Leigh Goodmark, JD, BA
Professor, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Leigh Goodmark, JD, BA, is a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Goodmark directs the Gender Violence Clinic, a clinic providing direct representation in matters involving intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, trafficking, and other cases involving gender violence. Goodmark’s scholarship focuses on domestic violence. She is the co-editor of Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence: Lessons from Efforts Worldwide (Oxford, 2015) and the author of A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System (New York University, 2012), which was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2012.

Her work on domestic violence has appeared in numerous journals, law reviews, and publications, including Violence Against Women, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Yale Journal on Law and Feminism, and Fusion.net. From 2003 to 2014, Goodmark was on the faculty of the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she served as director of clinical education and co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism. From 2000 to 2003, Goodmark was the director of the Children and Domestic Violence Project at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. Before joining the Center on Children and the Law, Goodmark represented battered women and children in Washington, D.C., in custody, visitation, child support, restraining order, and other civil matters. Goodmark is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School.

Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW
Dean and Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work
President, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

Richard P.  Barth, PhD, MSW, has an AB from Brown and an MSW and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as a chaired professor at Berkeley and the University of North Carolina (UNC) and for the last decade has served as the dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Barth has authored or co-authored 10 books and more than 250 book chapters and articles about children’s services — especially related, recently, to evidence-based practices and children’s mental health and child welfare.

He was the 1986 winner of the Frank Breul Prize from the University of Chicago; a Fulbright Scholar in 1990 and 2006; the 1998 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Research from the National Association of Social Workers; the 2005 winner of the Flynn Prize for Research; the 2007 winner of the Peter Forsythe Award for Child Welfare Leadership from the American Public Human Services Association; the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research; the 2012 “Friends of Children” Award winner from the North American Council on Adoptable Children; and the 2015 Doug Kirby Research Award winner from the Healthy Teen Network.  He is the president of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Barth has a wealth of experience with teaching and research related to IPV, having co-taught a course on the topic in 1984 at Berkeley, been part of a NIJ-funded research team on the overlap between domestic violence and child welfare services while at UNC in the 1990s, as a continued supporter of efforts to better serve those who experience violence and commit family violence since becoming dean at the University of Maryland in 2006, and as one of the co-leads of the Grand Challenges for Social Work network to “Stop Family Violence.”

Veronica Njie-Carr, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FWACN
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing
Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health

Veronica Njie-Carr, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FWACN, is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. She has extensive experience and expertise in the area of adult health and HIV-related disparities. Her program of research focuses on systematic cross-cultural investigations to reduce health disparities among people of African heritage, with particular focus on women at risk or living with HIV.

Specific to the primary goals of the IPV Collaborative, she works on projects prioritizing the unique needs of vulnerable populations and the intersection of HIV and intimate partner violence. These include a cross-national study conducted with women in Baltimore and the U.S. Virgin Islands focused on childbearing experiences with HIV and implications for HIV status disclosure and decision-making processes; and collaborative projects investigating the interaction between HIV and intimate partner violence and including women survivors’ perspective and male perpetrators’ roles in propagating violence against women. Her most recent research work is on a multiphase, multisite study to empower immigrant and refugee women experiencing violence using a modified culturally specific danger assessment instrument.

Michele Beaulieu, LCSW-C
Program Manager, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Michele Beaulieu, LCSW-C, is program manager, BHWISE & SBIRT Projects, at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. As a licensed clinical social worker, she has spent the majority of her professional career providing direct clinical service in the fields of intimate partner violence and women’s health. In her role as a clinical social worker, she was an important member of an interprofessional team dedicated to integrated health. Additionally, for close to 10 years she was a clinical field instructor for MSW students attending the UM School of Social Work and was committed to training graduate-level social workers. She left direct service work to coordinate a competitive grant received by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, training reproductive health professionals on how to screen and provide brief interventions for intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion to their patients.


Julia Caplan, LCSW-C
Program Coordinator, VA Maryland Health Care System
410-605-7000 x4120

Julia Caplan, LCSW-C, serves as the first IPV assistance program coordinator in the VA Maryland Health Care System. This newly established program seeks to address IPV among the veteran population, using a holistic, veteran-centered approach that offers services for those who experience violence, as well as those who use violence. The IPV Assistance Program also seeks to address VA employees who are effected by IPV. The VA recognizes that IPV impacts every aspect of a person's well-being, including their health. 

Caplan has been with the VA since 2012, previously working in the Women's Health Clinic and the Primary Care Clinics at the Baltimore Medical Center and Fort Howard Outpatient Clinic. She received her MSW in 2011 from UMB, during which time she completed training at the VA in the Geriatric Research and Clinical Care Center, as well as at Patuxent Institution-Mental Health Correctional Facility in Jessup, Md. Caplan worked as an IPV and domestic violence advocate within legal services for the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Marcela Sarmiento Mellinger, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County School of Social Work

Marcela Sarmiento Mellinger, MSW, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She teaches courses in the policy sequence in the BSW program as well as senior seminar. Her main research area is advocacy, an interest that comes from her practice experience. As a systems advocate, she worked with human service organizations, legislators, and members of the community in seeking broad level change and the improvement of human services. Her experience in the IPV field includes working at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), providing community education and training, managing a perpetrators’ program advisory board, as well as working in a shelter setting. She is currently conducting research on the history of the IPV movement and its successful use of advocacy strategies. She also conducts research on social work education.

