Dr. Sarah Oliphant
University of North Texas
Social Work
(940) 369-5018
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Education

PhD, The Catholic University of America, 2015.
Major: Social Work
Dissertation Title: The Impact of Social Networks on the Immigration Experience of Ethiopian Women
MSW, Washington University in St. Louis, 2001.
Major: Social Work
Degree Specialization: Social and Economic Development
BS, Brigham Young University, 1999.
Major: Social Work

Professional Memberships

Influencing Social Policy. (January 2019 – Present).

Council on Social Work Education. (September 2016 – Present).

Vice President, President, Global Awareness Society International. (May 2010 – Present).

Development Activities Attended

Other,"Faculty First Flight," University of North Texas Center for Learning Experimentation, Application, and Research, United States of America. (August 2018April 2019).

Conference Attendance,"64th Annual Program Meeting," Council on Social Work Education, Orlando, Florida, United States of America. (2018).

Conference Attendance,"27th Annual International Conference," Global Awareness Society International, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America. (May 2018).

Conference Attendance,"26th Annual International Conference," Global Awareness Society International, Heredia, Costa Rica. (May 2017).

Seminar,"Social Work with Immigrant Survivors of Torture and Abuse: HealthRight International's Human Rights Clinic," New York University Silverman School of Social Work, United States of America. (2016).

Conference Attendance,"62nd Annual Program Meeting," Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America. (November 2016).

Conference Attendance,"Faculty Development Institute: Creative, Hands-On Approaches to Teaching Social Policy," Council on Social Work Education, United States of America. (November 2016November 2016).

Conference Attendance,"25th Annual International Conference," Global Awareness Society International, Budapest, Hungary. (May 2016).

Workshop,"Online Teaching Strategies," Wiley Education Services, United States of America. (January 2016April 2016).

Seminar,"Social and Behavioral Science Research Grants: The Federal View," The Center for Health and Mental Health Well Being of the National Catholic School of Social Service, United States of America. (2015).

Conference Attendance,"61st Annual Program Meeting," Council on Social Work Education, Colorado, United States of America. (November 2015).

Conference Attendance,"24th Annual International Conference," Global Awareness Society International, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America. (May 2015).

Conference Attendance,"22nd Annual International Conference," Global Awareness Society International, Rome, Italy. (May 2013).

Conference Attendance,"21st Annual International Conference," Global Awareness Society International, New York City, NY, United States of America. (May 2012).

Conference Attendance,"16th Annual Conference “Research that Makes a Difference: Advancing Practice and Shaping Public Policy”," Society for Social Work and Research Research, Washington, DC, United States of America. (January 2012).

Conference Attendance,"20th Annual International Conference," Global Awareness Society International, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States of America. (May 2011).

Teaching

Teaching Experience

University of North Texas
SOWK 5103, Human Behavior in the Social Environment I, 2 courses.
SOWK 5113, Human Behavior in the Social Environment II, 2 courses.
SOWK 5303, Social Work History and Social Welfare Policy, 2 courses.
SOWK 5333, Social Work Advanced Policy Analysis, 2 courses.
SOWK 5413, Social Work Program and Practice Evaluation, 2 courses.

Teaching at Other Institutions

The Catholic University of America, Advanced Social Policy Analysis, SSS 831, Spring 2018.

The Catholic University of America, Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups, Organizations and Communities, SSS 606, Spring 2018.

The Catholic University of America, Social Welfare Policy and Services II, SSS 582, Spring 2018.

The Catholic University of America, Evaluation of Social Work Programs, SSS 757, Fall 2017.

The Catholic University of America, Issues in International Social Development, SSS 886, Fall 2017.

The Catholic University of America, Qualitative Research Methods, SSS 955, Fall 2017.

The Catholic University of America, Reading and Research in Social Work; PhD Independent Study, SSS 993, Fall 2017.

The Catholic University of America, Advanced Social Policy Analysis, SSS 831, Spring 2017.

The Catholic University of America, Issues in International Social Development, SSS 886, Spring 2017.

The Catholic University of America, Evaluation of Social Work Programs, SSS 757, Fall 2016.

The Catholic University of America, Qualitative Research Methods, SSS 955, Fall 2016.

The Catholic University of America, Advanced Social Policy Analysis, SSS 831, Spring 2016.

The Catholic University of America, Issues in International Social Development, SSS 886, Spring 2016.

The Catholic University of America, Social Welfare Policy and Services II (Online), SSS 582, Spring 2016.

The Catholic University of America, Diversity in a Multicultural Society, SSS 570, Fall 2015.

The Catholic University of America, Diversity in a Multicultural Society (Online), SSS 570, Fall 2015.

The Catholic University of America, Evaluation of Social Work Programs, SSS 757, Fall 2015.

The Catholic University of America, Social Welfare Policy and Services II, SSS 582, Fall 2015.

George Mason University, Direct Social Work Practice (MSW Program), Spring 2010.

Radford University, Introduction to Social Work; BSW Program, Fall 2008.

Brigham Young University, Social Welfare and Services, 2005.

Utah Valley University, Introduction to Social Work; BSW Program, Spring 2005.

Utah Valley University, Introduction to Social Work; BSW Program, Spring 2004.

Non-Credit Instruction

Guest Lecture, Trinity University, Washington DC. (June 2017).

Other, The Catholic University of America: National Catholic School of Social Service. (August 2016).

Directed Student Learning

Dissertation Committee Member,"The Process of Change in the Lives of American Catholic Models of Ecological Conversion," Social Work. (20172018).

Dissertation Committee Member,"Understanding the lived experience of caregivers whose spouses have frontotemporal dementia," Social Work. (20172018).

