Research and Scholarship

Promoting Wellness in Marginalized Communities

Finley, L., Rosenwald, M., & Perez, S. (2015). Intergroup dialogue: A campus-wide initiative toincrease acceptance and inclusivity. In Peace and Social Justice Education on Campus: Faculty and Student Perspectives. (Eds., L. Finley & K. Concannon). (pp. 236-249). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Landsman, M. & Rosenwald, M. (abstract accepted; manuscript under review). Building research capacity in supportive housing partnerships. Special Issue of Child Welfare,“Improving the Use and Usefulness of Research in Child Welfare

Rosenwald, M. & Landsman, M. (Scheduled). The use of evaluation to strengthen the “system of care” for youth: The example of supportive housing models in child welfare. 29th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health (March 13-16) Tampa, FL.

Rosenwald, M. (scheduled). “Housing First:” Research findings on the HEART model. National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter (June 16-18) Orlando, FL.

Rosenwald, M., McGhee, T., & Noftall, R. (2013). Perspectives on Independent Living Services among resilient youth. Journal of Family Social Work, 16(2), 148-163.

Rosenwald, M. & Riley, B. N. (2011). A model of foster care advocacy for child welfare practitioners. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 5(2-3), 251-270.

Rosenwald, M. & Riley, B. N. (2010). Advocating for children in foster and kinship care: A guide to getting the best out of the system for foster parents, kinship caregivers and practitioners. New York: Columbia University Press.

Rosenwald, M. & Bronstein, L. (2008). Foster parents speak: Preferred characteristics of foster children and experiences in the role of foster parent. Journal of Family Social Work, 11(3), 287-302.

Bartone, A., Rosenwald, M. & Bronstein, L. (2008). Examining the structure and dynamics of kinship care groups. Social Work with Groups, 31(3/4), 223-237.

Research Projects

Rosenwald, M. 2012-2017 Co- Evaluator, HEART (Housing, Empowerment, Achievement, Recovery, and Triumph) Alliance for Sustainable Families. U. S. Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Families. Children’s Bureau. ($479,235). Clinical trial of a supportive housing model intervention for families involved in the child welfare system in Broward County.

Rosenwald, M. 2011. Faculty Incentive Grant, Barry University ($2,109): The Experiences of Youth Aging out of Foster Care (2011).

Creating Inclusive Communities for Sexual and Gender Diverse Individuals

Austin, A. (In Press). “There I am”: A grounded theory study of young adults navigating a transgender or gender nonconforming identity within a context of oppression and invisibility. Sex Roles.

Austin, A. (In Press). Activism and Advocacy for the Transgender Community: Stop Violence and Create Peace through Transgender Affirmative Change.

Craig, S.L., & Austin, A. (In Press). The AFFIRM Open Pilot Feasibility Study: A Brief Affirmative Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Group Intervention for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth. Child and Youth Services.

Craig, S.L., Austin, A., Alessi, E. McInroy, L. & Keane, G. (In Press). Minority Stress and HERoic Coping among Ethnoracial Sexual Minority Girls: Intersections of Resilience.Journal of Adolescent Research.

Dentato, M.P., Lloyd, M.R., Craig, S.L., Kelly, B., Wright, C., & Austin, A. (In Press). Homophobia within schools of social work: The critical need for affirming classroom settings and effective preparation for service with the LGBTQ community. Social Work Education: The International Journal.

Austin, A., Craig, S. L. & McInroy, L. (In Press). Toward transgender affirmative social work education. Journal of Social Work Education.

Austin, A. & Craig, S. L. (2015). Adapting empirically supported interventions for sexual and gender minority youth: A stakeholder driven model. Journal of Evidence Informed Social Work DOI: 10.1080/15433714.2014.884958.

Austin, A. & Craig, S. L. (2015). Transgender affirmative cognitive behavioral therapy: Clinical considerations and applications. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 46(1), 21-29.

McInroy, L., Craig, S. L., & Austin, A. (2014). The perceived scarcity of gender identity content in Canadian social work programs. Canadian Social Work Review, 31(1), 5-21.

Austin, A. & Craig, S. L. (2013). Support, discrimination and alcohol use among racially/ethnically diverse sexual minority youth. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 25, 420-442.

Craig, S.L., Austin, A. & McInroy, L. (2013). School-based groups to support multiethnic sexual minority youth resiliency: Preliminary effectiveness. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal DOI: 10.1007/s10560-013-0311-7.

Collazo, A., Austin, A., & Craig, S. L. (2013). Facilitating transition among transgender clients: Components of effective clinical practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, 41(3), DOI:10.1007/s10615-013-0436-3

Craig, S. L. Austin, A. & Alessi, E. (2012). Gay affirmative cognitive behavioral therapy for sexual minority youth: A clinical adaptation and approach. Clinical Social Work Journal. DOI:10.1007/s10615-012-0427-9

Craig, S. L, McInroy, L., Austin, A., Smith, M., & Engle, B. E. (2012). Promoting self-efficacy and self-esteem for multiethnic sexual minority youth: An evidence-informed intervention. Journal of Social Service Research 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2012.718194

Winter, E., Elze, D., Salzburg, S. & Rosenwald, M. (2015). Social services for LGBT youth in the United States: Are we there yet? In Social Work and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities: International Perspectives. (Eds., J. Fish & K. Karban). (pp. 113-129). Bristol, UK: The Policy Press.

Rosenwald, M. (2009). A glimpse within: An exploratory study of child welfare agencies’ practices with LGBTQ youth. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 21(4), 1-14.

Rosenwald, M. (2008). Group work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. In Gittterman, A. & Salmon, R. (Eds.). (pp. 198-201). Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups. London: Routledge.

Rosenwald, M. (2008). “Group work practice with LGBTQ people.” In G.P. Mallon, (Ed.). Social work practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. 2nd ed. (pp. 221-239). New York: Routledge.

Clements, J. A. & Rosenwald, M. (2007). Foster parents’ perspectives on LGBT youth in the child welfare system, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services,19(1), 57-69.

Research Projects

Austin, A. (PI). The Ware Foundation ($1,500). Bridging Efforts to Enhance Safety and Support for the Transgender Community (2014).

Craig, S.L. (PI), Austin, A., Lawless, M., Brennan, D. & Flicker, S. Canadian Institute of Health Research ($32,981). Community-Based Affirmative Coping Skills Training to Reduce HIV/AIDS Risk for Sexual Minority Youth: An Open Pilot Feasibility Study (2013-2015).

Craig, S.L & Austin, A. Faculty of Social Work Research Grant Competition. S.S.H.R.C. Institutional Grant Program (SIG). The development of a cognitive behavioral group intervention curriculum to enhance coping and reduce depression in multi-ethnic sexual minority youth (2013-2014).

Austin, A. Faculty Incentive Grant, Barry University ($3,800): Developing an affirmative intervention for sexual minority youth: A participatory research approach (2012).

Austin, A. Creative Activity Grant, GLS, Barry University: Experiences of Gender Non-Conforming Young Adults: In Their Words (2012).

Advancing Trauma Informed Research Education

Levenson, J. S., & Grady, M. D. (in press). Childhood Adversity, Substance Abuse, and Violence: Implications for trauma-informed social work practice. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.

Zgoba, K., Miner, M., Levenson, J. S., Knight, R., Letourneau, E., & Thornton, D. (2015). The Adam Walsh Act: An Examination of Sex Offender Risk Classification Systems. Sexual abuse: a journal of research and treatment.

Nowakowski-Sims, E. (2016). Group exercise as an adjunct treatment for trauma. Paper accepted for presentation at National Association for Social Workers’ Florida Conference, Ft Lauderdale, FL.

Nowakowski-Sims, E. & Rowe, A. (2015). Treating youth who perpetrate violence against a family member using trauma informed interventions. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 8(4), 237-244.

Nowakowski-Sims, E. (2015). Group exercise as an adjunct treatment for trauma. Journal of Trauma & Treatment, S2-014. doi:10.4172/2167-1222

Nowakowski-Sims, E. & Rowe, A. (2014). Treating youth who perpetrate violence against a family member using trauma informed interventions. Paper presented at American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s 22nd National Colloquium, New Orleans, LA.

Nowakowski-Sims, E. & Mattern, K. (2014). An exploratory study of the characteristics that prevent youth from completing a family violence diversion program. Journal of Family Violence, 29(2),143-149.

Preventing Sexual Victimization

Levenson, J. S., & Zgoba, K. (2015). Community Protection Policies and Repeat Sexual Offenses in Florida. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Levenson, J. S., & Socia, K. M. (2015). Adverse childhood experiences and arrest patterns in a sample of sexual offenders Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Levenson, J. S. (2015). Adverse childhood experiences and subsequent substance abuse in a sample of sexual offenders: Implications for treatment and prevention. Victims and Offenders.

Levenson, J. S. (2014). Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care into Sex Offender Treatment. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 20(1).

Combating Human Sex Trafficking

Zaoui, S. (In press) The Lighthouse Effect: A therapeutic conversation about childhood sexual abuse and its relationship to sexual exploitation, commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking

NASW Miami-Dade Chapter presentation: Systemic Overview of CSEC Survivors through a Clinical Lens, a neurobiological, relational, physiological, spiritual implications of childhood sexual trauma and it’s direct relationship to CSE in children and adults

Peace-In Event, Barry University: Systemic Overview of CSEC Survivors through a Clinical Lens, a neurobiological, relational, physiological, spiritual implications of childhood sexual trauma and it’s direct relationship to CSE in children and adults

The Life of Freedom Center: Working with women in trauma using narrative therapy

Trauma Informed Practice, DCF Leadership Academy 2014-2015 .

Human Trafficking, Deliberative Dialogue, Barry University

The Neurobiology of women and trauma with a special focus on childhood survivors of sexual abuse and human trafficking, Agape Women’s Rehabilitation Center

Working with women in trauma using narrative therapy, The Life of Freedom Center.

Peace-In Workshop Barry University: Systemic Overview of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Systemic Overview of CSEC Survivors through a Clinical Lens: The 11th Annual Light up the Night Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect