Social Work

Faculty Mentors Name: Susan Elswick EdD and Greg Washington PhD

Faculty Mentor's Department: Social Work

Email Address: selswick@memphis.edu

Topic: The Music Club: An Expressive Arts Intervention for Addressing Needs of At-Risk Youth

Project Description: The State of TN has granted appropriations to the University of Memphis to address the needs of at risk children and families who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences. The Department of Social Work is one of the components at U of M who have been granted a year appropriation and Dr. Susan Elswick and I will be leading the effort to address the needs of youth in Memphis by developing, implementing and evaluating a community-based evidence intervention. This intervention will be strength-based and include pyramid mentoring in this effort to reduce risk for youth exposed to trauma. Another primary effort is to integrate trauma-informed practice models into public education system through expressive arts programming and evidence-based interventions.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Must have the ability to go to local locations/ sites (schools) before and after school hours, to interview, assess, data analysis, and monitor data collection of participants in this study.  This will be during daytime hours.  Students will have to attend an orientation process that teaches needed skills for this work. Application or Interview Process: Interested students should contact Dr. Susan Elswick, and she will describe the application requirements and processes.  Application and resume will be required.  Also an interview will be completed.

Starting Date: Fall 2017 run for 3 years

Method of Compensation: Will count as Volunteer hours or Honors Academic Credit/ Contract


Faculty Mentors Name: Susan Elswick EdD and Vasile Rus PhD

Faculty Mentor's Department: Social Work and Computer Science

Email Address: selswick@memphis.edu

Topic: BE-PAL: A Data-driven Behavior Personal Assistant for Classroom Learning and Its Impact on Academic Performance and Teaching and Learning Experiences Project Description: Behavioral excesses, such as off-task behaviors, talking out, and out of seat behavior can negatively affect learner's academic performance, experience, and overall environment, e.g. such behavior excesses negatively impact the learning performance and experience for all students within the classroom setting.

Requirements for Student Applicants:  Must have the ability to go to local locations/ sites (schools) to interview, assess, data analysis, and monitor data collection of participants in this study.  This will be during daytime hours.  Students will have to attend an orientation process that teaches needed skills for this work.

Application or Interview Process: Interested students should contact Dr. Susan Elswick, and she will describe the application requirements and processes.  Application and resume will be required.  Also an interview will be completed.

Starting Date: Spring 2018- 3 year grant-2021

Method of Compensation: Will count as Volunteer hours or Honors Academic Credit/ Contract