Leadership & Faculty SocialWork@Simmons

Simmons School of Social Work (SSW) faculty are experienced teachers and professionals in the field of social work. They are actively engaged in their communities as clinicians, consultants, educators, researchers, and leaders. With research expertise in issues such as child welfare, pediatric chronic illness, gerontology, health care disparities, trauma, HIV/AIDS, refugees, family bereavement, and social policy, our faculty members bring their commitment for civic engagement and social justice to their work and to the classroom.

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Stephanie Berzin

Dean and Professor

Julia Burns

Associate Professor of Practice

Tamara Cadet

Assistant Professor

Cali-Ryan Collin

CIBER Associate Director of Clinical Training, Adjunct Faculty

Jacqueline Dyer

Associate Program Director, Associate Professor of Practice

Dana Grossman Leeman

Course Designer

Melinda Gushwa

Associate Professor of Social Work and Program Director

Robin M. Johnson

Course Designer

Hugo Kamya

Professor

Warren Miller

Course Designer

Stephanie Berzin

Dean and Professor
MSW, PhD

Dr. Stephanie Berzin is the Dean of College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice. Prior to her arrival at Simmons, she served as Assistant Dean directing the Doctoral Program at the Boston College School of Social Work. Dr. Berzin developed and led the Social Innovation and Leadership Program, where she co-led the curriculum redesign and the development of a strategic vision around social innovation, social entrepreneurship, leadership, and resource development. She also served as co-director of the BC Center for Social Innovation, which works to build the evidence-base for social innovation, prepare tomorrow's social sector leaders, and promote the capacity of existing agencies to respond to social issues. Dr. Berzin also co-leads the Grand Challenge for Social Work, Harnessing Technology for Social Good. This work is designed to integrate technology into social work teaching, research, and practice.

Publications

Her most recent book was published by Oxford University Press, Innovation From Within: Redefining How Nonprofits Solve Problems (2018). Dr. Berzin graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, earned her MSW from Columbia University, and a PhD from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Julia Burns

Associate Program Director of the MSW program and Associate Professor of Practice
PhD, MSW, MA, Theology-Pastoral Counseling

Dr. Burns is Associate Program Director of the MSW program and Professor of Practice at the Simmons University Graduate School of Social Work. She has been a practicing social worker for 27 years. Dr. Burns currently runs a private practice serving adolescents and families and adults using a variety of treatment modalities. Previously she was a private consultant working with social service agencies assisting with accreditation, licensing, and the development and coordination of clinical programs.

Dr. Burns has extensive experience in providing training and supervision to MSW students and clinical social workers. She has experience in developing, designing, and implementing courses for graduate social work students. Professor Burns taught Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Work Groups, Assessment and Diagnosis, Crisis Intervention with Children, Child and Adolescent Trauma, Social Work Practice I and II, and Advanced Clinical Practice I and II. Dr Burns completed her PhD in clinical social work and MSW at Boston College. She also holds a Master’s in Theology. She is part of the Red Cross Disaster Relief Mental Health Team for the state of Maine and volunteers for Give an Hour, working with members of the military and their families.

Research

Burns, J. (2004). Dissertation: Examining effects of targeted case management on behavioral and service outcomes for children and youth experiencing severe emotional disturbance. Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Yoe, J., Burns, J., Linus, S., & Auslander, M. (2004). The influence of childhood trauma on public mental health service use and expenditures: preliminary findings. Presented at the 14th Annual Conference on State Mental Health Agency Services Research, Program Evaluation, and Policy in Arlington, Virginia.

Yoe, J.T., Turner, W., Burns, J., & Linus, S. (2003). Understanding child and adolescent users of targeted case management services in Maine: an exploratory study. Presented at the 16th Annual Florida Mental Health Institute Research Conference: A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health in Tampa, Florida.

