Faculty and Staff Profiles

Susan E. Elswick
Asst Professor, Social Work
Email: selswick@memphis.edu
Office Location: 115 Mccord Hall
Office Hours: Monday and Tuesdays 8:00am-6:00pm
Profile

 

Susan Elswick received her master's in social work from the University of Tennessee and her doctorate in Special Education with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Memphis.  She is a Licensed School Social Worker, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and she runs a small private practice that provides in home programming (assist parents with addressing child maladaptive behaviors in the home and school setting).  Prior to joining the University of Memphis Department of Social Work she was a school-based social work clinician for 10 years. She has provided school-based social work services in the both rural and urban school settings, and has previous experience in community mental health and residential services. She has recently been published in educational, behavior, and social work journals (Children and Schools, The Clearing House, and Beyond Behavior).  Her research interests include assessment and intervention for children with both academic and behavioral difficulties, the use of Response to Intervention in multiple settings, and the use of evidence-based interventions and services to correct maladaptive behaviors in order to improve educational outcomes for children.

        

Additional Information

 

 

GRANTS AWARDED

 

Washington, G., Neely-Barnes, S.,  Elswick, S., and Lennon-Dearing, R. (2014). The TBR Research and Diversity Grant The Students Helping Students Program: Response to Intervention’ in Higher Education ($40,000).

Elswick, S. (2013). Enhancing Emotional Literacy through classroom-based bibliotherapy techniques. First Book-Mid-South. ($2500).

 

 

GRANTS SUBMITTED

 

Elswick, S. (2013). Elastic Brain? Fantastic! Enhancing Educational Outcomes through Movement.

Neely-Barnes, S. L., Elswick, S. & Delavega, E. (2013). Enhancing Social Work Services through Bilingual Resources. Programmatic Diversity Grant Submitted to the Tennessee Board of Regents. (Funding Sought $90,000).

Myers, M.,Kozma, R., Freeman, W., & Elswick, S. (2013). Early Identification of Disorders of Cognitive Behavior in Children Due to Parental Behavior. Systems Science and Health in Behavioral and Social Sciences (NIH Grant). (Funding Sought $ ).

      


Work Experience

  • Clinical Assistant Professor/ MSW Field Director, Department of Social Work - University of Memphis - 8/2012-Current
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Social Work - Univrsity of Tennessee - 1/2008- Current
  • School Social Worker, Memphis City Schools - Memphis City Schools - 8/2006-6/2012

Teaching Experience

  • SWRK 7016 Advanced Practice Children & Adolescents - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 4937/6937 School Social Work - University of Memphis
  • School Social Work - University of Tennessee
  • Direct Practice Social Work - University of Tennessee
  • School Social Work 7007 - University of Memphis
  • Field Seminar 7051 - University of Memphis
  • Field Seminar 7052 - University of Memphis
  • Field Seminar 7053 - University of Memphis
  • Field Seminar 7054 - University of Memphis
  • Field Seminar 7050 - University of Memphis
  • Independent Study - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7050 Field Intro - University of Memphis
  • School Social Work 7070 - University of Memphis
  • Independent Study Bibliotherapy 2014 - University of Memphis
  • Independent Study Listserve Work for SSW 2014 - University of Memphis

