E Program Director


210.458.3005
Jolyn Mikow, Ph.D.
Title

Title IV-E Program Director

Phone Number
210.458.3005
Email

Room

FS 4.440

Department

Social Work

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Research Interests
  • Cultural issues and their impact on interventions and research design
  • Child welfare abuse and neglect prevention and intervention
  • Substance abuse prevention and intervention
  • Hispanic female adolescents and problematic behavior
  • Social service program evaluation
  • Community action research
Education
  • Post-Doc Fellow, Office for Drug and Social Policy Research, University of Houston, 2004
  • Ph.D., Social Work, University of Houston, 2002,
  • M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University, 1994
  • B.S., Secondary Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 1973
Lucinda Nevarez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


210.458.2306
Lucinda Nevarez, Ph.D.
Title

Assistant Professor

Phone Number
210.458.2306
Email

Room

FS 4.412

Department

Social Work

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Research Interests
  • Health disparities
  • Health inequalities
  • Minority health and mental health issues
  • Health policy
  • Healthcare access and utilization
  • The influence of race and culture in accessing and the utilization of mental health and healthcare services
Education
  • Ph.D., Social Work, University of Houston, 2010
  • Master of Social Work, University of Houston, 1999
  • B.A., Mexican American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 1997
Derek Plantenga, LCSW

Senior Lecturer & Graduate Advisor of Record


210.458.2026
Derek Plantenga, LCSW
Title

Senior Lecturer & Graduate Advisor of Record

Phone Number
210.458.2026
Email

Room

FS 4.536

Department

Social Work

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Education
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Texas
  • M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University, 2003
  • B.S.W. and B.A. in Spanish, Calvin College, 2002
Bonita B. Sharma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


210.458.2922
Bonita B. Sharma, Ph.D.
Title

Assistant Professor

Phone Number
210.458.2922
Email

Room

FS 4.410

Department

Social Work

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Research Interests
  • Impact of natural and built environment on sustainability and gender equality
  • Community and global health
  • Technology
  • Empowerment and leadership of women
  • Human mobility
  • Global social work
  • Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research
Education
  • Ph.D., Social Work, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2016
  • M.S., Social Work, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2009
  • B.S., Biology and Chemistry, The University of Texas at Arlington, 1998
Jelena Todic, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


210.458.2317
Jelena Todic, Ph.D.
Title

Assistant Professor

Phone Number
210.458.2317
Email

Room

FS 4.406

Department

Social Work

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Research Interests
  • Social determinants of health
  • Structural health equity interventions
  • Restorative justice and health
  • LGBTQ health
  • Structural and cultural competence
Education
  • Ph.D., Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, 2018
  • M.S.W., Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 2002
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, 1999
Staff
Eric Alva

Program Specialist


210.458.2335
Eric Alva
Title

Program Specialist

Phone Number
210.458.2335
Email

Room

BV 3.308B

Department

Social Work

Bridget Baumgardner

Senior Administrative Associate


210.458.3057
Bridget Baumgardner
Title

Senior Administrative Associate

Phone Number
210.458.3057
Email

Room

FS 4.544

Department

Social Work

Cyndi Beals

Administrative Associate II


210.458.3004
Cyndi Beals
Title

Administrative Associate II

Phone Number
210.458.3004
Email

Room

FS 4.544

Department

Social Work

Amy Manning-Thompson

Field Coordinator


210.458.3002
Amy Manning-Thompson
Title

Field Coordinator

Phone Number
210.458.3002
Email

Room

BV 3.308C

Department

Social Work

Rae Wilson

Director of Field Education


210.458.3009
Rae Wilson
Title

Director of Field Education

Phone Number
210.458.3009
Email

Room

BV 3.308D

Department

Social Work