Consulting and Professional Activity

The American Red Cross of Maine: Mental Health Disaster Relief
Give an Hour: Mental Health Services for Military Families

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Tamara J. Cadet

Assistant Professor
PhD, LICSW, MPH

Tamara J. Cadet, PhD, LICSW, MPH, chose Simmons to launch her academic career in July 2012, despite multiple offers from several research universities. Choosing Simmons allowed Cadet to investigate evidence-based health promotion interventions to contribute to reducing cancer and other health disparities, as well as the opportunity to teach in an environment that supports her research and 25 years of practice experiences in social work and public health. Cadet has worked in the fields of substance abuse, adoption, mental health, health care, schools, and oncology with children, adults, families, and older adults, as both a social worker and as a community organizer. Cadet particularly enjoys translating her research to practice for community-based organizations where she serves and preparing social workers for effective evidence-based practice.

Cadet’s research interests include oncology, aging, health behaviors, psychosocial and cultural factors, and health promotion. Her dissertation research focused on older Hispanic and non-Hispanic women and the psychosocial factors influencing their breast and cervical cancer screening participation. She is currently the principal investigator on a study assessing training programs for certified nurses’ aides in long-term care facilities to promote oral health and screening for oral cancer.

Cadet’s teaching interests include clinical practice, health-care practice, and statistics. Specifically, Cadet teaches the foundation clinical practice course, an advanced health care practice course, and a PhD-level course on advanced statistics at the School of Social Work. In addition, she teaches the Patient-Doctor I course at Harvard Medical School and holds a faculty appointment at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Cadet has been the recipient of several national career development awards for her research.

Research

Cadet is conducting a community-based participatory research study assessing oral cancer screening training models for long-term care facilities. She is collaborating with colleagues to examine successful strategies of primary data collection from principal investigators who have received external funding to develop a blueprint for future investigators considering primary data collection. In addition, she is using national datasets, including the Health and Retirement Study, to investigate the psychosocial and cultural factors that influence older adults and their cancer-screening behaviors.

Expertise

Oncology, aging, behavioral health promotion

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Cali-Ryan Collin

Assistant Professor
PhD, CAGS, MSW

Dr. Cali-Ryan Collin (she/her) is the Associate Director of Clinical Training at the Center for Innovation in Behavioral Health Education and Research within the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice. She also teaches clinical practice courses within the Master of Social Work and Doctorate of Social Work. She has more than 10 years of practice experience in maternal, infant, early childhood home visiting, psychiatric social work, medical social work, integrated behavioral health in primary care, and clinical practice consulting. Dr. Collin joined Simmons in the fall of 2015 as the Director of Clinical Training for the Adult Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment grant funded by SAMHSA. Prior to coming to Simmons, Dr. Collin was the developer and manager of an Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care program at a Federally Qualified Health Center. She is passionate about centering the patient/client within their care and eliminating health inequities through structural change.

License/Certifications

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (MA)

Research

Dr. Collin’s research and practice activities focus on simulation and interprofessional healthcare practice. Dr. Collin currently works as the Associate Director on three federally funded projects within the School of Social Work: 1.) the Behavioral Health Education and Training Program (BHWET) and the Substance Use Disorder Competitive Supplement, 2.) the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program, and 3.) the Expansion of Practitioner Education program. Dr. Collin was the founding social work perceptor for the Harvard Medical School Crimson Care Collaborative at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is an active participant in interprofessional and simulation activities with Tufts Medical School, Tufts Dental School, and Emerson College.

