MSW Student Research Stipends

Each year MSW Students produce some excellent research work products through their graduate thesis requirement necessary for graduation.  Many of these students are current/former staff members from public human services departments in our region.  Others are preparing for a future career in public human services agencies.  Their history with and/or commitment to public human services is often evident in the thesis topics which they select.

The Central California Area Social Services Consortium  (CCASSC), in partnership with the CSU’s in the Central California region, has established an MSW Student Research Stipend Program as a vehicle for:

  • incentivizing student efforts to enrich the evidence base for public human services in the Central Region and,
  • creating a forum for students to share their intellectual material with the agencies that are most likely to benefit.

Up to three stipends (of $1,000 each) are provided annually to MSW students upon recommendation from a selection committee comprised of CCASSC members and university representatives.  Students from CSU Fresno, CSU Stanislaus, and CSU Bakersfield are eligible to apply.  In addition, four annual stipends of $1,000 each may be awarded exclusively to CSU Fresno students as a result of a special contribution from the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Student Stipend Recipients by Year


Sue Powers

Vicarious Trauma Training For All Title IV-E Students

Paper - Sue Powers

Jeanine Yoder

Resilience and Shadow of Collective Trauma: The Mennonites' Great Traumatic Trek to Canada

Paper - Jeanine Yoder


Robert M Secula, ASW

Master of Social Work Students' Attitudes Towards Incarcerated Individuals

PowerPoint - Robert Secula

Paper - Rober Secula

Sandra Ambriz, MSW, PPSC

Perceptions of Former Latina Teen Mothers Regarding The High Rates of Teen Pregnancy Among Latinas

PowerPoint - Sandra Ambriz 

Paper Sandra Ambriz

Helen Shih

Transracial Adoption Issues in Latinx Transracial Adoptees

PowerPoint - Helen Shih

Paper - Helen Shih

Laurel E Barnett, MSW

LGBTQ Foster Youth in Fresno & Madera County

PowerPoint - Laurel Barnett

Paper - Laurel Barnett


Savannah R Gomes, MSW, PPSC

Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology: An Evaluation of Patient-Centered Care

PowerPoint - Savannah Gomes

Paper - Savannah Gomes

Leonor Sierra, MSW candidate

Physician-assisted end of life option act and California social workers: Are they ready?

PowerPoint - Leonor Sierra

Ryan Smith, MSW PPS

A Correlation Study: The Influence of personal online communication on adolescents' self-disclosure

PowerPoint - Ryan Smith

Paper - Ryan Smith

Vanessa Cregar, MSW

Self-Care Practices of Fresno State MSW Title IV-E Students

PowerPoint - Vanessa Cregar

Paper - Vanessa Cregar


Ana Pano

The Level of awareness of Madera County Child Welfare Workers on Commercially Sexually Exploited Children. 

Executive Summary(Revised) - Ana Pano

Pa Xiong

Resiliency Among Hmong Women Who Were Teen Mothers

Executive Summary

PowerPoint - Pa Xiong


Nadine Mejia

Army National Guard Female Veterans' Experiences While Deployed

Executive Summary Nadine Mejia

PowerPoint Nadine Mejia

Jeremy Lee Brownstein

An Exploratory Study of Horticultural Therapeutic Community Center Gardens in Fresno County

Executive Summary Jeremy Lee Brownstein

PowerPoint Jeremy Lee Brownstein

Laura Flores Rios

Is There a Possible Relationship between a Child’s Environment and Child Maltreatment Allegations in Public Child Welfare? 

Executive Summary - Laura Flores Rios

PowerPoint - Laura Flores Rios


Amy Hatcher  (Leffingwell), MSW

A study of Military Discharge policy and its impact on veteran's ability to access disability and health care benefits

Executive Summary Amy Hatcher

PowerPoint Amy Hatcher

Jerica Ramos, MSW

Maria Bravo, MSW

An Examination of Decision- Making Processes and Pathways to Referral Outcomes in Calaveras, Kings and Madera Counties.

Executive Summary(Jerica)

Executive Summary(Maria)

PowerPoint - Download


Ksenija Norris 
California State University, Fresno

Shame: Its impacts on the relationship between mothers with substance abuse disorders and child welfare social workers

Executive Summary - Ksenija Norris

PowerPoint - Ksenija Norris

Joanna Zamora 
California State University, Fresno

An Exploratory Study on Social Workers' Attitudes and Practices with Gay and Lesbian Clients

Executive Summary - Joanna Zamora

PowerPoint - Joanna Zamora

Hannah  C. Violette 
Central California Area Social Services Consortium

Child Welfare Clients’ Perception of the Therapeutic Alliance: Its  Existence and Importance

Executive Summary - Hannah Violette

PowerPoint - Hannah Violette


Mor Change
California State University, Fresno

Study of the Effectivnes of the South East Asian Cultural Healing (SEACH) Model

Executive Summary



Jacqueline Gonzales, MSW 
California State University, Bakersfield

“Girls Against Meth: A Prevention Curriculum”

 Amber Ann Marinez, MSW 
California State University, Fresno

“A Qualitative Examination of Co-occurring Disorders: Methamphetamine and Mental Illness”

Theda Parker, MSW 
California State University, Fresno

“Compassion Fatigue in Foster Parents”