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Ms Karen Magruder

[Ms Karen Johnston Magruder]

Other Faculty, Social Work
Last Updated: September 19, 2020
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Research Interests

Research Interests
Student success, environmental justice, climate change & health, sustainability, aging, mental health, long-term care, dementia

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Environmental Justice and Green Social Work
Foundation courses (Human Behavior Theory, Social Welfare Policy, Lifespan)
Direct Practice courses in Aging and Mental Health

Biography

Biography

Compassionate and conscientious, I am dedicated to a career which blends my passions for mental health, aging, health promotion and building a sustainable future with my love of teaching. I came to UTA after working in the community as a private practice clinical therapist and an Ombudsman-advocate for assisted living residents. I also bring to the program a variety of other work and volunteer experiences related to public health, counseling and aging. I am also active in advancing environmental justice as a Climate Reality Leaderships Corps volunteer. My recent research publications focus on quality of life in long-term care facilities, environmental justice, and student success. I find joy in serving vulnerable populations both on and off the clock, and I am always striving to improve myself, my work, and my community. There is no greater privilege than to be entrusted to offer support, encouragement, instruction and guidance to the next generation of social workers.

Education

Education

    • 2015 MSW in Social Work
      The University of Texas at Arlington, 2015
    • 2012 BS in Management
      University of Arizona, 2012
      (Distinction: Summa cum laude)

Licensure and Certifications

Licensure and Certifications

    • 2019 Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Texas Board of Social Work Examiners
    • 2017 Certified Ombudsman II,
    • 2017 SAMA (Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression) Certified ,
    • 2017 Certified Workshop Instructor- Safe Conversations,
    • 2016 Mental Health First AID USA,
    • 2015 Certified Ombudsman I,
    • 2015 Licensed Master Social Worker ,
    • 2014 Certificate of Proficiency- Motivational Interviewing,

Appointments

Appointments

    • Mar 2020 to Present Director of Undergraduate Programs
      School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 2019 to Present Owner, Therapist
      Karen Magruder, LCSW LLC
      Manage private therapy practice specializing in CBT, SFBT and Mindfulness with adults treating anxiety, chronic pain, & depression.
    • Aug 2019 to Present Assistant Professor in Practice
      School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 2017 to Aug 2019 Adjunct Assistant Professor
      School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington)
    • June 2017 to Aug 2019 Therapist
      Inner Revolution
      Assess and diagnose mental health issues, develop comprehensive treatment plan. Provide therapy to individuals and couples using CBT, mindfulness, SFBT, sand tray, & MI. Specialties: anxiety, chronic pain, depression, grief/loss, caregiver stress, communication. Work exclusively with low-income clients through OpenPath Psychotherapy Collective.
    • Aug 2015 to Aug 2019 Long-term Care Ombudsman
      The Senior Source
      • Make regular visits to long-term care facilities. Talk with residents to ensure quality of life and facility compliance with regulations. • Receive, investigate and work toward resolution of complaints by educating residents about their rights and advocating for quality care. • Provide psychosocial support to residents in distress, including crisis intervention and solution-focused strategies. • Train facility staff regarding best practices in caring for older adults, including dementia-care, recognizing and preventing elder abuse, and effective communication for conflict resolution. • Provide information on long-term care and the process of selecting a facility to caregivers, family members, and other community members. • Train, supervise, evaluate, and recognize Volunteer Ombudsmen. • Participate in macro-level advocacy, including speaking at Texas Senate hearing. • Attend and/or present at national conferences focusing on person-centered care, such as The Gerontological Society of America, The Consumer Voice and Pioneer Network. • Increase efficiency by developing program use of technology and training colleagues on various computer and IT platforms. • Serve on Healthy Living Committee to envision, implement and engage employees in workplace health promotion & mind-body wellness initiatives
    • June 2014 to Aug 2015 Graduate Research Assistant
      School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX)
      Aging Well in Arlington Interview older adults to determine factors that promote aging well in the community. Perform qualitative data analysis, contribute to writing and publishing research articles. Prostitution Stigma Study Assist in developing assessment tool that measures how women's attitudes, opinions, and traumatic life experience predict their behaviors in leaving the sex industry. Engage in community outreach to recruit, train and leverage local agencies in data collection efforts.
    • Aug 2014 to May 2015 Social Work Intern
      Federal Bureau of Prisons
      Work directly with terminally or chronically ill female inmates housed in prison medical center Assist elderly inmates and hospice patients with applying for Compassionate Release program Create discharge plans for medically fragile inmates, connecting them to community resources Use CBT in individual and group psychotherapy, conduct crisis intervention
    • June 2013 to Aug 2014 Motivational Interviewing Coach
      Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, Arizona State University (Phoenix, AZ)
      Support continuing education and training efforts for students and professionals learning MI through the ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy. Analyze audio recordings of therapists & healthcare providers. Provide written and oral feedback.
    • Aug 2013 to May 2014 Social Work Intern
      Catholic Charities- Refugee Resettlement Program
    • Nov 2012 to July 2013 Community Relationship Manager
      American Cancer Society
      Managed a portfolio of 8 Relay For Life events, with accountability for a $660,000+ income target Recruited, trained, managed and retained over 70 volunteer leaders/planning committee positions Built relationships with community leaders to leverage community support and engagement
    • Aug 2011 to May 2012 Program Assistant
      University of Arizona- Campus Health Services, Step Up! Bystander Intervention Program (Tucson, AZ)
      Co-author, develop and adapt award-winning violence prevention education curriculum. Present Step Up! to classes, Greek houses, athletes and student organizations. Plan and organize Step Up! Conference.
    • Aug 2009 to May 2012 Peer Educator
      Oasis Program Against Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence
      Facilitate sexual consent and healthy relationships workshops to various student groups. Plan, organize, and coordinate awareness events such as Take Back the Night Serve as a spokesperson for the “Be Kind, Step UP!” violence prevention collaboration Collaborate with UA Health Promotion & Prevention to create public health education materials. Host of HEMMY award-winning CHTV health promotion video series

