Andrea's research interests focus on the etiology of child maltreatment and harsh parenting practices. Her dissertation will investigate the discipline strategies of early and later childbearers, with an emphasis on exploring how their disciplinary behaviors change over time and the predictors of such change. Andrea is also interested in exploring ways to bridge the gap between research and social work practice and the implementation and translation of evidence-based practice and programs.
Andrea received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. She spent the next year and a half working with adults with developmental disabilities. She then attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned her Master's in Social Work in 2008 with an emphasis on children and families, as well as school social work. She is currently a dissertator in her third year of the social work doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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