Social Work Research and Engagement

As one of the nation’s leading research universities, NC State solves problems, builds partnerships, brings together great minds, engages students and creates prosperity. The Department of Social Work adheres to those goals and ideals as our faculty and students engage in research and scholarship, activism and engagement.

You’ll find our research in textbooks and journal articles, as well as at conference presentations. Our work impacts local families and global policies.

Teaching students how to engage in qualitative and quantitative research is integral to our undergraduate program. Our Research Methods for Social Workers course (SW 300) is part and parcel of that effort. NC State also offers research grants to undergraduate students. For more information please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Since much of our faculty research is funded, many of our graduate students work as paid research assistants on projects. For more information, please see The Graduate School’s website.

For more information on specific faculty research, see the Faculty and Staff page and select a faculty member’s name. If you are a student with a specific independent study idea in mind, please contact an instructor with a history in that research area with a request for a meeting and potential mentorship.  

Our Research

Please see below for our faculty research publications and presentations for 2015 – 2016. 

Peer-Review Journal Articles

Casstevens, W. J., & Gallagher, J. (2016). A journey into grief: Reflections on loss and suicide. Social Work Chronicle, 5(1), 26-36.

Akizawa, T., Kurita, N., Mizobuchi, M., Fukagawa, M., Onishi, Y., Yamaguchi, T., Ellis, A. R., Fukuma, S., Brookhart, M. A., Hasegawa, T., Kurokawa, K., & Fukuhara, S. (2016). PTH-dependence of the effectiveness of cinacalcet in hemodialysis patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism. Scientific Reports, 6, 19612. doi:10.1038/srep19612

Brookhart, M. A., Freburger, J. K., Ellis, A. R., Winkelmayer, W. C., Wang, L., & Kshirsagar, A. V. (2016). Comparative short-term safety of sodium ferric gluconate versus iron sucrose in hemodialysis patients. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 67(1), 119-127. doi:10.1053/j.ajkd.2015.07.026

Domino, M. E., Jackson, C., Beadles, C. A., Lichstein, J. C., Ellis, A. R., Farley, J. F., Morrissey, J. P., & DuBard, A. C. (2016). Do primary care medical homes facilitate care transitions after psychiatric discharge for patients with multiple chronic conditions? General Hospital Psychiatry, 39, 59-65. doi:10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2015.11.002

Doyle, O., Clark, T. T., Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., Lombe, M., Stephens, J., & Nebbitt, V. E. (2016). Paternal caregivers’ parenting practices and psychological functioning among African American youth living in urban public housing. Family Process, DOI:10.1111/famp.12221.

Doyle, O., Magan, I., Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., Goldston, D. B., & Estroff, S.E. (2016). “Don’t wait for it to rain to buy an umbrella:” The transmission of values from African American fathers to sons. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, DOI: 10.1037/men0000028.     

Freburger, J. K., Ellis, A. R., Wang, L., Butler, A. M., Kshirsagar, A. V., Winkelmayer, W. C., & Brookhart, M. A. (2016). Comparative effectiveness of iron and erythropoiesis-stimulating agent dosing on health-related quality of life in patients on hemodialysis. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 67(2), 271-282. doi:10.1053/j.ajkd.2015.09.011

Gleeson, J. P., Hsieh, C. M., & Cryer-Coupet, Q. (2016). Social support, family competence, and informal kinship caregiver parenting stress: The mediating and moderating effects of family resources. Children and Youth Services Review67, 32-42.

Hall, J., & Bullock, K. (2015). A practicum partnership approach to addressing barriers to mental health among racially diverse older adults. Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 5(8), 10-19.

La, E.M., Lich, K. H., Wells, R., Ellis, A. R., Swartz, M., & Morrissey, J. P. (2016). Increasing access to state psychiatric hospital beds: Exploring supply-side solutions. Psychiatric Services, 67(5), 523-528. doi:10.1176/

Rikard, R.V., Hall, J.K., & Bullock, K. (2015). Health literacy and cultural competence: A model for addressing diversity and unequal access to trauma-related health care. Traumatology, 21(3), 227-236. DOI: 10.1037/trm0000044

Ruggiano, N., Taliaferro, J. D., Dillon, F., Granger, T., & Scher, J. (2015). Identifying attributes of relationship management in non-profit policy advocacy, Journal of Policy Practice. DOI: 10.1080/15588742.2014.956970.