Memberships

    • July 2019 to Present Council on Social Work Education
    • Oct 2015 to Present Dallas Area Gerontological Society
    • Jan 2016 to Sept 2017 Toastmasters International

Awards and Honors

    • Oct  2016 1st Place at Club, Area, & District levels sponsored by Toastmasters International
    • Feb  2015 Student Employee of the Year (Nominee) sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
    • Mar  2013 Community Relationship Manager of the Month (Winner) sponsored by American Cancer Society
    • Jan  2013 Community Relationship Manager of the Month (Winner) sponsored by American Cancer Society
    • May  2012 Graduated Summa Cum Laude sponsored by University of Arizona- The Honors College
    • Sep  2011 Health Education Media Maker Yearly Award (Winner) sponsored by Arizona Public Health Association
    • Apr  2011 Murray DeArmond Mind, Body, and Spirit Award (Winner) sponsored by University of Arizona
    • Apr  2011 Outstanding Advocacy Award (Nominee) sponsored by Pima County Victim Services

News Articles

News Articles

Publications


      In Process
      • Journal Article
        Ecological Devastation Bus Tour: A New Pedagogy for Environmental Social Work?
        [Magruder, Karen, Mitschke, Diane, Slater, Holli]. Social Work Education. In Preparation; Not Yet Submitted.
      • Journal Article
        A hand in the fog: graduate student as virtual peer mentors in the COVID-19 crisis.
        [Mitschke, Diane, Praetorius, Regina, Magruder, Karen, Hong, Isabella , Tran, Hailey]. Social Work Education. Submitted.
      • Journal Article
        ). Examining Racial Disparities in Long-term Care Complaints
        [Lee, Kathy, Mauldin, Rebecca, Tang, Weizhou, Connolly, John, JosephHarwerth, Magruder, Karen]. The Gerontologist. Revising to Resubmit.

      2019
      • Journal Article
        "It's like being an electrician, you're gonna get shocked": Differences in the perceived risks of indoor and outdoor sex work and its impact on exiting
        [Preble, Kathleen, Magruder, Karen, Cimino, Andrea]. Victims and Offenders.
      • Journal Article
        Abuse, neglect and exploitation in assisted living: an examination of long-term care ombudsman complaint data.
        [Magruder, KarenJ, Fields, NoelleL, Xu, Ling]. 1-16.

      2018
      • Journal Article
        The social construction of emerging elders: implications of age-friendly community assessments
        [Fields, N.L., Adorno, G., Felderhoff, B., Parekh, R., Johnston Magruder, Karen]. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2333721418784844
      • Journal Article
        Sizing up assisted living: an examination of long-term care ombudsman complaint data.
        [Magruder, KarenJ, Fields, NoelleL, Xu, Ling]. 37(3), 158-176.

