Megan Holmes, Ph.D., MSW (See CV)

Megan Holmes received her MSW from UCLA in 2008 and her Ph.D. in 2012 from UCLA in Social Welfare. The overarching goal of her research is to contribute to the optimal development of children who have been exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) by identifying risk and protective factors that will be translated into interventions. Using her clinical experience with families from domestic violence households to set the foundation for her research, Megan’s dissertation was amongst the first to examine the impact of early and prolonged IPV exposure on the development of children’s social competence in a longitudinal national probability study of children investigated for child abuse and neglect. Building on this research, Megan’ short-term goals are to generate knowledge about additional risk and protective factors for children exposed to IPV: specifically, those related to sibling relationships and maternal parenting quality. Megan is currently an Assistant Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Malia Jones, Ph.D., MPH (See CV)

Malia Jones received her doctorate from the department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health in June 2012. She is interested in the social forces that lead to higher rates of obesity and associated chronic disease outcomes among people of color, and especially how those forces are located in geographic space. Her research focuses on two core questions: 1) Do the social and physical characteristics of neighborhoods operate as a source of chronic stress to produce disparities in chronic disease? And 2) how does segregation, i.e. the processes affecting neighborhood selection, create health disparities? Her dissertation, titled “Accumulating neighborhood stress exposure: effects on hypertension, obesity, and depression,” evaluates empirical evidence for a causal effect of social characteristics of neighborhoods on health. In it, she tests innovative measures of cumulative stress exposure in neighborhoods as predictors of chronic disease among adults. Malia currently pursuing her research agenda as a National Cancer Institute postdoctoral trainee at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine.

Nancy Jo Kepple, MSW (See CV

Nancy Jo Kepple received her BA from Stanford University and her MSW and Ph.D. from UCLA. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on how alcohol and drugs contribute to violent outcomes within communities and families, such as crime and child maltreatment. She is also interested in how these issues impact minority and low-income populations. Currently, Nancy is working on her dissertation which explores the impact of current and past caregiver substance use on child maltreatment behaviors using the National Study of Child and Adolescent Well-being (NSCAW) data.