2020 Conference Program

From the AACS President: 

Welcome to the first virtual conference of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology! This year’s theme, “Making Sociology Actionable: Translation, Implementation, and Intervention Design for Social Change,” highlights the importance that we in AACS place on utilizing sociological insights both within and beyond the ivory tower in order to enact beneficial social change. We believe that sociological methods, perspectives, and theories can and must be better disseminated and implemented in order to make a difference in the world around us. We are thrilled that this year’s conference, so ably prepared by AACS Vice President Alison Marganski and supported by AACS Webmaster Megan Floyd, showcases wonderful work being done in the field. We had originally planned to host this conference in Atlanta, GA, in a more traditional, in-person format. But when COVID-19 necessitated a change in plans, we recognized the chance to get creative, and are pleased to now offer a virtual conference with multiple opportunities for participation, presentation, competition, networking, and fun. 

One of the advantages to membership in AACS is that it facilitates entry into a community of social scientists who are using their skills in a wide range of applied professional contexts, including but not limited to research, in order to build a more robust professional connection across the academy/community divide. This is an exciting time for AACS, as we continue to grow and expand our offerings to meet member needs and interests. Besides access to the conference, benefits of membership include a series of webinars designed to support professional development at both the individual and institutional levels; informational resources offered in our e-newsletter, Sociology at Work; the opportunity to participate in our mentorship program as a mentor or mentee; the opportunity to apply for certification; and a subscription to the Journal of Applied Social Science, our official peer-reviewed journal. Thank you for your interest in this year’s conference and in AACS. We look forward to continuing to grow our community in the years ahead, so we hope you will share our mission and the benefits of membership with students, alumni, practitioners, and others you may know who support the application of social science. Together we can change the world!

- Karen Albright

Day 1, Monday October 5

12:00-12:59 pm ET: Introduction to AACS and the Board

Meet our Board, Learn About Our Mission

1:00-1:59pm: Healthcare

Medical Equality for Throwaway Youth
William CabinMedicare Home Care Ignores Patient Needs by Not Addressing Determinants of Health
Michael Hirsch, Adeela RehmanContinuum of Maternal Healthcare in Public Hospitals: A Sociological Investigation
Per Magnus MæhleImplementation of a Cancer Reform: Introducing Cancer Patient Pathways in Scandinavian Health Care Systems

2:00-2:59pm: Drugs, Violence and Justice Issues

Luke KnudsenNarcotics Anonymous: An Ethnography of Stigma and Cohesion
Lillian PlattenEducation and Legalization: How The Legalization Of Marijuana May Effect Educational Attainment And Mass Incarceration
Daniel NolanAfrican American Women – Frequent Targets of Abuse
Lilianna DeveneauChild Sexual Abuse: The Hidden Health Pandemic

3:00-3:59 Housing Challenges and Solutions

Frank RidziToward A Sociology of Philanthropy: Wicked Problem Solving
Mieko YamadaWhat Makes a Successful Service Program?: Staff’s Input on Benefits and Challenges of a Service Program for Homeless Veterans
Daniel NolanAfrican American Women – Frequent Targets of Abuse
Lilianna DeveneauChild Sexual Abuse: The Hidden Health Pandemic
Allison Reed‘Enclaves of Poverty’ or ‘Homes that Last?’: Community Land Trusts, Investment-Based Market Movements, and the Preservation of Affordable Homeownership
William Howard BurrTrauma-Informed Housing First: Using Applied Sociology to Develop a Stable Housing Model to Reduce Recidivism in Cook County

4:00-4:59: Student Competition

5:00-5:59: Design, Structure, and Outcomes

Raquel Ponte, Clarissa Maia Porto Cosenza, Amanda Neves de OliveiraThe Importance of the Concept of Habitus in the Design Field
Thomas GrayOrganizational Charting for Member Control in Cooperative: Toward an Assessment Tool
Jennifer SchlosserUsing Critical, Reflexive Methodologies to Understand the Organizational Identities of Prisons
Ennea Fairchild, Harmony Newman, Julie SextonFeminism Stalled? Improving Methodological Strategies for Identifying Sexism in Geology

6:00-6:59 Workshop

Stephen SteeleGetting a Job with Sociology by Taking SALT – Skills, Articulation, Language and Trends: Reinvention

