Research and Professional Presentations

Students in ACU’s School of Social Work are often involved in extracurricular research and have opportunities to present at professional conferences nationwide.

These conferences include:

The School of Social Work students and faculty have been awarded several research related honors in the past few years, including:

  • Dr. Stephen Baldridge, Director of the BSSW Program, 2013 ACU Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year;
  • Milene Crossman, MSSW Graduate, 2012 ACU Graduate School Project of the Year;
  • Jonathan Holmes, BSSW Graduate, 2012 ACU Undergraduate Researcher of the Year;
  • Alexandra Moran, BSSW Graduate, 2011 ACU Undergraduate Researcher of the Year;
  • J. Garpue Lieway, MSSW Graduate, 2011 Outstanding ACU Graduate College Paper;
  • Whitney Herrington, MSSW Graduate, 2010 Outstanding NASW Policy Paper.

Student Professional Publications and Presentations

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2013

Stephen Baldridge, PhD, Amanda McAdams, MSSW Graduate and Alex Reed and Alexandra Knettle, BSSW Graduates

  • Mobile Classrooms: Using Mobile Devices to Enhance BSW Education. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work (In Press).

Jennifer Carpenter, BSSW Grauduate

  • Factors Influencing College Attendance in Adopted Children. 2013 ACU Undergraduate Research Symposium, Abilene, Texas, April 4.

Milene Crossman, MSSW Graduate

  • Students’ Attitudes Towards the Elderly (with Alan Lipps, PhD and Charlie Pruett, PhD) 2013 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Annual Meeting, St. Petersburg, Florida, March.
  • An Investigation of Undergraduate and Graduate Social Work Students’ Attitudes Towards the Elderly (with Alan Lipps, PhD and Charlie Pruett, PhD). 2013 Southwestern Social Science Association’s Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March.
  • Social Work Students Attitudes about Aging. 2013 Southwestern Association of Social Sciences Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March.

Alex Reed, BSSW Graduate

  • Active Mobility: Using Mobile Devices and Social Media to Facilitate Learning 2013 ACU Undergraduate Research Symposium, Abilene, Texas, April 4.

Julie Reeger, BSSW Candidate

  • The Usefulness of Desensitization Exercises to Inform Undergraduate Students about Problems Encountered by the Elderly 2013 Southwestern Social Science Association’s Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March.

Amanda Wallander, MSSW Graduate; Alex Reed, MSSW Candidate

  • Socially mobile: Pairing social media with mobility to facilitate student learning (with Stephen Baldridge, Phd). 2013 iAccess Annual Conference, Abilene, Texas, March 5.

Kari White, MSSW Graduate and Julie Reeger, BSSW Student

  • Creating Opportunities for Faculty and Student Scholarship in Aging through Community Partnerships (with Alan Lipps, PhD, Charlie Pruett, PhD, and Thomas Winter, PhD). 2013 Southwestern Social Science Association’s Annual Meeting, Panel Discussion, New Orleans, Louisiana, March.
2012

Nick Croissant and Lauren Land, BSSW Graduates

  • Save the Humans: Running a Successful Student Social Work Organization on Campus 2012 NACSW Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, October. 

Milene Crossman, MSSW Graduate

  • Social Work Students Attitudes about Aging. 2012 NACSW Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, October.

Jonathan Holmes, BSW Graduate

  • Does Generation Affect Attitudes and Perceptions about Welfare? (2012) National Conference for Undergraduate Research Proceedings. http://ncurproceedings.org/ojs/index.php/NCUR2012/article/view/54/59
  • Does Generation Affect Attitudes and Perceptions about Welfare? 2012 National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Weber State University, Odgen, Utah, March.
  • Does Generation Affect Attitudes and Perceptions About Welfare? Sustainability through Research and Advocacy. 2012 Baccalaureate Program Director’s Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.

Shanice Hurd, MSSW Graduate

  • The Effectiveness of Sensitivity Training as a Tool to Increase Interest in Gerontology Education in a Social Work Curriculum. 2012 NACSW Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, October.

