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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 fosters success. For more information see the Faculty and Staff page or view our list of research citations below.

Our Research

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

Ames, N. (2019). Readability, suitability, and writing for clients with limited literacy skills. Journal of Social Work, 19(5), 614-628.


Ascienzo, S. (2016). Reflections on the scientist-practitioner model in social work doctoral education. Perspectives on Social Work, 12(2), 39-48.

Ascienzo, S., Sprang, G., & Eslinger, J. (in press). Disseminating TF-CBT: A Mixed Methods Investigation of Clinician Perspectives and the Impact of Training Format and Formalized Problem-Solving Approaches on Implementation Outcomes. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

Chen, F., Rasouli, M. R., Ellis, A. R., Ohnuma, T., Bartz, R., Krishnamoorthy, V., Haines, K., & Raghunathan, K. (in press). Associations between Perioperative Crystalloid Volume and Adverse Outcomes in 5 Surgical Populations. Journal of Surgical Research.

Ellis, A. R. (2018). A conceptual framework for preventing aggression in elementary schools. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 36(3), 183-206. doi:10.1002/crq.21231

Ellis, A. R., & Fraser, M. W. (2019). Measuring effortful control in research on aggression prevention. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 10(3), 423-439. doi:10.1086/704211


Eslinger, J., Sprang, G., Ascienzo, S. & Silman, M. (in press). Fidelity and sustainability in evidence-based treatment for children: An investigation of implementation determinants. Journal of Family Social Work. Special Edition: Implementation.

Grove, L. R., Domino, M. E., Farley, J. F., Swietek, K. E., Beadles, C., Ellis, A. R., Jackson, C. T., & DuBard, C. A. (in press). Medical home effects on enrollees with mental and physical illness. American Journal of Managed Care.

Jeong, B & Kim, S. J. (2019). NPO/NGO higher education programs in South Korea: Social movement and entrepreneurial management drives. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 9(1), 39- 62.

Morrison, S., Shreeniwas, S. Young, A., Dharod, J., Nie, Y., Siu, H., Adrong, H., Sayers, J., Bernot, K., Malotky, M. & Nsonwu, M. (2018). When community calls, we collaborate! Community-based participatory research with the multi-language Montagnard refugee community.  Progress in Community Health Partnership: Research, Education and Action.

Nsonwu, M. (March-April 2019). Human Trafficking of Immigrants and Refugees in North Carolina. North Carolina Medical Journal. 80:101-103; doi:10.18043/ncm.80.2.101

Nsonwu, M., Marshall, A., Jernigan, Q., Durham, L., Folarin, O., Bailey, G., & Welch Brewer, C. (in press). From “the bank” to “the kitchen”: Pedagogical reflections of a constructivist theory framed course. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford.

Nsonwu, M., Welch-Brewer, C., Folarin, O., Jernigan, Q., Durham, L., Marshall, A., & Bailey, G. (2019).“Unity is our strength”: perspectives on the recruitment and retention of African American male social work students. Urban Social Work. 03(S1), S129-S145 doi.org/10.1891/2474-8684.3.1.S129.

Ohnuma, T., Krishnamoorthy, V., Ellis, A. R., Yan, R., Ray, N. D., Hsia H.-L., Pyati, S., Stefan, M., Bryan, W. W., Pepin, M. J., Lindenauer, P. K., Bartz, R. R., & Raghunathan, K. (2019). Association between gabapentinoids on the day of colorectal surgery and adverse postoperative respiratory outcomes. Annals of Surgery. doi:10.1097/SLA.0000000000003317

Ohnuma, T., Raghunathan, K., Ellis, A. R., Whittle, J., Pyati, S., Bryan, W. E., Pepin, M. J., Bartz, R. R., & Krishnamoorthy, V. (in press). Effects of acetaminophen, NSAIDs, gabapentinoids and their combinations on postoperative pulmonary complications after total hip or knee arthroplasty. Pain Medicine.

Ohnuma, T., Raghunathan, K., Moore, S., Setoguchi, S., Ellis, A. R., Fuller, M., Whittle, J., Pyati, S., Bryan, W. E., Pepin, M. J., Bartz, R. R., Haines, K. L., & Krishnamoorthy, V. (2019). Dose-dependent association of gabapentinoids with pulmonary complications after total hip and knee arthroplasties. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Advance online publication. doi:10.2106/JBJS.19.00889

Sienkiewicz, H.C, Nichols, T.R., Morrison, S.D., Nsonwu, M.B. (2019). Re-constructing Social Ties:  The Multi-ethnic Engagement Patterns of Refugees Residing within a North Carolina Settlement House. In R. Willems, A. Nelson, & A. Roedlach (Eds.), The Crux of Refugee Resettlement Rebuilding Social Networks (chapter 4). Berghahan Books.

