Community THRIVES Lab

"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." - Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970
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1242V
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301-405-2029
Email: 
aparicio@umd.edu

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Community THRIVES Lab conducts community-engaged, transformative health research at the intersection of family violence, early childhood, and adolescent sexual health intervention. Partnering with youth, families, and communities on research to improve health equity and bolster resilience, we aim to inform and test innovative approaches to improving adolescent sexual health and well-being, reducing unplanned and early pregnancy, nurturing young families, ending intergenerational cycles of child abuse and neglect, and intervening early with our youngest kids to help families thrive. This work takes a village. Join us!


July 2020: Society for Prevention Research Conference and New Study on LGBTQ Foster Youth

We went virtual due to COVID-19 and are now doing business at a distance! We had three presentations at the 2020 SPR Conference, including (1) examining social workers' experiences of supporting their young, maltreated clients in preventing the transmission of child abuse and neglect to their children; (2) youth-friendly provision of sexual and reproductive health care during Wahine Talk; and (3) longitudinal outcomes of Wahine Talk. We were also thrilled to launch the next phase of our Fostering Healthy Relationships project, focused on assessing the mental health and sexual health needs of LGBTQ foster youth.

 

June 2020: Office of Population Affairs Webinars on Wahine Talk

Lab PI Dr. Liz Aparicio recently shared the lab's Wahine Talk work, presenting twice at Office of Population Affairs webinars, including a grantee showcase and an HHS Office of Population Affairs (OPA) virtual expo.

January 2020: Society for Social Work and Research Conference

We presented multiple studies at the 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Conference, including PI Dr. Aparicio's organized symposium on the sexual and reproductive health needs of youth experiencing homelessness. During this symposium, we shared outcomes of our Wahine Talk study (lead author: second year PhD student Danielle Phillips) and findings from an in-depth review of the literature on factors affecting birth control access and selection among youth experiencing homelessless (lead author: third year PhD student Olivia Kachingwe). We were delighted to include presentations by collaborators Drs. Jaih Craddock (UMB School of Social Work) and Stephanie Begun (University of Toronto School of Social Work) in the symposium.

 

December 2019: Year in Review

Our team is honored to have contributed more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications to the literature this year, with a particular emphasis on adolescent sexual and reproductive health among highly vulnerable populations. We published several papers on teen pregnancy and parenting among youth in foster care, including evaluating two evidence-based pregnancy prevention programs for system-involved youth; exploring how foster youth experience the process of pregnancy and birth; examining the role of entry into care and placement instability on risk of early birth among foster youth; and describing outcomes among various categories of adolescent mothers leaving foster care. Our team continued to publish findings from our Wahine Talk study, examining the process of how female homeless youth in Wahine Talk experience the process of accessing and selecting birth control (article led by third year PhD student Olivia Kachingwe) and describing outcomes to six months among youth experiencing homelessness who participated in the program. Complementing these findings was a study on the dual experience of teen pregnancy and homelessness among Native Hawaiian youth, the first such study with young Native Hawaiian parents experiencing homelessness. Finally, one of our lab members (second year PhD student Amara Channell Doig) was a part of several collaborations with other labs and centers on and off-campus, producing a publication on WIC breastfeeding outcomes and a study looking at the VALE obesity treatment program for Latino children

 

November 2019: APHA Conference

Our team attended the American Public Health Association conference in Philadelphia, PA. Olivia Kachingwe presented on some of our Foster Health Relationships findings: "Sexual Health Among Youth in Foster Care: The Role of Social Media." Dr. Liz Aparicio had three presentations on our Wahine Talk findings: "Trauma-Informed Sexual Health Interventions for Female Youth Experiencing Homelessness," "Life's Too Short. Hold Your Family Close. Experiences of Holistive Sexual Health Programs in the Contect of Youth Homelessness," and "Wahine Talk: Holistice Sexual Health Intervention for Youth who are Homeless." Amara Channell Doig was a part of a group presentation with some UMD SPH Collegues (Ali Hurtado and Matt Rodriguez) entitled Exploring the Design and Feasibility of a Blended (mHealth) Nutrition Education Program for Immigrant Latino Families.