Stansbury, K.L., Beecher, B., Schumacher, M., Martin, F., & Clute, M.A. (2015).  Social service providers' perspectives on casino gambling in older adult clients. Journal of Gambling Issue, 30, pp. 57-72.  doi: 10.4309/jgi.2015.30.11

Wyss, R., Ellis, A. R., Brookhart, M. A., Jonsson Funk M., Girman, C. J., Simpson, R., & Stürmer, T. (2015). Matching on the disease risk score in comparative effectiveness research of new treatments. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 24(9), 951-961. doi:10.1002/pds.3810 

Book Chapters

Bullock, K., & Allison, H. (2015). Access to medical treatment for African American populations: The current evidence base. In Christ, G., C. Messner & Behar, L. (Eds.), Handbook of oncology social work (pp. 293-298). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Washington, T., Clark Goings, T., Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., & Hong, J. S. (2016). African American children in kinship care. In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence (2nd ed., DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-32132-5_812-1). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Other Publications

Ames, N.  (2016).  Writing clearly for clients: What social workers should know.  Social Work, 61(2), 167-169.

Casstevens, W. J. (2015). Suicide prevention with American college and university students. National Association of Social Workers Specialty Practice Sections Mental Health Section Connection, Summer, 2-4.

Social Work Today, 15(3), 8-9. Casstevens, W.J. Interviewed for / quoted in article: Coyle, S. (2015). Social media and mental health: Risks vs. benefits. Retrieved May 27, 2015 from: 

Marson, S. M., & Ames, N.  (2016).  Editorial: $cholarship – pay to publish? Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 13, (1).

NASW News (2016, February), Vol. 61, No. 2. End-of-life cultural competence need grows, pp. 7/9. Karen Bullock interviewed as expert on general topic area, by Maren Dale. Retrieved at

NASW News (2015, September,) Vol. 60, No. 8. Social workers discuss ways to undo racism, pp. 2/4. Karen Bullock interviewed as expert on general topic area by Paul R. Pace. Retrieved at

Pennell, J. (2016, February).  At issue:  Could restorative justice reduce U.S. incarceration rates? Yes. Restorative justice: Can it help victims and rehabilitate criminals? [Featured Report].  CQ Researcher, 26(6), 137.

Converge! (2015). Reimagining the movement to end gender violence. Retrieved from [Interviewees are Donna Coker, Leigh Goodmark, Mimi Kim, Joan Pennell, & Dorothy Roberts]

Technician. January 12, 2015. University Expands Social Work in Rural North Carolina. Jodi K. Hall interviewed on the topic of addressing graduate students’ preparation for working in rural areas with substance abuse and behavioral health. Retrieved at

Local, Regional and Online Presentations

Bullock, K. (2016, May). Giving voice to cultural competence in social work practice: Isn’t it time we talk? UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work Annual Field Instructors & Supervisors’ Appreciation Conference. Chapel Hill, NC.

Bullock, K.  (2016, March). The impact of behavioral health integration on older adult caregivers. Annual Social Work Spring Symposium. NC State University, Raleigh, NC.

Bullock, K. (2016, February). Complex mental health needs of marginalized older adults. The Action Council for Cross Cultural Mental Health and Human Services, 38th Annual Conference. Myrtle Beach, SC.

Bullock, K. (October 2015). Cultural impact of cancer care and end-of-life decisions. Presented at the Social Work Oncology Group of North Carolina. Annual Conference. Raleigh, NC.

Bullock, K. (April 2015). Cultural diversity in palliative social work. Life Quality Institute Annual Palliative Social Work Conference. Cherry Hill, CO.

Casstevens, W.J., Aggarwal, A., Eudy, M., Risher, A.C. (October, 2015). The “2­Minute Talk” student volunteer program launched by NAMI on Campus at NC State. Workshop presented at NAMI-NC Annual Conference: Transforming the Face of Mental Illness in North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina (peer reviewed).