      2017
      • Journal Article
        Childhood maltreatment and child protective services involvement among the commercially sexually exploited: a comparison of women who enter as juveniles or as adults
        Journal of child sexual abuse
        [Cimino, A.N., Madden, E.E., Johnston Magruder, Karen, Cronley, C.M., Davis, J.B., Hohn, K., Kennedy, M.A.]. 26(3), 352-371. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/doi: 10.1080/10538712.2017.1282575

      2016
      • Journal Article
        Age-friendly cities: The role of churches
        Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging
        [Fields, N.L., Adorno, G., Johnston Magruder, Karen, Parekh, R., Felderhoff, B.J.]. 28(3), 264-278. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15528030.2016.1155526
      • Journal Article
        Ageing in a low-density urban city: transportation mobility as a social equity issue
        [Adorno, G., Fields, N., Cronley, C., Parekh, R., Johnston Magruder, Karen]. Ageing and Society. 1-25. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X16000994

Presentations

    • November  2019
      Magruder, KarenJohnston (Author & Presenter), Fields, NoelleL (Author & Presenter), Xu, Ling (Author & Presenter), "Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in Assisted Living: An Examination of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Complaint Data", Austin, TX. (November 15, 2019).
    • June  2018
      Magruder, KarenJohnston, "Abuse & Neglect in Long-term Care Facilities", City of Dallas Senior Affairs Commission , Dallas, TX. (June 12, 2018).
    •  2016
      Magruder, KarenJohnston, "Age-friendly cities: The role of churches", Orlando, Florida. ( , 2016).
    •  2016
      Magruder, KarenJohnston, "Ageing in a Low-Density Urban City: Transportation Mobility as a Social Equity Issue", Orlando, Flordia. ( , 2016).
    • April  2016
      Magruder, KarenJohnston, "Financial Exploitation in Long-term Care", Dallas, TX. (April 18, 2016).
    • February  2016
      Magruder, Karen (Author & Presenter), "The need for strengthened regulations in assisted living facilities", Austin, TX. (February , 2016).

Courses

      • SOCW 5392-001 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOC WELFARE
        (Topic: Green Social Work | Course Id: 109099 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 4350)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 4350-001 SPEC TOPICS SW
        (Topic: Green Social Work | Course Id: 108943 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 5392)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3303-001 SW POL & SERV
        (Course Id: 108924)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5303-004 FOUND OF SCIAL PLCY & SERVICES
        (Course Id: 108963)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • SOCW 5303-005 FOUND OF SCIAL PLCY & SERVICES
        (Course Id: 108963)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5303-009 FOUND OF SCIAL PLCY & SERVICES
        (Course Id: 108963)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5301-001 HUMAN BEHAV & SOCIAL ENV I
        (Course Id: 108961)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5301-002 HUMAN BEHAV & SOCIAL ENV I
        (Course Id: 108961)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5392-001 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOC WELFARE
        (Topic: Green Social Work | Course Id: 109099 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 4350)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 4350-001 SPEC TOPICS SW
        (Topic: Green SW | Course Id: 108943)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • AAST 3301-002 THEORIES OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR
        (Course Id: 108922)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3301-002 THEORIES OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR
        (Course Id: 108922)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5311-003 ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE
        (Course Id: 109036)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5311-011 ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE
        (Course Id: 109036)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5311-012 ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE
        (Course Id: 109036)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5311-016 ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE
        (Course Id: 109036)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 4335-004 AGING IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
        (Course Id: 112719)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5335-004 AGING IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
        (Course Id: 109044)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5301-001 HUMAN BEHAV & SOCIAL ENV I
        (Course Id: 108961)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5301-011 HUMAN BEHAV & SOCIAL ENV I
        (Course Id: 108961)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5301-026 HUMAN BEHAV & SOCIAL ENV I
        (Course Id: 108961)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5303-002 FOUND OF SCIAL PLCY & SERVICES
        (Course Id: 108963)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5311-005 ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE
        (Course Id: 109036)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5335-001 AGING IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
        (Course Id: 109044)
        Spring - Winter Intersession - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5304-020 GENERALIST MICRO PRACTICE
        (Course Id: 108964)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5301-025 HUMAN BEHAV & SOCIAL ENV I
        (Course Id: 108961)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5335-001 AGING IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
        (Course Id: 109044)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5353-005 SOCIAL POL AND MENTAL HEALTH
        (Course Id: 109030)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5344-001 SOCIAL WORK AND MANAGED CARE
        (Course Id: 109096)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5332-005 DIRECT PRACTICE WITH AGING
        (Course Id: 109029)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus

Service to the University

    • Mar 2020 to  Present Field Instructor
      Field Office- USL Program
      Supervise two BSW field students per semester who serve in the USL program.
    • Mar 2020 to  Present Program Director
      Undergraduate Student Leadership Program
      Lead efforts to create and maintain Undergraduate Student Leadership Program aimed at building community, enhancing communication, and supporting students. Tasks include attending two biweekly calls, weekly supervision with USL interns, recruiting/screening new USLs, providing leadership training to USLs, daily Q&A on USL Teams chat, assigning constituents to USLs each semester, organizing orientations/wrap up celebrations, recognition of USLs including ordering graduation cords, etc.
    • Mar 2020 to  Present Committee Chair
      BSW/MSW Foundation Curriculum Committee
      Chair BSW/MSW Foundation Curriculum Committee
    • Mar 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      Experiential Major Map Development Committee
      Developed EMM, career services sheet, and sequential degree plan for the BSW
    • Mar 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      SCUGS/SCOGS
    • Mar 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      SSW & CoNHI Advisory Group for New Building
      Attend regular meeting to give input on new building design
    • Mar 2020 to  Present Non-voting member
      Student Success/Professional Standards Committee
      Attend professional standards meetings for all BSW students.
    • Mar 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      Undergraduate Academic Advising Committee
    • Mar 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      Undergraduate Assembly
    • Mar 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
    • Mar 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      UTA Freshman Orientation Advisory Committee
    • Oct 2019 to  Present Task Supervisor
      Field Office
      Fall 2019- Serve as task supervisor for student intern Anais Pierce, who is completing her CAP field placement through the Graduate Student Leadership Program at UTA.

      Spring and Summer 2020- Task supervisor for two CAP students- Isabella Hong and Hailey Tran. Both completed internships within the SSW's GSL program.
    • June 2021 to  Aug 2021 Curriculum Designer
      Quality Matters- 5335 Aging in Am Soc
      Full overhaul of curriculum to meet QM certification standards, including assignment design, readings, course
      and module objectives, module overviews and summaries, lecture videos, accessibility, etc.
    • Jan 2021 to  May 2021 Curriculum Designer
      Quality Matters- 5303 Soc Welfare Policy
      Full overhaul of curriculum to meet QM certification standards, including assignment design, readings, course
      and module objectives, module overviews and summaries, lecture videos, accessibility, etc.
    • Aug 2020 to  Dec 2020 Curriculum Designer
      Quality Matters- 5392 Green SW
      Full overhaul of curriculum to meet QM certification standards, including assignment design, readings, course
      and module objectives, module overviews and summaries, lecture videos, accessibility, etc.
    • Past to  Aug 2020 Program Organizer
      Celebration of Excellence Planning Committee- Summer 20
      Led Academic Affairs efforts to seek nominations, select winners, organize program, and obtain videos from faculty for all BSW CoE awards. Organized Excel spreadsheet tracking all students and faculty involved. Sent video directions to all speakers. Also helped coordinate and track student notifications, video submissions, etc. for MSW, scholarships, student orgs, veterans and PhD program.
    • Past to  May 2020 Program Organizer
      Celebration of Excellence Planning Committee
      Co-led efforts to seek nominations, select winner, organize program, and obtain videos for all BSW CoE awards. Also helped coordinate and track student notifications, video submissions, etc. for scholarships, student orgs, and PhD program.
    • Oct 2019 to  May 2020 Program Advisor
      Graduate Student Leadership Program
      Assist with recruitment, training, supervision and retention of Graduate Student Leaders.
    • Aug 2019 to  Mar 2020 Committee Member
      Aging Content Committee
    • Aug 2018 to  Dec 2019 Program Organizer
      Green Social Work Curriculum Development
      Created syllabus for Green Social Work class, which has been approved for implementation Spring 2020.
    • Sept 2019 to  Sept 2019 Volunteer
      UTA College of Nursing- Community Action Poverty Simulation
      Role played the part of a social worker for nursing students in a poverty simulation.

Service to the Profession

    • Aug 2019 to  Present
      Task Force Member
      CSWE- Environmental Justice Curriculum Taskforce
      Applied and was selected for a national taskforce to develop competencies for environmental justice social work education.
      Member of team responsible for Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities.
      Includes regular calls, video conferences, and an in-person meeting in Virginia.
    • Aug 2019 to  Present
      Program Organizer
      Social Work Resources YouTube Channel
      For several years, I have been providing and updating "bonus resources" for students in my online courses on topics such as the NASW Code of Ethics, plagiarism, licensing processes, career tips, etc. I had several requests to access my video after courses ended, so I created a YouTube channel for both my students, other UTA students, and any social workers to access these tips and resources. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LVhrI0ulnIjeio_yDiBFQ

