PhD Program Candidates on the Market

We are proud to present this year’s upcoming graduates from New York University Silver School of Social Work. Our candidates 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 doctoral candidates are seeking academic appointments.


Ai Bo

Ai Bo

Ai Bo received her MSW from University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in 2014 and is currently a PhD Candidate at New York University Silver School of Social Work with an expected graduation date of May 2019. Trained as an intervention researcher, Ai pursues her research in three interrelated areas within the overarching topic of adolescent problem behaviors prevention: (a) advancing intervention theories for understanding and preventing adolescent problem behaviors, (b) synthesizing empirical evidence of intervention efficacy, and (c) enhancing clinical trial design and evaluation methods. During her doctoral studies, Ai has been productive in researching and publishing in all three areas in top-tier journals and developed strong methodological and statistical skills. She analyzes both large secondary databases and originally collected data using state-of-the-art quantitative methods. She has served as a guest lecturer and teaching assistant for many master’s- and doctoral-level social work courses covering research methods and clinical theories. Ai’s solid theoretical and methodological background will enhance her future research and prepare her to be an independent researcher in an academic institution.

Highlights:

  • Publication: Bo, A., Hai, A. H., & Jaccard, J. (2018). Parent-based interventions on adolescent alcohol use outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 191, 98- 109. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.05.031
  • Publication: Jaccard, J., & Bo, A. (in press). Prevention science and child/youth development: Randomized explanatorytrials for integrating theory, method, and analysis in program evaluation. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.
  • Presentation: Bo, A., & Jaccard, J. (2018, January). Parenting as an inhibitor of gender disparities in alcohol use: The case of early adolescents in China. Presented atthe Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

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Yuerong Liu

Yuerong Liu

Yuerong Liu, MA is a doctoral candidate at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She completed her Master of Public Administration at East China Normal University School of Public Administration. Yuerong has received extensive training in quantitative methods, and her research relies heavily on secondary data analyses with large-scale longitudinal datasets. Yuerong’s research focuses on the role of family dynamics and environmental context in preventing or mitigating child and adolescent problem behaviors. Her research interests are in the areas of parenting, parental physical and verbal discipline, risk and protective family factors associated with child behavior problems, child welfare, and social determinants of family and child well-being. Her long-term goals are to develop frameworks for conceptualizing the family’s role in child problem behaviors, and design effective family-based interventions for families and children with behavior problems, particularly those of low socioeconomic status. Yuerong has first authored two peer-reviewed publications appearing in the Child Abuse & Neglect and Children and Youth Services Review. She
has received several awards, including the Doctoral Student Travel Award from
the Society for Social Work and Research, and the National Scholarship for Excellent Graduate Students from the National Ministry of Education in China. Yuerong aims to secure an academic position at an institution and continue her research on family dynamics and child psychological well-being through multidisciplinary collaborations with other researchers.

Highlights:

  • Publication: Liu, Y., & Merritt, D.H. (In press, e-publication available). Familial financial stress and child internalizingbehaviors: the roles of caregivers' maltreating behaviors and social services. Child Abuse & Neglect. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.09.002
  • Publication: Liu, Y., & Merritt, D.H. (2018). Examining the association between parenting and childhood depression among Chinese childrenand adolescents: A systematic literature review. Children and Youth Services Review, 88, 316-332.doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.03.019
  • Presentation: Liu, Y., & Merritt, D.H. (January 2018). The mediating role of parental maltreating behaviors linking financial stress and child internalizing problem behavior. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.

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Liwei Zhang

Liwei Zhang

Liwei Zhang is a PhD candidate at NYU Silver School of Social Work and is expected to graduate in May 2019. Liwei’s research focuses on the role of multi-dimensional poverty patterns—income volatility, poverty depth, and duration—in shaping children’s health and well-being, particularly for children of immigrants. During her three years of doctoral study thus far, Liwei has been working on longitudinal-designed projects that serve to identify how economic/poverty experiences, as well as other familial and sociocultural factors (e.g., parental work schedule, immigration background) interact in a dynamic way to shape children’s health and well-being. Liwei received a competitive award entitled the New Writers Fellowship by Family Process Institute (ten awardees each year) for her contribution to research on families. Her short-term goal upon completing doctoral study is to continue working on large-scale datasets to advance and test the framework on multi-dimensional poverty patterns and their impact on child health and well-being. Liwei’s long-term goal is to integrate this framework to inform policymakers and professionals in devising appropriate policies and programs for economically disadvantaged families and children, particularly for children of immigrants.

Highlights:

  • Awards: New Writers Initiative Fellowshipfrom the Family Process Institute; Inequality by the Numbers Fellowship from the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality.
  • Publication: Zhang, L., & Han, W. J. (2017). Poverty dynamics and academic trajectories of children of immigrants. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(9), 1076. doi:10.3390/ijerph14091076
  • Presentation: Zhang, L., & Han, W. J. (2017). Poverty dynamics for children’s socioemotional trajectories among immigrant families. Paper presented the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, Chicago, IL.

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