Soekhai, V., de Bekker-Grob, E. W., Ellis, A. R., & Vass, C. (2018). Discrete choice experiments in health economics: Past, present and future. PharmacoEconomics, 37(2), 201-226. doi:10.1007/s40273- 018-0734-2


Sprang, G., Cole, J., Leistner, C. & Ascienzo, S. (in press). The impact of safe harbor legislation on court proceedings involving sex trafficked youth: A qualitative investigation of judicial perspectives. Family Court Review.


Sprang, G., Eslinger, J., Silman, M., & Ascienzo, S. (2019). Predictors of evidence-based treatment implementation, sustainability, and fidelity. Best Practices in Mental Health, 15(1), 41-48.


Sprang, G., Ross, L., Miller, B. C., Blackshear, K., & Ascienzo, S. (2016). Psychometric properties of the secondary traumatic stress–informed organizational assessment. Traumatology, 23(2), 165-172.

Stansbury, K., & Ames, N. (2017, Fall/Winter). Intimate partner violence in the African American community: Addressing intimate partner violence: A social work model for community engagement with clergy and other faith-based leaders. NASW Mental Health Section Connection.

Swietek, K., E., Jackson, C., Dubard, A., Grove, L. R., Farley, J. F., Ellis, A. R., & Beadles, C. A. (2018). Do medical homes improve quality of care for persons with multiple chronic conditions? Health Services Research, 53(6), 4667-4681. doi:10.1111/1475-6773.13024

Wachter, K., Cook Heffron, L., Busch-Armendariz, N., Nsonwu, M., Kerwick, M., Kellison, B., Jones, A., & Sanders, G. (2016).  Responding to Domestic Minors Sex Trafficking (DMST): Developing         Principle-Based Practices. Journal of Human Trafficking. DOI: 10.1080/23322705.2016.1145489

Zhang, H. T., McGrath, L. J., Ellis, A. R., Wyss, R., Lund, J. L., & Stürmer, T. (2019). Restriction of pharmacoepidemiologic cohorts to initiators of unrelated preventive drug classes can reduce confounding by frailty in older adults. American Journal of Epidemiology, 188(7), 1371-1382. doi:10.1093/aje/kwz083

Ascienzo, S. (2016). Intervening and treating emotional abuse. In D. Royse Emotional abuse of children: Essential information (pp. 129-174). New York, NY: Routledge.

Cook Heffron, L., Snyder, S., Wachter, K., Nsonwu, M., & Busch-Armendariz, N. (2016). “Something is missing here:” Weaving feminist theories into social work practice with refugees. In S. Wendt & N. Moulding (Eds.) Feminist Social Work: A Reader. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

Nsonwu, M.B., Heffron, L.C., Welch-Brewer, C. & Busch-Armendariz, N., (2018). “Supporting sex trafficking survivors through a collaborative single-point-of-contact model: mezzo and micro considerations.” In Nichols, A., Edmond, T. and Heil, A. (Eds.) Social Work Practice with Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation. New York City, NY: Columbia University Press.

Torres, M., Nsonwu, M., Cook Heffron, L., & Busch Armendariz, N. (2020). Unique Contributions of Social Work in Combatting Human Trafficking. In R. Dalla and D. Sabella (Eds.), International Handbook of Human Trafficking: A Multi-disciplinary and Applied Approach. Abingdon, Oxon UK: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Ames, N. (2016, November 19). Writing for an academic audience [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://blog.oup.com/2016/11/meyers-law-academic-writing/ Republished as: Ames, N. (2016, December 14, guest post). Trading ‘academese’ for plain English [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://news.chass.ncsu.edu/2016/12/14/trading-academese-for-plain-english/

Kim, S. J., & Jeong, J. K. (2019). South Korean nonprofit/non-government researcher associations (2019 Beautiful Foundation Special Research Report, Series No.12). Retrieved from https://research.beautifulfund.org/11525/%EA%B8%B0%ED%9A%8D%EC%97%B0%EA%B5%AC2019-3south-korean-nonprofit-non-government-research-associations/

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

Alford, O., Parrish, A., Pettiway, I., Richard, T., Nsonwu, M. Bernot, K., & Malotky, M. (April 2017). Student Learning Through a Cultural Encounter. Undergraduate Research Symposium. North Carolina A&T State University. Greensboro, North Carolina.

