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 $ ).

      

Journal Articles
  •  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