CURRICULUM VITAERAMONA W. DENBY-BRINSON(aka Ramona Denby)University of Nevada Las VegasGreenspun College of Urban AffairsSchool of Social WorkandThe Lincy Institute(702) 895-0099 and (702) [email protected] 1995The Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OHMSW 1990University of Nevada Las VegasLas Vegas, NVBSW 1989Arizona State UniversityTempe, AZII.LICENSURESLicensed Social Worker (LSW),State of Nevada Board of Examiners forSocial WorkersLicense Number: 01132-S1989-presentAcademy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW),License Number: 8843006821994-presentIII.POSITIONS HELDACADEMICFull ProfessorAssociate ProfessorAssistant ProfessorUniversity of Nevada Las VegasGreenspun College of Urban AffairsSchool of Social Work7/13-present7/02-6/138/98-6/02
2Ramona W. Denby-Brinson, Curriculum VitaeAssistant ProfessorUniversity of Tennessee, KnoxvilleCollege of Social Work8/95-8/98ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATIONSenior Resident ScholarUniversity of Nevada Las VegasThe Lincy Institute08/11-presentDuties: This university-based research institute operates under the office of the universitypresident. It is organizationally-structured into four sectors. I direct the Social Service Sector. Atany given time, I supervise a multidisciplinary staff of 11-15 individuals. These individualscomprise full-time professional staff, graduate assistants, and consultants. The core of my staffincludes six full-time professional staff encompassing a full range of degrees (i.e., bachelorsdoctoral degrees). Additionally, I have a 12 member community advisory board that I manage.My role is to conduct community and campus outreach in an effort to build program, policy andresearch capacity designed to address major social problems. We accomplish our goals bysecuring external funding, managing grants, managing multi-million budgets, engaging majorcommunity stakeholders, empirically framing and validating social conditions, organizingresearch collaborations; and translating research findings. My major work entails: training,mentoring, coaching, and supervising staff; completing annual evaluations and meritrecommendations; assigning and monitoring tasks and projects assigned to staff; troubleshooting research challenges; monitoring budgets; report writing; communicating withstakeholders; developing, implementing and monitoring strategic plans; securing and maintainfunding; and convening groups.ChairUniversity of Nevada Las VegasSocial/Behavioral IRB7/09-12/10Duties: After serving many years as an IRB board member, I was given the chance to chair thecommittee during one of the board’s most critical transition and growth periods. The IRB isstaffed by a small group of full-time professional employees. My specific administrative roleinvolved assisting the IRB staff by: running monthly and ad hoc committee meetings; serving asliaison between the board and faculty researchers to trouble shoot research challenges; helping tomonitor the university’s compliance with federal rules on the protection of human subjects;writing adverse condition report responses; and beta testing procedures that were instituted tobridge the IRB from a paper submission system to CyberIRB.
3Ramona W. Denby-Brinson, Curriculum VitaeDirectorUniversity of Nevada Las VegasCenter for Urban Partnerships1/06-1/08Duties: The Center for Urban Partnerships, based within the College of Urban Affairs, enabledfaculty from within the College and across the university to engage with the local and statewidecommunity to develop research partnerships and alliances. My specific duties included:managing the Center; supervising staff; securing funding; budgeting and grants management;brokering research opportunities for faculty; assisting faculty in networking and buildingalliances with key public and private non-profit organizations; and conducting research studies.Associate Dean for ResearchUniversity of Nevada Las VegasGreenspun College of Urban Affairs7/02-6/04Duties: In this position I assisted faculty in developing their research and helped the college tocultivate more external research constituencies. My specific duties included: organizing a peerreview process to evaluate course reassignment requests and seed funding applications; assistingfaculty in identifying and securing external research funding; representing the college by servingon university committees and major university initiatives; collecting and maintaining data oncollege research outcomes; setting up training events to help faculty become more competitive insecuring research partners and funding; and planning community research and collaborationforums and other events.BSW Program CoordinatorUniversity of Nevada Las VegasCollege of Urban AffairsSchool of Social Work7/00-7/02Duties: I had overall leadership and administrative responsibility for the BSW program. Specificduties included: monitoring compliance with CSWE accreditation standards; implementingcurriculum enhancements; writing self-study reports; maintaining admission standards andadequate program enrollment; advising students; working with the field education department toassure quality field learning experiences; organizing and chairing BSW Program Committeemeetings; facilitating communication and working relations among faculty on behalf of studentsenrolled in the BSW Program; and collaborating with the advising center to assist students inmeeting and maintain progress toward degree completion.
