B.A., Clark University (Sociology & Psychology)
M.S.W., University of Washington
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, School of Family Studies
Professional Interest Areas
• Anti-oppression work, particularly anti-racism.
• Understanding the social ecology of disaster.
• Integrating psychosocial capacity building and disaster mental health approaches when responding to disasters.
Areas of Current Research
• The imapct of a psychosocial capacity building project by trade unions on construction workers stationed at "Ground Zero" after 9/11 in NYC.
• Resiliency and coping strategies by the Vietnamese community in Biloxi after Hurricane Katrina.
• Building resiliency and instilling hope and connectedness among Tamil children living in war-affected Eastern Sri Lanka.
• Devleloping psychosocial capacity building projects in Sichuan Provence, China, in response to the Wenchuan earthquake.
• Writing a book on the social ecology of disaster and psychosocial capacity building.
• Co-editing a book on psychosocial capacity building projects in response to the Wenchuan earthquake.
Selected Recent Publications
Werkmeister Rozas, L. & Miller, J. (in press). Discourses for Social Justice Education: The Web of Racism adn the Web of Resistance. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity.
Corbin, J. & Miller, J. (2009). Collaborative psychosocial capacity building in Northern Uganda. Families in Society, 90(1), 103-109.
Miller, J. & Garran, A,M. (2009). The Legacy of Racism for Social Work Practice Today and What to do About it. In A. Roberts (Ed.) The Social Work Desk Reference (pp. 928-922). NY: Oxford.
Selected Recent Presentations
January 14, 2009: The spectrum of racism: Working across culture and race. Workshop presented for Clinical Support Options at Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, MA.
November 20, 2008: Mourning, memorializing and restoring hope and meaning: Fostering resiliency through collective capacity building in response to natural disaster. Keynote address at One Day Symposium on Collective Capacity Building sponsored by Hong Kong University. Hong Kong.
November 20, 2008: Vulnerable populations after disaster: Working with children, the elderly adn those offering care and response. Workshop conducted at One Day Symposium on Collective Capacity Building sponsored by Hong Kong University. Hong Kong.
November 12, 2008: Mourning, meaning and restoring hope: Fostering resiliency through collective capacity building in response to natural disaster. Keynote address at International Conference sponsored by Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong University entitled Response to Wenchuan Earthquake: Challenges and Governance. Chengdu, Sichuan Provence, China.
November 2, 2008: A model for integrating disaster mental health responses with psychosocial capacity building. Paper presented at Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, PA.