Social Work Mental Health Dissertation Ideas Special Education

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research administers research and training projects funded by a variety of federal, state and foundation sources. The table below lists current and past research projects, with links to individual project summaries, researcher profiles, and projects listed by nine broad categories.

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Project TitleResearcherCategoryEnd Date
(re)Deaf-ining (dis)ability: An introduction to cultural Deafness and its implications for social workAngela M. Nonaka, Ph.D.
(dis) ability; Social work education 2016
1115 Medicaid Waiver: Behavioral health project reviewStacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 2014
2014 Full Court Press 2.0: Providing training and responses to domestic violence and sexual assaultNoël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA
Interpersonal/Community violence 2014
2016 Full Court Press 4.0 Advanced Training: Building capacity for expert witness trainersNoël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA
Interpersonal/Community violence; Organizational functioning 2016
2018 Full Court Press Regional Training: Building capacity for expert witness in domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Texas court systemsNoël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA
Interpersonal/Community violence; Organizational functioning 2018
A blueprint for university police in Texas: Responding to sexual assault crimesNoël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA
Education/Schools; Interpersonal/Community violence 2016
A lifespan conceptual model of ethnic/racial identityEsther J. Calzada, Ph.D.
Families, children and youth; Racial/ethnic/sexual diversity 2018
A study of military cultural competency training with SetonElisa V. Borah, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Military/Veterans 2018
A trend analysis of HIV testing rates and locations by race/ethnicityMichele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2016
Access, appraisals, and endorsement of mental health care on college campusesSusan M. De Luca, Ph.D.
Mental health; Racial/ethnic/sexual diversity 2019
Accessing young black MSM for HIV prevention through online social networkingMichele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
Addictions; African Americans; Health/Health care 2016
Acculturation and adolescent substance abuse preventionLori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., ACSW
Addictions 2009
Addiction Technology Transfer Center: Region 6Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; Organizational functioning 2022
Addictions Conference 2000Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions 2000
Adolescent Family Life Care EvaluationRuth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Carol M. Lewis, Ph.D.
Families, children and youth 2003
Adolescent mothers speak out about their lives and relationships: Listening to young mothers talk about interpersonal violenceNoël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA
Interpersonal/Community violence 2003
Adolescent pregnancy prevention at LifeworksBeth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Sexual health 2001
Adoption Assessment ProjectRuth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Organizational functioning 2006
Adoption Openness—Longitudinal Birthmother OutcomesRuth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2017
Adoption Recruitment Campaign and Response Initiative Evaluation ProjectRuth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2017
Adoptive and Foster Couples Retreat and Support Network Program (Healthy Marriage)Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2007
AdoptUSKids Evaluation ProjectRuth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2022
Adult Protective Services Client Assessment and Risk Evaluation Form Validation StudyNamkee G. Choi, Ph.D.
Gerontology 2006
Advancing recovery: State and provider partnership for quality addiction servicesJane Maxwell, Ph.D.
Addictions 2010
African American and Hispanic male youth perceptions of police officers who patrol in urban communitiesTerrence T. Allen, MSSA, Ph.D.
African Americans; Interpersonal/Community violence; Latinos 2015
African-American Medicaid Managed CareRowena Fong, Ed.D.
African Americans; Disparities; Health/Health care 2012
Aftercare Solution evaluationClayton T. Shorkey, Ph.D., LCSW
Health/Health care 2002
Alternatives to relinquishment of custody to obtain mental health servicesMonica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Mental health 2014
American Cancer Society Doctoral Research Grant in Clinical Oncology Social Work: Annemarie ConlonBarbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Gerontology; Health/Health care 2010
An Exploratory Study of Activity/ Program Needs and Preferences Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Senior Center Participants: Association with Actual and Felt AgesNamkee G. Choi, Ph.D.
Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Gerontology 2014
Analysis of service integration and delivery in Texas (HB7) A. James Schwab, Ph.D. Organizational functioning 1996
Archives preservation of the Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane King Davis, Ph.D. African Americans; Mental health 2011
Asian-American Quality of Life SurveyYuri Jang, Ph.D.
Asian Americans; Health/Health care 2016
Assessing mental distress and suicide among Texas families: A ten-year examination of parents and their childrenSusan M. De Luca, Ph.D.
