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Causha Spellman-Timmons

Causha A. Spellman-Timmons, MSW

  • Student, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2020-2021

Advisor: Dr. Amy Hillier

Research Interests

Anti-racist and anti-colonial practices in social work

Trauma-informed care

Healing-centered care

Social Work and activism (non-traditional forms)

Conflict Resolution

Indigenous groups/communities/practices

African diaspora; Suicide

Lived/Living experience

Peer support

Intersections of identities

SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression) minority population

Multisystem-involved youth

YYA (youth and young adults)

Social Justice

Historical trauma and its impact on current generations

Causha Spellman-Timmons is an incoming PhD student at the School of Social Policy and Practice. They graduated with their BA in Child and Adolescent Development in 2014 from San Francisco State University, and in 2016 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with their MSW. Causha has been working with youth, young adults, and families from various backgrounds, and in various capacities, for 20 years. Before joining the PhD program, Causha worked as a peer support supervisor, a lecturer at the UH-Manoa school of social work, policy coordinator for GLSEN-HI, and provided DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) training and consulting for agencies and organizations looking to create safe and affirming work environments and services for SOGIE minority staff and consumers. Their research interest is on the experiences of Black and Indigenous youth at the intersection of the child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems.

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