Faculty Research

School of Social Work

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Kim Anderson, Ph.D., MSSW, LCSW

Interim Center Co-Director, Public Affairs-Social Work Program Liaison
Phone: 407-823-5201
  • Assessment of trauma and recovery for survivors of violence
  • Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth in Trauma Populations
  • Intimate partner violence - including rural and Native American populations
  • Childhood exposure to domestic violence across the lifespan
  • Digital Storytellng as a trauma narrative intervention

Bethany Backes, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

Assistant Professor
  • Violence Against Women
  • Multidisciplinary responses to victims
  • Victim help-seeking trajectories

Mary Ann Burg, Ph.D., LCSW

E-mail: m.burg@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-6167
  • Women's health
  • Cancer survivorship and access to care
  • Cancer health disparities
  • Integrated behavioral healthcare

Reshawna Chapple, Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Professor
  • Black and African American Communities
  • Critical Race Feminism and Standpoint Theory
  • Critical Deaf Studies and Deaf Cultural Identity
  • Culturally Responsive Social Work Practice
  • Intersection of Race, Gender and Disability
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Trauma Recovery
  • Mental Health Treatment and Barriers to Access

Sophia Dziegielewski, Ph.D., LCSW

Phone: 407-823-6342
  • Human subject research and protection of the rights of human subjects
  • Child protection
  • Mental health assessment and treatment
  • Health and wellness
  • Standardized testing strategies and continuing education and training
  • Psychopharmacology

Denise Gammonley, Ph.D., MSW

Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, Professor
Phone: 407-823-2215
  • Elder care workforce development
  • Person-centered care practices
  • Global social work practice
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning

Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Assistant Professor, Interim Center Co-Director
Phone: 407-823-2954
  • Suicide prevention
  • Health and mental health
  • Family engagement & caregiving issues
  • Systems of care
  • Program implementation and evaluation

Shawn Lawrence, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-3112
  • Obesity and Stigma
  • Substance Abuse
  • Student learning environments and outcomes

Ana Leon, Ph.D., LCSW

Interim Director, Professor
Phone: 407-823-6195
  • Pediatric health and mental health
  • Infant mental health
  • Chronic illness in children and parental stress
  • Latino children and families

Olga Molina, D.S.W., LCSW

Associate Professor
E-mail: omolina@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-6793
  • Divorce
  • Intimate partner violence
  • African American and Latino/a Families
  • Undocumented Families
  • Mental health
  • Groupwork

Eunji Nam, Ph.D., MA

Assistant Professor
E-mail: enam@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-3642
  • Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions
  • Co-occurrence of Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
  • Mental Health Service Utilization
  • Health and Mental Health Care Access and Barriers
  • Social Support Networks
  • Program Development and Evaluation

Julie Steen, BA, MSW, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Research, Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-6452
  • Child welfare organizations
  • Child Welfare Policy
  • Human Rights Education

Sharon (Xiaochuan) Wang, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-3705
  • Health and Mental Health Disparities
  • Service Access and Utilization
  • Social Support
  • Culturally Sensitive Care for Older People of Color

Tracy Wharton, Ph.D., MEd, MSc, MSW, LCSW

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-2819
  • Healthcare access and quality of care for older adults with chronic conditions
  • Healthcare access and equity for vulnerable or marginalized populations
  • Workforce development for interprofessional healthcare settings
  • Program evaluation
  • Dementia caregiver wellbeing

James Whitworth, Ph.D., LCSW

Coordinator of the Interprofessional Education, Coordinator of the Military Social Work Graduate Certificate
Phone: 407-823-6136
  • Military families
  • Animal-assisted therapies
  • Clinical skills training

Asli Cennet Yalim, Ph.D., MSW, MA

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-4660
  • Refugee mental health and psychosocial wellbeing
  • Syrian refugees
  • Forced migration in the Middle East
  • Use of mental health services among refugee and immigrant populations
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Culturally competent practice
  • Resilience and empowerment

Current and Recent Grants

Florida Linking Individuals Needing Care
PI: Kim Gryglewicz, Ph.D.
$603,773.00, 9/30/2014 – 9/29/2019
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Part of a three-year, $3.68 million award)

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative: Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe
Co-PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D.
(with PI Kristina Childs and Co-PI Roberto Potter, UCF Criminal Justice)
$305,862.00, 1/1/2015 – 6/30/2019
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (to Brevard Public Schools then to UCF)[total NIJ award is $2,269,744]

Social Work HEALS: Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars
PI: Tracy Wharton, Ph.D.
$95,650.00, 7/27/2015 – 7/26/2020
Council on Social Work Education & National Association of Social Workers

Central Florida Pathways to Awareness, Support and Services I (C PASS I)
PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D.
Co-PI: Kristina Childs Fisher
$375,000.00, 9/30/2015 – 3/31/2019
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Expanding SBIRT Workforce Capacity in Central Florida: SBIRT Training for Graduate Social Work Students and Community Health Professionals
PI: Shawn Lawrence, Ph.D.
Co-PI: Mary Ann Burg
Co-PI: Reshawna Chapple
Co-PI: Tracy Wharton
Co-PI: Kim Gryglewicz
$807,538.00, 9/30/2015 – 9/29/2019
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Seminole County System of Care (SCSOC) Expansion Evaluation
Co-PI: Kimberly Gryglewicz, Ph.D.
(with PI Kristina Childs, UCF Criminal Justice)
$305,862.00, 1/1/2016 – 9/29/2019
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (to Community Initiatives, Inc. then to UCF)

Florida Implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (FINS)
PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D.
$1,413,000.00, 9/30/2017 – 9/29/2020
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Central Florida Pathways to Awareness, Support and Services II (C PASS II)
PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz, Ph.D.
Co-PI: Kristina Childs Fisher
$375,000.00, 9/30/2018 – 9/29/2021
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Evaluation of the Children’s Mental Health Initiative of Orange County, FL
PI: Chris Stewart
$105,708.00, 10/1/2018 – 1/31/2019
Orange County Board of County Commissioner

Strong Foundations
PI: Julie Steen
Co-PI: Bonnie Yegidis
Co-PI: Chris Stewart
$997,690.00, 10/1/2018 – 9/29/2020

A Research Study Evaluating the Impact of PJI Academy on K-12 Teachers
PI: Kim Anderson, Ph.D.
$10,000.00, 10/5/2018 – 7/31/2019
Valencia College

Program Evaluation of DELTA – A program for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
PI: Eunji Nam
$10,000.00, 11/1/2018 – 5/31/2019
Devereux Florida Treatment Network

The Florida REACH Translation Project: Translating an EBP for an Outpatient Clinical Setting
PI: Tracy Wharton, Ph.D.
(with Daniel Paulson, Co-PI from UCF Psychology)
$94,998.91, 2/14/2019 – 9/29/2021
Florida Department of Health: Ed & Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program

AECR: Deaf Women’s Experience Receiving Trauma Related Services After Intimate Partner Violence
PI: Reshawna Chapple
$7,500.00, 5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020
University of Central Florida, Office of Research