Mental health 2016
Assessing smoking dependence among Spanish-speaking Latino smokersYessenia Castro, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos 2019
Assessing the needs of Congolese womenNoël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA
Immigrants/Refugees; Interpersonal/Community violence 2014
Assessing the service needs of intimate partner violence: Survivors and staff Holly Bell, Ph.D. Interpersonal/Community violence; Organizational functioning 2005
Assessment for EveryChild, Inc Holly Bell, Ph.D. (dis) ability; Families, children and youth 2009
Assessment of Depression Needs of Low-Income Older Adults: Informal Caregivers' and Social Service Providers' PerspectivesNamkee G. Choi, Ph.D.
Gerontology 2005
ASSET System of Care Expansion Planning InitiativeMolly Lopez, Ph.D.
Mental health; Organizational functioning 2013
ATTC: Addiction Technology Transfer CenterRichard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; Organizational functioning 2001
Austin Healer Women: A Culturally Congruent HIV Prevention Model Dorie J. Gilbert, Ph.D. Health/Health care 2011
Austin Juvenile justice improvementDavid W. Springer, Ph.D., LCSW
Interpersonal/Community violence; Juvenile/Criminal justice 2014
Austin Learning Academy’s adolescent family life careCarol M. Lewis, Ph.D.
Parenting; Sexual health 2007
Austin/Travis County Community Justice Planning ProjectMichael L. Lauderdale, Ph.D.
Interpersonal/Community violence 2001
Autonomy in the Face of Depression in Nursing Homes: What Do Nursing Home Residents and Staff Have to Say about the Residents' Depression and Intervention Needs?Namkee G. Choi, Ph.D.
Gerontology 2007
Behavioral health information technology enhancementDeborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.
Addictions 2019
Behavioral Health Workforce Education and TrainingRobin Smith, LCSW
Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Disparities; Health/Health care 2021
Better way to live at home: Supportive services and the well-being of older residentsNamkee G. Choi, Ph.D.
Gerontology; Health/Health care; Income/Poverty 2011
Bexar Cares System of CareDeborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.
Mental health 2018
Birth outcomes, social risks, and child healthYolanda C. Padilla, Ph.D.
Disparities; Families, children and youth; Latinos 2001
Border drug problems and treatment utilizationLynn Wallisch, Ph.D.
Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos 2005
Breast and cervical cancer screening among Hispanic women in rural TexasBarbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Latinos 2016
Bridges to Life: Thematic analysis of offender responses to an in-prison restorative justice initiativeMarilyn Armour, Ph.D.
Interpersonal/Community violence; Organizational functioning; Restorative justice 2005
Brief alcohol interventions in trauma settingsKirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2012
Brief intervention to reduce injury in minorities Craig Field, Ph.D. Addictions; African Americans; Health/Health care; Latinos 2008
Bringing what works to youth in correctionsMolly Lopez, Ph.D.
Juvenile/Criminal justice; Mental health 2016
Cancer care for the whole patient: An oncology social work responseBarbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Social work education 2014
Capital case litigation: DIVO training for Texas litigatorsMarilyn Armour, Ph.D.
Interpersonal/Community violence; Restorative justice 2009
Caregiving of the mentally ill in African-American communities: Understanding sibling and parental participation King Davis, Ph.D. African Americans; Families, children and youth; Mental health 2004
CASA of Travis CountyRuth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2000
CASA of Travis County evaluationRuth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 1998
Changing adoption agency practices: Mental health implications for birthparents, adoptive parents, and adopted ChildrenRuth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2000
Chemical dependency continuing education programs for pharmacists, social workers, and nurses: Making up for lost timeDiana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions; Social work education 2000
Child abuse medical examinations in TexasMonica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2013
Child care collaboration and outcome evaluation Darlene Grant, Ph.D. Families, children and youth 1997
Child Care Markey Rate SurveyMonica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Families, children and youth; Organizational functioning 2022
Child death study A. James Schwab, Ph.D. Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 1997
Child health and development in the Mexican American populationYolanda C. Padilla, Ph.D.
Disparities; Health/Health care; Latinos 2002
Child Welfare Education CollaborationJane A. Kretzschmar, LCSW
Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Rowena Fong, Ed.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Social work education 2018
Childhood cancer survivor resiliencyBarbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2005
Children with special health care needs and transitionBarbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Families, children and youth; Health/Health care 2018
Children’s PartnershipDavid W. Springer, Ph.D., LCSW
Mental health 2003
Children’s Trauma AssessmentRowena Fong, Ed.D.
Families, children and youth 2002
CHOICES+: Preconception approach to reducing alcohol and tobacco-exposed pregnancyKirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.

