Student Profiles

Doctoral Students

Katrina Brewsaugh

Brewsaugh, K. & Strozier, A. (2015, October). Fathering in child welfare: What do social work textbooks teach our students? Paper presented at the 61st Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Denver, CO.

Brewsaugh K., & Blemhadoo, E. (2015, November). Survival analysis demonstration. Skill-building session presented at the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Chicago, IL.

Richard S. Glaesser, MSW, ABD

Current Position
Faculty Instructor, Department of Social Work, Saint Leo University

• Bachelor of Arts (Honors), Economics and Political Science, University of Toronto
• Master of Social Work, University of South Florida
• Doctoral Candidate, University of South Florida

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Richard Glaesser received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto (1990). Following a career as a political aide, policy analyst, and consultant in public affairs, he transitioned to the United States in 2001. After a short stint in continuing medical education, Richard focused on a career in social work and completed his Master in Social Work degree at the University of South Florida (USF) in 2009. Shortly thereafter, he began his PhD in Social Work at USF in 2010. While engaged in doctoral studies, Richard worked at a Tampa Bay agency as Director of Operations and subsequently, Executive Director, managing day and residential programs for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. During this time, Richard also served as adjunct Professor at USF. In May 2014, Richard joined Saint Leo University as a faculty instructor for the Graduate Social Work program. He is currently completing his dissertation focused on the well-being and family functioning of sibling caregivers following the transition of their brother/sister with a developmental disability from parental to sibling co-residential care.

Community Affiliation
• Member, National Association of Social Workers

Teaching & Professional Interests
Richard's teaching interest is macro level social work, including policy development and advocacy. He also has a strong interest in human behavior and the social environment, social work research methods, and evidence based practice. His professional interests include a focus on issues related to adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.


Glaesser, R. (1999, November 23). Do doctors want direct-to-consumer ads bringing them more
patients? The Medical Post, 35(40), 32-33.

Glaesser, R., & Perkins, E. (2013). Self-injurious behavior in older adults with intellectual
disabilities. Social Work, 58, 213-221.

Glaesser, R., & Patel, B. (2015). Psychological trauma and LGBT caregiving partners: A
conceptual model to guide practice. In development.

Glaesser, R., & Patel, B. (2016). Application of a conceptual model to LGBT caregiving partners:
A case study. In development.

Glaesser, R., Skarbek, D., & Gould, R. (2015). Applying the Green House Project to adults with
developmental disabilities: Exploring caregivers' decisions of program engagement. In development.

Technical Reports

Bishop, H., Glaesser, R., & Kratz, S. (2012, August 6). CRRC expansion technical report. University of South Florida, School of Social Work, & US Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans.

Stacy E. Kratz, PhD-C, LCSW, CAP

STACY KRATZ brings 15+ years of professional social work experience to her work as a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Stacy received her Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from Southern Illinois University. Following ten years of living abroad in France, Luxembourg, Australia, and South Africa, Stacy returned to academia to complete a bachelor's and master's degree in social work at the University of South Florida. While engaged in her studies, Stacy worked at a Tampa Bay agency as Clinical Supervisor for a team of diversion therapists providing in-home services for survivors of domestic violence. Her publications of this work include numerous corporate training modules as well as technical reports for child-serving teams and Veteran Affairs. In May 2011, Stacy joined the University of Southern California, first in an adjunct role, and currently as a senior lecturer teaching policy and evidence-based clinical interventions. Under the guidance of Dr. Guitele Rahill, she is completing her dissertation focused on sexual health communication among mother daughter dyads.

Also as a psychotherapist in private practice in Tampa, Florida, Stacy's work focuses on evidence-based clinical practice interventions, effective policy advocacy, improving national and global health equity, and substance use, abuse and dependency.

Stacy is involved in organizational strategic development, planning, and tactical implementation, and has led teams of results-oriented providers of mental health and social services. Stacy volunteers her time as Chair of the Refugee Mental Health Subcommittee of the Refugee Task Force of Tampa Bay. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA), and the United Nations Association of the United States of America-Tampa Bay Chapter (UNA-USATB).

Her most recent awards include the 2015 Exceptional Community Partner Award presented by the USF College of Public Health, the 2015 Empowerment Award recognizing the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force presented by Project Prosper, and the 2015 Lilly Education Foundation Grant Winner presented by the Lilly Conference On Evidenced-Based Teaching and Learning.

Stacy most recently presented at the 2015 CSWE Annual Program Meeting, as well as the 2015 Social Work and Social Development Annual Conference held in East London, South Africa. At these conferences she presented on her research in developing, and sustaining, an online community of practice. Publication of this research is currently under review with the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.

Stacy is passionate about social work practice and states she is eternally grateful for the support of her husband Paul, and their three children.

Beena Patel

Current Position
Caregiver Support Program Coordinator, North Florida South Georgia Veterans Administration
Adjunct Faculty, Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL.

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Florida
Master of Social Work, Florida State University
Doctoral Candidate, University of South Florida

Research Interests
Caregivers of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Obesity in Children, and Asian Indian Women's Issues

Peer Reviewed Articles
Jordan, J., Patel, B. & Rapp, L. (2013). Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: A social work
perspective on misidentification, victims, buyers, traffickers, treatment and reform of current practice. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 23:3, 356-369.

Patel, B. (2015). Caregivers of "Invisibly" Injured Veterans: What we know and Implications
for social work practice. Social Work, 60(1), 9-17.


Patel, B. & Jordan, J. (July, 2012). Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Child Welfare Consortium.
USF Child Welfare Training Academy, Tampa, FL.
Patel, B. & Jordan, J. (May, 2013). Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. NASW- FL.
NASW Gainesville, FL . Unit Conference (2 CEU's).
Patel, B. (November, 2013). Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. FSU School of Social Work, MSW program Social Work with Children, class presentation.
Patel, B. & Jordan, J. (April, 2014). Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. NFSG VAMC, Gainesville,
FL. Education series (1.5 CEU's).
Patel, B. & Glasser, R. (March, 2015). Caregiver Secondary Trauma and Gay Families. Saint Leo Annual Trauma Conference, Saint Leo, FL. (1 CEU).
Patel, B. ( May, 2015). Caregivers of Veterans with Invisible Injuries from Iraq and Afghanistan.
National Caregiver Support Peer Mentor Program, National call.