My program of research focuses broadly on international social work, ranging from micro-level understandings of the experiences of children and families affected by war to macro-level studies on social service and mental health systems strengthening. My past research projects include an evaluation of psychosocial programs for children in Chechnya (2005) and northern Uganda (2008), a mapping of social work education in West and Central Africa (2014), a place-based study on the experiences of Palestinian children and families living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (2014), an eight-country baseline study to determine child protection practices and social service workforce needs in southeast Europe (2015-2016), and a Delphi study to determine effective practices and approaches to strengthen the global social service workforce (2015-2017).
I am currently the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for the following research projects:
I have worked as a research consultant for Bernard van Leer Foundation, International Rescue Committee, Terre des Hommes, Save the Children, UNICEF, USAID.
I am willing to supervise students interested in all aspects of global social welfare. Research assistantships related to these themes may also be available. Please email me for more information.
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