Other,"Understanding the Experience of Infertility Following Cancer Treatment Among Female Cancer Survivors," Social Work. (February 2018).

Other,"Income Inequality and Citizens' Freedom as Factors Related to Intercountry Adoption," Social Work. (March 2017).

Other,"The Life Course of Homeless Female Veterans: A Qualitative Study," Social Work. (March 2017).

Research

Published Intellectual Contributions

Community Report for Partners in Community Based Participatory Research project
Oliphant, S., Donaldson, L. P., Farber, M. (2018). Understanding Knowledge, Behavior, and Attitudes Related to HIV/AIDS Among Ethiopian Immigrants in the Washington, DC Area.
Journal Article
Oliphant, S., Bennett, S. (2019). Using reflexivity journaling to lessen the emic–etic divide in a qualitative study of Ethiopian immigrant women. Qualitative Social Work. Sage Journals. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1473325019836723
Oliphant, S., Ritchie, D., Origanti, F. (2019). Teaching social work in a global context: Models of international social work learning experiences. Journal of Teaching in Social Work. 39(1), 23-41. Taylor and Francis Online. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wtsw20/current
Zajicek-Farber, M. L., Hodges-Wu, J., Oliphant, S. (2018). The Interrater Reliability of the Survivors of Torture Psychosocial Wellbeing Index: An Assessment Matrix Instrument. Journal of Social Service Research. 45(2), 294-308. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01488376.2018.1480555
Oliphant, S. (2017). Solar cookers as a global poverty alleviation strategy. Journal of Global Awareness.
Oliphant, S. (2017). Voices of Ethiopian Women. International Social Work. Sage. https://journals.sagepub.com/home/isw
Oliphant, S. (2016). International faith based organizations: An organizational analysis of Latter-Day Saint Charities. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought. Taylor and Francis.

Presentations Given

Zajicek-Farber, M. (Author & Presenter), Hodges-WU, J. (Author), Oliphant, S. (Author & Presenter), Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Addressing structure and reliability of a brief assessment instrument for survivors of torture, Council on Social Work Education, Orlando, FL, United States of America. (2018).

Oliphant, S. (Author & Presenter), Donaldson, L. P. (Author), Ksenia, D. (Author & Presenter), Global Awareness Society International, Student Experiences in data collection: Understanding HIV/AIDS among Ethiopian immigrants in Washington, DC., United States of America. (2018).

Oliphant, S. (Author), Zajicek-Farber, M. (Author & Presenter), Hodges-WU, J. (Author), Society for Social Work Research, Developing a reliable assessment tool for refugee survivors of torture, Society for Social Work Research, Washington, DC, United States of America. (2018).

Oliphant, S. (Author & Presenter), Global Awareness Society International, Home Grown Social Workers: Building Capacity through University and Faith-Based Partnerships, Costa Rica. (2017).

Zajicek-Farber, M. (Author & Presenter), Hodges-WU, J. (Author), Oliphant, S. (Author), National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP), 9th Annual Research Symposium Conference, Analyzing the inter-observer reliability of the Survivor of Torture Psychosocial Well-being Index (SOT-PWI), United States of America. (2017).

Oliphant, S. (Author & Presenter), Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Ethiopian immigrants to Washington, DC: Women’s Voices., United States of America. (2016).

Ritchie, D. (Panelist), Oliphant, S. (Panelist), Origanti, F. (Panelist), Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, International social work: Models of international experiences, United States of America. (2016).

Oliphant, S. (Author & Presenter), Global Awareness Society International, International volunteer service: A case study of social work international placements., Budapest, Hungary, Hungary. (2016).

Oliphant, S. (Author & Presenter), Global Awareness Society International, The impact of social networks on the immigration experience of Ethiopian women, United States of America. (2015).

Oliphant, S. (Author & Presenter), Global Awareness Society International, Faith based organizations: A qualitative study of Latter-Day Saint charities., Italy. (2013).

Oliphant, S. (Author & Presenter), Global Awareness Society International, Solar cookers as a poverty alleviation strategy, United States of America. (2012).

Oliphant, S. (Author & Presenter), National Association of Social Work DC Chapter Meeting, Solar Cookers as a Poverty Alleviation Strategy in the Developing World, Washington, DC, United States of America. (2012).

Oliphant, S. (Author & Presenter), Global Awareness Society International, Human trafficking in the Dominican Republic and Haiti: A social development, Puerto Rico, United States of America. (2011).

Service

University Service

Committee Member, Promotion & Tenure. (November 2018 – Present).

Member, Diversity Committee. (September 2018 – Present).

Committee Member, JMSW Committee. (September 2018 – Present).

Chairperson, MSW Combined Concentration. (20162018).

Committee Member, PhD Program Committee. (20162018).

Committee Member, MSW Program Committee. (20152018).

Committee Member, Social Change Concentration Committee. (20152018).

Workshop Organizer, In the Wake of Scandal: What Agencies Like Catholic Relief Services are Doing to Protect Children and Vulnerable Adults from Exploitation and Abuse--And Where We Still Have Work to Do. (October 5, 2018).

Workshop Organizer, International Social Work Night. (September 27, 2016).

Workshop Organizer, The Refuge and Migrant Crisis in Europe. (November 18, 2015).

Professional Service

Officer, President/Elect/Past, Global Awareness Society International. (May 2018 – Present).

Other, John Paul II Technical Institute, Houston, TX. (20172018).

Officer, Vice President, Global Awareness Society International. (May 2016May 2018).

Reviewer, Journal Article, International Social Work. (2015).

Other, Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought. (20092010).

Consulting

Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), The John Paul II Technical Institute, Nicaragua. (January 2016 – Present).