Introducing Our 2015 PhD Cohort

The Mandel School is thrilled to announce our 2015 doctoral program cohort, which consists of five students with diverse experiences and a remarkable commitment to a variety of pressing causes. Pictured above from left to right:

Sarah B. Amoroso: A graduate of John Carroll University, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology and her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, Sarah Amoroso has worked in various settings ranging from mental health agencies to community colleges. She is a designated licensed clinical counselor and, being a native of Puerto Rico, is fluent is Spanish. Sara wants to address the lack of licensed bilingual professionals and seeks to use her Spanish-speaking abilities to make a positive contribution on Ohio’s growing Latino communities.

Aviva Vincent: Education reform is certainly a complex issue in today’s society but it is one Aviva Vincent is determined to tackle, as she believes it is the key to changing the lives of countless youth. She earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut and completed a field placement at Ebony Horsewomen, an equine assisted growth and learning stable in inner-city Hartford. She was awarded the National Afterschool Association’s Next Generation Leaders award in recognition for her work with with Hillel Foundation. Currently, she is the Senior Community Investment Manager at United Way. She aspires to continue incorporating horseback riding as an alternative learning environment to reduce youth disengagement in America’s classrooms.

Tyrone Hamler: Since graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 2008, Tyrone Hamler has worked as a licensed social worker in the state of Ohio. He has also spent time as a mental health care manager and spent five years as a dialysis social worker, assisting approximately 100 patients living with kidney failure before taking on a role at a Cincinnati hospital to assess potential kidney transplant candidates. His most recent role was as an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater, where he taught a variety social work courses. He is driven to eliminate health care disparity through policy reform and strongly believes that collaboration between multiple disciplines is the key to better healthcare in the future.

Weidi Qin: Weidi Qin is passionate about promoting health among older adults and facilitating productive aging. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with MSW and MPH degrees and worked as a health policy research assistant at the Brown School, where she compared health and aging policy between the U.S. and China. She later also took part in research projects at Brown School’s Center for Social Development. In 2015, she presented the findings of her own study regarding older adult skills and capacity at the Aging in America conference and seeks to continue advancing this sector of healthcare.

Miyoung Yoon: After double majoring in Business Administration and Chinese Language from Ewha Womans University in South Korea, Miyoung Yoon pursued an MA in East Asian Studies from the same university before earning her MSW from the University of Michigan, where she concentrated in community and social systems. Miyoung seeks to explore how business strategies can be used to achieve social justice. She interned at the Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, where she engaged in program design and grant writing, as well as supervised international social work summer interns.