RESEARCH POSTER SESSION

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Presenter:
Affiliation: Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
Title: Mentor Types and Rates Identified by Master Social Work, MSW Students: Re-examination of the Impact and Experiences of Mentoring Relationships
Description: A re-examination of the relationship between ideal mentoring and selected characteristics of African American Social Work Students (2013). Findings will discuss mentor type, and roles identified as well as tips on how to create the most successful mentor relationships.

Presenter: Kwanele Shishane, PhD Student/Visiting Researcher
Affiliation: Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University/ University of Cape Town
Title: An Investigation of the Relationship between Mental Health and Recidivism among
Incarcerated Youth Offenders: The Role of Substance Use

Description: This study investigates the relationship between mental health and recidivism among incarcerated youth offenders and the role of substance use. This poster will demonstrate historical and contemporary risk factors to mental illness in relation to recidivist behaviour.

Presenter: Ja’nae Williams, MSW Student
Affiliation: Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
Title: Silent Cries: Black Women’s Experience of Police Violence
Description: Silent Cries utilizes an intersectional framework to examine whether perceptions of race and gender contributes to people’s awareness of police violence against Black women because of the lack of research surrounding Black women’s experiences with police violence.

Presenter: Marissa Lynn Moore, MSW Student
Affiliation: Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
Title: Infant Mortality Disparity: Stress and Social Support
Description: This presentation explores the relationship between maternal stress and social support to the disproportionate infant mortality rate of non-Hispanic Black women.

Presenter: Parnell Tenon Rolle, MSW Student
Affiliation: Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
Title: Increasing HIV/AIDS Awareness amongst Atlanta University Center Students
Description: The goal of this study was to utilize a culturally appropriate intervention to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS, improve participants’ beliefs and attitudes about HIV screening and early diagnosis, and decrease the spread of the virus.

Presenter: Lauren Wright, MSW Student
Affiliation: Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
Title: A Systematic Review: The Disparities of African American Transitional Youth and Homelessness
Description: This systematic review of literature captures how African Americans have been historically over represented in the child welfare system. Additionally, developmental milestones and transitions to adulthood is analyzed.

Presenter: Candice Albuoy, BSW Student
Affiliation: Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
Title: The Effects of Social Media on Relationships among College Students
Description: Prior to the epidemic outbreak of social media, a face-to-face interaction was the way college students could develop relationships and communicate with one another. This study focuses on the effects of social media on college students’ relationships.

Presenter: Kerolee Ellis, BSW Student
Affiliation: Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
Title: The Effect of Mexican Immigrant Population and the United State Economy and Society
Description: The Mexican immigration and its impact on the United States economy and matriculation through institutions of higher learning is reviewed in this study.

Presenter: Jordann Bowen, BSW Student
Affiliation: Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
Title: Childhood Trauma and Burnout in Social Workers
Description: Childhood trauma can be a contributing factor to burnout in the field of social work. This study discusses the impact of burnout as it relates to social work performance.

Presenter: Bobby King, BSW Student
Affiliation: Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
Title: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and the Academic Performance of College Students
Description: Over the past few years social media has become more popular than ever. Social media has become a distraction within the classroom which is beginning to affect college students’ academic performance. This study is about the effects of social media use on the academic performance of college students.

Presenter: Ciara Torrence-Sims, BSW Student
Affiliation: Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
Title: Mass Incarceration of Black Males in America and its Impact on the Psychological Wellbeing of the Family
Description: According to the NAACP, there are currently 2,306 per 100,000 black males incarcerated in either a federal or state prison in America. The purpose of this research is to shed light on how mass incarceration affects the black male, his family, and society.

Presenter: Stan L. Bowie, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Affiliation: College of Social Work, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Title: What Specific Strategies are being used by Social Work Programs to Recruit and Retain MSW Students of Color? A quantitative policy analysis and urgent call for action among the “Social Work Education Conglomerate.”
Description: The study investigated social work programs to ascertain specific strategies they used to recruit and retain students of color in their MSW Programs. The trends regarding MSW program enrollment and retention has been well-documented by the Principal Investigator and his associates and the news is not good.

Presenters: Shirina Cannon, Social Worker
Denise Davison, Ph.D., Associate Professor,
Affiliation: Morgan State University, School of Social Work
Title: 21st Century Urban Social Workers are Equipped with Historical Best Practices for Work
Description: On May 29, 1968, the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) developed a 10- point list of demands and presented them at the 95th National Conference on Social Welfare in San Francisco. Point 4 demanded that, “People who speak, write, research and evaluate the Black community be Black people who are experts in the area.” Have we answered the call?

Presenters: Razi Abraham, LMSW, Lead Clinical Consultant, Tribe Clinical Services
Anthony Estreet, Ph.D., LCSW-C, LCADC, Associate Professor,
Affiliations: Morgan State University, School of Social Work and CEO/Executive Director, Next Step Treatment Center
Title: More than Just Music: Exploring the Connection
Description: The purpose of this research is to offer clinicians an understanding of hip-hop in social work and empowerment practice with Black youth from urban settings. We propose using hip-hop lyrics as a tool for engagement and culturally relevant clinical interventions.

Presenter: Cortney Merritt, Social Work Intern, Cardozo Education Campus
Affiliation: Morgan State University, School of Social Work
Title: Using Restorative Practices to Promote Conflict Resolution Among Feuding Teen Girls
Description: The goal is to use Results Based Accountability (RBA) to implement strength-based interventions with Cardozo High School’s 10th grade African American girls in order to resolve in-school conflicts utilizing restorative practices as an alternative to punishment.

Presenter: Jade Marie Nesbitt, Master of Social Work Student
Affiliation: Morgan State University, School of Social Work
Title: Does My Opinion Count? Using Client Satisfaction Surveys to Improve Mental Health Services
Description: The current study will explore the use of client satisfaction surveys to improve mental health services. Further, the study seeks to understand clients’ preferences in varying mental health treatments that include alternative therapy activities.

Presenter: Amittia Parker, Ph.D. Student
Affiliation: University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare
Title: Help is Where you Find it: A Systematic Review
Description: A systematic review is presented exploring social support and neighborhood context on the psychological well-being of African American families. Urban stressors along with the strengths of natural networks of support important in constructing positive policy solutions are illuminated.

Presenter: Noelle M. St.Vil, Assistant Professor
Affiliation: University at Buffalo
Title: Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Risks: Perspectives of Men from the Virgin Islands
Description: Cultural and social definitions of masculinity are drivers of high rates of HIV and intimate partner violence in the United States Virgin Islands. The purpose of this study was to explore perceptions of sexual health risks and IPV among men.

Presenter: Paul G. Wright, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Affiliation: California State University, Stanislaus
Title: Racial Microaggressions in Social Work Programs: Experiences of African-American and Students of Color
Description: More research needs to focus on African American and Students of Color experiences with racial microaggressions in social work programs; particularly when the perpetrators of racial microaggressions are white faculty and students.

Presenter: J. Vern Cromartie, E.D., Professor of Sociology
Affiliation: Contra Costa College
Title: Hallowed Grounds, Georgia and the Quarters: A Comparative Study of Cabins where Enslaved African Families Lives on Five Plantations
Description: This study examines hallowed grounds related to the quarters and cabins of enslaved Africans and their families in antebellum Georgia. It provides contemporary images of the cabins of enslaved African families on five plantations.