Publications

Putney, J., Collin, C.R., Halmo, R., O’Brien, K., & Cadet, T. (2019). Assessing competence in screening and brief intervention using online patient simulation and critical self-reflection. Journal of Social Work Education. doi: 10.1080/10437797.2019.1671276.
Collin, C.R., Putney, J., Halmo, R., Ogden, L., O’Brien, K. (2019). MSW Students’ Use of SBIRT: Toward an Understanding of the Gap between Classroom and Field Education. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 19, 1-8. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2019.1589885
Putney, J., Levine, A., Collin, C.R., O’Brien, K., Mountain-Ray, S., & Cadet, T. (2019). Implementation of online client simulation to train and assess screening and brief intervention skills. Journal of Social Work Education, 55(1), 194-201. doi: 10.1080/10437797.2018.1508394
O’Brien, K., Putney, J., Collin, C.R., Halmo, R., & Cadet, T. (2019). Optimizing SBIRT training for nurses and social workers: Testing the added effect of online patient simulation. Substance Abuse, 40(4), 484-488. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2019.1576087
Weinstein, A.R., Reidy, P.A., Simon, L., Williams, R., Merson, J., Collin, C.R., & Cohen, M.J. (2020). Creating interprofessional learning in practice. The Clinical Teacher, 17(1), 22-30. doi: 10.1111/tct.12966.
Putney, J., O’Brien, K., Collin, C.R., & Levine, A. (2018). Evaluation of Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training for Social Workers. Implementing the Grand Challenge of Reducing and Preventing Alcohol Misuse and its Consequences, (pp. 169-187). NY: Routledge.
Putney, J., O’Brien, K., Collin, C.R., & Levine, A. (2017). Evaluation of alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) training for social workers. Journal for Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 17(1-2), 169-187. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2017.1302884

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Jacqueline Dyer

Associate Program Director, Associate Professor of Practice
PhD, MSW

Dr. Jacqueline Dyer is the Associate Director of the Doctorate of Social Work Program and Associate Professor of Practice at Simmons University’s School of Social Work. As a social worker for more than 25 years, she has worked in direct mental health counseling practice, community outreach and advocacy, program development and leadership, and in academia. Her research and scholarly interests include clergy compassion fatigue, historical trauma, and intimate partner violence in faith communities. She has served as a clinical supervisor in secular and Christian agencies, and as a volunteer facilitator for a Christian domestic violence support-group. She presents professionally and in the community on the intersections of mental health and faith and maintain a community-based private practice. She has taught at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and in the social work programs at Eastern Nazarene College, Wheelock College and Salem State University. She tells people she was born a social worker and loves to teach.

License/Certifications

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (MA)

Research

Dr. Dyer’s research interests are connected to her community work in faith contexts and with church leadership. She is interested in and has researched clergy compassion fatigue, the intersections of intimate partner violence and faith. She also has a growing interest in the impact of historical trauma in communities of color, particularly those of African descent.

Publications

Articles:

Dyer, J. (2017). “Can We All Get Along?” Contact Magazine, 2017 Winter/Spring. Posted: http://www.gordonconwell.edu/2017/12/Racial-Reconciliation-Series-Can-We-All-Get-Along.cfm
Dyer, J. (2016). Just social work? Collaborating with African American clergy to address intimate partner violence in churches. Christianity & Social Work, 43(4), 32-54.
Dyer, J. (2010). Challenging assumptions: Clergy perspectives and practices regarding intimate partner violence. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 29(1), 33-48. DOI: 10.1080/15426430903479254.

Book chapters:

Dyer, J. (2020). Historical Trauma to Shalom. In Vince Bantu (Ed.), Gospel Haymanot. Chicago, IL: Urban Ministries Publishing.
Dyer, J. (2011). Calling Couples to Accountability—It’s in the House. In Nancy Nason-Clark, Catherine Clark Kroeger, & Barbara Fisher-Townsend (Eds.), Responding to Abuse in Christian Homes: A challenge to churches and their leaders (pp. 87-97). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock. ISBN: 978-1-61097-178-2.

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Dana Grossman Leeman

Course Designer
MSW, PhD

Dr. Dana Grossman Leeman is the Senior Associate Director of the Tufts University Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. Prior to her work at Tufts, she was on faculty of the Simmons University School of Social Work from 1996-2020. She developed the group work curriculum, launched, and directed the online MSW and Behavioral Programs, and provided consultation and support to the online Nursing, Public Health, and MBA programs. She was appointed as the Inaugural Provost's Faculty Fellow for Online Education from 2018-2020. She is proud to be part of the Simmons School of Social Work online DSW program.

Dr. Grossman Leeman holds an MSW from Boston University School of Social Work and a Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from Simmons University. She is a passionate guitarist, balletomane, and voracious reader.

