January 27, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Research Colloquium Series at the Mandel School

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The Research Colloquium Series focuses on new and emerging research methods, data-analysis techniques, and research about evidence-based practices. The Series highlights advances in social work research and other social sciences research to help health and human service professionals and organizations understand the complex needs of individuals, families, organizations, and communities. These events usually take place in Fall Semester (August to December) and Spring Semester (January to May).

Staff members of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve periodically present workshops at events sponsored by the Mandel School. Our Center is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine.


These events are free. Pre-registration is required (see below). The following are encouraged to attend:

  • Researchers in social work and other social sciences and allied disciplines
  • Research faculty and staff of the Mandel School and collaborating schools and organizations
  • Master's and doctoral students
  • Professionals from health and human service organizations
  • Quality Assurance (QA) professionals
  • Others interested in research methods and data-analysis techniques


September 21, 2016

  • Topic: Longitudinal Study of Prenatal Cocaine Exposure:  Methodological Issues and Findings
  • Time: 12:30  - 2:00 PM
  • Presenter: Gale A. Richardson, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Register online

October 28, 2016

  • Topic: Sexual Assault Kits:  Changing What We Know About Rape
  • Time: 12:30  - 2:00 PM
  • Presenters: Rachel Lovell, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, Daniel Flannery, PhD, Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Professor and Director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education and Misty Luminais, PhD, Senior Research Assocate and Project Coordinator, Social Justice Institute
  • Register online

November 11, 2016

  • Topic: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction:  A Remedy That Needs More Than Medicine
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
  • Presenters: Margaret Baughman Sladky, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education and Mark Singer, PhD, Leonard W. Mayo Professor of Family and Child Welfare and Deputy Director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
  • Register online


January 27, 2017

  • Topic: Use of Community Data by Nonprofits:  Opportunities and Challenges
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
  • Presenter: Robert Fischer, PhD, Research Professor; Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development; Faculty Director of the Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) Program
  • Register online

February 10, 2017

  • Topic: Consensus-based Assessment Tool of Community Readiness and Capacity for Farmers' Market Implementation
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
  • Presenters: Eun Lye Lee, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Darcy Friedman, PhD, Associate Professor, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine and Jarrod Dalton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Register online

February 24, 2017

  • Topic: Navigating HIPAA, FERPA and the IRB: Leverage Big Data to Better Serve Children and Families
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
  • Presenters: Elizabeth Anthony, PhD, Research Assistant Professor and Robert Fischer, PhD, Researcher Professor and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
  • Register online

March 24, 2017

  • Topic: Cleveland Effective Neighboring Project
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
  • Presenters: Mark Joseph, PhD, Associate Professor; Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities and Mark Chupp, PhD, Assistant Professor; Director, International Education Program
  • Register online

October 4, 2017

  • Topic: Exclusive Ohio Book Release Celebration; Congressman Louis Stokes' Autobiography:  The Gentleman from Ohio
 Book Signing Event and Reception
  • Time: 4:30 PM
  • Presenters: His daughter, Lori Stokes, and other Stokes family members will be present to read from and discuss the book. Guests will be welcomed by Mandel School Dean Grover C. Gilmore, PhD, and Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder, JD.
  • Register online


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Abstracts for all current events may be found on the Mandel School's website:


The Research Colloquium Series is sponsored by the following programs at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (school of social work) at Case Western Reserve University:

Visit the Mandel School's website for more information about the School's research and training activities:


April 22, 2016

  • Workshop on Research Ethics
  • Time: 2 to 5:15 pm
  • Presenter: Kim Strom-Gottfried, MSW, Ph.D., LISW, Smith P. Theimann Jr. Distinguished Professor for Ethics and Professional Practice, University of North Carolina
  • Video Recording of Event: Research Ethics

April 8, 2016

  • Aging Well: Research and Services
  • Time: 3 to 5 pm
  • Presenter: Charles A. Emlet, MSW, Ph.D., ACSW, Professor, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Presenter: Mary McNamara, MSSA, LISW-S. Administrative Manager, Cleveland, Department of Aging
  • Video Recording of Event: Aging Well

March 18, 2016

  • Cultural Competency: Training and Program Evaluation
  • Time: 3 to 5 pm
  • Presenter: Vivian Jackson, MSW, PhD, LISW, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
  • Presenter: Toby Martin, MSSA, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, George Washington University
  • Video Recording of Event: Cultural Competency


November 4, 2015

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Time: 3 to 5 pm
  • Presenter: Amy R. Krentzman, MSW, Ph.D., Assistant  Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Presenter: Lou LaMarca, MSSA, LISW, Clinical Director, Community Assessment and Treatment, Cleveland
  • Video Recording of Event: Addiction Recovery

September 30, 2015

  • Serving Veterans: Research and Policy
  • Time: 3 to 5 pm
  • Presenter: Mark Chapin, MSW, Ph.D., LISW, BCD, Team Leader, Annapolis Vet Center, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Presenter: Lisa Pape, MSSA, LISW, Executive Director, Homeless Programs, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Video Recording of Event: Serving Veterans

September 16, 2015

  • The Development of the ALEXSA (Assessment of Liability and Exposure to Substance Use and Antisocial Behavior) and its use for Targeting Substance Use Prevention Interventions
  • Time: 3 to 5 pm
  • Presenter: Dr. Ty Ridenour, Senior Research Public Health Analyst, RTI - Adjunct Faculty of the Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research, University of Pittsburgh

Friday, April 10, 2015

  • Methodological Considerations in Evaluating Pay for Success Programs
  • Presenters: Drs. David Crampton and Francisa Richter
  • Time: 9am to 1pm
  • Location: The Mandel School (see Locations tab above)
  • Abstract: Visit Mandel School's website (click here)
Thursday, March 5, 2015
  • Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices: What's Fidelity Got to Do With It?
  • Presenter: Debra Hrouda, PhD, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (get bio)
  • Time: 12:30-2pm
  • Location: The Mandel School (see Locations tab above)
  • Abstract:  This presentation will describe the process of assessing fidelity to evidence-based practices. It will also describe steps to developing fidelity measures:  (1) Adapting an existing EBP to a different setting or population;  (2.) Developing a measure to assess the implementation of a newly-developed intervention; and  (3) Creating a tool to define and guide implementation, combining multiple evidence-based or best practice models into one implementation process (to standardize the implementation/investigation so client/subject-level outcomes data can be assessed in context).
  • Supporting Materials:  Video (click here)
  • Supporting Materials:  PowerPoint  (click here)
  • Learn more : Visit Mandel School's website (click here)
Thursday, February 5, 2015
  • Using Geographic Data for Social Research: Geocoding, Mapping and Analysis
  • Presenter: Dr. Soek Joo Kim
  • Time: 12:30-2pm
  • Location: The Mandel School (see Locations tab above)
  • Abstract: Visit Mandel School's website (click here)






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