Our PhD students have researched a wide range of topics.


Goode, Rachel Woodsom (2017) The Feasibility of a Binge Eating Intervention in African-American Women who are Overweight or Obese.

Kim, Yoo Jung/YJK (2017) Longitudinal relationship between emotion regulation and aggressive behavior: The moderating effect of caregiving.

Kyere, Eric (2017) Examining the Relationships between Racial-Ethnic Socialization, Racial Identity, and African American Youth's Academic Outcomes: An Analysis with Implications for Social Work Research, Practice and Policy.


Queen, Courtney (2016) Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation: An Exploratory Study of the Psychological Health Outcomes in Tanzania

McCall, Janice (2016) An Examination of Gender-neutral and Gender-responsive Characteristics on Program Participation among Female State Prisoners. 

Song, Hyun-a (2016) The Effects of Parents’ College Savings on College Attendance Among Students from Families with Low-Incomes: The Mediating Role of Parent’s Discussions about College with Their Children.


Bahorik, Amber The Longitudinal Impact of Intrinsic Motivation on Substance Use Severity in Schizophrenia and its Patterns in Men and Women

Bishop-Fitzpatrick, Lauren (2015) Social Functioning in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role Of Biological Stress Response and Psychosocial Stress.

Hunsaker, Amanda E (2015) Biopsychosocial Factors Associated with Amyloid Imaging for Alzheimer's Disease.

Lim, Crystal The Influence of Illness Burden and Social Support on the Completion of Kidney Transplant Evaluation 

Nguyen, Ngoc/N (2015) Factors Influencing Adolescent Alcohol and Marijuana Use: The Role Of Religiosity, School-Based Prevention Programs, Parental Influence, and Peer Influence.

Phillips, Chereese (2015) Assessing The Impact Of Maternal Stressors on the Occurrence of Child Neglect Among At-Risk Mothers.


Teixeira, Samantha "It seems like no one cares":  Youth Perspectives on Housing Abandonment and Urban Blight


Choi, Eun Hee  Racial/Ethnic Inequality Among Older Workers: Focusing on Whites, Blacks, and Latinos Within the Cumulative Advantage/Disadvantage Framework

Constance-Huggins, Monique TANF Entry and Exit in the Post Welfare Reform Era:  The Contributions of Human Capital and Social Capital

Kim, Yoon Mi  Linking Acculturation Patterns, Acculturative Stress, and Education Policies to Educational Competence Among Mexican-American Children

Schelbe, Lisa  "Some Type of Way":  An Ethnography of Youth Again Out of the Child Welfare System

Thomas, Tammy  "Hey, Those are Teenagers and They are Doing Stuff":  Youth Participation in Community Development


Friedline, Terri Predicting Savings From Adolescence to Young Adulthood: Early Access to Savings Leads to Improved Savings Outcome

Kim, Yoonmi The Effects of Acculturation, Perceived Discrimination, and Educational Policy on Educational Achievements Among Latino Youths

Kolivoski, Karen Patterns of Justice System Involvement Among Child-Welfare Involved Youth

Lee, Yeonjung Family Caregivers' Labor Force Participation and Financial Well-Being:  A Longitudinal Study

Nam, Ilsung Effects of Economic Hardship on Complicated Grief 


Weaver, Addie Is Family Therapy Effective, Acceptable, and Sustainable for Mothers and Children?: An Examination of Structural Family Therapy Implemented Within a Semi-rural Community Mental Health Setting


Breneman, Catherine Crawford Evaluation of the Implementation of the Mentoring Program for Behavioral Health Service Coordinators in Allegheny County

Carrick, Kathleen Rose A Comparison Among Healthcare Students at the University of Pittsburgh in Attitudes about Lesbians and Gay Men and Support for Lesbian and Gay Human Rights

