Jeff Bulanda
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4760
Youth empowerment programming; participatory action research; international social work; mental health; school social work
Courses Taught
SWK 303: Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
SWK 304: Social Work Practice
Research Interests
Educational systems in Africa; factors in promoting resilience among marginalized youth; program evaluations of social service programs; culturally relevant strategies of promoting mental health in international contexts

Ph.D. Social Work, (2008)  Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

M. S.W. (2004)  Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

B.A. in Psychology, (2000)  University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Selected Publications

Bulanda, J.J., Tellis, D. & McCrea, K.T.,  (2015) Co-creating a social work apprenticeship with disadvantaged African-American youth: A best practices after school curriculum. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 85(3), 285-310. 

Bulanda, J.J., Bruhn, C. Byro-Johnson, T., & Zentmyer, M. (2014). Addressing mental health stigma among young adolescents: Evaluation of a youth-led approach. Health and Social Work. Doi: 10.1093/hsw/hlu008

Bulanda, J.J. & McCrea, K.T. (2013). The promise of an accumulation of care: Disadvantaged African-American youths’ perspectives about what makes an after school program meaningful. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 30, 95-118. 

Bulanda, J. J., Szarzynski, K., Siler, D., & McCrea, K.T. (2013). “Keeping it real”: An evaluation  audit of five years of youth-led program evaluation. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 83, 279-302. 

Bulanda, J. J., Kibblesmith, R., Tellis, D., & Sami, K. (Eds.) (2010). C.R.I.M.E.: Replacing violence with compassion, respect, inspiration, motivation, and empathy. Chicago: Black Freighter Productions. Maynard, B. R., Heyne, D., Brendel, K. E., Bulanda, J. J., Thompson, A. M. & Pigott, T. D. (in press).  Treatments for school refusal among children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Research on Social Work Practice.

McCrea, K.T. & Bulanda, J.J. (2010). Caregiving heuristics: Valuable practitioner knowledge in the context of managing residential care. Qualitative Social Work, 9(4), 343-363.

McCrea, K.T. & Bulanda, J.J. (2008). The practice of compassion in supervision in residential treatment programs for clients with severe mental illness. The Clinical Supervisor, 27(2), 238-267. 

Mymin Kahn, D., Bulanda, J, & Sisay-Sogbeh, Y. (in press). Efforts to support a public education response to stem the panic and spread of Ebola: Help for the National Ebola Helpline operators in Sierra Leone. In J. Kuriansky (Ed.), The psychosocial aspects of a deadly epidemic: What Ebola has taught us about whole-person healing. Goleta, CA: ABC-CLIO. 


Dr. Bulanda has social work practice experience in a variety of settings, including child welfare, mental health, school social work, youth empowerment, private practice, clinical supervision, and international social work.  Additionally, he served as a Fulbright Scholar in Sierra Leone, Africa in 2013-2014. During that time, he taught the first cohort of social work students at the University of Sierra Leone, conducted research on the mental health needs of university students in Sierra Leone, and started a community-based organization, the Pikin Padi Network.  He continues his work in Sierra Leone as he serves as Executive Director of the Pikin Padi Network, has evaluated programs designed to address the psychosocial needs of Sierra Leoneans affected by Ebola, and was awarded a grant to start a library, which will serve as a community center for the rural village of Adonkia.  Overall, he is particularly interested in empowering marginalized populations through education and opportunities to engage in activism and community service as well as using participatory action research to promote social change.

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