Scholars on the Market
We are proud to present this year’s scholars from NYU Silver School of Social Work. Our scholars have received personalized mentoring and cutting-edge research opportunities throughout their doctoral training, positioning them to be top social work scholars and leaders in the field. The following scholars are seeking academic appointments.
Meghan Romanelli received her MSSW from the Columbia School of Social Work in 2010 and her PhD in social work from NYU Silver in 2019. Meghan is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. As a researcher at McSilver, Meghan’s work focuses on health and mental health disparities among LGBTQ communities, and primarily how disparities develop through the mechanism of forgone care or restricted engagement in care. Meghan uses both quantitative and qualitative methods, and also recently earned a certificate in mixed methods research. Meghan’s dissertation research was funded by the NASW Foundation/CSWE Social Work HEALS fellowship and examined how LGBTQ adolescents and adults: 1) reach care; 2) are treated by providers once they reach care; and 3) stay healthy if they do not reach care. Her manuscripts have been published in Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Qualitative Health Research, and American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. In addition to research, Meghan has nearly 10 years of clinical experience and maintains her connection to practice by facilitating groups for individuals exploring parenthood at the LGBT Community Center in New York City. Given her strong background in direct practice, Meghan currently teaches clinical coursework at the Silver School, including Social Work Practice with Youth and Families, a skills-based course focusing on evidence-based practices for adolescents. Meghan looks forward to integrating her roles of researcher, instructor, and clinician as a faculty member within a school of social work.
Award: 2018-2019 NASW Foundation and Council on Social Work Education Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) Doctoral Fellow
Publication: Romanelli, M., Lu,W., & Lindsey, M.A. (2018). Examining mechanisms and moderators of the relationship between discriminatory health care encounters and attempted suicide among U.S. transgender help-seekers. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 45(6), 831 849.
Publication: Romanelli, M., & Hudson, K.D. (2017). Individual and systemic barriers to health care: Perspectives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87(6), 714-728.
Yunyu (Kathy) Xiao
Yunyu (Kathy) Xiao is a PhD candidate at the Silver School and is expected to graduate in Spring 2020. She is a pre-doctoral fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on health disparities in suicide and mental illness across the lifespan. She studies social determinants (e.g., health behaviors, social networks, and future orientation) of suicide among diverse populations. Her long-term goal is to develop culturally sensitive interventions to prevent suicides among underserved populations. Yunyu has been productive and developed strong methodological skills. She has published peer-reviewed articles in top-tier journals, including Journal of Affective Disorders, Pediatrics, Journal of School Psychology, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Psychiatry Research. Yunyu is passionate about teaching and working with students. She has independently instructed two MSW courses and assisted in BSW/MSW courses. Yunyu has received several awards, including the Kenneth Lutterman Award for Best Student Paper, Student Scholarship from American Public Health Association, and the New Writers Fellowship (Family Process Institute). Yunyu holds an MPhil from the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong, where she was a research assistant in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, a leading authority in self-harm and suicide.
Publication: Xiao, Y., Romanelli, M., & Lindsey, M.A. (2019). A latent class analysis of health lifestyles and suicidal behaviors among US adolescents. Journal of Affective Disorders, 255, 116-126.
Publication: Xiao, Y., Bowen, N. K., & Lindsey, M. A. (2018). Racial/ethnic measurement invariance of the School Success Profile (SSP)’s future orientation scale. Journal of School Psychology, 71, 85-107.
Publication: Lindsey, M. A., Sheftall, A.H., Xiao, Y., & Joe, S. (2019). Trends of suicidal behaviors among high school students in the United States: 1991-2017. Pediatrics, e20191187.