Ames, N., Stansbury, K., & Campos, P. (2018). Intimate partner violence in the African American community: Can social workers and churches work together? Poster presentation, 2nd Annual North Carolina State University Gender and Equity Symposium, Raleigh, NC.

Ascienzo, S. & Sprang, G. (2016, December). Differential symptom progression during trauma treatment: The impact of gender and placement status. In G. Sprang (Chair) Research symposium: Five facets of trauma. Symposium conducted at the Kentucky Annual Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference, Lexington, Kentucky.

Bernot, K., Malotky, M., & Nsonwu, M. (March 2017). CURE. Gulf Summit Conference. University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Greensboro, North Carolina.

Bernot, K., Malotky, M., Morrison, S., Shreeniwas, S., & Nsonwu, M. (September 2017) Community Engagement as a Mechanism for Integrated Learning in Undergraduate Research Experiences.     University of North Carolina General Administration Undergraduate Research Council. Raleigh, North Carolina.

Hall, J., Haskett, M., Halberstadt, A., Hoyo, C., & Nsonwu, M. (March 2019). Knowledge, decisions, and impact: An interdisciplinary social epigenetic study of toxins among low- to moderate-income families: NC State Non- Laboratory Science Research Program. Presented to Chancellor Woodson/Humanities Social Sciences.

Marshall, A., Jernigan, Q., Durham, L., Folarin, O., Bailey, G. Nsonwu, M., & Brewer, C. (October 2017). From “the bank” to “the kitchen”: Pedagogical reflections of a constructivist theory framed course. 3rd Annual Contemporary Issues in Transformative and Innovative (CITI) Leadership Conference. North Carolina A&T State University. Greensboro, North Carolina.

Mayes, K., Guinyard, M., Malotky, M., Nsonwu, M., Smith, G., Young, A., Mlo, H., Siuh, L., Ksor,. V., Lee-Brown, M., Shreeniwas, S., Morrison, S., & Bernot, K. (April 2016) Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) improves synthesis and critical thinking skills. Undergraduate Research Symposium. North Carolina A&T State University. Greensboro, North Carolina.

Morrison, S., Nsonwu, M. & Mekonnen, M. (May 2019). Refugees in Global Contexts: Educational Travel Programming for Organizational and Professional Development. Presented at the 25th Annual ECDC Conference, Alexandria, Virginia.

Nsonwu, M. (April 2016). Panelist, Interdisciplinary Studies 3rd Annual Speaker Series, Food, Health and Culture: What the Montagnard Refugee Community Can Teach Us.  Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Nsonwu, M. (November 2018). Three Refugee Women, Three Social Work Students, and the Journey of Learning English. NCSU Association for Women Faculty Showcase, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Nsonwu, M., Brewer, C., Folarin, O., Jernigan, Q., Durham, L., Marshall, A., & Bailey, G. (November 2017) The Recruitment and Retention of African American Male Social WorkersNorth Carolina Alliance for Health Care Professionals. Greensboro, North Carolina.

Nsonwu, M., Busch-Armendariz, N., & Cook-Heffron, L. (November 2017). Understanding Human Trafficking Development of Typologies of Trafficking.  Human Development Family Services course. University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Greensboro, North Carolina.

Nsonwu, M., & Morrison, S. (March 2016). Understanding Congolese Contexts. Forum for Scholars and Publics: Central African Resettlement in Durham. Duke University. Durham, North Carolina.

Nsonwu, M., & Swick, D. (May 2017). Choosing a Research Design. ADVANCE IT Boot Camp. North Carolina A&T State University. Greensboro, North Carolina.

Stansbury, K., and Ames, N. (2019). The role of the Black church in domestic violence prevention and intervention. Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration. Durham, NC.

Veale, S., Mayes, K., Mann, S., Ksor, V., Mlo, H., Siu, L., Smith, G., Guinyard, M., Nsonwu, M., Young, A., Malotky, M., & Bernot, K. (March 2016) Student Learning Gains in a Health Disparities Research Course. North Carolina Academy of Science Annual Conference. High Point North Carolina.

Bernot, K., Malotky, M., Nsonwu, M., Mayes, K., Smith, G., Guinyard, M., Young, A., Mlo, H., Siu, L., Ksor, V., Lee-Brown, M., Shreeniwas, S., & Morrison, S. (July 2016). A Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Focused on Health Disparities in Immigrant / Refugee Communities improves scientific literacy, cultural competency and ability to work in groups. SABER National Meeting 2016 Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research Minneapolis, MN.

