September 30, 2016
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.


An informal session "Advice from Mandel School Graduates" will be held from 1-2 pm in the Mandel Center lounge prior to each session. The "Advice" session is an opportunity for master's and doctoral students at the Mandel School to meet with presenters and discuss their work.

  • TBA. Events for Academic Year 2016-17 are in the process of being planned. 


These events are free. Pre-registration is required. 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


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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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