- Doerr Center for Social Justice Education & Research
Collaborative Research Grants
Projects that the Center has funded are listed below:
Children & Youth
"Including Public Voices in Public Education: A Participatory Action Research Project," The Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group, Michael Mancini, Ph.D. and Kathryn Pole, Ph.D. (2010 Grant-in progress).
"An Evaluation of CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocacy Program for Foster Children in the Court System," CASA of St. Louis County, Inc., Allie Chang Ray and Jami Curley, Ph.D. (2005 Grant)--Impact assessment of CASA program on outcomes for foster children.
"Assessing Effective Youth Development," Wyman Center, Inc., Robin Granger, Leslie Tucker, and Stephen Wernet, Ph.D. (2002 Grant)--Evaluation of longitudinal youth development programs.
"Outreach to Children Without Health Care," St. Anthony's Health Center, Alton, Terri Drew, LCSW, and Rebecca Banks, LCSW. (2000 Grant)--Identification of barriers to child health insurance eligibility.
"Homeless Older Adolescent Count and Needs Assessment," Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Jennifer Heggeman, and John J. Stretch, Ph.D. (2000 Grant)--Needs assessment of homeless youth.
"Outcome Study for Heritage House," Heritage House (Provident Counseling), Barb Flory, MSW, and Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D. (1999 Grant)--Impact assessment of custody exchange program intervention on child and parent behavior.
"Youth Advocacy Project," Missouri Public Defender, Cathy DiTraglia, and Cynthia Cook, Ph.D. (1998 Grant)--Assessment of unmet psychological needs of youth on probation and comparison of recidivism rates.
Economic & Workforce Development
"An Evaluation of Workforce Development through St. Louis Regional Jobs Initiative: Applying a Socially Just Concept of Self-Sufficiency to Community and Policy Practice," Metropolitan Education and Training (MET) Center, Ahmed Sheriff, and Phillip Young P. Hong, Ph.D., MSW. (2005 Grant)--Evaluation of workforce development program and clients' conceptions of self-sufficiency.
"Community Economic Development," Missouri Association for Social Welfare, Betsy Slosar, M.S.W. and Susan Tebb, Ph.D. (1998 Grant)--Baseline survey of state community economic development for low- income populations.
"Evaluating Circles of Hope," WomanSpirit, Inc., Director LaDoris Payne-Bell, Faye Y. Abram, PhD., R. Jan Wilson, MSW, LCSW. (2002 Grant)--Evaluation of a grassroots empowerment model for low-income African American women.
"WomenStart," Let's Start, Sr. Jean Toben, and Faye Abram, Ph.D. (1998 Grant)--Evaluation of program for non-violent women ex-offenders.
"Women and Families Affected by AIDS," Sr. Jean Harvey and Sue Taylor, Ph.D. (1997 Grant)--Needs assessment and formation of collaborative for education, services, and advocacy.
Health & Mental Health
"A mixed method evaluation of a residential integrated substance abuse treatment program for dually diagnosed clients using a harm reduction approach: Second year outcomes," Places for People, Inc., Francie Broderick, Scott Bayliff, Michael Mancini, Ph.D., Donald Linhorst, Ph.D., and MSW Student RAs Theresa Steins & Wynter Wyrick (2007 Grant)--Continuation of the evaluation of the harm reduction approach for clients with dual diagnosis.
"An Evaluation of CJ's Place," Places for People, Inc., Francie Broderick, Scott Bayliff, Michael Mancini, Ph.D., Donald Linhorst, Ph.D., and MSW/MAPS Student Jay Marquitz. (2005 Grant)--Evaluation of the harm reduction approach for clients with dual diagnosis.
"Empowering People With Mental Illness," BJC Behavioral Health, Terri Gilbert, and Don Linhorst, PhD. (2002 Grant)--Investigation of the limitations and opportunities to empower persons with severe mental illness.
"War-related Trauma and Acculturation of Bosnian Refugees in St. Louis," Missouri Institute of Mental Health, Mary C. Dugan, LCSW, Lejla Susic, and Cynthia A. Loveland Cook, PhD. (2001 Grant)--Investigation of trauma-related psychiatric and social problems of Bosnian refugees.
"An Evaluation of Choices, a Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Program," St. Louis County Jail, Donald M. Linhorst, PhD., Herbert L. Bernsen, MSW, Kenneth Manier, M.A., Julia Childrey, B.S., and Amy Henson, B.A., B.S. (2001 Grant)--Evaluation of jail-based substance abuse treatment program and assessment of community outcomes.
"When Is It Worth Working?" Independence Center, Mary Ann Merz, Ph.D., and Jay Memmott, Ph.D. (1999 Grant)--Assessment of risks and benefits of employment for adults with psychiatric disabilities.
"Promoting Client Empowerment in a State Psychiatric Hospital," St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center, Anne Eckert, and Don Linhorst, Ph.D. (1998 Grant)--Evaluation of client empowerment at state psychiatric facility.
"Options for Justice for MR/DD Offenders," Options for Justice, Michael McGuire, and Don Linhorst, Ph.D. (1998 Grant)--Evaluation of program serving mentally retarded/developmentally disabled (MR/DD) offenders.
"Economic Justice: Empowering Families with Access to Credit and Assets," Justine Petersen Housing and Reinvestment Corporation, Sheri Flanigan-Vasquez, MSW, Sabrina Tyuse, PhD., and Julie Birkenmaier, LCSW. (2001 Grant)--Evaluation of intervention providing access to credit for low-to-moderate income persons.
Older Adult Issues
"Raising the Bar: The Impact of Missouri House Bill 603 on Quality Dementia Care," Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis, Public Policy Director Carroll Rodriquez, and Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D. (2003 Grant)--Policy impact assessment of MO HB603 on dementia care and evaluation of dementia educational training.
"Not Prepared to Care: Empowering CNA's," Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis, Director Jan McGillick, and Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D. (2000 Grant)--Evaluation of dementia training for residential care workers.
Peace & Reconciliation
"Rebuilding the Peace: A Study of Reconciling Traditional and Modern Values in Kenya and Rwanda," Peacebuilding, Healing and Reconciliation Programme (PHARP), Rev. Felicien Nemeyimana, Stephen Wernet, Ph.D., Dwight Jackson, Ph.D., MSW Students Kristin Kumpf and Kelle Rose. (2003 Grant)--Evaluation of peacebuilding program aimed at capacity-building of local youth and women.
Racial Justice/Race Relations
"Program Evaluation of Bridges Across Racial Polarization," Focus St. Louis, Cindy Follman, and Steve Wernet, Ph.D. (1999 Grant)--Evaluation of attitudes and behavior in interracial relationships.