Thomas, S., Byrd, Y., Moore, D., & Nsonwu, M. (November 2018). Strategies for Increasing MSW Program Diversity: Partnering with a Historically Black College/University Presented at the Council on Social Work Education 604h Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, Fl.

Ascienzo, S. & Sprang, G. (January, 2020). An exploration of the meaning making process of youth during trauma-focused treatment. Presentation at the 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Washington, DC.


Ascienzo, S. & Sprang, G. (June, 2019). PTSD symptom progression during trauma-focused treatment: The impact of gender, sexual violence history and age. Roundtable Presentation at American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) 26th Annual Colloquium. Salt Lake City, UT.


Ascienzo, S. & Sprang, G. (October, 2019). Gender-related differences in symptom progression and trauma narratives during TF-CBT. Presentation at the 65th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Denver, CO.

Ellis, A. R. (2017, January). Propensity score analysis: A friendly tutorial. Workshop presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

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.

Ellis, A. R., Howard, K., Thomas, K. C., de Bekker-Grob, E. W., Ryan, M., Lancsar, E., & Rose, J. M. (2020, January). Number of Halton draws required for valid random parameter estimation with discrete choice data. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

Hall, J. K., and Ames, N. (2019). Environmental toxins and environmental justice: What is the role for social work? Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

Hall, J.K., Ellis, A.R., & Bullock, K. (October 2016). Preparing social work students for integrated care: A behavioral health model. Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Atlanta, GA.

Sprang, G., Whitt- Woosley, A., Eslinger, J., Ascienzo, S., & Silman, M. (2018, April). Addressing traumatic stress in children and foster families: The Trauma-Informed Parenting Skills for Resource Parents intervention. Paper presentation at the 38th Annual Anxiety and Depression Conference, Washington, DC.

Ascienzo, S. & Sprang, G. (2016, March). Examining the symptom progression of youth during trauma-focused treatment. Poster presentation at the 29th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health. Tampa, Florida.

Ascienzo, S. & Sprang, G. (April, 2019). A mixed methods analysis exploring the impact of gender on symptom progression and trauma narrative processing during TF-CBT. Poster presentation at the 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health. Tampa, Florida.

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

Jeong, B., Mirabella, R., & Kim, S. J. (2019). Eastern and Western NPO/NGO education in public administration: Comparison of South Korea and the U.S., Paper presented at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) 80th Annual Conference, Washington D.C. USA.

Kim, S. J, Kou, X, & Konrath, S. (2016). Dispositional Empathy, Religious Salience, and Charitable Giving. Paper presented at Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 45th Annual Conference, Washington D.C., USA.

Kim, S. J, Kou, X, & Konrath, S. (2017). Empathy, social class, and charitable giving. Paper presented at Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 46th Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, USA.

Kim, S. J. & Jeong, B. (2018). Comparing curricula of the nonprofit management and philanthropic sector programs (NMPS) in South Korea and the U.S., Paper presented at Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 47th Annual Conference, Austin, TX, USA.

Kim, S. J. (2017). Effects of government grants on private giving at Faith-based Asian nonprofits and secular Asian nonprofits, Paper presented at Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 46th Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, USA.

Kim, S. J., & Jeong, B. (2019). Nonprofit education in S. Korea. Paper presented at Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 48th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, USA.

Ascienzo, S. & Sprang, G. (November, 2019). Gender differences in symptom progression and trauma narratives during trauma-focused treatment for youth. Accepted for a Poster Presentation at the 35th Annual Conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Boston, MA.

Ascienzo, S. & Sprang, G. (November, 2016). Examination of the interaction of age and placement status as it impacts posttraumatic stress symptoms in a sample of poly-traumatized youth. Poster presentation at the 32nd Annual Conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Dallas, Texas.

Ellis, A. R., Howard, K., Thomas, K. C., de Bekker-Grob, E. W., Ryan, M., Lancsar, E., & Rose, J. M. (2019, July). Number of Halton draws required for valid random parameter estimation with discrete choice data. Paper presented at the 2019 Congress of the International Health Economics Association, Basel, Switzerland.

Ellis, A. R., Howard, K., Thomas, K. C., de Bekker-Grob, E. W., Ryan, M., Lancsar, E., & Rose, J. M. (2019, July). Number of Halton draws required for valid random parameter estimation with discrete choice data. Paper presented at the 10th Meeting of the International Academy of Health Preference Research, Basel, Switzerland.


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