October 2019: Community Presentation on Trauma-Informed Foster Parenting

We had the opportunity to present to foster parents from our community partner Hearts and Homes for Youth on Oct 30. This presentation focused on using principles of trauma-informed care to improve delivery of foster care.

April 2019: New Infographic on Teen Pregnancy in Latino Communities

We have developed a new infographic for our article on Teen Pregnancy in Latino Communities. Please feel free to share! You can also check out the accompanying journal article here: go.umd.edu/LatinoTeenPregnancy.

February 2019: New Study on Sexual Health Programs for Foster Youth

One of our recent efforts has been to evaluate the evidence based sexual health programs "Making Proud Choices!" and "Be Proud! Be Responsible!" among youth in foster care and youth involved with the juvenile justice system. With trauma-informed program tailoring, youth who participated showed gains in sexual health knowledge and improved attitudes towards condoms and birth control. Check out our most recent publication in Children and Youth Services Review, available free until April 18: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1YeET_4La8TyuJ. 

January 2019: New Study on Pregnancy and Birth among Foster Youth

We recently released a new study exploring how teen mothers in foster care experience pregnancy and birth. This is part of a larger phenomenological exploration the meaning and experience of motherhood among young women in and transitioning from foster care. Check out this and our other publications here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Un1LI_cAAAAJ&hl=en. Need a copy? You can always email us!

November 2018: New Research on Teen Parenting while Homeless

Teenage parenting is a challenging venture - particularly when parenting while homeless. We recently released a study that explores the experience of three young homeless and parenting teens (one mother and two fathers) in the first known study of teenage parenting and homelessness among Native Hawaiian youth, a key affected population. Youth shared experiences of childhood, early experiences of pregnancy and parenting while homeless, and how they are finding their way as young homeless parents currently. Reach out to us for a copy of this article or read this and our other articles here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Un1LI_cAAAAJ&hl=en

September 2018: First Wahine Talk Publication

We are excited to announce release of our first publication from the Wahine Talk project, which introduces the intervention, discusses its development, and provides participant and provider perspectives of the first cycle of implementation. You can find the article here or email us for a copy: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190740918300951. Read more about Wahine Talk and our other projects here: http://sph.umd.edu/department/bch/lab/89596.

May 2018: Society for Prevention Research Conference

Olivia Kachingwe represented our team at the Society for Prevention Research's Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. to present work she led exploring how homeless female youth experience accessing and selecting birth control. 

April 2018: Site Visit to Waikiki Health's Youth Outreach Program

One of our lab teams was recently in Honolulu, HI working with our community partner Waikiki Health's Youth Outreach (YO!) program. We work with YO! to evaluate a newly developed, holistic sexual health and adolescent pregnancy prevention program called Wahine Talk for youth who are homeless. Learn more about the project here: http://sph.umd.edu/department/bch/lab/89596 and follow us on Twitter @commTHRIVESlab for updates.

Next Chapter Project, Phase 1 (04/01/2018 - present)

Community Partner: Hearts and Homes for Youth (Melanie Geddings-Hayes, LCSW-C)

Funding: UMD Maryland Catalyst Fund

 

Teen mothers who are in foster care speak with great joy about becoming a parent, though it has many challenges, and express a strong desire to do things differently with their own children than what they experienced in their own families while growing up. In this community-engaged grounded theory study, we are partnering with youth, social worker, and caregiver experts to explore the experience of accessing and receiving parenting support and mental health support among young mothers in foster care.

Fostering Healthy Relationships (05/01/2017 - present)

Community Partner: Hearts and Homes for Youth (Melanie Geddings-Hayes, LCSW-C)

UMD Partner: Prevention Research Center

Funding: UMD Department of Behavioral and Community Health, UMD Prevention Research Center, UMD Graduate School

Youth in foster care are 2-3 times as likely to become pregnant as a teen compared to their peers who are not in care and are at elevated risk for STI exposure. During this community-based participatory research project, we are partnering with youth, community, and university experts to conduct a needs assessment and create an innovative multi-level sexual health intervention for youth in foster care. Our current phase of the project involves examining the specific sexual health and mental health needs of LGBTQ foster youth.