Service to the Community

Service to the Community

    • Sept 2019 to  Present
      Clinical Practice
      Karen Magruder, LCSW (LLC)
      Provide therapy exclusively to low-income individuals on reduced sliding scale through OpenPath Collective.
    • Feb 2019 to  Present
      Officer, Other Officer (Dallas, TX,
      Climate Reality Project- DFW Chapter
      "The Climate Reality Leadership Corps is a global network of activists committed to spreading awareness of the climate crisis and working for solutions to the greatest challenge of our time. The program takes great leaders and makes them exceptional, providing training in climate science, communications, and organizing to better tell the story of climate change and inspire communities everywhere to act. The result is a dynamic group of world-changers shaping the conversation on climate everywhere from family dinners to international summits and building a twenty-first century movement for solutions." (Climate Reality Project, 2019, p.1). My role in this chapter has included attending monthly meetings, helping set up/clean up at monthly meetings, ensuring teleconferencing capabilities by recording/managing Facebook Live feeds of all meetings, volunteering at community events such as EarthX, and supporting other environmental justice initiatives such as the Dallas EcoDevastation Tour.
    • Past to  Nov 2019
      Chairperson
      Poor People’s Campaign (Ecological Devastation Tour)-
      Planned logistics, prepared educational materials, recruited participants, coordinated event, program evaluation
    • Jan 2017 to  Jan 2019
      Volunteer (Southlake, TX,
      Faith-based Recovery Ministry
      Provide support, encouragement, & counseling to participants in 13-week program addressing issues such as abuse, addiction, and grief.
    • May 2017 to  Oct 2018
      Volunteer (Grapevine, TX,
      The Lodge at Bear Creek Nursing & Rehab
      Make regular visits to skilled nursing facility with greyhound, providing comfort and positive social support to residents and addressing issues such a grief/loss, depression, isolation, chronic pain and anxiety. Completed Therapy Animal Handler course through Pet Partners.
    • Jan 2017 to  June 2018
      Workshop Organizer (Dallas, TX,
      Relationships First - Safe Conversations
      Facilitate workshops offering practical skills development in interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and relationship building. The philosophy of Relationships First is about bringing tools learned in counseling and couples' therapy to the public.
    • June 2014 to  Sept 2015
      Volunteer (Arlington, TX,
      Hospice Care Partners
      Provide companionship and assistance to hospice patients. Discussed end-of-life issues and engaged in interventions such as life review.
    • May 2015 to  Aug 2015
      Volunteer (Dallas, TX, United States)
      The Senior Source
      Volunteered in caregiver support program. Provided information, resources and supportive counseling to caregivers of older adults.
    • May 2015 to  July 2015
      Volunteer (Burleson, TX,
      Accolade Hospice
      Participate in interdisciplinary team meetings, advocate for clients within team meetings Conduct intake assessments, develop comprehensive care plan Assist in providing therapeutic interventions and completion of advance directives Coordinate with family members, provide bereavement support
    • May 2015 to  July 2015
      Volunteer (Dallas, TX,
      The Senior Source- Caregiver Support Program
      Provide information, resources, and supportive counseling to Dallas County older adults and their caregivers.
    • Nov 2013 to  May 2014
      Volunteer (Phoenix, AZ,
      Cornerstone Hospice
      Provide companionship to hospice patients. Discussed social and emotional issues and coached patients on coping with pain using mindfulness.
    • Feb 2013 to  Aug 2013
      Volunteer (Phoenix, AZ,
      Refugee Focus
      Mentor newly-arrived refugee families in their transition to American lifestyle and culture. Make home visits, coach individuals on parenting, hygiene, and communication skills. Tutor adults and children in conversational English.
    • May 2011 to  July 2011
      Workshop Organizer (Arusha, Tanzania)
      Support for International Change
      Served as an HIV/AIDS prevention education volunteer while living in a rural Tanzanian village for a summer. Organized testing days and educated Tanzanian men, women and children about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
    • Mar 2011 to  Mar 2011
      Volunteer (San Diego, CA,
      Habitat for Humanity
      As part of “Alternative Spring Breaks”, volunteered building homes for families in need.
    • June 2008 to  July 2008
      Volunteer (Nairobi, Kenya)
      Tumaini Children's Home
      Volunteered in Nairobi slums and in rural orphanages.
    • July 2007 to  July 2007
      Volunteer (Juarez, Mexico)
      Casas Por Cristo
      Built houses for low income families
    • July 2006 to  July 2006
      Volunteer
      Casas Por Cristo
      Built houses for low income families