Outreach

  • Disabilitiy Rights TN - Community Partners - 2014-Current - N/A
  • Arts Build Communities Grant - Community - 2014-Current - Project Motion
  • Drive Time Devotional Development - Covenant United Methodist Church - 3/2013 - Methodist Church Conference
  • Social Emotional LIteracy Curriculum Development - Memphis City Schools Headstart - 1/2013-5/2013 - First Books
  • Expressive Arts Therapy Curriculum - U of M Counseling Center - 9/2013 - Counseling Center
  • Theatre Memphis Therapeutic Curriculum Development - Theatre Memphis/ Arts Memphis Caritas Village - 9/2013 - Theatre Memphis
  • Crossroads Hospice Curriculum Development - Crossroads Hospice - 9/2013 - Crossroads
  • Project Motion - Porject Motion Board Member - 2012-2014 - Board Member
  • West Tennessee Human Rights Committe Member - Committee Member and BSP Reviewer - 2013-2014 -  
Service
  • University of Memphis - Creating an Institute for the Dept of Social Work- Institute Work - 2013-Current
  • University of Memphis - On-Line Program in Social Work Committee - 2014-Current
  • University of Memphis - Engaged Scholarship Committee - 2014-Current
  • University of Memphis - Faculty Senate Proxy - 2012-2013
  • University of Memphis - Phi Alpha Faculty Representative - 2012-2013
  • University of Memphis - Go!SW Faculty Advisor - 2012-2014
  • University of Memphis - CEU Committee - 2012-2013
  • University of Memphis - Project Motion Board Member - 2012-2014
  • University of Memphis - West Tennessee Human Rights Committee Reviewer - 2013-2014
Journal Articles
  • McAdory, T., Elswick, S., Lennon-Dearing, R., Nick, D., Edis, A. Scott, J. And Maley, J. (2015). Embracing Life: The Gift of a Day Program. Illness, Crisis, and Loss, (24)2.
  • Elswick, S., Casey, L., & Williams, M.(2015). The therapy box in the classroom: A multi- component intervention  serving as differential reinforcement of communicative behavior in escape-maintained aggression. Children and Schools (under review).
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  • Neely-Barnes, S. & Elswick, S.E. (2015). Inclusion for People with Developmental Disabilities: Measuring an Elusive Construct. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  (under review).
  • Taylor-Johnson, M., Casey, L.B., Thomspn, N., Elswick, S., Langford, E. (2014). A Preliminary Investigation of Sibling Relationships between Typically Developing Children and Children with ASD: Identifiable Predictors to Success. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal 9/2014 (under review)
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  • McArdory, T., Elswick, S., Lennon-Dearing, R., Nick, D., Maley, J., Edis, A. Scott, J. (2014). Embracing Life: The Gift of a Day Program Journal of Social Work for End of Life and Palliative Care (10/2014). (under review).
  • Elswick, S., Casey, L., & Schnell, R. (2014). Using the Response to Intervention Process as a Guide for an Effective Social-Behavior Model in Urban Schools. International Journal of School Social Work, (under review).
  • Elswick, S., Casey, L., Black, T., Zanskas, S., Smith, C. (2014). Investigating data  collection modalities utilized in monitoring the effects of the good behavior game: Technology-based data collection versus hand collected data. Computers in Human Behavior. (under review).
  • Elswick, S. (2014). Merging the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Model and the Functional Behavior Assessment Processes. Journal of Safe Management, Fall (2014).
  •  Elswick, S. (2013). Drive Time Devotionals. United Methodist UMNS Daily Digest.
  •  Elswick, S. (2013). Drive Time Devotionals. The Interpreter.
  •  Elswick, S. (2009). Sexual harassment in schools. Memphis Parent.
  •  Elswick, S. (2009). Love hurts: teen dating violence Memphis Parent.
  •  Elswick, S. (2008). Helping your child cope with stress. Memphis Parent.
  •  Elswick, S. (2007). Make your child a responsible child. Memphis Parent.
  •  Elswick, S. (2007). 8 Tips on how to bully-proof your child. Memphis Parent.
  •  Elswick, S. (2014). Merging the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Model and the Functional Behavior Assessment Processes. Journal of Safe Management, Fall (2014).