Wahine Talk (07/01/2016 - present) 

Community Partner: Waikiki Health's Youth Outreach (YO!) Program 

Funding: HHS Office of Population Affairs

Young women who are homeless experience teen pregnancy at a rate five times greater than their housed peers and engage in myriad sexual risk behaviors (such as unprotected and transactional sex). Systems of care are often ill-equipped to meet their health and well-being needs. To address this gap in care, Wahine Talk was developed by Kent Anderson and his team at Waikiki Health and is run out of a youth drop-in center in Waikiki, a neighborhood in Honolulu, HI with high rates of youth homelessness. Young women are invited to participate in four program components delivered by a team of interdisciplinary providers (social work/public health/nursing): basic needs and social services; peer mentoring; sexual health education groups; and sexual healthcare. Wahine Talk is an incentivized healthcare program: youth receive a cell phone upon entry to facilitate program connectedness, databoosts when they participate, and a second, upgraded cell phone if they complete a program checklist. To date, Wahine Talk has served 68 young women aged 14-22 years and followed up on key sexual health outcomes for 12 months following conclusion of the intervention. Watch our Wahine Talk film and read our study publications here: go.umd.edu/WahineTalkProducts

Dissertation Research supervised by Dr. Aparicio:

African American Father-Daugher Sexual Health Communication (08/01/2020 - present) (PI: Olivia Kachingwe, PhD Candidate; Advisor: Liz Aparicio, PhD)

African American youth and young adults living in the United States are disproportionately burdened by HIV/AIDS, and when compared to women of other races and ethnicities, African American women have the highest rate of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes simplex virus 2. Though sexual health communication is a well-established protective factor against sexual risk-taking behaviors, African American father-daughter sexual health communication is under-researched. Thus, this study seeks to understand the process of African American father-daughter sexual health communication, including the topics discussed, pertinent dyadic relationship dynamics, and perceived impact on sexual behavior.

Led by Dr. Elizabeth Aparicio, our lab takes a collaborative approach to intervening upon some of our communities' most challenging social determinants of health. We work to both challenge structural inequities and nurture individuals', families', and communities' innate ability to thrive. This work requires teams of dedicated community-based and campus-based researchers. Below are our current research team members.

 

Elizabeth Aparicio, PhD, MSW, Director

Dr. Aparicio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at University of Maryland's School of Public Health. Trained as a clinical social worker, Dr. Aparicio served the community in Washinton D.C. and Maryland for nearly a decade as a trauma-focused licensed clinician, providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy to children and adolescents. Dr. Aparicio focuses on improving health equity through affecting individual and system-level change to improve youth and community well-being via informing and testing interventions in adolescent sexual health, teen pregnancy, and parenting; early childhood intervention; and child maltreatment prevention. She is a dedicated mentor and teacher, serving as a qualitative and mixed-methods methodologist and content expert on multiple PhD dissertation and MPH project committees, and teaching qualitative research methods to graduate students and community health engagement to undergraduate students.

 

Faduma Aden, BS Student in Public Health Science

Projects: Fostering Healthy Relationships, Next Chapter Project, Wahine Talk

Faduma Aden is a junior Public Health Science major. She is from Montgomery County, Maryland and originally from Somalia. Faduma currently serves as an undergraduate research assistant in the Community THRIVES Lab and is also involved in both cultural and health organizations on campus. Her professional interests focus on women's health, particularly reproductive and sexual health. Faduma uses she/her/hers pronouns and is particularly interested in community-based participatory work, such as the Community THRIVES Lab's current projects. After she completes her undergraduate program, Faduma hopes to earn her MPH degree with a focus in health behavior and/or health policy, then move on to work in the programming and policy realm of public health. Faduma then hopes earn a PhD in Public Health, with a research focus on improving access to reproductive and sexual health resources for vulnerable populations.