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Melinda Gushwa

Associate Professor of Social Work and Program Director, School of Social Work
PhD, MSW

Dr. Melinda Gushwa is an Associate Professor and Program Director at Simmons School of Social Work. She teaches clinical practice courses and coordinates the Human Behavior in the Social Environment course. Dr. Gushwa has more than 25 years of practice experience in the areas of juvenile justice, residential treatment, child protection, employee assistance, crisis intervention counseling, pediatric medical social work, child welfare training, clinical practice (individual, couples, children and families), and clinical supervision. Prior to coming to Simmons, Dr. Gushwa taught in the social work programs at Washington University in St. Louis, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, University of Nevada Las Vegas and Rhode Island College. She loves being a social worker and teaching students about this great profession of ours.

Research

Dr. Gushwa’s research is connected to her practice experience as a child welfare worker and pediatric medical/ER social worker. She is interested in how organizational climate and bureaucracy impacts child welfare workers’ perceptions of their work. Her recent research focus has been on high risk child abuse and neglect situations, particularly child maltreatment fatalities.

Selected Publications

Douglas, E., Mohn, M. & Gushwa, M. (2014). The presence of maltreatment fatality-related content in pre-service child welfare training curricula: A brief report of 20 states. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 32(3), 213-218.

Glantz, T. & Gushwa, M. (2013). Reflections on foster youth and education: Finding common ground. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping. 19(4), 15-23.

Gushwa, M. & Chance, T. (2008). Ethical dilemmas for mental health practitioners: Navigating mandated child maltreatment reporting decisions. Families in Society, 89(1), 78-83.

Selected Presentations

Gushwa, M. (2015, May). I wouldn't want your job, but I could do it better than you: Walking the tightrope of child welfare practice. Invited presentation at the 2015 Massachusetts Family Impact Seminar, sponsored by the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston, MA.

Gushwa, M. & Paquin, W. (2015, January). Zip codes and child maltreatment: An examination of housing and neighborhood effects. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research in New Orleans, LA.

Douglas, E. & Gushwa, M. (2014, September). Child maltreatment fatalities: An evidence-based training on risk & assessment. Invited presentation at the Connecticut Department of Children & Families Regional Training Conference in Uncasville, CT.

Gushwa, M. (2014, January). Paper trails and practice reform: An exploration of street level bureaucracy in child welfare. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in San Antonio, TX.

Glantz, T., Gushwa, M. & Malloy, T. [Rhode Island Representatives] (2014, January). Educational experiences of children and youth in the child welfare system. Invited podcast with the National Evaluation & Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children & Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk. (Available at http://www.neglected-delinquent.org/events/educational-experiences-children-and-youth-child-welfare-system)

Gushwa, M. & Chance, T. (2013, June). Standardized tools and practice skills: Promoting assessment capacity in child welfare. Paper presented at the Annual Colloquium of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children in Las Vegas, NV.

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Johnnie Hamilton-Mason

Professor - Eva Whiting White Endowed Chair
MSW, PhD

Dr. Johnnie Hamilton-Mason is a Professor at Simmons School of Social Work. She teaches Advanced Clinical Practice, HBSE, Leadership, Political Strategies for Clinical Social Workers Practice, Practice with Immigrants and Refugees, Realities of Racism and Oppression and Qualitative Research. From 2004- 2007, Dr. Hamilton-Mason served as Director of the Doctoral Program at SSW. In 2005 she co-founded the SSW’s Pharnal Longus Academy for Undoing Racism. From 2001 through 2008, she served as a Harvard University W.E.B. DuBois Institute non-resident fellow in African American research. Her scholarship and research interests are primarily on African American Women and Families, the intersection of cross cultural theory and practice, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. She has served as a Researcher at the University of Texas’s Hurricane Katrina Researcher Collaborative. She has recent publications entitled “Working with African American Families”, “Work-life fit: The intersection of Developmental Life cycle and Academic Life Cycle”, “Hope Floats: African American Women's Survival Experiences after Katrina”, “Black Women talk about Workplace Stress and How They Cope”, “And Some of us are Braver: Stress and Coping among African American women”, “Psychoanalytic Theory: Responding to the Assessment Needs of People of Color?” "Using the Color of Fear as a Racial Identity Catalyst", and “Children and Urban Poverty.” With over twenty-one years of full-time teaching experience, she continues to enhance her teaching through clinical practice in urban agencies, as well as through consultation and education locally and internationally.

