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Sarah Taylor, MSW, PhD Faculty Profile

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Sarah  Taylor, MSW, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Social Work

Sarah Taylor, MSW, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Social Work at California State University, East Bay. She is a teacher, scholar, and facilitator with over 20 years of experience in social services and higher education. As a deep generalist, she focuses on promoting well-being, building collaboration, and reducing inequities across human service systems. Sarah explores these themes in a variety of contexts, including higher education, mental health, disability, and LGBTQ+ communities. Outside of work, she enjoys local and international travel, vegetarian cooking, and lots of walks in nature with her family. She is developing skills as an amateur radio show host for Access and Inclusion Radio (AIR) on 96.1 KACR-LP Alameda Community Radio.

Sarah's work involves collaboration with community partners on research and evaluation projects of interest to stakeholders, with a focus on applied, community-based, participatory action research. She has completed two photovoice program evaluation projects, one with Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, and the other with the Arc of Alameda County. Her current collaborative projects include:

  • Pioneers for Hope Learning Framework, a project at CSU East Bay, with funding from the Stupski Foundation.
  • Behavioral Health Workforce Education And Training (BHWET) Program, a regional partnership to provide training and stipends to MSW students committed to working in integrated primary care and behavioral health settings. CalSWEC and UC Berkeley are leading this initiative, with the departments of social work at SFSU, SJSU, and CSUEB as partners. Funding is from HRSA.
  • Building a Model of Internalized Stigma in LGBTQ+ Communities with Rainbow Community Center 
  • Collaboration between Child Welfare and Child Mental Health through the Qualitative Data Mining Project at the Bay Area Social Services Consortium at UC Berkeley 
  • Advocacy and Resilience in Families of Children with Disabilities; this project is part of a continuing collaboration with Dr. Amy Conley Wright at the University of Sydney.

  • B.A. Sociology, Vassar College NY
  • M.S.W. Social Welfare, UC Berkeley
  • PhD. Social Welfare, UC Berkeley
Winter Quarter 2018
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
SW 693502Program EvaluationM2:00PM3:50PMMI-3051Hayward Campus View Books
SW 693503Program EvaluationM10:00AM11:50AMMI-2106Hayward Campus View Books

Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

Taylor, S. and Conley Wright, A. (2017). The role of not-for-profit organisations in supporting advocacy and leadership in parents of children with disabilities: A cross-national perspective. Third Sector Review, 23(2), 81-107.

Taylor, S., Carnochan, S., Pascual, G., & Austin, M.J. (2016). Engaging employers as partners in subsidized employment programs. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 43(1), 149-170.

Carnochan, S., Taylor S., Pascual, G., & Austin, M.J.. (2014). Employer-employee relationships in subsidized employment programs: The role of soft skills. Families in Society, 95(3), 187-194.

Conley Wright, A. & Taylor, S. (2014). Advocacy by parents of young children with special needs: Activities, processes, and perceived effectiveness. Journal of Social Service Research. Advance online publication. doi 10.1080/01488376.2014.896850

Benton, A., Androff, D., David-Barr, B., and Taylor, S. (2012). Of quant jocks and qual outsiders: Doctoral student narratives on the quest for training in qualitative research. Qualitative Social Work, 11(3), 232-248.

Taylor, S. (2011). Educational and vocational exploration in vulnerable youth. Child and Youth Services, 32(4), 355-379.

Taylor, S. & Anthony, E. (2011). Infusing early intervention for substance use into community mental health services for transitioning youth. Social Work in Mental Health, 9(3), 163-180.

Anthony, E., Taylor, S., & Raffo, Z. (2010). Early intervention for substance abuse among youth and young adults with mental health conditions: An exploration of community mental health practices. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 38(3), 131-141.

Cosner Berzin, S. & Taylor, S. (2009). Preparing foster youth for independent living: Collaboration between county independent living programs and community-based youth-serving agencies. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 3(3), 254-274.

Taylor, S. Engaging and retaining vulnerable youth in a short-term longitudinal qualitative study. (2009). Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 8(3), 491-308.

Stone, S., Austin, M., Berzin, S., Taylor, S. (2008). Exploring the knowledge base of HB&SE using the concept of reciprocity. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 16(3), 89-106.

Cohen, E., Adams, N., Dougherty, R., Clark, J.D., Taylor, S. (2007). The intersection of transformation and quality in mental health treatment: Implementing the California Learning Collaborative. International Journal of Mental Health, 36(2), 21-35.