Ellis, A. R., Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., & Fitzpatrick, D. C. (2016, April). Using course evaluations to re-design a social work evaluation capstone project. Poster presented at the North Carolina State University Teaching and Learning Symposium, Raleigh, NC.

Stansbury, K.L. (2016, February).  Social Service Providers’ Perspectives on older adults and casino gambling.  Webinar presented to Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

National Pre-Conference Workshop Presentations – Peer Reviewed

Hall, J.K., & Bullock, K. (November, 2015). Designing qualitative and mixed methods research for public awareness and action on elder, intergenerational and community health and justice. Preconference Workshop on Designing Qualitative Research to Capture Biological & Social Factors that Impact the Health and Well-Being of Underrepresented and Underserved Older Adults. Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Orlando, FL.

National Conference Paper Presentations - Peer Reviewed

Bullock, K., & Hall, J.K. (2015, November). Identifying trauma in the planning of hospice and palliative care among families and consumers of dementia care. Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Orlando, FL.

Bullock, K. & Hall, J.K. (2015, October). Cancer, culture and end-of-life decision making. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Denver, CO.

Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., & Washington, T. (2016, January). Exploring the relationship between father involvement and externalizing behaviors among children in informal kinship care. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C. 

Ellis, A. R., & Fraser, M. W. (2016, January). Measuring effortful control in research on aggression prevention. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

Washington, T., Cryer-Coupet, Q.R., & Coakley, T. (2015, October). Parental involvement and competence in African American children in informal kinship care. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

National Conference Poster Presentations – Peer Reviewed

Bullock, K., & Hall, J.K. (2016, May). Racial differences among diverse hospitalized older adults with a cancer diagnosis. Association of Oncology Social Work 32nd Annual Conference. Tampa, FL.

Ellis, A. R., Sathe, N. A., & Thomas, K. C. Consumer, parent, and professional perspectives on living a full life with autism spectrum disorder. (2016, January). Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

Marshall, G.L., Lewis, S., Szanton, K., Stansbury, K.L., & Thorpe, R. (November 2015). Financial hardship and psychological distress among middle aged and older Americans. Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Orlando, FL.

Hall, J.K. & Bullock, K. (2015, October). Teaching cross-cultural practice behaviors and competencies in areas of dementia and caregiving. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

International Conference Paper Presentations

Bullock, K. (2015, June). Cross cultural issues in group work with older adults. Annual Symposium of the International Association of Social Work with Groups. Catherine Papell Invitational Plenary. University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC.

Casstevens, W. J. (2015, June). Using focus groups to inform suicide prevention efforts on campus. Paper presentation at the XXXVIIth Annual Symposium of the International Association for Social Work with Groups, Chapel Hill, NC.

Gilgun, J. F., Chair, with Casstevens, W. J., Camacho, D., Enosh, G., & Saldanha, K. (2016, May). Opening plenary roundtable: The contributions of qualitative research to the grand challenges of social work. Twelfth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Hayes, C. M., & Casstevens, W. J. (2015, May). Everyday racism in black mothers’ lives: Implications for social work. Paper presentation at the Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Pennell, J., Becketts, M., & Reichert, T. (2015, October). Family engagement and citizen review panels: Collaborations for continuous quality improvement. Presentation at the International Conference on Innovations in Family Engagement, Kempe Center at the University Colorado-Denver, Minneapolis, MN. 

Augusta-Scott, T., Kim, M., MacInnis-Langley, S., Pennell, J., & Stanton, K.  (2016, June).  Feminist justice: A restorative approach to addressing harm and changing culture. Plenary panel presentation at the International Restorative Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Burford, G., Goodmark, L., Pennell, J., & Stanton, K.  (2016, June).  A restorative approach to addressing sexism & changing climate & culture. In V. Singer (Moderator), workshop at theInternational Restorative Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 

Stansbury, K.L., & Beecher, B. (Jun2016, June).  Social Service Providers: What are their perspectives on casino gambling in older adult clients?  Paper presented at the Biannual 16th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking.