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Stephanie Pena

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Assistant Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Assistant Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Biography

Stephanie Lechuga-Peña, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work and has more than 20 years of experience in social work practice, working with low-income youth and families. Her research examines parent engagement in low-income and subsidized housing neighborhoods and the barriers and facilitators Latinx children and youth experience in their educational outcomes. She is currently testing the intervention she developed, Your Family, Your Neighborhood (YFYN). YFYN is an intervention that works with families living in low-income and subsidized housing communities across Denver. YFYN supports parents/guardians in their ongoing efforts to provide their children with an effective and supportive educational environment within a supportive and engaged community.

Education
  • Ph.D. Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver 2016 
  • M.S.W. Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver 2005
  • B.A. Sociology and Human Services, Metropolitan State University of Denver 2002

 

Research Interests
  • LatCrit and CRT
  • Chicana Feminism
  • Latinx student achievement
  • Parent involvement and school attachment
  • Subsidized and public housing
Research Group

Faculty Research Affiliate, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, School of Social Work, ASU, 2017-present

Faculty Research Affiliate, Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, 2017-present

  

Publications

Lechuga-Peña, S., Becerra, D., Lopez K., Mitchell, F., & Sangalang, C. (2019) Low-income mother’s school-based parent involvement and subsidized housing: Findings from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study wave five. Child & Youth Care Forum, 48(3), 323-338.

 

Brisson, D., Lechuga-Peña, S., Mattocks N., Plassmeyer, M., McCune, S. (2019)  Effects of the Your Family, Your Neighborhood Intervention on Neighborhood Social Processes, Social Work Research,  https://doi.org/10.1093/swr/svz020

 

Lechuga-Peña, S., & Brisson, D. (2018). Your Family, Your Neighborhood: Results from a feasibility and acceptability study of parent engagement in project-based housing. Journal of Community Practice. DOI: 10.1080/10705422.2018.1521353

 

Lechuga-Peña, S., & Brisson, D. (2018). Barriers to school-based parent involvement while living in public housing: A mother’s perspective. Qualitative Report, 23(5), 1176-1187.

 

Brisson, D., Lechuga-Peña, S., & Plassmeyer, M. (2018). Prioritizing Choice: Perceptions of Neighborhood Social Cohesion for Residents in Subsidized Housing. Journal of Social Service Research, 44(3), 267-278.

 

Lechuga-Peña, S., & Lechuga, C. (2018). Xicanisma/o and Education: Counter Storytelling and Narratives to Inform Latina/o Student Success. Affilia, 33(3), 300-316.

 

Mendoza, T.S., Lechuga-Peña, S., Lopez, K., & Jackson, K. F. (2018). “Mi'jita, what for?” Exploring bicultural identity of Latina/Chicana faculty and implications for supporting Latinx students in social work. Affilia Journal of Women and Social Work. 34(2), 259-276.

 

Jenson, J. Veeh, C., Anyon, Y., St. Mary, J., Calhoun, M., Tejada, J., & Lechuga-Peña. (2018). Effects of an afterschool program on the academic outcomes of children and youth residing in public housing neighborhoods: A quasi-experimental study. Children and Youth Services Review, 88, 211-217.

 

Sangalang, C. C., Becerra, D., Mitchell, F. M., Lechuga-Peña, S., Lopez, K., & Kim, I. (2018). Effects of pre-migration trauma on mental health: A comparison of Asian American and Latino refugees and voluntary immigrants in the United States. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-018-0826-2

 

Plassmeyer, M, Brisson, D., & Lechuga-Peña, S. (2017). Impact of services on retaining housing. Journal of Urban Affairs, 40(2), 261-273.

 

Lechuga-Peña, S., Klawetter, S., Begun, S., & Brown, S. (2015). MSW students’ understanding of social location: The development of a positionality measure. Perspectives on Social Work Journal 11(2), 32-41.

 

Lopez, A., Yoder, J., Brisson, D., Lechuga-Pena, S., & Jenson, J. (2015). Development and Validation of a Positive Youth Development Measure: The Bridge-Positive Youth Development. Research on Social Work Practice, 25(6), 726-736.

Research Activity

Colorado Division of Criminal Justice-Office of Adult & Juvenile Justice Assistance

Co-Principal Investigator and Co-Project Director, Your Family, Your Neighborhood

2015-Present

 

Denver Department of Human Services

Co-Principal Investigator and Co-Project Director, Your Family, Your Neighborhood

2015-2017

Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 533Diversity/Oppression/Soc Work
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 533Diversity/Oppression/Soc Work
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 533Diversity/Oppression/Soc Work
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 411Social Work Practice III
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 411Social Work Practice III
Presentations

Lechuga-Peña, S. & Lechuga, C. (2018, April).  Xicanisma/o and education: Counter storytelling as a methodology. Paper accepted at the 2018 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. Minneapolis, MN. 

Brisson, D., Lechuga-Peña, S., Mattocks, & Plassmeyer, M. (2017, April). The effects of the Your Family, Your Neighborhood (YFYN) Intervention on neighborhood social cohesion and informal social control. Paper presented at the 47th Urban Affairs Association Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Lechuga-Peña, S. & Brisson, D. (2017, January). Improving children's academic performance through parent engagement: Effects of the Your Family, Your Neighborhood Intervention. Paper presented for symposium at the 2017Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA

Rinehart D., Aguilar, D., Gutierrez-Raghunath, S., McDaniel, M., Lechuga-Peña, S. Lopez, M., Cunningham, N., Antillon, M., Durfe, J, Orwin, C. (2016, October). Building community partnerships to address current social inequities impacting the mental health of the Latino community presentation at the Engaging Communities in Education & Research conference. Breckenridge, CO.

Lechuga-Peña, S. (2016, August). I am Stephanie Lechuga Peña: My personal, racial, and educational narrative.  Paper presented at the 2016 American Sociological Association. Seattle, WA.

Lechuga-Peña, S. & Lechuga, C. (2016, April).  40 years later: Contemplating the legacy of the Chicana/o Movement in Denver, Colorado. Panel at the 2016 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. Denver, CO.

Lechuga-Peña, S. & Brisson, D. (2016, March). Your Family, Your Neighborhood: A pilot intervention that supports parents supporting their children in their education. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association. Las Vegas, NV.

Brisson, D., Lechuga-Peña, S. & Plassmeyer, M. (2016, March). Perceptions of neighborhood social cohesion for households in subsidized housing. Paper presented at the 46th Urban Affairs Association Conference. San Diego, CA.

Lechuga-Peña, S. & Brisson, D. (2016, January). Effects of the Parents and Children Bonding intervention on academic achievement and parental involvement. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC. 

Brisson, D., Lechuga-Peña, S. & Plassmeyer, M. (2016, January). Public housing as a predictor of social cohesion. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC. 

Plassmeyer, M, Brisson, D., & Lechuga-Peña, S. (2016, January).  A day late and a dollar short: Does increased service usage among residents of affordable housing predict resolution of lease violations for late payment of rent. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Washington, DC. 

Klawetter, S., Lechuga-Peña, S., Begun, S., & Brown, S. (2016, January). MSW students’ experiences and understanding of social location: A positionality measure. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC. 

Service
  • Latin@s Unidos Student Organization, Co-Faculty Advisor (2016 - Present)