Dr. Hamilton-Mason presents papers regularly at national and international conferences on such topics as the dynamics of diversity; teaching and learning issues related to diversity; HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in the United States and Africa; urban practice and urban leadership educational outcomes; cross cultural competency and racial identity theory in clinical work. Previously, Dr. Hamilton-Mason was appointed as Co-Chair of the HIV/AIDS Task force for the National Association of Black Social Workers and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Council on Social Work Education’s Council on the Role and Status of Women in Higher Education. Dr. Hamilton-Mason is currently on the editorial board for Health and Social Work and the Journal of Social Work Education. She is also a Board of Trustees member for Research Education Collaborative for Al Quds University and the Heritage Guild. In 2013, she was honored to receive the Massachusetts NASW Social Work Educator of the Year Award. As a practitioner, researcher and scholar, her passion lies with serving underrepresented populations and communities.

Research

Family Life Stress, Problem Solving, Coping, and Adaptability Among African American related Mothers and Daughters

Goals of the Study

Are there differences between the stress levels of unrelated mothers and daughters with high self-esteem compared to those with low self-esteem, the individual and family problem solving effectiveness, direct coping behaviors, family adaptation, cohesion, and satisfaction and family style

Focus of the Study

  • What factors significantly correlate with self-esteem?
  • To what extent do these factors account for variances in self-esteem?
  • How is the self-esteem of African American women related to stress levels, individual and family problem solving, and family adaptation?

Selected Publications

Hamilton-Mason, J., Everett, J., Hall, J. C., Harden, S., Lecloux, M., Mancini, S. & Warrington, R. (in press). Hope floats: African American women's survival experiences after Katrina. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10911359.2012.664982.

Hall, J.C., Everett, J.E. & Hamilton-Mason, J. (2011). Black women talk about workplace stress and how they cope. Journal of Black Studies, 43, 207-226. doi:10.1177/0021934711413272 Hamilton-Mason, J., Hall, J.C., & Everett, J. (2009). And some of us are braver: Stress and coping among African American women. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

Cornelius, L. J. & Hamilton-Mason, J. ( 2009). Enduring issues of HIV/AIDS for people of color: What is the roadmap ahead? Health and Social Work, 34(4), 243-246.

Shanti, K., Bell, H., Beausoleil, J., Lein, L., Angel, R. J. & Hamilton-Mason, J. (2008). When the floods of compassion are not enough: A nation's and a city's response to the evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 78(4), 399-425.

Hamilton-Mason, J. (2007). Using the color of fear as a racial identity catalyst. In Victor Lewis & Hugh Vasquez (Eds.), The color of fear sourcebook: A toolkit for educators and practitioners. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing,LLC.

Selected Presentations

Mancini, S. L. & Hamilton-Mason, J. (2011, October). Navigating secondary data: Hearing and interpreting the voices of Hurricane Katrina. Presented at the 57th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.

Hamilton-Mason, J. (2011, April). Hope Floats: The Survival Experiences of African American Women in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Presented at the National Association of Black Social Workers Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Melendez, M. & Hamilton-Mason, J. (2011, March). Women of color and addiction treatment. Presented at "Treating the Addictions," Cambridge Health Alliance Department of Psychiatry, Division of Continuing Education, Boston, MA.

Hamilton-Mason, J. (2011, January). Black women discuss how they cope with racism in the workplace. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research Meeting, Tampa, FL.

Hamilton-Mason, J. (2010, November). And some of us are braver: Black women managing stress and coping. Presented at the Social Work Grand Rounds series at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.

