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Kyle Bennett

Assistant Professor


Personally, social work practice, research, and education are driven by a strong sense of commitment and passion to visions of the world where social justice is lived out in everyone's day-to-day experiences. Constantly challenging myself and our students to embody these calls to justice excite me about this work and fill me with hope. My teaching, research, and service converge around the goals of challenging and documenting marginalization in social work education and practice, and more specifically by addressing and preventing negative outcomes for populations who have experienced marginalization in any form. These goals have centered primarily on substance use intervention and prevention with historically marginalized groups, but have also addressed issues of discrimination and, more recently, intersectional lived experiences.

My teaching addresses these overarching goals by developing and delivering courses and simulations incorporating content and discussions focused on power, privilege, and oppression, working collaboratively with students on research that attends to issues of multiculturalism, diverse and intersecting identities, and substance use, mentoring and advising social work students who embody identities that are underrepresented in the social work profession, and supporting students whose work centers on critical approaches to social justice.


Education


  • PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Social Work
  • MSW, St. Ambrose University
  • BA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, International Studies and Anthropology

Knowing that teaching and research can always make a difference in the lives of students and members of our community (and beyond) inspire me to continue to do my best work every single day.

Dr. Kyle Bennett


Research


Bennett, K. M., Campbell, J. M., & Hays, S. P. (Under Review). Engaging youth for positive change: A mixed methods evaluation of site level program implementation and outcomes. Children & Youth Services Review.

Bennett, K. M. (In progress). As American as discrimination: Latinx emerging adults' internalization of racism in the 21st century. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

Bennett, K. M., Smith, D. C., & Tan, K. (In progress). Emerging adult responses to substance use within proximal social networks: A latent profile analysis of peer supportive behaviors. Emerging Adulthood.

Bennett K. M. (2021, January). Bonding & efficacy matter: Exploring a macro-policy program's impacts on youth and young adult civic engagement and alcohol use. Poster accepted to the 25th Annual Society for Social Work & Research Conference (virtual).

Bennett, K. M., Tan, K., Wu, C., & Ostler, T. (2020, November). Using live simulations to teach clinical research in social work. Panel Discussion accepted to the 66th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in Alexandria, VA.

Bennett, K. M., Hays, S. P., Salisbury, A., & Campbell, J. (2020, November). Engaging Youth for Positive Change: Civic education and the well-being of youth. Panel Discussion accepted to the 66th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in Alexandria, VA.

Bennett, K. M., Smith, D. C., Tan, K. P. H. (2019, January). Emerging adult responses to substance use within proximal social networks: A latent profile analysis of peer supportive behaviors. Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR). San Francisco, CA. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Society for Social Work & Research Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Bennett, K.M. (2019, January). A multivariate analysis of cannabis use quantity and substance use severity among emerging adults: A move toward standardized measurements for cannabis use. Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR). San Francisco, CA. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Society for Social Work & Research Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Bennett, K. M., Smith, D. C., & Clary, K. L. (2018, January). Predictors of Peer Social Support in a Dyad-Based Peer Intervention for Substance Misuse. Poster presented at the 22nd Annual 2018 Society for Social Work & Research Conference in Washington D.C.

Bennett, K. M. & Smith, D. C. (2017, November). (Not) getting high with a little help from one's friends: Acceptability of a mobile application to help peers address their emerging adult friends' substance use. Poster presented at the 2017 Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood in Washington D.C.


Recent or Noteworthy Publications


Clary, K. L., Bennett, K. M., & Bui, T. (Accepted for Publication). Simulation-based learning to foster critical dialogues and enhance cultural competency with MSW students. Journal of Social Work Education.

Goffnet, J., Clary, K. L., Bennett, K. M., & Smith, D. C. (Accepted for Publication). A comparison of developmental reasons for substance use between sexual minority and heterosexual emerging adults. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services.

Bennett, K. M., Clary, K. L., Smith, D. C., & Lee. C. (2020). Usability and acceptability of the Harbor mobile app to help emerging adults address their friends' substance use: A quantitative study. Journal of Medical and Internet Research, 22(11), e16632.

Smith, D. C., Egizio, L. L., Bennett, K.M., Windsor, L. C., & Clary, K. (2018). Teaching empirically supported substance use interventions in social work: Navigating instructional methods and accreditation standards. Journal of Social Work Education, 54(sup1), S90-S102.

Egizio, L. L., Smith, D. C., Bennett, K. M., Campbell, C. C., & Windsor, L. C. (2018). Field supervision training for a Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) implementation project. Clinical Social Work Journal, 47(1), 53-60.

Smith, D. C., Bennett, K. M., Dennis, M. L., & Funk, R. (2017). Psychometric validation of the Gain Short Screener in a large national sample of emerging adults. Addictive Behaviors, 68, 14-17.

Smith, D. C., Bennett, K. M., Dennis, M. L., & Funk, R. (2017). Screening, assessment, and diagnosis of substance use disorders among emerging adults. In D. C. Smith (Ed.), Emerging Adults and Substance Use Disorder Treatment (pp. 38-70). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Windsor, L. C., Bennett, K. M., Smith, D. C., & Gibbons, F. (2017). Substance use disorder treatments: Addressing the needs of emerging adults from privileged and marginalized backgrounds. In D. C. Smith (Ed.), Emerging Adults and Substance Use Disorder Treatment (pp. 96-118). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


More About Dr. Bennett

Courses Taught

SWK 320 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
SWK 340 Undergraduate Social Work Research

Service

Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA)
Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA)

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