Education: B.A. Psychology, Colorado College (1990), M.A. Social Work, University of Chicago (1992), Ph.D. Social Work, George Warren Brown School of Social Work (1999)
Research Interests: Poverty, Health Disparities, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Health Care Access
Julie's current research amplifies factors pertaining to vulnerability, strengths, and functioning in the arenas of diversity, health, and community life. She is particularly interested in health disparities and access to health care and improving social work education in the state of Oklahoma. Her publications have appeared in various journals, she has authored educational material utilized in textbooks and course outlines related to cultural diversity, and she is the author of three books. She has presented her research at over 50 national and international conferences. She has taught at both the MSW and doctoral level primarily in the areas of Social Welfare Policy, Health Policy, Advanced Social Work Practice and Research. She has received awards for her teaching and research, served as chair or member on 10 dissertation committees, mentored medical and nursing students, and multiple graduate research assistants.
She is active on the college and university level and has served on multiple committees and planning boards. She has both current and past leadership experience in professional organizations, state commissions, and local community boards. She has been involved with several local organizations including Tulsa Area Community School Initiative (TACSI), Union Collegiate Academy, Youth Philanthropy Initiative, Girls Inc and served as a girls basketball coach.
A Tulsa native, Julie is married to Henry, a High School English teacher at Union Public Schools and has two children Carly and Cole.