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Faculty: Rachel Venema

Rachel VenemaRachel Venema, Assistant Professor & Program Director, Social Work
Office: Spoelhof Center 221

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Educational Background

  • BA Calvin College
  • MSW University of Michigan
  • PhD in Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

Teaching Interests

Social Research Methods, Social Science Statistics, Diversity & Inequality in the United States, Vulnerable Populations, and Global Perspectives in Social Work.

Research Interests

Sexual assault prevention and responses, criminal justice system responses, social work in Liberia, women’s well-being in communities of faith, church partnerships in social service delivery

Selected Publications

Venema, R. (2013). Book Review: Hard to Get: 20-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom. AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work.

Phillips, S.D., Venema, R., & Roque, L. (2010).  The unmet need for mental health services among probationers' children.  Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 49(2), 110-125.

Hugen, B., & Venema, R. (2009).  The difference of faith: The influence of faith in human service programs.  Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 4, 405-429.