7:00-7:59: Creative Pedagogy and Building Community

Kathy Stolley and Jeff ToussaintUsing Escape Rooms to Teach Transferable Skills
Sherrie SteinerMeasuring Community Engagement Impact
Shelley Grant, Laura Atkins, Diana ClevelandAmplifying Impacts of Service-Learning Mentoring
Mandi Barringer, Caroline Howard, Allison Parker, Shira DiamondScaling the Stonewall: Program Evaluation of the UNF Gender Inclusive Housing Community

Day 2 Tuesday, October 6

12:00-12:59 pm: Crisis, Resistance, and Resilience

Adeela RehmanSocial Detachment Owed by Physical Distancing During COVID-19 Pandemic: Global Perspective
Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh, Mariam Seedat Khan
COVID-19 Deepens the Wedge of Privilege in Higher Education in South Africa
Eric LichtenSurviving Societal Crisis: Finding Meaning
Bridget MaloneyAssessing Climate Vulnerability and Resilience in Florida

1:00-1:59:Education, Training, and Workforce Development

Cathleen Applet, Zachary Weland, Nicole MarshallApplied Sociological Research Mentoring of Advanced Undergraduate Students: Leveraging the Classroom as a Site for Applied Research
Muhammad Haque, Morgan Preston, Cristo Perez Ross, Saydee MeauxSocio-Infrastructural Transformation, Emergence of Millennials and Pedagogical Implications
Colin Suchland, Suzanne CarbonaroHigh Impact Practices and Student Self-Efficacy in the Sociology Classroom
Lubomir PopovThe Pattern Language Approach to Research Utilization

2:00-2:59: Feminism and Intersectionality

Pamela Holiday, Jamie Cormani-Denney, Alena Walker, Luke KnudsenHow Intersectionality, Lack of Diversity and Inclusion Affects Outdoor Recreation Use: An Examination of Outdoor Leadership Academy
MacKenzie DavisDiffering Benefits of Outdoor Recreation for Underrepresented Youth
Luther KnudsenIntersectionality and Outdoor Leadership Programs
Jamie Cormani-DenneySocial, Emotional, and Intellectual Benefits of Outdoor Recreation
Alena WalkerDiscrimination and Sexual Orientation Issues in Outdoor Recreation Programs

3:00-3:59 pm ET: Mentor Program (LIVE)

About Title
Mentors: Joel Carr, Stephen Steele, James Frazier
Mentees: Becky Johnson
“The AACS Mentor Program: A Discussion from Participants”


4:00-4:59 pm ET: Skills Building Event (Pre-recorded)

Presenters Title
Coordinator: Sara Cumming
Presenters: TBD
“Three Minute Thesis”

5:00-5:59 pm ET: Skills Building Event (Pre-recorded)

Presenters Title
Coordinator: Sara Cumming
Presenters: TBD
“Three Minute Thesis”

6:00-6:59 pm ET: Certification Demonstration (LIVE)

About Title
Applicant: Justin Huft
Committee: Joel Carr, Gary David, Debbie Phelps
Integrating Clinical Sociology into Mental Health Treatment Center Work

7:00-7:59 pm ET: AKD Session (LIVE)


Presenter Title
Michele L. Kozimor, Barbara Prince “A Little Bird Told Me: Using Twitter to Increase Student Engagement”


8:00-8:59 pm ET: Sociology in Action and Developments in Education (Pre-recorded)

Presenter Title
Stephanie Wilson “Applied Worldwide: Making Sociology Count Across the Globe”
Arthur Shostak “Veiled Advocacy Lessons Across 60 Years”
Danielle Docka-Filipek, Natalie Frampton, Jakira Silas “Cynics, Skeptics, Optimists, & Revisionists: Faculty Encounters with the Doing of Diversity in Higher Education”
Zahraa McDonald “Towards Defining a Process of Change in Sociology of Education: A Review of Literature”


Day 3 Wednesday, October 7

12:00-12:59 pm ET: Work and Society (LIVE)

Presenter Title
Ahmad Alomosh “Perceptions of COVID-19 pandemic among Youths in the UAE Society”
Sehrish Haroon, Hina Fatima, Michael Hirsch “Parents’ Socioeconomic Status: Does it Matter in Winning Labor Market Success? A Survey Study of Minority Workforce in Pakistan”
David du Toit “The Practice of Outsourcing and Domestic Work in South Africa: A Discussion on Domestic Cleaning Firms from Clients’ Perspectives”
Eldra Hernandez Calcerrada, Maria Del C Reyes “Ethnocentrism and Intergroup Cooperation in Social Networks: A Case to Human Resources Management in Global Business”


1:00-1:59 pm ET: Diversification and Social Change in Higher Education (LIVE)

Presenter Title
Kendall Gilliam “A Content Analysis of University Website Images in the State of Texas”
Brahim Alhiani “Teaching Sociological Methods in Morocco: Experiences, Challenges and Perspectives”
Mueni Rudd “Re-envisioning FASD Informed: Applying Race Equity to Curriculum Development”

2:00-2:59 pm ET: Human Services and Systems (LIVE)

Presenter Title
Stanley Capela “Applied Sociologist as a Problem Solver”
Christa Moore “Statewide Comparisons of Child Maltreatment Rates Relative to Bureaucratic Online System Entry Points: A Qualitative Content Analysis”
William Cabin “Painful Places: Medicare Fails Homebound Patients with Substance Abuse Disorders”
Deborah Griffith “The Talk: Life vs. Death A Community in Crisis”

3:00-3:59 pm ET: Inclusion in Community and Society (Pre-Recorded)

Presenter Title
Abigail Nawrocki “LGBTQ+ Inclusive Resources Directory: A Sociological Community Intervention”
Michele Kimball, Jennifer Hurwitz “Food Insecurity Among Active Duty and Veteran Families”
Daniela Jauk, Andria Blackwood, Alec Boros “‘We are a creation just like these are creations and we deserve that chance.’ Gardening as Clinical Sociology for Women in Community Corrections”
Kimberly Lucas “Making Space: Space and the Experience of Work in Family Child Care”

4:00-4:59 pm ET: Tools and Technologies (LIVE)

Presenter Title
Lubomir Popov “The Flow of Knowledge from Basic Science to Practice”
Janis Prince “New Tools: Adapting Qualitative Methods in the Smartphone Era”
Ross Koppel “A Covid-19 Reality: Conducting an Applied Sociological Practice via Entirely Digital and Distant Interactions with Clients, Colleagues, Research Assistants, Interns, and Dissemination Venues”
Michael Hirsch, Amy Allen, Tina Quartaroli “SWOTing in Pakistan: Examining the Efficacy of a Music Program at a Young Arts Institute”

5:00-5:59 pm ET: Modern Healthcare (Pre-recorded)

Presenter Title
Lillian Platten “Anomalous Bereveament Patterns in Caregivers of Terminally Ill Cancer Patients in Underserved Communities: A Qualitative Look at What Causes Increased Distress in Initially Distressed Caregivers Post- Mortem”
Tiffani Elliott “An Examination of how Relationships between Consumers and Prescribers of Psychotropic Medication Affect Goals of Medication Discontinuation”
Melissa Fry “Factors that Shape the Role and Success of MAT in Long Term Recovery from Opioid Use Disorder”
Monica Radu “Using the Sociological Imagination as a Community Health Worker”

6:00-6:59 pm ET: CPSC Presentations (LIVE)

About Title
Curtis Smith, TBD “Client Problem Solving Competition: Team Presentations”

7:00-7:59 pm ET: CPSC Presentations (LIVE)

About Title
Curtis Smith, TBD “Client Problem Solving Competition: Team Presentations”


8:00-8:59 pm ET: Behavior, Emotions, and Therapy (Pre-recorded)

Presenter Title
Jan Wegelin “A Psycho-Social Behavioural Interpretation of South Africans”
Carla Vaughn “‘You Shot Him Anyway!’ Navigating the Emotion Hierarchy”
Justin Huft “Utilizing Sociological Understandings of Identity To Enhance Narrative Therapy Approaches”


Day 4 Thursday, October 8

12:00-12:59 pm ET: Power and Society (LIVE)