Hamilton-Mason, J. (2010, August). Surveying the landscape of immigrants and refugees:Aa social work perspective. Presented at the 35th Association of Black Social Workers International Education Conference, Egypt.

Hamilton-Mason, J. & Everett, J. (2010, February). Understanding the significance of sexism and racism in the lives of black women. Presented at Simmons University, Boston, MA.

Hamilton-Mason, J. (2010, January). Understanding the significance of racism and sexism in the lives of black women. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

Hamilton-Mason, J. (2009, May). Dialogue about diversity in the classroom. Presented at a Faculty Development Institute at Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA.

Hamilton-Mason, J. (2009, February). Underlying causes of HIV disparities in black communities. Presented at the Black HIV/AIDS Conference, Boston, MA.

Hamilton-Mason, J. (2008, November). Black women and HIV/AIDS. Presented at Simmons University Black Student Organization's Dialogue on HIV/AIDS, Boston, MA.

Hamilton-Mason, J., Hall, C & Everett, J. (2008, November). Everyday stressors and daily conflicts: Coping responses of black women. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Hamilton-Mason, J. (2008). And some of us are braver: Black women managing stress and coping. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, PA. Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • South End Community Mental Health Center - Senior Clinical Consultant - 1997-Present
  • Multicultural AIDS Coalition - Consultant Popular Education and Clinical Supervisor - 1999-2010

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Robin M. Johnson

Robin M. Johnson is a skilled diversity and inclusion practitioner, organizational strategist, educator, and counseling professional with over 20 years of combined clinical practice experience in higher education, community and faith-based settings, and the private sector. Robin provides consultation and training to organizations and leaders to help them think strategically and systematically about how to advance change in their institutions; overcome resistance; and effectively move their organizations forward. Robin earned a B.S.W. from Clark-Atlanta University, a M.S.W. from Boston College, and her Ph.D. from Simmons University School of Social Work.

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Hugo Kamya

Social Work Alumni Fund Endowed Chair and Professor
MSW, PhD, M.Div, LICSW

License/Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
  • Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP)
  • Certified Oral Proficiency Tester, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • M.Div.
  • M.S.W.
  • Ph.D.

Community Engagement

  • 2005-Present: Board/Founding Member, Makula Fund for Children
  • 2005-Present: Board Member, Girma Haddis Foundation
  • 1995-Present: Founding Member, Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming Practices
  • 2004-Present: Advisory Board Member, The Guidance Center, Inc.
  • 1992-Present: Board Member, De Novo: Center for Justice and Healing (formally Community Legal Services and Counseling Center)
  • 1997-2008: Board Member, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Clinical Pastoral Education Program
  • 1996-Present: Board Member, The Danielsen Institute, Boston University
  • 1995-Present: Consultant, Center for Multi-Cultural Training in Psychology, Boston Medical Center
  • 1997-1999: Consultant, International Institute of Boston
  • 1992-1996: Member, Diversity Task Force for Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy
  • 1990-1996: Board Member, Temporary Care Services - Respite Care for Mentally Handicapped Children

Research

Caring across communities; community capacity building; enhancing social, cultural, and human capital in immigrant and refugee populations; suicide prevention education; the psychological impact of war, political persecution, trauma on children and families; HIV/AIDS; family therapy; international practice and human rights; spirituality; health disparities; youth and social economic development in sub-Saharan Africa; qualitative methods and designing international studies.

Selected Publications

Kamya, H. (2019). Children, war, HIV/AIDS and the human rights imperative: Bio-psychosocial outcomes. In Marinilda Rivera Diaz (Ed.) HIV/AIDS, Migrations and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. (pp. 173-189). Miami: Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO)

Kamya, H. & Mirkin, M. (2019). Working with immigrant and refugee families. In Monica McGoldrick and Kenneth Hardy (Eds.). Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, culture and gender in clinical practice. 3nd edition. (pp. 403-418). New York: Guilford Press.

