Meet our Ph.D. candidates

The next generation of social work research scholars, educators and leaders.

The VCU School of Social Work is proud to present our four Ph.D. candidates who are on the job market this year, seeking positions for the 2024-25 academic year.

Nicole George, M.S.W., QMHP-C

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I hope to expand the field of social work’s understanding of how to support and serve immigrants with multiple intersecting marginalized identities, so that mental health disparities can be disrupted within a population that is exposed to significant levels of acculturative stress.” 

Learn more about Nicole George 

Aaron Kemmerer, M.S.W.

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I have used my voice and scholarship to increase visibility of social issues facing transgender people in the U.S. South and beyond.” 

Learn more about Aaron Kemmerer.

Seon Kim, M.S.W.

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My research focuses on enhancing the neighborhood environment where older adults reside to contribute to the health and well-being of older adults."

Learn more about Seon Kim. 

Angela Matijczak, B.A.

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I am committed to conducting research that promotes the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ+ youth and teaching and mentoring students as they enter the social work profession.

Learn more about Angela Matijczak.