San Jose, CA 95134; Phone: 209-613-0271; e-mail: email@example.com
15 years track record as successful principal investigator of research and evaluation studies and
program leadership on children, youth and global gender issues.
All research and program development work presented at 20 national and international refereed
Expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Participatory Action Research and providing
Excellent collaboration, analytical, communication and leadership skills.
1996-2002 Ph.D. Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1993-1995 Master of Arts (Social Work), University of Delhi, India
1990-1993 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Honors), University of Delhi, India
Professor, Associate and Assistant Professor, Masters in Social Work Program, 2000-Present
California State University, Stanislaus
I primarily teach Social Work Research Methods, Data Analysis using SPSS, and chair 10-14 masters theses a
year. Occasionally, I teach Social Work Policy and Practice.
Major Research Projects
Community Inquiry: Underage Drinking in Riverbank 2010
Collaborative participatory action research project aimed at exploring underage drinking in the Riverbank
community. Partnered with high school students from the Step-by-Step Program leading to the development of
an electronic survey of 37 items that explored 6 domains of underage drinking among 688 students from 2 high
schools and 1 middle school.
Needs Assessment of Mental Health (MH) Consumers, Stanislaus County, California 2007
Principal investigator of a research study, involving 73 participants in 8 focus groups and 120 surveys,
examining the training needs of mental health consumers and family members. This was part of the county’s
initiative to enable consumers of MH services and their family members to be providers and volunteers in the
MH system. An extensive research report to the county Behavioral Health and Recovery Services led to changes
in training initiatives for mental health staff and consumer-providers.
Family Reunification Program, Child Welfare System, Sierra Vista, Modesto, CA 2006
Developed and evaluated a solution focused family reunification program with Sierra Vista, a private non-profit
agency, for parents involved in the child welfare system. Rigorous evaluation included in-depth interviews and
quantitative measures of parenting skills. Outcomes showed increased parenting skills and reduced attrition
rates in the program. This led to an international publication, Management’s Role in Building Solution-Focused
Programs, in the book Solution-Focused Management. Invited to facilitate a workshop at a statewide initiative
on Fairness and Equity Issues, sponsored by California Social Work Education Center, University of California,
Berkeley and California Department of Social Services.
Aging Out Study: A Preliminary Examination of the Transition from 2004
Foster Care Youth to Emancipated Adult
A collaborative 15 month study, provides a preliminary assessment of the issues, obstacles and successes
experienced by foster youth as they transition through the emancipation process. Includes demographic profile
of 154 emancipating youth, case file review of 100 randomly selected cases, longitudinal follow-up interviews
with 17 youth over a 8-month period, 7 focus groups with a total of 48 participants including social service
professionals, foster parents, and foster youth and formative evaluation using direct observations of ILSP
classes and unstructured interviews with program presenters and foster youth participants.
A Case Study of a Person with Mental Illness Living in his Natural 2006
Environment in Morocco
Under my supervision, a graduate student conducted a case study of a person with schizophrenia in Morocco.
Program Assessment Coordinator| Chair, Research & Evaluation Committee, MSW Program
Worked with the committee to develop a Program Assessment Plan that addresses the 16 Program Objectives
(Foundation and Advanced) as per accreditation standards. This includes 4 to 5 measures for each objective-
both direct and indirect. Additionally, we developed multiple diverse tools to assess these program objectives.
PhD Dissertation: Studying Permanency Decision Making
This study provides an analysis of the processes used by child welfare professionals when making permanency
decisions, using a protocol analysis methodology and retrospective reports (drawing from organizational
psychology). This study included 62 real-time decisions made by child welfare supervisors and case workers
regarding permanency options for children an youth in child welfare and 124 retrospective interviews with
each supervisor and case worker. Funded by the Children and Family Research Center, University of Illinois.
Social Worker, Refugee Center, National Council of YMCA, contracted by 1995-1996
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, New Delhi, India
Social worker in charge of operating and monitoring the educational center: responsible for developing,
implementing and evaluating educational, vocational, and recreational programs for adolescents and youth,
supervising staff and mentoring MSW student interns.
Social Work Intern, Burari Village Project, Delhi, India (Community development) 1994-1995
Burari was a slum migrant community of 200 families with oppression of women, extreme poverty accompanied with
the lack of any infrastructure: Created a demographic profile, conducted needs assessment and developed
programs: day care center, literacy project, vocational training center, organized community level awareness
training programs regarding substance abuse and domestic violence along with evaluating the effectiveness of
these programs and services.
Society for Social Work and Research, American Evaluation Association, UN Women: National Committee
Research tools: SPSS, NVivo, Ethnograph, Surveymonkey, Qualtrics
Software: Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
Languages: English, Hindi, French (little), Spanish (little)
References: available upon request