Carnochan, S., Taylor, S., Abramson-Madden, A., Han, M., Rashid, S., Maney, J., et al. (2006). Child welfare and the courts: An exploratory study of the relationship between two complex systems. The Journal of Public Child Welfare, (1)1, 117-136.

Taylor, S. (2006). Educating future practitioners of social work and law: Exploring the origins of inter-professional misunderstanding. Children and Youth Services Review. (28)6, 638-653.

Carnochan, S., Ketch, V., De Marco, A., Taylor, S., Abramson, A., & Austin, M. (2005). Assessing the initial impact of welfare reform: A synthesis of research studies. The Social Policy Journal, 4(1), 3-31.

Hastings, J., Taylor, S., Austin, M. (2005). The status of low-income families in the post-welfare reform environment: Mapping the relationships between poverty and family. The Journal of Health and Social Policy, 21(1), 33-63.

Taylor, S., Austin, M., & Mulroy, E. (2005). Evaluating the social environment component of human behavior and the social environment courses through an analysis of course outlines. The Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 10(3), 61-84. (Reprinted in The conundrum of human behavior in the social environment, by M. Feit and J. Wodarski, Eds., 2005, Binghamton, NY: Haworth.)

Taylor, S., Mulroy, E., & Austin, M. (2005). Social work textbooks on human behavior and the social environment: An analysis of the social environment component. The Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 10(3), 85-110. (Reprinted in The conundrum of human behavior in the social environment, by M. Feit and J. Wodarski, Eds., 2005, Binghamton, NY: Haworth.)

Book Chapters and Invited Contributions

Woods, D.R., Taylor, S., Austin, D., Beck, J., Chung, K., Couch, S., Davis, E.M., Fauth, B., Geron, K., Ireland, D.K., Kupers, E., Massey, M., Rowley, A.J., Stein, J., & Weiss, J. (2015). Building an inclusive, accessible, and responsive campus at California State University East Bay, 2010-2015. Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally Linguistically Diverse Populations, 22(2), 44-63.

Stone, S., Anyon, Y., Berzin, S., Taylor, S., & Austin, M. (2012). Human behavior and the social environment: Exploring conceptual foundations in Thyer, B., Dulmas, C., and Sowers, K. (Eds.) Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Theories for Social Work Practice.

Clark, H.B., Taylor, S., and Deschenes, N. (2010). Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model: Understanding youth perspectives and practices for improving their community life outcomes in Cheney, D. (Ed.) Transition of secondary students with emotional or behavioral disorders: Current approaches for positive outcomes. (2nd Edition). Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Career Development and Transition & The Council for Exceptional Children.

Stone, S., Cosner Berzin, S., Taylor, S., & Austin, M. (2008). Human behavior and the social environment: Exploring conceptual foundations In B. Thyer (Ed.), Comprehensive handbook of social work and social welfare, Volume 2: Human behavior in the social environment. Indianapolis, IN: John Wiley and Sons.

Public Engagement

Taylor, S. (2017, April 10). Home among the gum trees: An American family's amazing Australian adventure. Fragile X Association of Australia Newsletter.

Taylor, S. (2017, March 28). Commentary: How will AUSD respond to landmark ruling for special education studentsAlameda Sun. (Local paper with circulation of over 20,000.)

Taylor, S. (2017, January 9). Education for children with disabilities and the next attorney general.  Blog on The Medium. (779 views between January-April 2017.)

PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (past five years)

* denotes current or former student

Taylor, S., Battis, C., Carnochan, S., Henry, C., Stanczyk, A., & Austin, M. (2018, January - accepted). Linking Immigrant Youth in Child Welfare with Mental Health Services. Poster presentation at the annual Society for Social Work Research Conference, Washington, D.C.

Taylor, S. & Wright, A. (2017, October). Once upon a time in an IEP: Stories of educational advocacy by parents of children with disabilities. Sixty-minute breakout session at the Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI.

Taylor, S. Carnochan, S., Stanczyk, A., Battis, C., & Austin, M.J. (2017, May). Linkages between child welfare and mental health: Promising practices and challenges. Oral presentation at the 4th International Conference on Practice Research, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Taylor, S. & Wright, A. (2016, November). The role of non-profit organisations in supporting the advocacy activities of parents of children with additional needs. Oral paper presentation at the Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference, University of Sydney, Australia.