Kayla Bae

Project:

Rebecca Chavez, MSW, Community Partner (Waikiki Health, HI)

Project: Wahine Talk

Megan Kaleipumehana Cabral, MSW, Community-based Researcher on O'ahu (HI)

Project: Wahine Talk

Amara Channell Doig, MPH, PhD Student in Behavioral and Community Health

Projects: Wahine Talk, Next Chapter Project

Amara Channell Doig, MPH is currently a PhD student in Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Georgia and a Master's degree in Public Health from George Washington University. Prior to starting her doctoral program, she worked as a Research Associate and Project Coordinator in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University. In this capacity, she has worked with a local health department to assess breastfeeding and vitamin D practices among mothers receiving WIC and coordinated a childhood obesity research study. She previously worked in Lima, Peru to provide health care and education to impoverished communities as a heath educator. She also worked as a principal advisor on the Peruvian National Nutrition Program. She has performed laboratory research, conducted field work on medical care for children, and performed analyses of the role of the pharmacies in antibiotic overuse. Her research interests include cultural adaptations of interventions for ethnic and racial minorities, the use of social media for public health, pediatric obesity, and infant and toddler feeding practices.

Jamie Fleishman, BS, Community-Based Researcher in Maryland

Project: Wahine Talk

Jamie Fleishman is a graduate of the undergraduate program in Community Health in the Behavioral and Community Health Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. As a Community Health professional, she is interested in reducing health disparities among vulnerable and marginalized populations. She works with Dr. Aparicio in the Community THRIVES Lab as a community-based researcher (formerly, as a student), which has allowed her to understand the history of why health disparities arise and ways to reduce and alleviate them. Conducting research and the process of research dissemination is an important step in order to understand why certain issues exist and to create impactful change, and Jamie is glad to have had the opportunity to contribute.

 

Melanie Geddings-Hayes, MSW, LCSW-C, Community Partner (Hearts and Homes for Youth)

Projects: Fostering Healthy Relationships, Next Chapter Project

Emily Hillig, BS in Community Health Student

Projects: Wahine Talk, Next Chapter Project

 Maisha Huq, MSPH, PhD Student in Behavioral and Community Health

Projects: Fostering Healthy Relationships, Wahine Talk, Next Chapter Project

Maisha Huq is a PhD student in the Behavioral and Community Health Department and began working with the lab in Fall 2019. She studied Economics as an undergraduate at Smith College and graduated from her Master of Science in Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. 

She is most interested in research and direct service related to promoting positive health behavior promotions, and she has a special interest in youth. During her Master’s in Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, she focused on adolescent health and worked on school-based health programming research in Baltimore. She has worked on a variety of social, economic, and health program implementation and evaluation research projects on homelessness, workforce development, and behavioral health, family planning, and school health. She has previously worked at Abt Associates, the Center for Adolescent Health at Johns Hopkins, and the PMA2020 Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. She values communities bringing their expertise and voice to addressing the issues which affect them most. At the THRIVES Lab, she is excited to conduct research guided by a commitment to community participation.

Michelle Jasczynski, Ed.M., PhD Student in Behavioral and Community Health

Projects: Wahine Talk, Next Chapter Project 

Michelle Jasczynski is a doctoral student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Her research interests are centered around promoting and protecting adolescent health and wellness and bridging the gap between youth and access to healthcare. Michelle previously worked for CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepititis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) supporting the school-based HIV/STI prevention work of both the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) as a policy fellow and as a field-based program coordinator for the District of Columbia Department of Health's school-based STI/HIV screening program. Michelle received her BA in psychology from Berry College and her Master of Education in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Olivia Kachingwe, MPH, PhD Candidate in Behavioral and Community Health

Projects: African American Father-Daughter Sexual Health Communication, Wahine Talk, Fostering Healthy Relationships

Olivia Kachingwe is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Her research focuses on sexual health decision-making and sexual risk behavior among racial and sexual minority youth. Prior to attending the University of Maryland, Olivia worked as a Project Coordinator for a health equity project funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health. The project was stewarded by the Women's Resource Center, a domestic violence non-profit organization in Newport, Rhode Island. Olivia received her BA in Health and Societies from the University of Pennsylvania and her MPH with a concentration in Health Behavior from Brown University, School of Public Health. To learn more, please contact Olivia via email at okaching@umd.edu.