Presenter Title
Naser Ahmadi “The Political and Social Origins of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria”
Tina Uys, Ugljesa Radulovic “Whistleblowing and Civil Society Organisations: The Role of Clinical Sociology”
Ezra Temko “Power vs. Legitimacy: Normative Stakeholder Engagement for Policy Development and Administration”
Jeff Toussaint “Power of the Powerless: Integrative Power for Social Change”

1:00-1:59 pm ET: Violence, Trauma, and Justice Professionals (LIVE)

Presenter Title
Ethan Levine “Researchers, Educators, Advocates: Putting Sociology to Work in the Sexual Violence Field”
Moriah Johnson “Is it Because I’m Black or a Woman? Constructing an Intersectional and Trauma-Informed Model of Social Support”
Samantha Smothermon “Demographics and Public Police Satisfaction: An Analysis of Citizen-Initiated Police Encounters”
Kimberly Collica-Cox “When You Can’t “Have It All” at the Same Time: Women Corrections Executives and Work-Life Balance”

2:00-2:59 pm ET: Certification Demonstration (LIVE)

About Title
Applicant: Sharon Everhardt
Committee: Tina Uys, Mariam Seedat Khan, James Frazier
Prison Gardens: An Opportunity for Clinical Sociological Intervention

3:00-3:59 pm ET: Racial Inequities and Community Solutions (Pre-recorded)

Presenter Title
Dan Morgan “Redefining Racism, Redirecting Solutions: A Guide for Racial People”
Kyle Nelson “‘It was all about work and this is a good place’: Discourse of Race, Work, and Inequality among Mexican-Origin Residents of Vail, Colorado”
Joshua Reichard “Engaging Religious Communities in Socioeconomic and Racial Justice through Sociological Situationism”
Lauryn Joiner “Suppressed Growth: An Analysis of an Understaffed and Racially Inadequate Police Department in Southern Illinois”

4:00-4:59 pm ET: Community, Research, and Practice (LIVE)

Presenter Title
Sophie Nathenson “Building a Local Research Center: Sociology with a Purpose”
Julia Waity, Jennifer Vanderminden “Making the Link: A Model for Embedding Community-Based Research Across the Curriculum”
Stacy Bluth “Using Sociological Mindfulness to Move the Community-Engaged Classroom from Charity to Change”

5:00-5:59 pm ET: Keynote Speaker (LIVE)

Presenter Title
Mark Toney, Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Executive Director of TURN–The Utility Reform Network. “Sociology is my Secret Superpower: A Lifetime of Applying Theory into Action to Build Social Movements”

6:00-6:59 pm ET: Certification Demonstration (LIVE)

About Title
Applicant: Sean Dunne
Committee: Jan Fritz, Roger Straus, Joel Carr
Sociology in Practice: Clinical Sociology and Community Development

7:00-7:59 pm ET: Judges Meeting

Organizer Title
Sara Cumming: Organizer Judges: TBD Student Paper Competition Judges Meeting


8:00-8:59 pm ET: Judges Meeting

About Title
Sara Cumming: Organizer Judges: TBD Student Paper Competition Judges Meeting




Day 5 Friday, Oct 9

12:00-12:59 pm ET: Fourth Annual Jay Weinstein Session on the Use of Theory in Applied and Clinical Sociology (LIVE)

Presenter Title
Stephen Steele, Corey Dolgon, Melissa Fry, John Glass, and Roger Straus “Fourth Annual Jay Weinstein Session on the Use of Theory in Applied and Clinical Sociology”


1:00pm-1:59 pm ET: JASS Board Meeting

Presenter Title
Editor: Bruce Friesen, JASS Board Members “Journal of Applied Social Science (JASS) Board Meeting”


2:00-2:59 pm ET: Presidential Address And Awards (LIVE)

Presenter Title
Karen Albright and Presentation of Award Winners Presidential Address (& Awards)

3:00-3:59 pm ET: Certification Demonstration (LIVE)

About Title
Applicant: Daniela Jauk
Committee: Linda Weber, Christa Moore, Melodye Lehnerer
Serenity in the Garden-Clinical Sociology: Fostering Social Justice for Incarcerated Women and Their Communities

4:00-4:59 pm ET: AKD Session (LIVE)

Presenter Title
Michele L. Kozimor, Barbara Prince “Publishing in Teaching Sociology”

5:00-5:59 pm ET: Business Meeting and Competition Awards (LIVE)