College of Education and Human Development

School of Social Work

Tenured/tenure-track Faculty

Saida Abdi Saida Abdi

Refugee youth and families; refugee and immigrant mental health; trauma systems therapy; building culturally responsive interventions

Saida Abdi

Joan Blakey Joan Blakey

Dr. Blakey holds a BS and MSW from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in social work from the University of Chicago.

Joan Blakey

Mimi Choy-Brown Mimi Choy-Brown

Behavioral Health Services Research; Implementation Science; Supervision, Leadership, and Organizations; Recovery-Oriented, Evidence-Based Practices (Person-Centered Care, Housing First); Mixed Methods Research

Mimi Choy-Brown

Marti DeLiema Marti DeLiema

Aging, retirement security, elder abuse and neglect, elder financial exploitation, and financial fraud

Marti DeLiema

Priscilla Gibson Priscilla Gibson

  • Professor; Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
  • 612-624-3678

Cultural Competence, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Qualitative Research Methods, Social Justice

Priscilla Gibson

Wendy Haight Wendy Haight

  • Professor and Gamble-Skogmo Chair in Child Welfare and Youth Policy
  • 612-624-4721

Child Welfare, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, Social Services, Substance Abuse

Wendy Haight

Katie Johnston-Goodstar Katie Johnston-Goodstar

Social and political contexts of urban and Indigenous youth development, Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR), Youth and Media, Critical and Indigenous Pedagogies, History of youth work and social work in urban and Indigenous communities.

Katie Johnston-Goodstar

Amy Krentzman Amy Krentzman

Child Welfare, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, Social Services, Substance Abuse

Amy Krentzman

Hannah MacDougall Hannah MacDougall

Hannah MacDougall is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work. She holds a BA with a major in social work from Saint Olaf College, an MSW from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social…

Hannah MacDougall

Joseph Merighi Joseph Merighi

End-stage renal diseases, Medication adherence, Chronic illness, Social work practice in health care settings.

Joseph Merighi

Lynette Renner Lynette Renner

  • Professor; Director of the PhD Program; Director of Graduate Studies
  • she, her, hers
  • 612-624-8795

Family Violence, Domestic Violence, Child Welfare, Family Based Interventions, Mental and Behavioral Health, Youth Development

Lynette Renner

Ceema Samimi Ceema Samimi

Restorative and transformative justice; School-to-prison pipeline; Community-Engaged Research and CPAR/YPAR; Youth power, voice, and engagement; Anti-racist research; Critical race theory & racial justice; Youth homelessness; Educational equity;…

Ceema Samimi

Patricia Shannon Patricia Shannon

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Evaluation, Immigration, Intervention Science, Loss and Trauma, Mental Health

Patricia Shannon

Jessica Toft Jessica Toft

My research examines two sides of the same coin: how neoliberalism works to limit the professional authority of social work, and how social work can and has used democratic ideas and actions to protect and extend professional authority.

Jessica Toft

Ross VeLure Roholt Ross VeLure Roholt

  • Associate Professor and Director, Youth Development Leadership Program
  • he, him, his
  • 612-624-8785

Community Engagement, Counseling, Mental Health, Adolescents/Youth, Community Engagement, Evaluation

Ross VeLure Roholt

Jeff Waid Jeff Waid

Child Welfare, Positive Youth Development, Prevention Science, Intervention and Services Research

Jeff Waid

Oliver Williams Oliver Williams

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Cultural Competence, Family Violence, Social Services, Specific Cultures (African American)

Oliver Williams

Jihee Woo Jihee Woo

Dr. Woo is a social work researcher with a background in working directly with children and families living in poverty, as well as in conducting anti-poverty policy research and community-based research with low-wage workers.

Jihee Woo