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Spotlight on Faculty

Shandra Forrest-Bank, Assistant Professor at the College of Social Work, has been recognized for her research by publication in a number of prestigious journals that represent her field of research. Forrest-Bank worked in the field of substance abuse for 13 years as a counselor, clinical supervisor, and associate director before returning to academia and completing her PhD. Her observations while managing adolescent programs after having worked with adults with severe addictions have guided her research.


Forrest-Bank's main substantive area is the transition to adulthood for vulnerable and disadvantaged youth. She explains that "youth who experience negative trajectories in their adolescence are likely to have difficulty meeting even their most basic needs and finding any sort of stability and well-being as young adults. Dr. Forrest-Bank is attempting to identify a model or framework for positive intervention that may assist young people who are struggling in that critical stage of transition from youth to adulthood. Her main focus, however, lies in understanding how poverty and racism are factors impacting young adult trajectories.


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