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Diane Elze, PhD

School of Social Work, Associate Professor and Director of the MSW Program

Specialty/Research Focus

Risk and protective factors for sexual minority youth; Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered issues in service utilization; HIV prevention interventions with adolescents; Adolescent and mental health

Current Grant Support and Funded Projects

  1. CONSULTANT TRAINER, NASW and Lambda Legal on the Out-of-Home Youth Project, sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Co-developer of curriculum, Moving the Margins: Training Curriculum for Child Welfare Services with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth in Out-of-Home Care; co-trainer of 45 master trainers in Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, and Seattle. (October 2008-May 2009).
  2. SUPERVISING FACULTY, Breaking the Silence: Meeting the Needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Child Welfare System, UB Research Project for CDHS Curriculum Development (May 31, 2008-June 1, 2009) $15,000 for M.S.W. student research associate.
  3. PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, Women’s Issues in Social Welfare History and Policy, from the UB Institute for Research & Education on Women & Gender, Course Development Grant (July 1, 2008 –June 30, 2009), $3,000. (Co-Investigator, Steve Sturman, Instructional Design Specialist, Technology Services Group School of Social Work).

  4. PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR AND FACULTY SUPERVISOR, Breaking the Silence: Meeting the Needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Child Welfare System, UB Research Project for CDHS Curriculum Development. (May 31, 2008 to June 1, 2009), Student Salary, $15,000. (Student Research Assistant, Chris Lunsford).
  5. PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, Service Needs, Service Access, and Service Utilization among Transgender People: Consumer and Provider Perspectives, from the Buffalo Center for Social Research, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo (May 1, 2006-June 30, 2007), $13,194.
  6. PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, Facilitating Appropriate Service Delivery to Transgender Youths and Adults: Identifying Policy Barriers, Policy Innovations and Best Practices, from the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, University at Buffalo (July 1, 2006-June 30, 2007), $3,200.
  7. PRIMARY INVESTIGATOR, Making it Real: New Technologies to Engage Students in Social Welfare Policy and History, from the Educational Technology Center, University at Buffalo (July 1, 2006-June 30, 2007), $8,900. (Co-Investigator, Steve Sturman, Instructional Design Specialist, Technology Services Group School of Social Work).

    PRIMARY INVESTIGATOR, Making it Real: New Technologies to Engage Students in Social Welfare Policy and History, from the Educational Technology Center, University at Buffalo (July 1, 2006-June 30, 2007), $8,900. (Co-Investigator, Steve Sturman, Instructional Design Specialist, Technology Services Group School of Social Work).
  8. CO-INVESTIGATOR (with Bay-Cheng, L., and Weaver, H.) Out of the Mouths of Babes: Learning from Adolescent Women about Gender, Empowerment, and Social Change in the 21st Center, from the Institute for Education and Research on Women and Gender, University at Buffalo, $700.