4Ramona W. Denby-Brinson, Curriculum VitaeSOCIAL WORK PRACTICE POSITIONSSocial WorkerOlsten Health ServicesKnoxville, Tennessee1996-1997Duties: 1) conducted quarterly utilization reviews of both private and Medicare patients’ records;and 2) provided medical social work services to home health patients.Guardian Case ManagerClark County Public Administrator's OfficeLas Vegas, Nevada1991-1992Duties: I) conducted case work interviews on referrals; 2) provided general case management ofperson and estates of individuals found to be mentally incompetent; 3) determined/assessedmental competency; 4) completed psycho-social and initial assessments; 5) participated on interdisciplinary clinical teams; 6) crisis intervention; 7) developed and implemented treatment plans;8) financial planning; and 9) provided supervision of MSW interns.Medical Social WorkerUniversity Medical CenterLas Vegas, Nevada1990-1991Duties: 1) conducted case work interviews to obtain information to formulate a diagnosis ofsocial problems; 2) developed diagnostically based treatment plans; 3) identified social,economic, and physical needs of clients; 4) recommended appropriate services and assistance; 5)initiated treatment plans through counseling techniques and various financial/medical and socialassistance programs; 6) developed case histories and documented actions taken and servicesprovided; 7) maintained comprehensive case records and statistics; and 8) provided supervisionof MSW interns.Assessment CounselorWestCare and AssociatesLas Vegas, Nevada19901988 (Summer)Duties: I) conducted drug and alcohol assessments and planned the appropriate treatment; 2)outpatient counseling services; 3) conducted assessments on all adolescents in need of serviceand recommended the appropriate treatment; 4) case management which included advocating onthe behalf of clients within the juvenile court system and detention centers; 5) facilitated grouptherapy sessions; and 6) provided supervision of MSW interns.
5Ramona W. Denby-Brinson, Curriculum VitaeSocial Worker IClark County Social ServiceLas Vegas, Nevada1989-1990Served in an administrative intern capacity whereby general duties and activities consisted of: 1)analyzing policies; 2) service planning; 3) coordinating events; 4) researching and draftinglegislative bills; and 5) serving as liaison for legislative committee hearings. Other dutiesinvolved applying learned knowledge of managerial skill to practical administrative projects.Social Work InternMesa Child Crisis CenterMesa, Arizona1988-1989Duties: 1) case management including: parent advocacy and family counseling; 2) assessedparents’ needs and implemented crisis intervention; 3) taught parenting classes including: childdevelopment, training in parenting skills, and pregnant-parenting teen skills; 4) co- therapist inart and play therapy sessions with abused children; and 5) other social service related tasks.Social Work Assistant ICommunity Legal ServicesPhoenix, Arizona1987-1988Duties: I) advocated and secured benefits for economically disadvantaged clients with legalproblems which included landlord/tenant, government benefits, consumer finance, and familylaw problems; 2) intake, eligibility determination and interviewing; and 3) various other socialservice related tasks.TRAINING AND CONSULTING (SAMPLE CATEGORIES)Nevada Public Health FoundationVulnerable Families and Child Maltreatment:Promoting Protective Capacities and Self-Sufficiency(Ethics training)Salvation ArmyNetwork for Emergency Trafficking Services (NETS) Las Vegas(Evaluation and Human Subjects Compliance Consultant)20142010
6Ramona W. Denby-Brinson, Curriculum VitaeClark County Social Service(Interviewing and communication skills)2008Economic Opportunity Board(Client engagement)2002University of Utah(Training Opportunities for CulturalResponsiveness and AwarenessGrant [TOCRA])1998-2000The Helen Ross McNabb CenterChildren and Youth Center Healthy Families Program(Foster care; Discipline styles)1996-1997Summary of Social Work Practice, Academic,and Leadership ExperiencesI am fortunate to have had several years of social work practiceexperience prior to life as an academician. My social workpractice foundation has shaped my 21 years of teaching, research,service, and academic administration. I have spent 11 of my 21years in higher education working in academic administration. Ihave developed research centers, established and led majorsectors of research institutes, served as associate dean in a large,multi-disciplinary college, and worked as an academic programchair. These experiences have enabled me to support and mentorjunior faculty and staff in the development of theirresearch/academic careers. Additionally, as the BSW ProgramCoordinator, I wrote the School of Social Work’s selfaccreditation study, assuring full reaccreditation of thebaccalaureate program. Likewise, my time as sequence chairafforded me the opportunity to develop specialized areas of study.These experiences have bolstered my understanding ofcurriculum development enabled me to design coursework thatfosters students’ learning and development. Finally, as anacademic administrator, I have established and secured fundingfor a number of university-community partnerships, coalitions,and outreach efforts.