  •  Elswick, S. (2013). The Behavior Change Project: A Field Assignment in Empathy Building, Self-Awareness, and Direct Clinical Practice. Field Educator, (3)2.2013.
  •  Casey, L., Meindl, J., Frame, K., Elswick, S., Hayes, J., & Wyatt, J. (2012). Current trends in education: How single-subject research can help middle and high school educators keep up with the zeitgeist. The Clearing House, 85: 109-116.
  • Casey, L. & Elswick, S. (2011). The social workers role in assessment of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children and Schools: A Journal of the National Association of Social Workers, 33(3), 176-182
  •  Casey, L., Robertson, J., Williamson, R., Serio, C., & Elswick, S. (2011). Spending Instructional time wisely: A case study using brief intervention probes to determine the most effective strategy. Canadian Journal of Education, 34(3), 33-46. 
  •  Elswick, S. & Casey, L. (2011). The good behavior game is no longer just an effective intervention for students: An examination of the reciprocal effects on teacher behaviors. Beyond Behavior, 21(1), 36-46.
  •  Powers, E., Casey, L., Elswick, S., & Neimeyer, K. (2011).Training teachers to implement components of a functional behavior assessment in a rural school district: Taking steps toward a proactive classroom. Delta Journal of Education, 1(1), 24-44.
Presentations
  •  PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
  • *2010-2011 Tennessee Applied Behavior Analyst (TABA) Conference- The Good Behavior Game: An Effective Tier 1 Behavioral Intervention for Schools
  • *2010-2011 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference- A Schema Based Approach to Increase Appropriate Sentence Combinations in Elementary Students: A Response to Intervention Tier 2 Teaching Strategy.
  • *2010-2011 The Council for Exceptional Children Conference- The Good Behavior Game: A Replication and Extension of an Effective Tier 1 Behavioral Intervention.
  • *2010-2011- West Tennessee Association of Behavior Analysts (TABA)- The Good Behavior Game: A Replication and Extension of an Effective Tier 1 Behavioral Intervention (3/2011)
  • *2010-2011- West Tennessee Association of Behavior Analysts (TABA)- The Therapy Box in the classroom: A multi-component intervention serving as Differential Reinforcement of Communicative Behavior in Escape-Maintained Aggression (3/2011)
  • *2011-2012 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference The Good Behavior Game is No Longer Just an Effective Intervention for Students: An Examination of the Reciprocal Effects in One Urban Classroom (4/2012)
  • *2011-2012 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference Effective Data Collection Modalities Utilized in Monitoring the Effects of the Good Behavior Game: Technology-Based Data Collection Versus Hand Collected Data (4/2012)
  • WORKSHOPS INVITED
  • **2010-2011- Memphis City School Teacher Effectiveness Training Initiative- The FBA/ BIP Process: An Effective RtI Behavior Model for Schools
  • **2010-2011- Memphis City Schools Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Conference- The FBA/ BIP Process: An Effective RtI Behavior Model for Schools- A Tiered Process
  • **2010-2011 Shelby County Headstart Training- Social-Behavioral Development for Preschool Students
  • **2010-2011- The West TN SPED Conference- The FBA/ BIP Process: An Effective RtI Behavior Model for Schools- A Tiered Process
  • **2010-2011- The West TN SPED Conference- The Good Behavior Game: An Effective Tier 1 Behavioral Intervention for Schools
  • **2010-2011- Tennessee Association of School Psychologists (TASP)- Understanding and Intervening on Problem Behavior
  • **2010-2011- Student Council for Exceptional Children Sessions- University of Memphis- School Social Work
  • **2010-2011- North East Regional Special Educators Meeting- Memphis City Schools-Understanding Behavior and the FBA/ BIP Process (11/2010)
  • **2010-2011- Health Connect of America staff Training- The Application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the Mental Health Field (3/2011)