Taylor, S. & Cohen, E. (2016, June). Evaluation of an innovative recovery-oriented behavioral health program. Oral paper presentation at the 27th Annual Network for Social Work Management Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Taylor, S. & Wright, A. (2016, April). Advocacy activities by parents of children with disabilities: Exhilarating, empowering, and exhausting. Oral paper presentation at the annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI.

Taylor, S. Carnochan, S., Pascual, G., & Austin, M. (2015, January). Engaging employers as partners in subsidized employment programs.  Oral paper presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Wright, A. & Taylor, S. (2014, July). Advocacy by parents of young children with special needs: Activities, processes, and perceived effectiveness. Co-author of poster presentation delivered by A. Conley Wright at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Taylor, S., Pizzi, D.*, Crispino, N.*, & Mozell, V.* (2014, June). Hope, family, and possibility: A collaborative program evaluation photovoice project. Oral paper presentation at the 25th Annual Network for Social Work Management Conference, Boston, MA.

Beck, J., Fong, C., Taylor, S., & Wong, R. (2014, March). A small step toward implementing diversity and social justice education through a faculty mentoring program. Co-author of oral paper presentation delivered by J.Beck, C. Fong, and R. Wong at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

Taylor, S., Wong, R., Fong, C. & Beck, J. (2014, February). Exploring conceptualization of diversity and social justice in a diverse, public, urban university. Oral paper presentation at the 26th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Taylor, S., Cohen, E., & Stone, N. (2013, April). Using photovoice to engage stakeholders in program evaluation. Oral paper presentation at the California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies (CASRA) Spring Conference, San Mateo, CA.

Taylor, S. & Pierce, S.* (2013, January). Teaching community mental health in California: A statewide content analysis of course outlines. Oral paper presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, San Diego, CA.

INVITED COMMUNITY-BASED PRESENTATIONS (past five years)

Taylor, S. (2018, February - scheduled). How providers can support advocacy and leadership in parents of children with disabilities. National webinar for the Military Families Learning Network.

Taylor, S. (2018, January - scheduled). You shouldn't have to be a rocket scientist to access services for kids with disabilities.  National webinar for Family Voices of California.

Taylor, S. (2017, December; 2016, September; 2015, January & June). Resilience, coffee, and community: How parents advocate for children with special needs. 2017, December: Alameda Special Education Family Support Group Workshop, Alameda, CA. 2016, September: Noah's Shoalhaven, Parent Room Workshop Series, Nowra, Australia. In 2015, both presentations  were with Family Voices of California, Parent Advocate Training Series, in two different formats. January, in-person: Oakland, CA: Family Education Resource Center. June, online: Webinar with over 60 participants from across the U.S.

Taylor, S. (2017, April & September). Being a Professor at a Teaching/Research University. Panelist on a presentation for doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (April) and UC Berkeley (September).

Taylor, S. (2017, April & 2016, September). Cultural sensitivity in working with LGBTQ+ communities. September 2016: Guest lecture in a course on diversity taught by L. Keevers in the Department of Social Work at University of Wollongong, Australia. April 2017: Guest lecture in a course on diversity taught by N. Mahendra in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at San Jose State University.

Sisler, S. & Taylor, S. (2017, March). Integrating primary care and behavioral health. Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Intern Training Seminar. San Leandro, CA. (Also presented in 2015, April with N. Schapiro and 2016, April with Miller, A.)

Taylor, S. (2016, November). Narrative analysis of parental advocacy in educational settings. Oral presentation as part of the Early Start Research Institute seminar series, University of Wollongong, Australia.

Keeton, V. & Taylor, S. (2016, January). The intersection of physical and behavioral health. Guest lecture for a course on Child/Adolescent Behavioral and Mental Health Conditions taught by N. Shapiro at the University of California, San Francisco.

Taylor, S., Pizzi, D.*, Crispino, N.*, & Mozell, V.* (2015, June). Hope, family, and possibility: A collaborative program evaluation photovoice project. Oral presentation at the Arc of California Annual Executive Meeting. Sacramento, CA.

Taylor, S. & Mazid, S. (2015, May). Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) Workforce Education and Training (WET) needs assessment survey. Bay Area Mental Health and Education Workforce Collaborative. Oakland, CA: ACBHCS.

Taylor, S. & Conley Wright, A. (2014, November). I have learned not to take NO for an answer! Advocacy journeys for parents of kids with special needs. Ala Costa Centers Lecture Series. Alameda, CA: Ala Costa Center.

Taylor, S. (2014, September). One of four panelists speaking at How to Get a Job at a Liberal Arts College, a Community College, and a California State University: A Panel Discussion. Fourth Annual PhD Colloquium: Expanded Pathways to Teaching Careers Series. Berkeley, CA: University of California at Berkeley.

