Experiences of Social Work Students with Disabilities – research study

college-students-build-credit-e1506524204607Dr. Claudia Sellmaier and I are conducting a study exploring the experiences of social work students (BSW/BASW, MSW, and PhD/DSW) with disabilities in their social work education.

We are interested in learning more about the educational experiences of social work students with disabilities, their experiences with disability services specifically, and with resources in general. We hope to use the findings to better improve services and educational outcomes for students with disabilities in social work programs.

The current study also received IRB approval from the University of Washington Human Subjects Review Board.

To participate in this study, please click here.

You can also contact us for more information:

Dr. Sellmaier at (253) 693-5865 or email sellmaic@uw.edu or Dr. Kim at (253) 692-5623 or email kimjr@uw.edu

International adoption: a global challenge

In March, 2017 my chapter with Dr. Oh Myo Kim and Randy Tarnowski was published by Routledge. This book is edited by Pat Dolan and Nick Frost.In the context of the increasing global movement of people and a growing evidence base for differing outcomes in child welfare, Routledge Handbook of Global Child Welfare provides a compelling account of child welfare, grounded in the latest theory, policy and practice. Drawing on eminent international expertise, the book offers a coherent and comprehensive overview of the policies, systems and practices that can deliver the best outcomes for children. It considers the challenges faced by children globally, and the difference families, services and professionals can make. For more information, click here.



Transracial and Intercountry Adoption: School issues

TRA & ICA Adoption BOok Beth Hall and I have co-authored a chapter on school issues for transracial and intercountry adopted children and their families. The book is edited by Rowena Fong and Ruth McRoy and you can get more information about the book here.

A Good Time for the Truth

PrintI have an essay published in the new anthology, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. This book is edited by Sun Yung Shin and published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. More information on the book is available here.


Korean adoptee parenting study

The purpose of this study is to understand Korean adoptees’ experiences being a parent in America. This study is being conducted through the University of Minnesota. Research team include Rich Lee, Xiang Zhou, and Heewon Lee.

The study is open to parents of children from 3-17 (even though the flier below says 3-10, it has been expanded to include parents of tweens and teenagers).


Adoption-specific curriculum

This project is a review of adoption-specific curriculum included in accredited BSW and MSW social work programs and similar fields (psychology, counseling, family social science) in the U.S. The research team includes Bibiana Koh, Augsburg College and Ruth McRoy, Boston College.

We have published the article from this study. You can access the article, Exploring Adoption-Specific Curricula in Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs online at Adoption Quarterly.