 

Charlene Kuo, MPH

Project: Wahine Talk

Charlene Kuo is a doctoral student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Prior to her time at UMD SPH, Charlene worked as a Research Coordinator at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center's Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Broadly, she is interested in the social determinants of health and health equity. Charlene enjoys frameworks and methods that center the experiences and perspectives of people experiencing health disparities including critical race theory, community-based participatory research, and co-design. Charlene is curious about how American history, culture, values, and society has shaped public health in the United States. Charlene hopes to focus her dissertation on barriers to direct care workers accessing fair work benefits because it explores how care work and a workforce largely made up of women, racial/ethnic minorities, and immigrants are valued in the U.S. Charlene received her BA in American Studies and BS in Biological Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and her MPH in Community Health Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Kaitlyn Lee, BS, MPH, Community-Based Researcher in Maryland 

Projects: Next Chapter Project, Wahine Talk

Kaitlyn earned her MPH from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health in 2020 and has worked with the lab since 2019.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2013. Prior to entering the MPH program, Kaitlyn was employed as a Research Assistant in the Center for Creativity and Innovation (CINC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she helped manage a study, which assessed the validity of an online substance use assessment. Prior to that, she was an Interviewer for the Epidemiological Catchment Area study at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Kaitlyn’s research interests still include mental health and substance use, but also violence prevention in the urban youth population as well as global health disparities.

Eshana Parekh, BS in Human Ecology Student

Projects: Fostering Healthy Relationships, Next Chapter Project, Wahine Talk

Eshana Parekh is a junior Ecology and Evolution major and Spanish minor. She is from Howard County, Maryland and serves as an undergraduate research assistant in the Community THRIVES Lab. Eshana has also previously worked at an ecology research lab at the University of Maryland, collecting wetland data in efforts to improve the Delmarva wetland ecosystem. Her professional interests are centered around bettering community health, especially among minority communities, as well as environmental conservation and activism. After her undergraduate studies, she hopes to join the Peace Corps to serve marginalized populations and better community health on a global scale. Eshana would then like to go to graduate school to advance her abilities to serve others in the medical field.

Danielle Phillips, MSW, LSW, PhD Student in Social Work at UMB School of Social Work

Projects: Wahine Talk, Next Chapter Project

Danielle Phillips is currently a PhD student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work. Her research interests are centered on humanistic issues that often imply a lack of equity and access that affect minorities, particularly women, such as housing, wage equity, reproductive health, racism, mental health, education, and personal safety. Danielle's research focus is on intersectional approaches to social policy analysis and development as related to intergenerational trauma and its effects on families. Danielle received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Hawai'i Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Danielle is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the state of Hawai'i. Prior to relocating to Maryland in August 2018, Danielle formerly worked as the Director of Social Services at Hale Makua Health Services on the island of Maui while serving on the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Hawai'i Chapter Board of Directors as a member-at-large, Chair of the Continuing Education Committee, and Chair of the PACE Committee. Danielle has served as a research assistant with the Wahine Talk project since 2016.

Jennifer Robinson, MPH, PhD Student in Behavioral and Community Health

Projects: Wahine Talk, Next Chapter Project 

Jennifer Robinson is a doctoral student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. She received her Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her BA in Psychology and English from the University of Maryland, College Park. While at Johns Hopkins, she conducted systematic literature reviews on sexual and reproductive health interventions for women living with HIV for the World Health Organization. Since then, she has worked as a consultant conducting qualitative and quantitative research on public health topics for a variety of stakeholders (e.g., USAID, National Cancer Institute). She has also been active in mental health advocacy and has worked to help those in crisis as a volunteer counselor. She is currently a graduate teaching assistant in the Behavioral and Community Health department.

John P. Salerno, MPH, PhD Candidate in Behavioral and Community Health

Project: Fostering Healthy Relationships

John is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Public Health (SPH), Department of Behavioral and Community Health (BCH). He is also a teaching assistant at the UMD-SPH-BCH, and a graduate research assistant at the Prevention Research Center (PRC) and the Community THRIVES Lab (THRIVES). His sexual/gender and racial/ethnic identities are gay/cisgender man and Hispanic/Latino, and he uses he/him/his pronouns. He received his BA in psychology and MPH in prevention science and community health at the University of Miami (UM). Prior to beginning this doctoral program, he worked at a Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research at the UM School of Nursing & Health Studies. His research there focused on the implementation of precision medicine approaches, adolescent mental health awareness in schools, health promotion/disease prevention among homeless individuals and victims of intimate partner violence, and the health of racial/ethnic and sexual/gender minorities. He has expertise in community engagement, community-based participatory research, program evaluation, and scientific writing within the field of public health. He has a special research interest in LGBTQ+ health, and is particularly interested in research to improve the health of hyper-marginalized LGBTQ+ youth, including those in public systems (child welfare and criminal justice), the homeless, racial/ethnic minorities, and immigrants/refugees. His current/active research projects target these populations. The overarching goal of his research is to improve the life trajectories of individuals who have less chances to succeed in life and are at risk for health disparities due to their intersectional and marginalized identities. For more information about him and his current/past work, please visit his ResearchGate and Linkedin profile pages (links below). If you would like to learn more about him or his research, please do not hesitate to contact him at Jsalerno@umd.edu. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/John_Salerno4    https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-p-salerno-mph-b4620a132

