Mandel School Welcomes 2017 Doctoral Students

Aug 27 2017

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is excited to welcome the cohort 2017 doctoral students. There are six students entering this academic year.

(R-L) David E. Biegel, PhD, Hyunjun Lee, Cheryl Ross Appline, Liuhong Yang, Kylie Evans, Paul Tuschman, and Fei Wang.

Hyunjune Lee earned his BSW from the Seoul National University and MSW from the University of Michigan with a concentration in policy evaluation and community organizing. He has worked as a student intern at various children and youth agencies in both South Korea and the United States, including Childfund Korea, the Washtenaw Area Council for Children, and the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan. His work experiences throughout the internships encompass the areas of interpersonal intervention, community organizing, and program/policy evaluation. He has contributed to managing educational services for children from low-income families, developing countywide suicide prevention strategies for middle and high school students, research on anti-bullying strategies, education advocacy, and program evaluation. His primary academic interests cover understanding the impact of socially formed gender norms and prior exposure to violence on youth’s aggressive behaviors. He is interested in taking a feminist approach to understand youth violence. He is also interested in learning and implementing mixed methods for his research as a Doctoral student at MSASS.


Cheryl Ross Appline is currently the Senior Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation for the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC) – a non-profit, Community Action Agency serving Cuyahoga County, Ohio. She is excited to join the MSASS cohort of 2017 to further her research interests in the areas of early childhood education, data-driven decision-making, urban poverty, and program evaluation. In her role as Senior Director of Planning, Research and Evaluation for CEOGC, Cheryl is responsible for managing a range of activities that support maintaining as well as increasing funding for the organization’s programs and services. Cheryl is also responsible for spearheading the agency’s efforts to determine community need for CEOGC’s programs and services as well as analyzing program data to assess service delivery and program operations and provide recommendations for improvement or enhancement. Cheryl has over 20 years of professional experience in the public, private, and non-profit sector specializing in program planning, strategy development, proposal development, and grants administration. Prior to rejoining CEOGC, Cheryl worked as a Community Builder for the Cleveland Area Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Cheryl earned her Master of City and Regional Planning and her Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management degrees from The Ohio State University. She earned her Bachelor of City Planning degree from the University of Virginia.

“I chose MSASS for numerous reasons — its faculty, its national ranking, the part-time, PhD format, and the generous tuition assistance offered. However, the school’s commitment to research, diversity, and student success is what really solidified my decision to enroll.” – Cheryl Ross Appline


Liuhong Yang has two Bachelor’s degrees (BA) in Psychology and Justice Studies from Kent State University in 2012, and received her M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2015. She was a research assistant for the Psychopathology and Emotional Regulation Laboratory (PERL), and was involved in clinical assessment of psychopathology and personality research at Kent State University. Liuhong also worked as the Effective Practices in Community Supervision Program (EPICS) as a coder with the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute. In addition to academic and research work, she has interned and worked in various law enforcement agencies, court, and law firms in China and the United States. Liuhong’s academic and professional experiences have propelled her to pursue her passion in serving vulnerable populations, and reaching them from macro levels in terms of community work, institutional changes, and national and/or international policies. Her research interests include social welfare policies, public policy research, violence prevention initiatives, and substance use and mental health disorders treatment practices.

“I was welcomed into the program from the moment I walked in the Mandel building, and I could feel the positive, supportive, and collaborative learning environment right away. The program has the most approachable and down-to-earth professors that I’ve never had before. Pursuing PhD is a serious commitment and a major decision for me, but after getting to know this close-knit Mandel family, I have every reason to be hopeful for the future. The program provides a wide range of academic interests, not only can you gain a comprehensive understanding of what Social Welfare means, but you can also find a perfect fit in terms of your own specific interests.” – Liuhong Yang


Kylie Evans obtained a BA in Communication from Wittenberg University (2006) and received her MSW from West Virginia University (WVU) (2009). Kylie’s direct practice experience has included work with survivors of intimate partner violence and their children, high-risk adolescents, and college students. Most recently, Kylie’s direct practice work has focused on first-generation college students involved with federal TRiO programs (Student Support Services and Upward Bound). In her recent work with SSS/TRiO at WVU, Kylie has worked on course and curriculum development for SSS participants, while supervising and facilitating the SSS Peer Mentor/service learning program. Prior to her involvement with TRiO programs, Kylie worked as a case manager, advocate, and prevention educator at a rural shelter for women and children exposed to family violence. Her experiences in this direct practice role laid the foundation for her academic research interests, which include protective factors in youth exposed to intimate partner violence, women’s health issues, and feminist scholarship.

