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Matthew Cuellar


Entered PhD Program in 2013

Education

  • BSW, The University of Alabama, 2011
  • MSW, The University of Alabama, 2013
  • PhD, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2016

Research Interests

Dr. Matthew J. Cuellar received his PhD in May of 2016 from the College of Social Work at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His dissertation research investigated the effects of the school security environment on school social work practitioners in United States schools. Dr. Cuellar's current research interests are school safety, school-based violence prevention, and school social work. His secondary research interests are advanced quantitative methods and practice and program evaluation.

Courses Taught as Adjunct Instructor

  • College of Social Work— Spring 2018
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 563 Systematic Planning and Evaluation for Interpersonal Practice (online)
  • College of Social Work—Summer 2017
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 519 Social Work Research (online)
  • College of Social Work—Summer 2017
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 520 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice (online)
  • College of Social Work— Spring 2017
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 563 Systematic Planning and Evaluation for Interpersonal Practice (online)
  • College of Social Work—Fall 2017
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 519 Social Work Research (online)
  • College of Social Work— Fall 2015
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 519 Foundational Research Methods (online)

Courses Taught as Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • College of Social Work— Spring 2016
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 563 Systematic Planning and Evaluation for Interpersonal Practice (online)
  • College of Social Work—Fall 2015
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 519 Social Work Research (online)
  • College of Social Work— Fall 2015
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 665 Applied Multilevel Modeling
  • Department of Statistics and Business Analytics, College of Business—Summer 2015
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: STAT 531 Survey of Statistical Methods (online)
  • College of Social Work— Spring 2015
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 606, Analysis of Social Work Data II
  • Department of Statistics and Business Analytics, College of Business—Fall 2014
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: STAT 579 Applied Multivariate Methods
  • College of Social Work—Fall 2014
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 605, Analysis of Social Work Data I
  • College of Social Work—Summer 2014
    University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Course Title: SOWK 528 Neurophysiology for Social Work Practice

Publications

Cuellar, M. J. & Held, M. L. (2015). Adolescent Latino immigrants: Migration and mental health. Perspectivas Sociales, 17(1), 11-26

Theriot, M. T. & Cuellar, M. J. (2016). School resource officers and students rights. Contemporary Justice Review, 19(3).

Cuellar, M. J. (in press). School safety strategies and their effects on the occurrence of school-based violence in United States Secondary schools: An exploratory study. Journal of School Violence.

Cuellar, M. J. & Theriot, M. T. (in press). Exploring the effects of parental and community involvement on the implementation of school safety strategies. Journal of School Public Relations.. 

Held, M. L., & Cuellar, M. J. (in press). Social capital and wellbeing: A structural analysis of Latina mothers by origin. Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Held, M. L., Cuellar, M. J. & Heffron, L. C. (accepted with revisions). A study of social workers? knowledge and perceptions of Latino/a stages of immigration. Journal of Social Work Education.

Cuellar, M. J., Elswick, S. E. & Theriot, M. T. (under review). School social workers and school security personnel: An investigation of school social worker perceptions towards school security personnel in Tennessee. Submitted to Children and Schools.

Cuellar, M. J. & Theriot, M. T. (under review). School safety and school social work: Implications for school social work practice. Submitted to School Social Work Journal.

 

Invited Book Reviews

Cuellar, M. J. (2015). School safety in the United States: A reasoned look at the rhetoric. [Review of the book School safety in the United States: A reasoned look at the rhetoric, by David C. May]. Criminal Justice Review. DOI: 10.1177/0734016815591818.

 

Recent Refereed and Invited Presentations

Cuellar, M. J., Theriot, M. T., & Orme, J. G. (2016, November). Investigating the effects of school safety strategies on school social work practitioners. Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting for Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Atlanta, Georgia.

Held, M. L., Cuellar, M. J., & Cook-Heffron, L. (2016, November). A study of social work students’ knowledge and perceptions of Latino immigration. Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting for Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Atlanta, Georgia.

Cuellar, M. J., Theriot, M. T., & Elswick, S. E. (2016, March). School social workers and their interactions with school security personnel in one southeastern state. Poster presented at the annual conference of the School Social Work Association of America. Baltimore, Maryland.

Cuellar, M. J. & Theriot, M. T. (2016, March). Investigating the effects of commonly implemented school safety strategies on school social work practitioners. Poster presented at the annual conference of the School Social Work Association of America. Baltimore, Maryland.

Theriot, M. T., Orme, J. G., & Cuellar, M. J. (2016, January). Student safety and school resource officer interactions. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. Washington DC.

Zeitlin, W., Auerbach, C., Cuellar, M. J., & Orme, J. G. (2016, January). Analyzing categorical and continuous limited dependent variables with R. Workshop Presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. Washington DC.

Held, M. L. & Cuellar, M. J. (2016, January). Social capital and wellbeing: A structural analysis of Latina mothers by Origin. Oral Presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. Washington DC.

Cuellar, M. J. & Theriot, M. T. (2015, October). School safety strategies and their effect on reducing school-based violence. Poster presented at the Annual Program Meeting for Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Denver, Colorado.

Orme, J. G., Cuellar, M. J., & Pilkay, S. R. (2015, October). Teaching an Applied, Two-Semester, Interdisciplinary Graduate Statistics Course. Workshop presented at the Annual Program Meeting for Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Denver, Colorado.

Theriot, M. T., Orme, J. G., & Cuellar, M. J. (2015, October). School resource officers and students' feelings of safety at school. Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting for Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Denver, Colorado.

Cuellar, M. J. & Bolen, R. (2015, July). Exploring the typologies of sexually abused children. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Colloquium. American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). Boston, Massachusetts.

Cuellar, M. J. & Bolen, R. (2015, January). Can symptom profiles in sexually abused children be predicted? An exploratory analysis. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Theriot, M. T. & Cuellar, M. J. (2014, October). The effects of BSW students’ first field placement on mental illness stigma. Poster presented at the Annual Program Meeting for the Counsel on Social Work Education (CSWE). Tampa, Florida.

Cuellar, M. J. & Held, M. L. (2014, October). Adolescent Latino immigrants: Understanding the impacts of migration on psychological development. Poster presented at the Annual Program Meeting for the Counsel on Social Work Education (CSWE). Tampa, Florida.

Cuellar, M. J. (2014, July). An organizational approach to implementing trauma-informed practices in the juvenile justice system. Poster presented at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference. Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Cuellar, M. J. & Bolen, R. (2014, July). Can symptom profiles in sexually abused children be predicted? An exploratory analysis. Poster presented at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference. Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Cuellar, M. J., Conners, F. A., & Loveall, S. (2013, March). Phonological Memory in Down Syndrome: a Developmental Trajectory approach. Poster presented at the Gatlinburg Conference for Intellectual and Related Disabilities. San Antonio, Texas.

Bussanich, P., Cuellar, M. J., & Conners, Frances A. (2011, April). Precursors of language impairment in Down syndrome: Analysis of the AAGT. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

 

Awards and Grants

Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Grant, Scholarly and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF) Recipient, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2014

Lori K. Herbert Endowed Scholar, The University of Alabama, 2012

John G. Borkowski Diversity Travel Award, Vanderbilt University, 2013

Honored Student Scholar (4.0 GPA graduate of MSW program), The University of Alabama School of Social Work, 2013

 


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