Kalen Preiss, MSSW Graduate

  • Faculty Mentoring Students in Evidence-Based Practice (with Alan Lipps, PhD). 2012 NACSW Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, October.

Amanda McAdams, MSSW Graduate

  • Remote Teaching: Using Mobile Devises to Deliver Course Content Outside of Classroom Walls (with Stephen Baldridge, PhD). 2012 National Social Science Association Technology Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Remote Teaching: Using Mobile Devices to Deliver the Social Work Curriculum (with Stephen Baldridge, PhD). 2012 Annual Program Meeting Council on Social Work Education, Washington, D.C.

Alexandra Moran, BSSW Graduate

  • Evaluation of the Use of Mobile Techonology “in” the Social Work Classroom (with Stephen Baldridge, PhD). 2012 Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, March 10.

Julie Reeger, BSSW Candidate, Farren Franke, ACU Graduate, and Kelsey McHenry, ACU Bachelor’s Candidate.

  • Desensitization Exercises and Their Influence on Understanding Physical Limitation. 2012 ACU Undergraduate Research Symposium Abilene, Texas.

Michelle Sampaio, Jessica Castillo, Nicole Chaffee, and Jennifer Butler

  • Implementation of a Demographic Study to Identify, Assess, and Serve Homeless High School Students in West Texas. 2012 International Research Conference for Graduate Students, San Marcos, Texas.

Vicky Searcy, MSSW Graduate and Alan Lipps, PhD

  • The Effectiveness of Seeking Safety on Reducing PTSD Symptoms in Clients Receiving Substance Dependence Treatment (2012) Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly.
2011

Stephen Baldridge, PhD, Alexandra Moran, BSSW Graduate, and Whitney Herrington, MSSW Graduate.

  • Evaluation of the use of mobile technology in the social science classroom (2011). National Social Sciences Technology Conference Proceedings.

Danielle Buchanan, MSSW Graduate

  • Identification of Nursing Education Barriers in West Texas 2011 International Research Conference for Graduate Students, San Marcos, Texas.

Whitney Herrington, MSSW Graduate

  • iTeaching: Evaluation of the use of Mobile Technology in the Social Work Classroom (with Stephen Baldridge, PhD). 2011 NACSW Annual Meeting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • iTeaching: Evaluation of the use of Mobile Technology in the Classroom, Association of History, Literature, Science, and Technology. 2011 Interdisciplinary Conference of Association of History, Literature, Science, and Technology, Houston, Texas.

Whitney Herrington, MSSW Graduate, and Alexandra Moran, BSSW Graduate

  • iTeaching: Evaluation of the use of Mobile Technology in the College Classroom (with Stephen Baldridge, PhD). 2011 ACU Connected Conference, Abilene, Texas.

Jonathan Holmes, BSSW Graduate

  • Does Generation Affect Attitudes and Perceptions about Welfare? 2011 Ronald McNair Research Conference at State University of Buffalo, New York.

Alexandra Moran and Amanda Wallander, BSSW Graduates

  • Video vs. Lecture: A Comparison Study of Teaching Methods 2011 ACU Undergraduate Research Symposium Abilene, Texas.
  • Video vs. Lecture: A Comparison Study of Teaching Methods (with Alan Lipps, PhD). 2011 NACSW Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Alexandra Moran, BSSW Graduate

  • Is it Worth It?: An Evaluation of Mobile Learning in the Social Work Classroom. 2011 ACU Undergraduate Research Symposium Presentation Abilene, Texas.

Vicky Searcy and Judy Mendoza, MSSW Graduates

  • The Evidence-Based Curriculum and University/Social Service Agency Partnerships. 2011 NASW Texas Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas.

Vicky Searcy, MSSW Graduate

  • The Evidence-Based Curriculum and University/Social Service Agency Partnerships. 2011 National Association of Social Workers Texas Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas, October.

Arielle Thibodeaux, MSSW Graduate

  • Perceptions of Poverty and Public Policy: A Social Work Perspective. 2011 International Research Conference for Graduate Students, San Marcos, Texas.
Featured Event

 

The Save the Humans Research Grant Competition is now open for BSSW student to apply! 

 

See contest rules and application online