“When I visited the MSASS campus, I had the opportunity to attend a class, meet with faculty members, and chat with current students in the doctoral program. One of the most noteworthy aspects of my visit was how genuine and enthusiastic each person was. I quickly learned that the faculty and students at the Mandel School are not only passionate about their research and fields of study, but that they truly care about student learning, mentorship, and building a collaborative academic culture. I knew the Mandel School would offer me opportunities to grow as a scholar in both a compassionate and academically rigorous environment.” – Kylie Evans


Paul Tuschman received his BA in psychology from The Ohio State University in 2013 and his master of science in social administration (MSSA) from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in 2016. As an undergraduate student, Paul worked as a research assistant in social and clinical psychology labs, studying mindfulness meditation, emotion in affective disorders, and behavioral effects of violent video games. After completing his first-year MSSA internship with the Mobile Crisis Team at Frontline Service, Paul began research at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education, where he studied specialized court dockets, including the drug court, veterans’ court, and mental health court. Paul’s current research interests include offender rehabilitation, violence prevention, and stigmatization.


Fei Wang worked as a medical social worker at Changi General Hospital in Singapore prior to beginning her Ph.D. program. In her capacity there, she provided care planning to geriatric patients and family caregivers. She also provided crisis services and support to patients in the Intensive Care Unit. Fei received her BA in political education from China Youth University for Political Sciences and MSW from The University of Hong Kong. During her MSW program, she took part in a research project in collaboration with Hong Kong Queen Mary Hospital, which provided Integrated Body-Mind-Spirit intervention to women with infertility. Her current research interests include social support and family caregiving of frail older adults with chronic diseases. She co-authored an academic paper examining the mediating role of coping strategies in the relationship between caregiver burden and depressive symptoms among family caregivers caring for disabled older adults with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.

Doctoral Program Open House

Aug 25 2017

Thinking about a PhD degree in Social Welfare?

The Mandel School’s nationally ranked doctoral program offers excellent preparation for those careers with a curriculum that emphasizes the creative and evaluative skills necessary for independent inquiry, critical thinking, teaching, and research.

Learn more about the program at a Doctoral Program Open House on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the Mandel Community Studies Center Room 105 (11402 Bellflower Road on the campus of Case Western Reserve University).

Enjoy light refreshments, and hear details about:

  • Full-time and Part-time Study Options
  • Cutting-edge Curriculum
  • Nationally Recognized Faculty
  • Student Financial Support
  • Admissions Process for the Entering Cohort of Fall 2018

To attend, kindly RSVP by September 6th by emailing Carmel Gambatese, Doctoral Program Department assistant or calling (216)368-2284

One In Four Ohio Children Will Experience Domestic Violence, Study Led by Holmes Finds

Jul 21 2017

One in four Ohio children will experience domestic violence before reaching adulthood, according to a new study conducted at the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University.

The lifetime cost from these experiences is nearly $2.2 billion, including $476 million in increased health care, $600 million associated with crime and $1.1 billion in productivity losses, according to estimates in the report.

Conducted on behalf of The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, the study sought to determine the extent and expense of domestic violence, as well as the gaps in addressing its roots and aftermath. It was funded with a $75,000 grant.

The report highlights the gap between the number of children in Ohio experiencing violence each year, about 168,000, and those who received help for it in 2016—only about half of them.

“Domestic violence carries lifetime consequences for children that have enormous costs on our society and public resources,” said Megan R. Holmes, PhD, lead researcher of the report and an assistant professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve.

When left unaddressed, domestic violence—defined as witnessing or being victimized by physical or sexual acts, stalking or psychological aggression—puts children at higher risk of developing behavioral, mental, social and physical problems.

“This report shines a light on the long-term human and financial costs of violence, which is preventable and can be identified early and addressed by appropriate services and strategies,” Holmes said.

Researchers found a dramatic disparity among Ohio counties, in terms of the number of domestic violence incidents and services offered, as well as significant variations in the enforcement and treatment of domestic violence cases.

A statewide survey of agencies providing relevant services showed a lack of resources, coordination and access. Nearly 90 percent of these organizations pledged to expand services, if resources were made available.

What is to be done?

The report collects and highlights strategies proven to identify and help children already exposed to violence, as well as preventive efforts, such as programs targeting teen dating violence in fifth and sixth grades to complement current offerings in higher grades.

Researchers also recommend making efficient use of existing resources, such as providing training to educators to spot the symptoms of violent trauma in children and improving coordination between Child Protective Services and domestic violence agencies, police and medical, educational and substance use services.

“We hope these findings speak to policymakers and help them make informed decisions about preventive and therapeutic services,” Holmes said. “This is about the future of Ohio’s children and the adults they’ll become, which will shape our state and its economy for decades.”

Addressing violence could also have positive ripple effects for children at risk: If exposed to violence, they have twice the odds of being neglected and are 2.6 times more likely to be physically abused, 4.9 times more likely to be sexually abused and 9.6 times more likely to be psychologically abused, according to research highlighted in the report.

Research collaborators on the paper, “Impact of Domestic Violence Exposure: Recommendations to Better Serve Ohio’s Children,” were Francisca G.-C. Richter, PhD, a research assistant professor at the Mandel School’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development; Mark Votruba, PhD, an associate professor of economics at the Weatherhead School of Management; and Kristen Berg and Anna Bender, both doctoral students at the Mandel School.