Taylor, S. (2013, November). Being a faculty member. Guest lecture for a course on Preparing for an Academic Career in Social Work taught by J. Midgley in the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley.

Taylor, S. & Stone, N. (2013, May). Gifts, inspiration, and resilience: A Photovoice Project. Oral presentation at the Conard House Annual Community Forum. San Francisco, CA.

Carnochan, S., Taylor, S., & Austin, M. (2013, February). BASSC subsidized employment project: Employer engagement and retention. Oral presentation at the Bay Area Social Services Consortium meeting of Welfare Directors. Emeryville, CA.

Taylor, S. Diskowski, D., Hill, B., and Stone, N. (2012, December). Gifts, inspiration, and resilience: A photovoice exhibit. Co-facilitator of a participatory action research photovoice project, resulting in a public exhibition of the photographers’ works. All photographers were consumers involved in a community mental health recovery program. Photographs were displayed in this community space for two months, from December 2012 to February 2013. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.

Taylor, S. (2012 & 2011, April). Parent advocacy for children with special needs. Invited for two years to guest lecture in a course on Child Advocacy taught by A. Conley in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development, San Francisco State University.

PRESENTATIONS AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY, HAYWARD, CA (past five years)

Woods, D. & Taylor, S. (2017, December & September). Microaggressions. Co-presenter of a workshop offered by the University Office of Diversity, Leadership and Employee Wellness. December: Counseling Services; September: New faculty and department chairs.

Taylor, S. (2017, October). You Shouldn't Have to be a Rocket Scientist to Access Services for Kids with Disabilities.  Oral presentation for the Diversity and Inclusion Student Center

Woods, D. & Taylor, S. (2017, September). Unconscious bias. Co-presenter of a workshop offered by the University Office of Diversity, Leadership and Employee Wellness for diversity advocates on faculty search committees.

Austin, D., Gray, M., Taylor, S., & Williams, S. (2017, September, May, & March). Racial equity ally training. Co-presenter of a workshop offered by the University Office of Diversity, Leadership and Employee Wellness and Diversity and Inclusion Student Center. (September presentation will be an abbreviated version.)

Taylor, S. (2016, May & 2013, May). Cultural sensitivity in working with LGBTQ+ communities. Guest lecture in a course on diversity taught by N. Mahendra in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

Baird, P., Czirkelbach, K., Kasinath, S., & Taylor, S. (2016, January). Invisible disabilities. Oral presentation for the Diversity Development Series.

Couch, S., Page, K., Wageman, S., Brady, K., & Taylor, S. (2015, September). All about the money: Finding money for research. Oral presentation at Back to the Bay faculty conference.

Taylor, S. & Woods, D. (2015, March & September). Culturally inclusive and responsive teaching and learning. Oral presentation for the First Year Faculty Experience workshop series. 

Keeton, V. & Taylor, S. (2015, May). Minding the gap: Providing comprehensive care through the integration of primary care and behavioral health. Oral presentation at the Social Work Department's Annual Field Instructor Appreciation Luncheon.

Taylor, S. (2014, October). Two pots of coffee: Parenting a child with special needs. Guest lecture for a an advanced graduate seminar on language disorders in children taught by S. Kasinath in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

Taylor, S., Wong, R., Fong, C., Austin, D., Akolo, M., & Woods, D. (2014, September). DSJ@CSUEB: Past, Present, and Future. Oral presentation at Back to the Bay faculty conference.

Taylor, S. Pizzi, D.*, Crispino, N.*, Mozell, V.*, Alvarado, F., & Tuttle, R. (2014, May). Hope, family, and possibility: A photovoice exhibit. Co-facilitator of a participatory action research photovoice project, resulting in a public exhibition of the photographers’ works. All photographers were consumers involved in a program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Photographs will be displayed at the CSUEB campus during the opening exhibition in May 2014, and in other community locations in the future.

Chester, D., Taylor, S., Ituarte, S., Harris, M., Komorosky, D., & Massey, M. (2014, April). Diversity and social justice rubric by the CSUEB Faculty Learning Community on Diversity & Social Justice. Oral presentation at the Spring Symposium on Assessment of Core Competencies.

Woods, D., Taylor, S., Davis, E.M., Geron, K., Ituarte, S., Stempel, C., & Ngo, M. (2013, September and 2014, February). Creating a Respectful and Inclusive Environment: Results of the 2011-2012 Diversity Survey. Oral presentations at Back to the Bay faculty conference and during the Week of Inclusive Excellence.

Taylor, S., Seitz, J., & Schneider, F. (2014). LGBTQ open dialogue. Panel presenter at an event organized by D. Woods and J. Stoll at the CSUEB Diversity Center.

Taylor, S. (2013, September). Tips for success for the first year. Panelist for a presentation to new faculty organized the Office of Faculty Development.

Taylor, S. & Stone, N. (2013, May). Gifts, inspiration, and resilience: A Photovoice Project. Oral  presentation at the Field Instructor Annual Appreciation Luncheon, Dept of Social Work.

Taylor, S. & Conley Wright, A. (2013, April).  A survey of the advocacy activities of parents of young children with special needs. Poster presentation at the CSUEB Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Poster Exhibit.

Beck, J., Fong, C., Taylor, S., Harris, M., Jackson Kimball, D., Wong, R., Le, T., & Marcus, I.  (2013, April). Diversity and social justice planning project. (A project of the Programmatic Excellent and Innovation in Learning program.) Poster presentation at the CSUEB Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Poster Exhibit.

Taylor, S., Pierce, S*., Forbes, V.*, & Ng, A.* (2012, May). Teaching mental health in California: Curriculum content analysis. Poster presentation at the CSUEB Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Poster Exhibit.

Taylor, S. (2012, May). Teaching mental health in California: Curriculum content analysis. Poster presentation at the CSUEB Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Poster Exhibit..

Taylor, S., Woods, D., Marcus, I., Fajilan, A., Harris, M., Ituarte, S., Jackson Kimball, D., Mahendra, N., Mallare, M., Manopulos, M., & McGirk, J. (2012, May). 2011-2012 All-campus diversity survey: Preliminary findings. Developed award-winning poster presented at Diversity Day.

Lead Researcher/Co-Investigator, Pioneers for Hope Learning Framework, 2017-2019, Stupski Foundation. Principal Investigator: Provost Edward Inch.

Collaborator/Sub-Award PI, Behavioral Health Workforce Education And Training (BHWET) Program, 2017-2020. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), M01HP31330-01-00. Sub-award through UC Berkeley. PI: Maxwell Davis,

Project Coordinator, Mental Health Stipend Program, 2017-2018. Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development via California Social Work Education Center. Principal Investigator: Rose Wong.

Collaborator/Sub-Award PI, Interprofessional Nurse Practitioner Education for the Collaborative Care of Children with Chronic Conditions (INPEC5), 2014-2017. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HRSA-14-066. Sub-award through UCSF. PI: Naomi Schapiro.

Principal Investigator, Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Social Work Field Placement Project, 2013-2014. Council on Social Work Education/New York Community Trust. 

Principal Investigator, Diversity and Social Justice Faculty Fellows Pilot Program, 2013-2014, Programmatic Excellence and Innovation in Learning (PEIL) grant, California State University, East Bay. Co-Principal Investigators: Julie Beck, Colleen Fong, and Rose Wong.

Co-Principal Investigator, Diversity and Social Justice Grant Project, 2012-2013, Programmatic Excellence and Innovation in Learning (PEIL) grant, California State University, East Bay. Principal Investigator: Julie Beck; Co-Principal Investigator: Colleen Fong.

Sub-Award Principal Investigator, Mental Health Curriculum Content Analysis Project, 2010. Zellerbach Foundation, sub-award through Loma Linda University. PI: Bev Buckles.

Project Coordinator, CalSWEC Mental Health Stipend Program, 2009-2011. California Social Work Education Center. Co-Principal Investigators: Evaon Wong-Kim and Dianne Rush Woods.

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Prevention Science Research Training Program, National Institute of Health, National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, T32 AA014125-04, Program Director: Genevieve Ames.

Associate Research Scientist, Family Strengths in Preventing Adolescent Drug Use, 2007-2009. National Institute of Health, National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, R01 AA015523-01A2, Principal Investigator: Brenda Miller.

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Research Fellow, January 2017-present, Rainbow Community Center, Concord, CA. Collaborating on a research project to build a model of internalized stigma in LGBTQ+ communities.

Research Fellow, May 2016 - present, Bay Area Social Services Consortium, University of California, Berkeley. Fellowship for serving on the leadership team of a multi-county project evaluating the integration of child welfare with mental health service for children and parental substance abuse services for parents.