Lisa Fedina, MSW
PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant
University of Maryland School of Social Work

Lisa Fedina, MSW, received her BSW in 2008 and MSW in 2009 from the University of Toledo. Her dissertation research examines long-term health outcomes of sexual victimization among women and the role of criminal justice and health care systems in reducing health disparities among survivors. In 2016, Lisa was awarded a graduate research fellowship from the U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ), which provides support to doctoral students conducting research in the areas of violence and crime. Fedina also worked as a graduate research assistant at NIJ from 2014 to 2016, where she conducted intramural research on sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking and served on task forces to promote cross-agency collaboration, including the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Before pursuing her PhD, Fedina worked with survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking and led community organizing and policy advocacy efforts to address gender-based violence.

Sheryl Syme, RDH, MS
Associate Professor; Director, Degree Completion Program; Director, Curriculum Management, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Periodontics
University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Sheryl Syme, RDH, MS, obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and her Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland Graduate School with a concentration in community/institutional health and geriatrics. She has been teaching in dental hygiene educational programs in Maryland and Pennsylvania for a total of 23 years and has been teaching at the University of Maryland for 21 years.

Syme received training in 2001 by the Mid-Atlantic P.A.N.D.A. (Prevent Abuse and Neglect Through Dental Awareness) Coalition in the Train-the-Trainer program and since then has provided numerous abuse and neglect presentations to dentists, dental hygienists, and students in Maryland. She is the educational director for the Mid-Atlantic P.A.N.D.A. Coalition and has co-authored a chapter on abuse and neglect in the fourth edition of the textbook Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice.

Additionally, Syme is the Maryland state clinical director for the Special Olympics Special Smiles program and received training in Canada for conducting National Healthy Athletes programs. Currently, she has two grants for her work with the Special Olympics Special Smiles Maryland Program: an American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Institute for Oral Health Wrigley Community Service grant and another from the DentaQuest Foundation.

Syme served for several years as the chair for the ADHA Grants Review Committee and is an editorial review board member for JDH. She was a dental hygiene site visitor for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and served for 10 years as a curriculum expert to the test construction committee for the Joint Commission on Dental Hygiene National Board Examinations. Prior to her academic appointments, she served for three years as the dental services coordinator and educator at the former Deaton Specialty Hospital and Home in Baltimore and worked in private dental practice for more than 20 years.

Tara Reed Carlson, MS, RN
Business Development Manager
Director, Center for Injury Prevention and Policy
University of Maryland Medical Center

Tara Reed Carlson, MS, RN, graduated with a BSN and a MS from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She began her nursing career on the Neurotrauma Unit at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. During her six years there, Carlson developed expertise in caring for traumatic brain- and spinal cord/column-injured patients. She presented at national conferences and published on the subjects. A career move to Merck & Co. Inc. provided Carlson with significant experience in pharmaceutical sales, training, marketing, and promotion during her extensive time there. Carlson then held the position of president for a health care advising company for several years. In 2010, she returned to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in a business development role. Carlson is responsible for developing business plans and market segment analysis.

In 2011, with the creation of the Center for Injury Prevention and Policy (CIPP), she began directing the prevention programs, including the Violence Prevention Program, The Bridge Program for Domestic or Intimate partner Violence, the Trauma Prevention Program, the activity of the Trauma Survivors Network, and a robust Organ Donation Program. Carlson is a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP), Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR), holds a board position with the Partnership for a Safer Maryland, and is the injury prevention co-chair for the Trauma Centers Association of America (TCAA). She also holds the chairperson position for the Maryland Trauma Center’s Network, TraumaNet, a coalition and advocacy group representing the nine trauma centers and three specialty centers in Maryland.

Laura Ting, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Social Work

Laura Ting, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She received her AB from Columbia College, Columbia University, with a double major in psychology and East Asian languages and culture and an MS from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Ting worked in the field with children and families for 10 years before earning a PhD degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Ting’s research arises out of her clinical work and focuses on factors contributing to violence in families, particularly with vulnerable populations such as immigrants and minorities. She is interested in understanding what factors can contribute to and help predict whether people make changes in their lives and behaviors.

She has been trained in motivational interviewing techniques and, since 2003, has provided trainings and presentations on this topic to social workers, addiction counselors and attorneys. Ting is a member of the Collaborative for Excellence in Motivational Interviewing at Baltimore (CEMI-Baltimore) research and training group at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, which has trained and conducted research with federally funded Title IV-E MSW and BSW social work students in the use of motivational interviewing in public child welfare settings. Ting was co-principal investigator on a five-year RO1 grant through the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism that explored the outcomes of Motivational Enhancement Therapy vs. Alcohol Education for partner violent men who have risky drinking patterns or alcohol involvement in partner violence; this randomized clinical trial was a multi-site study. Ting coordinated and provided training and supervision in motivational interviewing to masters-level clinicians and PhD-level students involved in the study. Ting’s other research has examined barriers to help-seeking in immigrant survivors of IPV, specifically with underserved women from Africa. She also conducts research on predictors of treatment compliance or drop-out in community-based samples of IPV survivors.

Recent refereed articles have been published in Violence Against Women; Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma; Health Care for Women International; Physical Abuse; Aggression and Violent Behavior; Social Work; Journal of Social Work Education; Journal of Social Work in Teaching; Research on Social Work Practice; and OMEGA: Journal of Death and Dying. Ting has presented at numerous national and international conferences about IPV  social work. She currently teaches research methodology and practice courses at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus.