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A Computational Social Science Perspective on Qualitative Data Exploration: Using Topic Models for the Descriptive Analysis of Text

A Presentation by Maria Y. Rodriguez, MSW, PhD
Monday, April 23, 2018
12 pm–1:30 pm, Room 500, UNC School of Social Work | Directions
Pizza will be provided. Bring your own drink.

Comparing qualitative and quantitative analysis methods for data exploration, this presentation describes and demonstrates the topic modeling approach for text analysis. Using a sample of tweets […]

The “Practice Doctorate” Degree: Implications for Social Work Education, Research and Practice

A Presentation by Jo Ann R. Coe Regan, PhD, MSW
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There have been many groups and activities examining the role of the practice doctorate in social work and its implications for the social work profession. The growth of practice doctoral programs in social […]

The Role of the Propensity Score in Observational Studies with Complex Data Structures

A Presentation by Fabrizia Mealli, PhD
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Propensity score methods have proven to be exceptionally useful and straightforward tools for identifying a treatment effect when assignment to treatment is not random. Proper use of propensity scores in complex samples — clustered data, weighted survey data, multi-stage samples — requires additional […]

Cross-Cultural Bias in Clinical Assessment: Using New Metrics to Address Thorny Problems in Practice and Research

A Presentation by Michael Canute Lambert, PhD
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Social Work practice and research require assessment procedures that reduce and preferably remove bias across diverse (e.g., gender, cultural) groups. This task is especially difficult, since few measures designed especially for ethnically diverse groups are in existence. In cases where such measures […]

Supporting the use of evidence to improve child and family outcomes: The role of context and stakeholders in implementation science

A Presentation by Allison Metz, PhD
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Allison will discuss the potential of implementation science in supporting the use of evidence in practice. She will emphasize the importance of context and stakeholder involvement in the use of evidence. Co-creation strategies for producing, contextualizing and sustaining evidence will be discussed.

Allison Metz, […]

Ensuring Healthy Youth Development: The Power of Prevention

A Presentation by Jeff Jenson, PhD
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Behavioral health problems among children and youth exact a heavy individual, social, and economic toll in the United States. Strong evidence from the past three decades indicates that we can prevent many behavioral health problems before they emerge. This presentation will review progress […]

Foster Care: Why Independent Living Is Getting It All Wrong and How We Can Get It Right

A Presentation by Johanna Greeson, PhD
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Each year roughly one in ten youth exiting foster care does so without a legally binding, permanent connection with a caring adult, and are at high risk for many adverse outcomes during the transition to adulthood. Research indicates that a caring adult, like […]

Evidence and Evidence Use: Whose Business Is It, Anyway?

A Presentation by Kirsten Kainz, PhD
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Kirsten Kainz will discuss the evidence-based policy and practice movement, exploring issues related to types of evidence and uses of evidence, asking challenging questions about whose evidence matters in what circumstances.

The audience will be asked to consider the implications for university researchers, especially […]

Racial Orders and Statistical Methodology

A Presentation by Mosi Ifatunji, PhD
One of the most common practices in the social and professional sciences is the under theorization of race in multivariate statistical models. This practice results in findings that are, at best, non-informative, and at worst, complicit in the maintenance of white supremacy. This lecture reviews these specification errors and […]

Is the Swedish Universal Access Model for Addiction Treatment an Alternative to the US Model: A Longitudinal Registry Study

A Presentation by Lena Lundgren, PhD
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Experiences from other nations can assist U.S. policy makers as they consider health care reform and the treatment of substance use. Unlike the United States, Sweden’s universal welfare system includes no-cost addiction treatment. Sweden has large universal databases of treatment and health services […]