Endeavour Fellow, Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Awarded a fellowship to serve as a visiting scholar at the University of Wollongong School of Health and Society and Early Start Research Institute from September-December 2016. 

Service Award, Arc of Alameda County, 2015. Award for the photovoice project, Hope, Family, & Possibility.

Person of Change Award, CSUEB Diversity and Inclusion Student Center, 2014.

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, 2007

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation, Dissertation Fellow, 2006

University of California at Berkeley Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship, 2006

University of California at Berkeley Summer Grant, 2005, 2006

Vassar College Fellowship for Graduate Study, 2000, 2004, 2005

School of Social Welfare Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley, 2000-2004

Selected service commitments in the past five years

University-wide

  • Co-Facilitator, Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Curriculum Development Project, 2017-2018
  • Faculty Affairs Committee, Member: 2017-present.
  • Committee on Research, Chair: 2013-2016; Member: 2012-2013
  • Renaissance Scholars Advisory Board, 2010-2012 & 2015-2016
  • Principal Investigator Advisory Committee, 2014-2016
  • Faculty in Residence, Faculty Learning Community on Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Teaching, 2014-2015
  • Diversity and Social Justice Assessment Project Member, 2014-2015
  • Participant in three Faculty Learning Communities for Diversity and Social Justice, 2011, 2012, & 2014

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

  • Sociology Dept Retention Committee member, 2017-2018.
  • Ethnic Studies Dept Retention Committee member, 2017-2018.
  • Curriculum Committee Member, 2014-2016
  • FACT Assessment Committee Member 2013-2014

Department of Social Work

  • Curriculum Committee, Chair: 2011-2013; 2014-present; Member: 2009-2011
  • Research Sequence, Chair: 2013-present; Co-Chair: 2010-2011; 2012-2013; 2017-present; Member: 2011-2012
  • Retention Committee, Chair, 2015-2016
  • Quarter-to-Semester Conversion Committee, Co-chair, 2015-2016
  • Assessment Committee, Chair: 2013-2014; Member: 2009-2010; 2014-2016
  • Mental Health Concentration Co-Chair, 2009-2012; 2014-2016
  • Admissions application reviewer, 2009-present
  • Departmental Faculty Search Committees:
    • Tenure-Track, Chair: 2017-2018; Member: 2013-2014, 2014-2015
    • Field Director Search Committee, Chair, Spring 2014 & Spring 2015
    • Title IV-E Coordinator, Member, Summer 2014
    • Three-Year MSW Coordinator, Chair, Fall 2013
    • Field Director/Field Liaison Search Committee Chair, Fall 2012
    • Field Liaison Search Committee Member, Spring 2012

Community Service

  • Special Education Strategic Planning Group, Alameda Unified School District, March 2017-present.
  • Board of Directors, Arc of Alameda County, Vice President (2014-present), Chair of the Program Sub-Committee (2011-present), Member-at-large, (2010-2014)
  • Board of Directors, Ala Costa Centers, Member-at-large (2014-present)
  • Volunteer Moderator, Solidarity Sundays National Facebook Group, February 2017-present. Group of over 19,000 people working to support progressive change at local, state, and national levels. 

Professional Service

  • Current Reviewer for:
    • Qualitative Social Work
    • Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
    • International Journal of Qualitative Methods
  • California Social Work Education Center Mental Health Committee, 2009-2014
  • Bay Area Mental Health and Education Workforce Collaborative, January 2009-2012
  • Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, High School Mental Health Pathways Planning Group, 2010-2013
  • San Mateo County Behavioral Health Services, Workforce Education Committee, 2010-2012

Community-Based Professional Consulting (past five years)

  • Independent Evaluation Consultant, Alameda County Behavioral Health, Oakland, CA: CHOICES for Community Living Program Evaluation, 2010-2015
  • Independent Evaluation Consultant, Alameda County Behavioral Health, Oakland, CA: Workforce, Education, and Training Survey Development, 2014-2015
  • Independent Evaluation Consultant, Bay Area Social Services Consortium, Berkeley CA: Subsidized Employment Evaluation, 2011-2014

Other Relevant Experience 

  • Selected to participate in the Research to Policy Boot Camp hosted by the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC, March 2017
  • Faculty Consultant and Academic Adviser, Three-Year MSW Program, 2013-2016
  • Coordinator, Three-Year MSW Program, 2012-2013
  • Co-Coordinator, Three-Year MSW Program, 2010-2012
  • CalSWEC-II Mental Health Grant Project Coordinator/Lecturer, 2009-2011

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