  • **2010-2011 Monthly School Social Work Meeting/ Training Memphis City Schools Mental Health Center Evaluating Clinical Practices in School Social Work (2/11/11)
  • **2010-2011 Keynote Speaker- University of Tennessee College of Social Work Commencement Speech (5/20/2011)
  • **2010-2011 PBIS Conference for MCS The Nuts and Bolts of Tier 2 (6/15/2011)
  • **2011-2012 West Tennessee SPED- Understanding and Intervening on Maladaptive Behavior   (9/16/2011)
  • **2011-2012 Alpha Delta Kappa- Teacher Association- Understanding and Intervening on Maladaptive Behavior (9/17/2011)
  • **2011-2012 Memphis City Schools Headstart (Ridgeway Early Learning Center) Understanding and Intervening on Preschool Behaviors: Identifying Typical Behaviors in Preschoolers (12/2011)
  • ** 2011-2012 Memphis City Schools (Special Education Supervisors Training) MCS Behavioral RtI Process and Programming (1/2012)
  • ** 2011-2012 Memphis City Schools (Special Education Coordinators Training) MCS Behavioral RtI Process and Programming (1/2012)
  • **2011-2012 Memphis City Schools (General Educators Training) MCS Behavioral RtI Process and Programming (1/2012)
  • ** 2011-2012 Memphis City Schools Headstart (Parent Training) Understanding and Intervening on Childhood Behaviors (1/2012)
  • ** 2011-2012 Memphis City Schools Elementary & Middle School SPED Teacher Training Behavior Plus programming in SPED (2/2012)
  • ** 2011-2012 Memphis City Schools ESP’s Training on Behavior Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Management, and Data Collection: Best Practices in MCS (2/2012)
  • ** 2011-2012 Memphis City Schools Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) Training (2/2012)
  • **2011-2012 Memphis City Schools Counselor Training Appropriate Tier 2 Interventions
  • (3/2012)
  • **2011-2012 Memphis City Schools Mental Health Center Training RtI Behavioral Model: District Overview of Process (4/2012)
  • ** 2011-2012 Memphis City School Mental Health Center Training SPED Teachers in CPI: Crisis Prevention Institute Strategies (6/2012)
  • ** 2011-2012 Memphis City Schools Crisis Prevention Institute Training (Trained SPED teacher in CPI) (6/2012)
  • ** 2012-2013 University of Memphis Department of Social Work Field Instructor Training (August 2012)
  • ** 2012-2013 University of Memphis Department of Social Work Inaugural Symposium School Social Work Ethics and Law (10/25/2012)
  •  **2013-2014 University of Memphis Department of Social Work Field Instructor Training DCS Training for Field Instructors (6/5/2013)
  •  ** 2013-2014 University of Memphis Department of Social Work Adjunct Training Managing Challenging Behaviors and Discussions (6/14/2013)
  •  **2013-2014 Life Enhancement Services of Tennessee (LES-TN) Conference Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Planning in Schools (6/20/2013)
  •  ** 2013-2014 Gestalt Schools In-service RtI as a Behavioral Framework for Elementary and Secondary Education settings (7/22/2013)
  •  **2013-2014 Memphis City School Mental Health Center In-Service TrainingInterventions: The “I” in BIP (7/23/2013)
  •  ** 2013-2014 Gestalt Schools In-ServiceThe Nuts and Bolts of Tiered Interventions in the RtI Framework (Tier 1, 2, and 3) (7/26/2013)
  •  ** 2013-2013 Perea PreschoolUnderstanding and Intervening on Maladaptive Behaviors in the PreK Classroom: A Function Based Approach (7/2013)
  •  **2013-2014 University of Memphis Department of Social Work Field Instructor TrainingTraining for Field Instructors (7/12/2013)
  •  **2013-2014 Gestalt Schools New Teacher Training on BehaviorEffective Tier 2 and Tier 3 Interventions: Application of Interventions (8/2013)
  •  ** 2013-2014 Case Management Inc Ethical Considerations for Case Managers (8/2013)
  •  ** 2013-2014 University of Memphis Department of Social Work DSM 5: What You Need to Know (9/2013)
  •  ** 2013-2014 University of Memphis Counseling Center Verbal De-Escalation in the Clinical Field (10/18/2013)
  •  **2013-2014 Cocaine Alcohol Awareness Program, Inc. (CAAP) Ethical Considerations for Substance Abuse Counselors (11/8/2013)
  •  **2013-2014 Ridgeway Early Learning Center Head start Parent TrainingUnderstanding and Intervening on Childhood Behavior: Early Interventions (11/12/2013)
