Dr. Engstrom has been with the School of Social Work since 2000. Over the years as an Associate and Full Professor, Dr. Engstrom has nurtured various students to understand the policy and development of the Social Work issues.
Dr. Engstrom’s research focuses on immigration policy and services to immigrants and refugees. He has written on topics such as human trafficking, torture, and refugee policy. He co-developed the concept of vicarious resilience based on research with torture treatment clinicians and has published numerous articles on it. Dr. Engstrom founded the MSW Thailand Summer Internship Program in 2002 and has supervised over 110 students in internships ranging from child welfare to human trafficking to mental health. He co-created the Thailand Semester Abroad Program in 2008. He has been a visiting professor at the Faculty of Social Administration at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand and has taught in its PhD program for many years. As part of his role as the Coordinator for International Programs at the School of Social Work, Dr. Engstrom has set up collaborations with academic institutions in Tijuana, Mexico and Berlin, Munich, and Emden-Leer, Germany.
Dr. Engstrom received his BA in history with Honors from Wesleyan University. He went on to earn his Masters and Ph.D from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Last year Dr. Engstrom assumed the role of Graduate Program Coordinator, where he oversees the MSW curriculum and program development. He is a great asset to the School of Social Work.
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