Jee Hun (Mike) Yoo, MHS, PhD Candidate in Behavioral and Community Health

Project: Next Chapter Project

Jee Hun (Mike) Yoo is a PhD student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. He received his BA in public health studies and psychology at Johns Hopkins University and MHS in environmental health science at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interest is around better understanding the various ways that cultural factors affect the mental health of minority and marginalized population. In particular, he is interested in how people manage and cope with different stressors in their lives, and how various cultural factors help or hinder people in achieving healthy management of their mental health. If you would like to learn more, please contact him at jyoo22@umd.edu

Publications:

(*designates co-authored with student/s)

*Aparicio, E.S., Kachingwe, O.N., Phillps, D.R., Fleishman, J., Novick, J., Okimoto, T., Cabral, M.K., SueKa'opua, L., Childers, C., Espero, J., & Anderson, K. (2019). Holistic, trauma-informed adolescent pregnancy prevention and sexual health promotion for female youth experiencing homelessness: Initial outcomes of Wahine Talk. Children and Youth Services Review.

Massey Combs, K., Aparicio, E.M., Prince, D.M., Grinnell-Davis, C., Marra, L., & Faulkner, M. (2019). Evidence-based sexual health programs for youth involved with juvenile justice and child welfare systems: Outcomes across settings. Children and Youth Services Review, 100, 64-69.

Aparicio, E. M., Shpiegel, S., Grinnell-Davis, C., & King, B. (2019). “My body is strong and amazing:” Embodied experiences of pregnancy and birth among young women in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 98, 199-205.

*Aparicio, E.M., Rodrigues, E., Birmingham, A., & Houser, C. (2018). Dual experiences of teenage parenting and homelessness among Native Hawaiian youth: A critical interpretative phenomenological analysis. Child and Family Social Work, 1-10. 

*Aparicio, E.M., Phillips, D., Cabral, M.P., Okimoto, T., & Houser, C., & Anderson, K. (2018). Participant and provider perspectives of Wahine Talk: A holistic teen pregnancy prevention program developed with and for homeless youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 93, 467-473.

Aparicio, E. M., Gioia, D., & Pecukonis, E. V. (2018). “I can get through this and I will get through this”: The unfolding journey of teenage motherhood in and beyond foster care. Qualitative Social Work, 17(1), 96-114.

West, A., Aparicio, E., Berlin, L., & Jones Harden, B. (2017). Home visitors’ perceptions of supplementing Early Head Start with the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up Program: Implications for implementation. Infant Mental Health Journal, 38(4), 514-522.

Aparicio, E. M. (2017). “I want to be better than you”: Lived experiences of intergenerational child maltreatment prevention among teenage mothers in and beyond foster care. Child and Family Social Work, 22, 607-616.

Stephens, T. & Aparicio, E. M. (2017). “It’s just broken branches:” Child welfare-affected mothers’ dual experiences of insecurity and striving for resilience in the aftermath of complex trauma and familial substance abuse. Children and Youth Services Review, 37, 248-256.

Aparicio, E. M., Denmark, N., Berlin, L., & Jones Harden, B. (2016). First generation Latina mothers’ experiences of supplementing home-based Early Head Start with the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up program. Infant Mental Health Journal, 37(5), 537-548.

*Aparicio, E. M., Vanidestine, T., Zhou, K., & Pecukonis, E. V. (2016). Teen pregnancy in Latino communities: Young adult perspectives and experiences of sociocultural context. Families in Society, 97(1), 50-57.

Aparicio, E., Pecukonis, E. V., & O’Neale, S. (2015). “The love that I was missing:” Exploring the lived experience of motherhood among teen mothers in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 51, 44-54.

*Aparicio, E., Pecukonis, E. V., & Carper, K. (2014). Sociocultural factors of teenage pregnancy in Latino communities: Preparing social workers for culturally-responsive practice. Health and Social Work, 39(4), 238-243.

Aquavita, S., Gibbons, M., Aparicio, E., & Pecukonis, E. V. (2014). Student perspectives on interprofessional education: Overcoming barriers and increasing effectiveness of interdisciplinary experiences. Journal of Allied Health, 23(2).

Pecukonis, E., Doyle, O., Acquavita, S., Aparicio, E., Gibbons, M., & Vanidestine, T. (2013). Interprofessional leadership training in MCH social work. Social Work in Health Care, 52(7). doi: 10.1080/00981389.2013.792913

Aparicio, E., Michalopoulos, L. M., & Unick, G. J. (2013). An examination of the psychometric properties of the vicarious trauma scale in a sample of licensed social workers. Health and Social Work, 38(4), 199-206.

Bellin, M. H., Osteen, P., Zabel, T. A., Dosa, N, Aparicio, E., Braun, P., & Dicianno, B. (2013). Family satisfaction, pain, and quality of life in emerging adults with spina bifida: A longitudinal analysis. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(8), 641-655.

Bellin, M. H., Dosa, N., Zabel, T. A., Aparicio, E., Dicianno, B., & Osteen, P. (2012) Family functioning, self-management and the trajectory of psychological symptoms in emerging adults with spina bifida. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, advance access September 12, 2012, 1-13.

Michalopoulos, L. M., & Aparicio, E. (2012) Vicarious trauma in social workers: The role of trauma history, social support, and years of experience. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 21(6), 646-664.

Presentations:

(*designates co-authored with student/s)

*Kachingwe, O.N., Salerno, J.P., Boekeloo, B.O., Fish, J., Geddings-Hayes, M., Faduma, A., & Aparicio, E.M. (2019, November). Sexual health among youth in foster care: the role of social media. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, PA.

*Salerno, J.P., Kachingwe, O., Boekeloo, B., Fish, J., Geddings-Hayes, M., Aparicio, E.  Feeling Unsafe and Threatened: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Sexual Health Needs of Lesbian and Bisexual Girls in Foster Care (Poster Presentation). 2019 National LGBTQ Health Conference. May 31 – June 1st, 2019. Atlanta, GA

*Kachingwe, O.N., Boekeloo, B.O., Salerno, J.P., Geddings-Hayes, M., & Aparicio, E.M. (2019, May). Sexual health needs among youth in foster care: A grounded theory model. Oral presentation at the Society for Prevention Research 27th Annual Meeting; San Francisco, CA

*Kachingwe, O.K., Aparicio, E.M., Houser, C., Fleishman, J.L., Novick, J.G., Phillips, D.R., & Anderson, K. (2018, May). “She was there through the whole process”: Exploring how homeless youth and youth at-risk of homelessness access and select birth control. Poster presented at the Society for Prevention Research 26th Annual Meeting; Washingon, D.C.

*Aparicio, E.M., Birmingham, A., Rodrigues, E. & Houser, C. (2018, January). “They never raised me up:” Dual experiences of teenage parenting and homelessness among Native Hawaiian youth. In Aparicio, E.M. (chair) Parenting in the wake of violence and trauma. Symposium conducted at the Society for Social Work and Research 22nd Annual Conference; Washington, D.C.

King, B., Aparicio, E.M., Dworsky, A., Massey, K., Shpiegel, S., Grinnell-Davis, C., Smith, R., Faulkner, M., & Lane Eastman, A. (2018, January). Early pregnancy and parenting among foster youth: A national discussion to inform research, practice, and policy. Roundtable presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 22nd Annual Conference; Washington, D.C.

Shpiegel, S., King, B., Aparicio, E.M., Smith, R., & Grinnell-Davis, C. (2018, January). Early parenthood among males emancipating from foster care: Findings from the National Youth in Transition Database. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 22nd Annual Conference; Washington, D.C.