  •  **2013-2014 Gestalt Tier 2 Training for 7th Grade Teachers (Employee RtI) Reviewing BIPs, Interventions, ad De-escalation Tactics (11/12/2013)
  •  **2013-2014 Gestalt Tier 2 Training for 8th Grade Teachers (Employee RtI) Reviewing BIPs, Interventions, and De-escalation Tactics (11/19/2013)
  •  ** 2013-2014 Gestalt SPED and Counselor Training Understanding and Completing Indirect FBA and Appropriate Tier 1 and Tier 2 Interventions (11/11/2013)
  •  **2013-2014 Gestalt PCAHS Teacher Training Understanding My Role in RtI-B: Tier 1 Teacher Review (1/18/2014)
  •  ** 2013-2014 Teach For America Winter 2014 Summit Understanding and Intervening on Maladaptive Behavior: Function Based Approaches (2/22/2014)
  •  ** 2013-2014 Teach For America Winter 2014 SummitUnderstanding My Role in RtI-B: Tier 1 Teacher Review (2/22/2014)
  •  ** 2014-2015 MAEYC Spring Conference (Early Childhood Education and Preschool) Social-Behavior Development for Preschool Students A-Z (4/5/2014)
  •  ** 2014-2015 Shelby County Schools Mental Health Center Training State-based FBA/ BIP Procedures: Understanding and Intervening on Maladaptive Behaviors (4/30/2014)
  •  ** 2014-2015 Aspire Community Schools Teacher and Staff Development Understanding the RtI-Behavioral Model: A Tiered System of Behavioral Support
  • ** 2014-2015 Perea Preschool Teacher In-service Training
  • Behavioral Interventions for Preschool: Universal Screening (SRSS), EBI (CICO), and Teacher Verbal De-escalation practices (07/23/2014).
  • ** 2014-2015 Aspire Community Schools Teacher and Staff Development
  • Understanding the RtI-Behavioral Model: A Tiered System of Behavioral Support (8/2014)
  • **2014-2015 University of Memphis Department of Social Work Field Instructor Training (8/2014)
  • ** 2014-2015 Gestalt Community Schools Teacher Risk Screening Survey Training (9/2014)
  • ** 2014-2015 University of Memphis
  • LMSW Exam Prep Course and CEU Training (10/2014)
  • **2014-2015 University of Memphis MSW-PDI Session #1: Rotation on Advocating for Children and Families Gestalt Community Schools (12/2014)
  • ** 2014-2015 Aspire Schools Behavior Boot Camp: An 8 week session in Behavior Management (1/2015)
  • ** 2015-2016 Perea Preschool Parent Training
  • Evidence-based Behavioral Interventions for the Home (02/12/2015).
  • **2014-2015 Disability Rights of Tennessee and Memphis Area Legal Services PEAP Training Response to Intervention and Children with Disabilities (2/2015)
  • 2014-2015 TASSW West TN Training School Social Work Ethics: (09/08/2014)
  • 2014-2015 The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) APM Conference The Benefits and Challenges of Non-Traditional Field Placement in Social Work Education (10/2014)
  • 2014-2015 The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) APM Conference The Behavior Change Project: Poster Presentation at the Field Education Innovators Showcase (10/2014)
  •             2014-2015 ACSSW National School Social Work Institute on School Mental HealthT he Teacher Risk Screening Survey (1/2015)
  • 2014-2015 Teach For America Early Childhood Symposium Understanding and Intervening on Maladaptive Behaviors in the Preschool Classroom (2/2015)
  •             2014-2015 University of Memphis Department of Social Work Symposium Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: A Foundation Course in EAP (4/2015)
  • *2014-2015 40th National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas Conference, South Dakota. Building Social, Cultural, and Economic Capital through Alternative Social Work Field Placements (7/2015)
  • *2015-2016 Arkansas Department of Mental Health Understanding and Intervening on Maladaptive Behaviors (8/2015)
  • *2015-2016 The Tennessee Association of Educating Young Children (TAEYC) (9/2015)
  • *2015-2016 The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) APM Conference Reaching In to Reach Out: Therapy Box for Escape-Maintained Aggression (10/2015)
  • *2015-2016 The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) APM Conference Mentoring from the Masters: Students Helping Students (10/2015)

Appendix A - Teaching Experience

  • 7051 - Field Seminar I
  • 7053 - Field Seminar III
  • 7052 - Field Seminar
  • 7054 - Field Seminar IV
  • 7050 - Advanced Field Seminar
  • 7003 - School Social Work
Appendix C - Research/Scholarship/Creative Activities
  •  COMMUNITY SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES
  • 2009 Facilitated a free Parenting Workshop for Cordova Residents- Covenant United Methodist Church- Parenting Perspectives (September-December).
  • 2009 Assisted with Sib Shops monthly groups hosted by University of Tennessee Boling Center and Autism Society of the Mid-South (January-May).
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  • 2009-present Work with a local ministry program, Glory Words, that creates and sales hand-made stationery. One hundred percent of the proceeds go into community, local, and international ministries.
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  • 2010 Participated in a community committee with Covenant United Methodist Church with expanding the Church Health Center practices to a Cordova location. This process is in motion.
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  • 2011 Facilitated a free Parenting Workshop for Cordova Residents- Covenant United Methodist Church- Behavior A-Z (September -December).
  • PEER REVIEWER FOR JOURNALS 
  • Peer Reviewer for Beyond Behavior, 2011
  • Peer Reviewer for Beyond Behavior, 2012
  • ENGAGED SCHOLARSHIP

  • 2012-2013 Project: Motion Board Member/ Grant and Curriculum Committees
  • 2012-2013 Regional Intervention Programs
  • SPECIAL AWARDS
  • 2011    SGA Excellence in Teaching Award- University of Tennessee- (April 2011)
  • 2010    Outstanding Special Education Doctoral Student Award presented at the University of Memphis Honors Assembly (April 2010)
  • 2009    Freelance writing for a local Parent Magazine in Memphis, TN- received the Gold Medal at the 2009 Annual Parenting Publication of America for the articles Love Hurts and Helping Your Child to Manage Stress
  • GRANTS AWARDED
  • 2014-2015 The TBR Research and Diversity Grant Washington, G., Neely-Barnes, S., Elswick, S., and Lennon-Dearing, R. (2014). The Students Helping Students Program: ‘Response to Intervention’ in Higher Education ($40,000).
  • 2014-2015 HRSA Grant Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals Midsouth Social Work Professional Development Initiative (MSW-PDI). ($1.423 Million).
  • Elswick, S. (2013). Enhancing Emotional Literacy through classroom-based bibliotherapy
  • 2014-2015 Arts Build Communities (ABC)Grant Family Ties project Collaboration between the U of M Dept of Social Work Field Placement and Project Motion to enhance knowledge and awareness of dance movement therapy as well as offer a spring dance that allows community members to identify and describe what “family” means to them (8/2014)
  • Preschoolers in the Memphis Area). 1000 free books were obtained for 180 preschool
Appendix E - Outreach
  •  BIOGRAPHY
  • Susan Elswick received her master’s in social work from the University of Tennessee, and her doctorate in Special Education with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Memphis. She is a Licensed School Social Worker, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and she runs a small private practice that provides in home social work and behavior analytic programming for families in the surrounding area. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Memphis Department of Social Work she was a school-based social work clinician for 10 years. She has provided school-based social work services in the both rural and urban school settings, and has three additional years of previous experience in community mental health, youth offenders, and residential services. She has recently been published in educational, behavior, and social work journals (Children and Schools, The Clearing House, and Beyond Behavior). Her research interests include the use of FBA assessment and appropriate evidence-based interventions for children with both academic and behavioral difficulties, the use of Response to Intervention in multiple settings, single-subject research in social work, combining social work with ABA programming, early intervention programming to enhance emotional literacy, parent and teacher training based on evidence-based interventions, and correcting child maladaptive behaviors in order to improve social and educational outcomes.