My Research

My research interests include family-centered practices (including ICWA & FGDM), child welfare workforce development, and child welfare disproportionality that impacts Indigenous communities.

My dissertation work was on organizational factors that influence child welfare workforce stability and burnout.

From 2012-2015 I was the lead evaluator on a federal Family Connections Family Group Decision Making grant. We assessed the efficacy of FGDM with Native American families in North Dakota. 

I am also the PI on a statewide assessment of Supreme Court Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Compliance.

I am also interested in the use of technology and social media in social work education and practice.

I am interested in the delivery of online social work degree programs, as well as how we use technology in the classroom and in practice settings. I study the use of social media in social work and child welfare practice.

I hold the highest professional clinical social work license in North Dakota, which is the LICSW. Having recently moved to New York, I have not yet applied for a new clinical license here.

My primary clinical interests include motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, child welfare practice, and clinical supervision.  I teach courses in motivational interviewing and advanced practice with families.