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Meet our Ph.D. Students

Meet our PhD Students

Selected bios of current students

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Saige M. Addison

Saige Addison is a first year dual MSW / PhD student with evolving research interests. She has experience through interning at the county prosecutor’s office, a local library, the Alzheimer’s Association, and currently with the Rutgers University Center for Prevention Science. 

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Lillian Alexander


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Enoch Boafo Amponsah

Student, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Enoch Boafo Amponsah is a PhD student with the School of Social Work, Rutgers University. He has vast research and practice experience in issues of child welfare and family wellbeing. Majority of his research publications focuses on child maltreatment prevention, interpersonal violence and gender issues in low middle income countries.  Prior to joining Rutgers, he obtained his masters in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford, UK.

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Esther R. Bennett


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Allison Brachmann


Charles Chear

Charles Chear

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work

Charles Chear is a PhD candidate studying how and why poor people move, and the relationship between moving and socioeconomic conditions such as housing and work. Populations of interest include convenience store (‘bodega’) workers and Housing Choice Voucher (‘Section 8’) recipients. Prior to research, Charles was a social worker serving diverse populations and organizations in Massachusetts, Arizona, Tohono O’odham Nation, Pennsylvania, and Cambodia.

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Ryan DiMeglio

Teaching Instructor and Co-Director of the Addiction Counselor Training Certification Program (ACT)

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Kate E. Golden


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Jordan Goodwin

Graduate Assistant & Doctoral Student


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Lorraine Y. Howard

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Rebecca Martin

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Lucy Nonas-Barnes

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Natalie E. Pope

Senior Program Coordinator & PhD Candidate

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Clara Scher

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Jenny Schrum

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Jackie F. Stanmyre

Assistant Director of the Center for Gambling Studies

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Amanda Stroiman

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Nivedhitha Thiruvenkadam

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Jose Ricardo Vargas Garcia