*Aparicio, E.M., Wey, A., Spellman, C., Foster, A., Keaunui, K., Porter, H., & McKenzie, P. (2017, November). Sociocultural Context of Teenage Pregnancy in Native Hawaiian Communities: A mixed method analysis of population-level predictors and youth perspectives. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association National Conference; Atlanta, GA.

Smith, R. & Aparicio, E.M. (2017, October). “If you don’t ask, I’m not telling you anything”: What works when engaging in real talk with foster youth around dating and sexual behaviors. Roundtable Presentation at the Healthy Teen Network Annual Conference; Baltimore, MD.

Aparicio, E.M. & Smith, R. (2017, October). “If you don’t ask, I’m not telling you anything”: What works when engaging in real talk with foster youth around dating and sexual behaviors. Poster presented at the Healthy Teen Network Annual Conference; Baltimore, MD.

Aparicio, E.M., Shpiegel, S., & Grinnell-Davis, C. (2017, January). “My body is strong and amazing”: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of embodied experiences of pregnancy and birth among foster youth. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 21st Annual Conference; New Orleans, LA.

Grinnell-Davis, C., Aparicio, E.M., & Shpiegel, S. (2017, January). Parenting attitudes among maltreated youth: Implications for prevention strategies. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 21st Annual Conference; New Orleans, LA.

Shpiegel, S., Aparicio, E.M., Grinnell-Davis, C., & Prince, D. (2017, January). Sexual risk behaviors among adolescents in foster care: The impact of sexual orientation. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 21st Annual Conference; New Orleans, LA.

Stephens, T. & Aparicio, E.M. (2017, January). “It’s just broken branches”: Maternal dual experiences of insecurity and striving for resilience in the aftermath of complex trauma and familial substance abuse. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 21st Annual Conference; New Orleans, LA.

Aparicio, E. (2016, January). Examining the social ecological context of teenage birth among Native Hawaiian youth.  Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 20th Annual Conference; Washington, DC.

Aparicio, E. (2016, January). “I want to be better than you:” Exploring experiences of teen mothers in foster care working to break the cycle of child maltreatment. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 20th Annual Conference; Washington, DC.

Aparicio, E. (2015, October). At a distance: Bolstering social work practice across the miles. Teaching Methods Workshop presented at the 61st Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education; Denver, CO.

West, A., Berlin, L., Jones Harden, B., & Aparicio, E. (2015, May). Real-world sustainability of Early Head Start + parenting: Home visitors’ strengths, needs, and perceptions. Paper symposium presented at the 2015 Society for Prevention Research 23rd Annual Meeting; Washington, DC.

Berlin, L., Appleyard, K., Aparicio, E., & Dodge, K. (2013, April). Predicting and preventing early maltreatment: Leveraging mothers’ own parenting histories and early parenting behaviors. Paper presented at the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Conference; Seattle, Washington.

Vanidestine, T., Aparicio, E., & O’Reilly, N. (2012, November). Social work education and infusing racial justice content: Qualitative research curriculum development. Teaching Methods and Learning Styles Workshop presented at the 58th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education; Washington, DC.

Michalopoulos, L. M. & Aparicio, E. (2012, November). A psychometric study of the vicarious trauma scale in a sample of social workers. Poster presented at the 58th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education; Washington, DC.

Michalopoulos, L. M., & Aparicio, E. (2011, September). Vicarious trauma in social workers: The role of trauma history, social support, and years of experience. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma; San Diego, CA.

Aparicio, E., Gibbons, M. A., & Pecukonis, E. (2010, October). Creating tomorrow’s leaders: An innovative mentoring program for MSW and PhD students. Teaching Methods and Learning Styles Workshop presented at the 56th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education; Portland, OR.

Bellin, M. H., Aparicio, E., & Neely-Barnes, S. (2010, October). Social work education in developmental disabilities: Curriculum development and infusion. Curriculum and Administrative Workshop at the 56th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education; Portland, OR.

Aparicio, E., Michalopoulos, L. M., Shaikh, N., & Vanidestine, T. (2010, May). Conceptualizing vicarious trauma:  Support, supervision, perceived racism, and trauma history. Poster presentation at the Johns Hopkins University Conference for the Dissemination of Student Research; Baltimore, MD.

We are always looking for team members both on campus and in our community. Please email Dr. Aparicio at aparicio@umd.edu to inquire about current volunteer positions.