Hackman, Ruthanne Immigrant Elder Women and Their Long-Term Care Planning

Jung, Hyunzee Attitude, Associates and Recidivism: Relationship Patterns Among Allegheny County Jail Ex-Inmates

Kanno, Hanae Hidden Victims in Social Work Practice with Traumatized Populations: Predictive Factors of Secondary Traumatic Stress for Social Workers in New York City

Mallinger, Gayle M. Placing Children in Need with Gay and Lesbian Couples: Influences on Placement Decisions

Smith, Mary Lindsey Just one more: An examination of the prevalence, correlates, and consequences of concurrent alcohol and medication use in older adults


Block, Azadeh Masalehdan Exploring Barriers to Outpatient Adolescent Therapeutic Interventions

Eack, Shaun Michael Social Cognition and Social Disability in Schizophrenia: The Role of Emotional Intelligence

Heo, Jeongim Grace The Role of Religious Coping in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving

Sarteschi, Christine Marie Assessing the Effectiveness of Mental Health Courts: A Meta-Analysis of Clinical and Recidivism Outcomes

Singer, Jonathan B. Mothers Seeking Mental Health Services for their Children: A Qualitative Analysis of Pathways to Care


Conner, Kyaien O. Mental Health Treatment Seeking Among Older Adults with Depression: The Impact of Stigma and Race

Gilkey, So'Nia L. Shelter as Sanctuary: A Narrative Inquiry of the Experience of Homelessness

Gjesfjeld, Christopher D. Economic Hardship, Social Support, and Maternal Depression: A Test of the Social Support Deterioration Model

McCabe, Elizabeth Blocher Predictors of Readmission in Hospitalized Anorexia Nervosa Patients

Mohanty, Jayashree Ethnic Socialization, Identity Development, and Psychological Adjustment in International Adoptees as Adolescents and Young Adults

Santhouse, Robin Correlates of Service Utilization and Adherence to Dietary and Exercise Modifications in a Sample of Women Before and After Bariatric Surgery


Baker, Parris J. Self-Efficacy, Co-Parenting Relationship, and Parent Satisfaction: Variables that Predict Paternal Involvement by Non-Custodial Fathers

Bell, Melissa M. Barriers in the Provision of Family Planning From Social Workers to their Clients

Bulcke, Gina Identifying Barriers to Treatment Among Women Gamblers

Davis-Jones, Latika Psychological Dysfunction, Drug Treatment Engagement and HIV Risk Behavior Among Methadone Maintained Clients

Fisher, Mary Anne Social Support for the HIV+ Client: A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Traditional Versus Volunteer Case Management Intervention

Kim, Jean-ie Mothers' Depression and Parenting Efficacy Among Economically Disadvantaged Korean Women: Test of a Mediation Model

Peters, Solveig S. Relations Among Interparental Relationship Quality, Maternal Depressive Symptoms, Parenting in the Home Environment, and Pre-School Child Behavior in African American, Low-Income, Single-Mother Families

Pivetz, George Retirement, Control, and the Challenges of Aging

Woodcock, Karen Mental health Help-Seeking: Attitudes and Experiences of Female Victims of Intimate Partner Violence


Ford, Angela A. Exploring Health Behavior in Older Black Women

Hart, Carol L. Post-traumatic Stress Symptomatology in Aging Combat Veterans:  The Direct and Buffering Effects of Stress and Social Support

Trunzo, Annette C. Engagement, Parenting Skills, and Parent-Child Relations as Mediators of the Relationship Between Parental Self-Efficacy and Treatment Outcomes for Children with Conduct Problems


Fevola, Antonio V.  The Impact of Services Integration:  Outcomes in Two Early Intervention Programs

Grater. Joyce J.  The Impact of Health Care Provider Communication on Self-Efficacy and Caregiver Burden in Older Spousal Oncology Caregivers

Kaijage, Theresa J.  Factors Influencing Adherence to HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention Among People Living with HIV/AIDS in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

Lee, Bongjae  Alcohol-Induced Stress and Social Support as Influences of the Adult Substance Abuser's Health and Well-Being

Lichtenwalter, Sara   The Relationship Between Auto Ownership and Employment Outcomes:  Race and Gender Variations

McDonough, Kathleen E.  Internal EAPs and the low-wage Worker: Practitioners' Perceptions of Services