Kamya, H. (2018). Harnessing spirituality within traditional healing systems: A personal journey. In D. Trimble (Ed.), Engaging with spirituality in family therapy: Meeting in sacred space (67-81). Cham, Switzerland: AFTA Springer Briefs in Family Therapy.

Bacigalupe, G., Ham, M., Kamya, H., King, J., Kliman, J., Llerena-Quinn, R., Pinderhughes, E., Romney, P., & Trimble, D., (BICAP). (2017). Deconstructing power to build connection: The importance of dialogue. In Pinderhughes, E., Jackson, V., & Romney, P. Understanding power: An imperative for human services. (pp. 195-218). Washington, D.D.: NASW Press.

Kamya, H. (2014). Developing Effective International Partnerships in Social Work: HIV/AIDS and the Case of Uganda. In Libal, K., Healy, L., Thomas, R., & Berthold, M. Advancing Human Rights in Social Work Education, (pp. 299-316) Alexandria, VA: CSWE.

Roberts, J., Abu-Baker, K., Diez Fernández, C., Chong Garcia, N., Fredman, G., Kamya, H., Martín Higarza, Y., Fortes de Leff, J., Messent, P., Nakamura, S., Reid, F., Sim, T., Subrahmanian, C., & Vega, R. (2014). Up Close: Family Therapy Challenges and Innovations Around the World, Family Process, 53, 3, 544-576. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12094

Healy, L. & Kamya, H. (2014). Ethics and international discourse in social work: The case of Uganda's anti-homosexuality legislation. Ethics and Social Welfare, 8, 2, 151-169.

Kamya, H. (2013). Engaging spirituality in family conflict: Witnessing to hope and dialogue. Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 26, 4, 901-916.

Kamya, H. (Spring, 2012). Motivational interviewing: A key ingredient of supervision. Field Educator, 1(2).

Kamya, H. (2012). The cultural universality of narrative techniques in the creation of meaning. In B. MacKin, Newman, E., Fogler, J., & Keane, T. (Eds.) Trauma therapy in context: The science and craft of evidence based practice. (pp.231-246). Washington, D.C: American Psychological Association.

Kamya, H. (2012). HIV/AIDS: The Global Pandemic. HIV/AIDS. In Healy, M. & Link, R. (Eds.). Handbook of International Social Work. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kamya, H. (2011). The impact of war on children: The psychology of displacement and exile. In Kelle, B. (Ed.). Interpreting Exile: Interdisciplinary studies of displacement and deportation in Biblical and modern contexts. (pp.235-249). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Press.

Kamya, H. & White, E. (2011). Expanding cross-cultural understanding of suicide among immigrants: The case of the Somali. Families in Society, 92(4), 419-425.

