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Julie Steen, PhD, MSW, is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Central Florida. Through her research, she has advanced models for integrating human rights into various components of the social work curriculum and has furthered the field’s understanding of child welfare policies and organizations.  Her work has been published in a number of journals, such as Social Work, Children and Youth Services Review, and Child Abuse and Neglect, in addition to being presented at such conferences as the Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development and the International Congress of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Steen has 18 years of teaching experience, having taught courses at all levels (BSW, MSW, and PhD) and in all social work curriculum sequences (HBSE, policy, practice, and research).  In addition, she has supported student learning through dissertation committee membership, honors in the major thesis committee membership, and supervision of independent studies. Dr. Steen’s service to the social work field includes membership on the Human Rights Committee for the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Global Education.  Her post-MSW practice experience includes two years of direct practice (crisis counselor for survivors, offenders, and non-offending parents in the field of child maltreatment) and four years of macro practice (registered lobbyist in the Florida legislative branch and provider of training and technical assistance for child welfare agencies and school readiness coalitions).