Momper, Sandra L.  Maternal Gambling, Parenting in the Home Environment, and Child Outcomes in Native American Families

Stevenson, Andre P. Barriers Affecting Women's Ability to Make the Transition from Welfare to Work in a Rural Community


Aurand, Beverly  Access to Health Care for Uninsured Women

Hilko, Tamara Lynn  The Impact of the Permanency Planning Process on Achieving Permanency for Children Active in a County Children and Youth Agency

John-Langba, Johannes The Relationship of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) to Sexual-Risk Behavior Among Refugee Women in Botswana:  The Medicating Role of Depression

Lee, Jee-Sook  Intergenerational Conflict, Ethnic Identity, and Their Influences on Problem Behaviors Among Korean American Adolescents

Little, Stacey  Understanding the Sociological Factors of Poverty and Their Impact on Prenatal Care Utilization Among Low-Income Women

Oh, Yunjin The Role and Effect of Psychosocial Resources and Gender Differences in Caregiving Stress

Ohmer, Mary Louise  Citizen Participation and its Effects in Neighborhood Organizations:  The Influence of Perceived Organizational Characteristics and Effectiveness

Renzeli, Cara  Parental Participation in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment:  Predictions and Outcomes

Richel, Carrie  Child Outcomes in Community Mental Health:  Effects of Maternal Mental Health Status

Smith, Christine  Correlates of Burnout Among Providers Who Serve the Homeless

Stork, Elizabeth P.  Analyzing Decision Making:  Women Seeking Shelter from Intimate Partner Violence


Daniel, Jerry  Survey of Clinicians' Perception of Inmates' Satisfaction with Mental Health Services

Frank, Marsha Factors Influencing Belief in the Validity of Delayed Trauma Memory

Knudsen, Kraig The Diffusion of an Evidence-Based Practice:  A Case Study of High and Low Adopters of Assertive Community Treatment

Lowe, Tony  Management Practices as a Factor in Male Social Workers Increased Exposure to Client-Related Violence in Mental Health Service 

Lynch, Mark T.  The Effects of Research Training and Research Efficacy on Empirical Research Productivity by Practicing Social Workers

Modie-Moroka, Tirelo Community and Individual Life Stressors, Health Status and Social Capital:  A Study of Low-Income Areas in Francistown City, Botswana

Slawinski, Tonya The Intensive Case Manager/Client Relationship:  Understanding the Factors Influencing Boundary Development and Compliance

Stubenbort, Karen The Effectiveness of Intervention for Maltreated Preschoolers:  An Attachment Theory Perspective


Breitenstein, Larry Managed Care Effects on the Reporting and Substantiation of Child Abuse and Neglect

Faber, John HIV Prevention and Sexually-Active, High Risk Young People:  A Collaborative and Empowering Approach to Intervention 

Friedman, Mark Gender-Role Nonconformity, Bullying, and Suicidal Behavior Among Gay and Bisexual Adolescents

Leahy, Dean Improving the Organ Donation Process:  Can Social Work Help?

Lindsey, Michael Social Network Influences on African-American Adolescents' Use of Mental Health Services


Bonach, Kathryn  The Mediating Role of Forgiveness in the Relationship Between Post-Divorce Cognitive Processes and Co-Parenting Quality:  A Context, Process, Outcome Model

Manfred Gilham, Jerry Jo Use of an Orientation Engagement Strategy to Enhance the Therapeutic Alliance with a Child's Caregiver

Meyer, Susan Effects of Upper Managers' Conflict Handling Styles on Subordinate Managers' Conflict Handling Styles and the Frequency, Intensity, and Resolution of Conflict in a Hierarchical Organization

Schutz, William  A Nationwide Study of Goal Attainment Among Health Resources and Services Administration-Funded Traumatic Brain Injury State Demonstration Grantees

Winter, Elizabeth The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment and Co-Morbidity on Depression Treatment Response in Adult Women


Montrose, Deborah  Children and Adolescents at Risk for Schizophrenia:  Influence of Familial Expressed Emotion

Robinson, Bonnie The Impact of Gender Role Adherence, Gender Role Stress, and Sexist Attitudes on Violence Against Women

Sukitz, Sr. Carol A Study of Parish Social Ministry and Delivery of Social Services in the Neighborhood Community


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