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Victoria “Tori” Charles (Ph.D. student)

 

Tori Charles received her BA in psychology with a minor in sociology in 2008 and MSW in 2010 from Winthrop University. Following graduation, Tori worked in a community mental health clinic developing treatment groups and conducting individual counseling. Later, she returned to Winthrop University to work in the Center for Social Welfare Research and Assessment as a project coordinator, performing program evaluation services for the Bureau of Long Term Care and Behavioral Health Services at South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Winthrop University Department of Social Work.  Tori was selected as a member of the AGE-SW Pre-Dissertation Initiative 2014 cohort. Tori's primary research interest is in examining how social networks impact quality of life for older adults. Her additional research interests include development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and examining person-centered, self-directed care in home and community-based services. She is developing methodological expertise in social network analysis and multilevel modeling and is being mentored by Dr. Bethany Bell and Dr. Kirk Foster. 

 

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Timothy Cross (Ph.D. student)

 

Timothy Cross received his BS in social work at Western Carolina University in 2000. After completing his MSW at USC in 2002, Timothy went to work at an Asheville area non-profit as a Family Preservation Specialist. Working closely with the Department of Social Services, Juvenile Justice, and local mental health providers, Timothy spent his first two years in the field as an in-home worker with children at risk of being placed out-of-home and, later, five years as Program Coordinator of this program. With a desire to further his studies, Timothy returned to the CoSW in 2010 as a doctoral student. Today, he is a doctoral candidate and is working towards a graduate certificate in Women & Gender Studies. His dissertation concerns the representation of voices within online media during the government shutdown of 2013, paying particular attention to the presence or absence of typically marginalized groups within online media’s reporting of this event.  The chair of Timothy’s dissertation committee is Dr. Ronald Pitner. 

Sara English (Ph.D. student)

 

English Sara CopySara English is a second year doctoral student. She received her BA in Behavioral Science from Columbia College in Columbia, SC and her MSW from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where she worked for the Center for Social Welfare Research and Assessment. She has worked in the fields of aging, palliative care and long term care administration. Her primary research interests are mental health concerns, the creation of meaningful connections, and the relationships created and maintained within institutional settings, with a particular emphasis on how grief is experienced by professional caregivers. She has been selected for the 2016 cohort of the AGE SW Pre-Dissertation Initiative and serves as an appointee for the SC Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging Alzheimer’s Advisor Board. She is a Graduate assistant for her academic advisor, Dr. Terry Wolfer, and is mentored by Dr. Sue Levkoff and Dr. Richard Woodrow (NYUMC).  

 

 

 

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Kimberly DeCelle (Ph.D. student)

 

Kim DeCelle received her MSW at the University of Georgia and her MDiv from the Princeton Theological Seminary. She is returned to the classroom after almost a decade of psychotherapy practice, working several years with juvenile sex offenders in a residential treatment setting before joining practice at a community mental health clinic in Athens, GA. Her research interests include trauma treatments and interventions, non-traditional families, stigma, and cults. Kim has also trained in a seminary setting, and has an interest in larger questions of human suffering, and collective responses to pain and suffering in the world. She has a love of lifelong learning, and came back to school to think creatively about challenges she encountered while in the world of clinical practice. A native of Ohio, she moved to Columbia, along with her husband Mike, to start the PhD program. Kim loves animals, especially giant breed dogs, and shares her home with a large English Mastiff named King.

 

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Andy Flaherty received a BA degree in Biblical Studies from the University of Sheffield (England) and an MSW degree from California State University, Chico. Andy worked for several years in the mental health field specializing in psychotherapeutic treatment for adolescent males. Andy’s research interests include men in social work education, substance use recovery, and the Bible and social work. Andy is currently a Research Assistant in the Field Education Office where he is helping to conduct formative research into student perceptions of substance abuse recovery needs. This research is contributing to the development of the Gamecock Recovery Initiative. Andy's research mentor is Dr. Melissa Reitmeier, the Director of Field Education, and his academic mentor is Dr. Aidyn Iachin

 

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