Ramona W. Denby-Brinson, Curriculum VitaeIV.GRANTSMANSHIP7Total: 13.5 millionSAMPLE FUNDED COMPETITIVE RESEARCH GRANTS1FEDERAL AWARDSU. S. Department of Health and Human ServicesSubstance Abuse and Mental HealthServices Administration (SAMSHA)Southern Nevada Substance Use Disorders Training Project(Principal Investigator)U. S. Department of Health and Human ServicesHealth Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)Behavioral Health Workforce Education andTraining for Professionals(Principal Investigator and Lead Author)U. S. Department of Health and Human ServicesAdministration for Children Youth and FamiliesChildren’s BureauImproving Service Delivery to Youth in theChild Welfare System(Lead Author and Lead Methodologist/Researcher)U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesAdministration for Children Youth and FamiliesChildren’s BureauCaring Communities(Co-Author and Lead Methodologist/Researcher)1Unless otherwise specified, all funding is for research projects.2015-2018Total Award: 941,2822014-2017Total Award: 1.44 million2011-2016Total Award: 2.5 million2003-2009Total Award: 2.5 million
Ramona W. Denby-Brinson, Curriculum Vitae8U. S. Department of Health and Human ServicesSubstance Abuse and Mental Health2004-2010Services Administration (SAMSHA)Total Award: 3.75 millionChild and Adolescent StateInfrastructure Grant (CA-SIG)(Lead Methodologist and Consultant during grant writing phase)National Institutes of Health (NIH)National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – R34Outcomes of the Wraparound Service Model(Co-Investigator)National Institutes of Health (NIH)National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)Minority Research Supplement(Principal Investigator) –(Senior Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charles GlissonUniversity of Tennessee)2005-2010Total Award: 600,0001996-2000Total Award: 200,000STATE AWARDSDepartment of Health and Human ServicesNevada Division of Public and Behavioral HealthCommunity Mental Health Services Block GrantMental and Behavioral Health Training Partnership(Principal Investigator and Lead Author)2014-2016Total Award: 378,762State of Nevada Division of Child and Family ServicesChild Welfare Improvement Training Grant(Lead Author)2007-2009Total Award: 770,000Division of Child and Family Services (Nevada)“Kinship Care in Nevada”(Principal Investigator)2001-2003Total Award: 35,000
Ramona W. Denby-Brinson, Curriculum Vitae9Division of Child and Family Services (Nevada)“Adoption: Those Who Wait, Those Who Don’t andthe Reasons Why”(Principal Investigator)2002-2003Total Award: 20,000Division of Child and Family Services (Nevada)“Re-Abuse and Re-Neglect”(Co-Investigator)2002-2003Total Award: 20,000Division of Child and Family Services (Nevada)“Longitudinal Study of Intensive FamilyPreservation Services”(Principal Investigator)1998-2002Total Award: 85,000FOUNDATION AWARDSThe Lois and Samuel Silberman FundNew York Community TrustEstablishing Safety, Permanency, andWell-being for Children Residing inRelative Care: A Data Diffusion Plan(Sole Author and Sole Investigator)2011-2015 40,000UNIVERSITY AWARDSUNLV President’s Research AwardCo-occurring Disorders among the Juvenile Justice Population(Project Leader and Primary Author)(Supporting match from the Nevada Division ofChild and Family Services)UNLV Alumni AssociationStudent-Centered Project Award“Child Welfare Advocacy Project”(Principal Investigator)2007-2009 50,000 5,000Total Award: 55,0002002-2004Total Award: 5,000
10Ramona W. Denby-Brinson, Curriculum VitaeUNLV - New Investigator Awards“Increasing the Effectiveness of FamilyPreservation Services: A Hierarchy ofProgram Development Needs”(Principal Investigator)1999-2000Total Award: 10,000UNLV - Stimulation, ImplementationTransition and Enhancement AwardChild Welfare Research Dissemination(Principal Investigator)1999-2000Total Award: 5,000UNLV- Institutional Development GrantDiversity Enrichment Seminar Series(Primary Author)V.2007-2009 63,519(collaborative funding for the cohort is 150,000)BOOKSDenby, R. W. (2015). Kinship care: Increasing child well-being through practice, policy, andresearch. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.Denby, R. W., & Curtis, C. M. (2013). African American children and families in child welfare:Cultural adaptation of services. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.Logan, S. M. L, Denby, R. W., & Gibson, P. A. (2007). Mental health care in theAfrican American community: A life course perspective. New York, NY: HaworthPress/Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group).VI.JOURNAL ARTICLES2Denby, R. W., Brinson, J. A., Cross, C. L. & Bowmer, A. (2015). Culture and Coping: KinshipCaregivers' Experiences with Stress and Strain and the Relationship to Child Well-Being.Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 32 (5), 465-479.Published online March 13, 2015. doi: 10.1007/s10560-015-0387-3.2In addition to my peer-reviewed publications I have written more than two dozen technical research reports and/orissue briefs and submitted them to funders and other stakeholder groups.
