Shawndaya Thrasher

Shawndaya Thrasher

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Started UK doctoral program: 2016

Area of research interest: My research interest centers on intergenerational bullying among African-American youth. Specifically, exploring intergenerational perceptions (e.g., parent-youth dyads) of bullying victimology, and risk and preventative factors associated with bullying among African-American youth.

Dissertation chair: Dr. Jay Miller

Mentors: Dr. Jay Miller, Dr. Royse, Dr. Biermann

Teaching Experience:

I’ m a teaching assistant in the CoSW at UKY. Currently, I am independently teaching the SW 445 Educational Practicum course.

Manuscripts Published or in Press:

Miller, J., Benner, K., Thrasher, S., Pope, N., Duma, T., Damron, L., Segress, M., Slone, M., &   Chunling, N. (2017). Planning a mentorship initiative for foster parents: Does gender matter. Evaluation and Program Planning, 64, 78-84. DOI:

Miller, J., Benner, K., Pope, N., Duma, T., Damron, L., Segress, M., Slone, M., Thrasher, S., & Chunling, N. (2017). Conceptualizing effective foster parent mentor programs: A participatory planning process. Children and Youth Services Review, (73), 411-418. DOI:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.01.004

Miller, J., Sauer, C., Bowman, K., Thrasher, S., Benner, K., Segress, M., & Niu, C. (2018).   Conceptualizing adoptive parent support groups: A mixed-method process. Adoption Quarterly 21(1), 41-57. DOI:10.1080/10926755.2017.1387210

Research Funding

2016 – present, Co-Investigator  Funded Research Study; Associate Dean Research Grant awarded by College of Social Work, University of Kentucky. Proposal to qualitatively research understudied homeless populations, specific to housing retention in older homeless men. Amount awarded: $10,000

Peer Reviewed Presentations:

Thrasher, S. & Cassetty, C. L. (2018, November) Are neighborhoods breeding grounds for bullies? A social ecological perspective. Poster Presentation, Council of Social Work Education, Orlando, FL.

Miller, J. J., Collins-Camargo, C., & Thrasher, S. (2017, October). Exploring the university partnership model for child welfare citizen review panels: A research brief. Poster Presentation, Council of Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.

Cassetty, C. L., Thrasher, S. & Liu, Y. (2017, April). Increasing the use of telehospice:  Overcoming barriers in Kentucky. Workshop Presentation, Kentucky Association of Social Worker Educators, Richmond, KY.

MSW from University of Georgia (UGA)