Selected Presentations

  • Peer to Peer Support for Immigrant High School Students: Enhancing Social Work Services in School Settings. CSWE 65th Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO. October 24-27, 2010.
  • Working with Immigrants and Refugees: Implications for Cross-Cultural Treatment. Wayside Youth and Family Support. May 8, 2019
  • Engaging Spirituality in Family Therapy. IFTA World Therapy Congress. Aberdeen, Scotland. March 28-30, 2019
  • Understanding the needs of Immigrant High School Students: Importance of Multiple Perspectives through a Social Justice Lens. 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), San Francisco, CA. January 15-19, 2019.
  • Understanding the needs of Immigrant High School Students: Importance of Multiple Perspectives. CSWE 64th Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL. November 8-11, 2018
  • Cross-cultural treatment issues with Refugees: The case of the Somali. Global & Local Center for Mental Health Disparities Global Dinner Series, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA. May 21, 2018
  • Developing Effective Partnerships. Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA. April 18, 2018
  • Working with Immigrants and Refugees: Cross-cultural treatment issues. Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA. April 11, 2018
  • Narrative Practices with Trauma and Loss: Cross-cultural treatment. Salem State University, Salem, MA March 24, 2018
  • It Takes a Community: Collaboration Among Adolescents, Parents, School Personnel to “Raise” an Immigrant High School Student: An Ecological Perspective. CSWE 63rd Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA. October 19-22, 2017
  • Working with immigrants and refugees. Greater Lynn Senior Services. Boston, MA. April 2017 and May 2017
  • Spirituality and Mental health. Institute of Living, Hartford, CT. March 30, 2017
  • Violence against children and families: The inter-sectionalities of intervention approaches. 25th IFTA Family Therapy Congress. Malaga, Spain. March 15-18, 2017
  • Trauma, Attachment Disruption and Narrative Practices: Health Crisis and Cross-cultural Trauma Treatment. Dana Cancer Institute. Boston, MA February 3, 2017
  • Responsible Citizenship: HIV/AIDS and South Africa. 27th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS. Minneapolis, MN, May 26-29, 2016.
  • Working with African Immigrant Children and Parents: Challenges and Training Needs from Middle and High School Teachers’ Perspectives. 20th Annual Conference for Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC, January 13-17, 2016
  • Developing an Innovative Field Placement: Building Capacity at an African Immigrant-led Organization. CSWE 611st Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO. October 15-October, 18, 2015.
  • Recognizing the Universality of Loss: Lived Experiences of Attachment Disruption. Trauma of Displacement and Disrupted Attachment. 16th Annual conference. Worcester Institute on Loss and Trauma, Worcester, MA September 16, 2015
  • Uganda’s ABC to South Africa: Challenges and Opportunities. 19th International Symposium of the International Consortium for Social Development. SIM University, Singapore, July 7-10, 2015.
  • Challenges in Addressing HIV/AIDS Among Immigrant Populations: A Case Study. 27th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS. Minneapolis, MN, May 26-29, 2016.
  • Child-headed Households in the African Context: What does the future promise? 26th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS. Denver, May 22-25, 2014
  • Peace psychology: From monologue to dialogue - Engaging trauma and disparities. Bay Cove Human Services, Boston. May 7, 2014
  • Transforming Life Narratives: Weaving Stories of Healing. 23rd Annual Anniversary Culture Conference, The Multicultural Family Institute. April 11-12, 2014
  • A Cross cultural understanding of trauma in families, and
  • Community organizing and social development. PROSOWO Conference, International Social Work Conference, Kampala Uganda. March 17-18, 2014

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW)
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)
  • Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming Practices (BICAP)
  • Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy
  • American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Commission on Global Education in Social Work (CSWE)
  • International Society for Traumatic and Stress Studies (ISTSS)
  • International Consortium of Social Development (ICSD)
  • International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)

Awards

  • 2018-2021: Social Work Alumni Fund Endowed Chair
  • 2018: Center for Global Education Leadership Award, Simmons University, Boston, MA
  • 2016: Mentor Recognition, Society for Social Work Research Conference, Washington, DC.
  • 2014: Fulbright Specialist Roster. U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
  • 2014:Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education. NASW Mass Chapter Symposium 2014. NASW Mass Chapter Symposium, Framingham, MA.
  • 2003: Cultural and Economic Diversity (Social Justice) Award by the American Family Therapy Academy, Miami, FL.
  • 1999: Paradigm Shift Award. Distinguished Service Award in Pastoral Psychotherapy, Andover-Newton, MA
  • 1999: Paul Johnson Award. Nomination for Teaching Assistantship, Boston University, Boston, MA.

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Warren Miller

Dr. Warren L. Miller Jr is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Social Work at Rhode Island School of Social Work in Providence, RI. Dr. Miller has over 13 years of clinical social work practice. He is licensed as a clinical social worker in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Rhode Island, and California. Dr. Miller has presented at numerous national and regional conferences on ethical teletherapy practice, HIV/AIDS and social work practice, and utilizing technology in social work education and curriculum development. Dr. Miller provides technical assistance to not and for-profits in developing culturally intelligent and ethical telemental health practices. His current research agenda consists of developing racial and ethical standards for integrating technology in social work education and practice and exploring HIV stigma with sexual minorities. He received his BSW from Lamar University, his MSW from Howard University, and his Ph.D. in Social Work from Walden University.

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