Ramona W. Denby-Brinson, Curriculum Vitae11Bruns, E. J., Pullmann, M. D., Sather, A., Denby, R. W., & Ramey, M. (2014). Effectiveness ofwraparound vs. case management: Results of a randomized study in a “real world”setting. Administration and Policy in Mental Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10488-014-0571-3.Denby, R., Brinson, J. A., Cross, C. L., & Bowmer, A. (2014). Male Kinship Caregivers: DoThey Differ From Their Female Counterparts? Children and Youth Services Review, 46:248-256.Denby, R. W., & Bowmer, A. (2013). Rural Kinship Caregivers’ Perceptions of Child Wellbeing: The Use of Attribution Theory. Journal of Family Social Work, 16:1-17.Denby, R. W., & Ayala, J. (2013). Am I my brother’s keeper: Adult siblings raisingyounger siblings. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 23:1-18.Denby, R. W. (2012). Parental incarceration and kinship care: Caregiver experiences,child well-being and permanency intentions. Journal of Social Work and PublicHealth 27(1-2), 104-128.Brinson, J. A., Denby, R., Crowther, A., & Brunton, H. (2011). College students' views of gaysand lesbians: Can this be a case for a Moral Exclusion framework? Journal ofHuman Services 31(1), 51-70.Denby, R., & Alford, K., & Ayala, J. (2011). The journey to adopt a child who hasspecial needs: Parents’ perspectives. Children and Youth Services Review. 33(2),1543-1554.Denby, R., Brinson, J., & Ayala, J. (2011). Adolescent co-occurring disorders treatment:Clinicians’ attitudes, values, and knowledge. Child and Youth Services, 32(1), 56-74.Denby, R. W. (2011). Predicting permanency intentions among kinship caregivers.Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 28(2), 113-131.
Ramona W. Denby-Brinson, Curriculum VitaeDenby, R. W. (2011). Kinship Liaisons: A Peer-to-Peer approach to supporting kinshipcaregivers. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(2), 217-225.Curtis, C. M., & Denby, R. W. (2011). African American children in the child welfaresystem: Requiem or reform. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 5(1), 111-137.Brinson, J. A., & Denby, R. (2008). Cultural competency course work, personalcounseling or both: What influences students’ ability to work effectivelywith culturally diverse clients? Journal of Human Services, 27(1), 44-68.Brinson, J. A., Brew, L., & Denby, R. (2008). Real Scenarios and complementarylectures: A classroom training approach to increase counselor awareness,knowledge and skills. Journal of Counseling & Development, 86(1), 11-17.Caldwell, R., Sturgess, S., Silver, N. C., Brinson, J., Denby-Brinson, R., & Burgess, K.(2006). An examination of the influence of perceived parenting practices ondepression and substance use among African American juvenile offenders.Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 63(3), 31-50.Owens-Kane, S., Smith, L., Brinson, R. (2005). Transfer of child welfare researchfindings to the field: An Internet-based training series. ProfessionalDevelopment: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education,8(1), 27-37.Curtis, C. M., & Denby, R. W. (2004). Impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act(1997) on families of color: Workers share their thoughts. Families in Society,85(1), 71-79.Denby, R., Alford, K., & Curtis, C. (2003). Targeting special populations for familypreservation: The influence of worker competence and organizational culture.Family Preservation Journal, 7, 19-41.Denby, R. W., & Curtis, C. (2003). Why children of color are not the target of familypreservation services: A case for program reform. Journal of Sociology andSocial Welfare, 30 (2), 149-173.12
Ramona W. Denby-Brinson, Curriculum Vitae13Denby, R. W., Rindfleisch, N., & Bean, G. (1999). Predictors of foster parents’satisfaction and intent to continue to foster. Child Abuse and Neglect: TheInternational Journal, 23(3), 287-303.Rindfleisch, N., Bean, G., & Denby, R. W. (1998). Why foster parents continue andcease to foster. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 25(1), 5-24.Denby, R. W. Curtis, C., & Alford, K.A. (1998). Special populations and familypreservation services: The invisible target. Families and Society: The Journal ofContemporary Human Services, 79(1), 3-11.Walton, E., & Denby, R. W. (1997). Targeting families to receive intensive famil