Introducing New 2018-2019 Faculty Members

The School is pleased to welcome five new members to the Illinois Social Work faculty.

Flavia Andrade | Associate Professor

  • Flavia Andrade’s research examines the health, wellbeing and quality of life of older adults in Latin America and the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S. Dr. Andrade earned a BA in Economics and MA in Demography from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, an MS (Population Health) and a PhD (Sociology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago.

Rachel Garthe | Assistant Professor

  • Rachel C. Garthe’s research examines the etiology and prevention of youth violence in peer and romantic relationships within high-burden urban communities. Dr. Garthe has been supported by two of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Centers for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, partnering with schools and community organizations to research the implementation and evaluation of violence prevention and positive youth development programs. Dr. Garthe earned a BA in Psychology from North Central College and a MS and PhD in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed two years of post-doctoral training at the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Hyunil Kim | Assistant Professor

  • Hyunil Kim’s work focuses on developing the best possible evidence to help improve the safety and welfare of children and directly enhance our ability to address child abuse and neglect. Hyunil earned a BS in Social Welfare from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, and an MSW and PhD in Social Work from Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Will Schneider | Assistant Professor

  • Will Schneider’s research examines the influence of macroeconomic factors, family complexity and fatherhood, and interventions in the promotion of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment. Dr. Schneider earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan, his Master’s and PhD in Social Work from Columbia University, and his post-doctoral training at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

Ryan Wade | Assistant Professor

  • Ryan Wade investigates the phenomenon of Racialized Sexual Discrimination (RSD) on gay hook-up apps/websites, and examines the association between RSD and psychological wellbeing among gay/bisexual men of color. Ryan’s work includes a broad focus on structural and community-level racism, the racial patterning of sexual/social networks within LGBTQ communities, and health disparities among gay/bisexual men. Dr. Wade earned his BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; his MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and his PhD from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.