PhD, Social Work, Arizona State University
Cohort Three Fellow
Professor, Arizona State University
Professor, Director of Research, School of Social Work, Arizona State University
Current Institutional Affiliation
Western New Mexico University: Professor
National Association of Social Workers: New Mexico Division
Areas of Expertise
Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Early Childhood Education and Initiatives, Economic Supports for Families, Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Families and Family Systems, Home Visiting and Maltreatment Prevention, K-12 Education and School Systems, Maternal Health, Mental Health and Well-Being, Program Evaluation, Youth Development, Latent Class Analysis or Cluster Analysis, Latent Growth Curve Modeling, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Regression Modeling, Structural Equation Models, Content Analysis, Ethnography, Grounded Theory, Mixed Methods, Participatory Action Research, Phenomenology, Adolescents and Young Adults, Dual Language Learners, Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, Infants and Toddlers, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Preschool-aged Children, Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups, School-aged Children
Dr. Elisa Kawam received her PhD in Social Work at Arizona State University. Her primary area of interest is in intergenerational/multigenerational traumatic exposure, symptoms, coping mechanisms and health effects. Dr. Kawam currently studies trauma/PTSD, adult attachment, and parenting in child welfare populations but her interest includes other vulnerable and systematically oppressed groups. Dr. Kawam integrates into her work the study of neurobiology, epigenetics, and gene expression in relation to adversity and chronic stress. Dr. Kawam takes a public health approach to social work and has experience in both teaching and researching micro and macro aspects of social welfare.
Dr. Kawam is the Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers: New Mexico Division.