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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. Drawing on Critical Race Theory  and Latino Critical Race Theory, she examines parent engagement in low-income and subsidized housing neighborhoods and the barriers and facilitators Latinx 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 in Denver, CO and Phoenix, AZ. 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: 
  • Critical Race Theory and LatCrit 
  • 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: 

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

Lechuga-Peña, S., Brown, S.M., Mitchell, F. M., Becerra, D., & Brisson, D. (2020) Improving parent-child relationships: Effects of the Your Family, Your Neighborhood Intervention.  Children and Youth Services Review, 119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105690

Lechuga-Peña, S. (2020). A Chicana’s perspective on navigating and plugging leaks in the educational pipeline. Special Issue on Effectiveness of Continuing Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective  Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 26(4) 86-93.

Mitchell, F. M., Sangalang, C., Lechuga-Peña, S., Becerra, D., & Lopez, K. (2020). Health inequities in historical context: A Critical Race Theory analysis of diabetes among African Americans and American Indians. Race and Social Problems. doi.org/10.1007/s12552-020-09301-4

Brown, S. M., Doom, J. R., Lechuga-Peña, S., Watamura, S. E., & Koppels, T. (2020). Stress and parenting during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Child Abuse & Neglect. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104699

Mitchell, F. M., Billiot, S., & Lechuga-Peña, S. (2020). Utilizing Photovoice to support Indigenous accounts of environmental change and injustice.  Genealogy, 4(51). 1-14. 

Hanna, A., Sugrue, E., Gustman, B., & Lechuga-Peña, S. (accepted). Pivoting during a Pandemic: School social work practice with families during COVID-19. Children & Schools

Maglalang, D., D., Sangalang, C. C., Mitchell, F., Lechuga-Peña, S., & Nakaoka, S. (accepted) Back to the future: Reflecting on 50 years of ethnic studies to inform new directions for social work research, policy, and practice. Journal of Social Work Education

Lechuga-Peña, S., Becerra, D.,  Mitchell, M. F, Lopez K.,., & 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.

 

INVITED BOOK CHAPTERS:

Lechuga-Peña, S, & Lechuga, C. (2018). Xicanisma/o and Education: Counter Storytelling and Narratives to Inform Latina/o Student Success.  In Chalane Lechuga, Adriana Nieto and Adriann Wycoff (Eds.), Introduction into Chicano Chicana Studies (pp.101-111). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt

Brisson, D, & Lechuga-Peña, S. (2018). Your Family, Your Neighborhood: An intervention to develop social cohesion. In Allen Hays (Ed.), Neighborhood Engagement. (pp. 147-148). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

TEXTBOOKS:

Marsiglia, F. F., Kulis, S. & Lechuga-Peña, S. (2021). Diversity, Oppression & Change: Culturally Grounded Social Work (3rd edition). Chicago, IL: Oxford. 3rd edition Diversity, Oppression & Change

Research Activity: 

PI- ($6,000) Your Family, Your Neighborhood Pilot, One Square Mile Initiative, Community Solutions Design Grant, Arizona State University (2020-2021)                                                                          

Co-PI ($4000,000) Your Family, Your Neighborhood, Colorado Division of Criminal Justice-Office of Adult & Juvenile Justice Assistance (2015-Present)

PI ($25,000) Your Family, Your Neighborhood, Pilot Study, Arizona State University School Of Social Work

Co-PI ($38,000) Your Family, Your Neighborhood,Denver Department of Human Services, (2015-2017)

 

 

Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 533Diversity/Oppression/Soc Work
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: 

REFEREED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (*indicates student)

Lechuga-Peña, S., *Villagrana, K., Mitchell, F., *Marroquín, M. J. (2021). Incorporating Photovoice into an existing Latinx bilingual community-based Intervention: Lessons learned from Your Family, Your Neighborhood. Poster accepted to the 2021 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research.

*Gutiérrez, M., *Poola, C., Lechuga-Peña, S., Mitchell, F.M. (2020, October). Mentorship for women of color doctoral students and faculty using critical theory. Panel presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Denver, CO. 

Lechuga-Peña, S., Vaquera, G., Lechuga, C. E, Nieto, A. (2019, April). Comadres en la academia: Chicana mentoring as a critical factor in recruitment and retention of Raza faculty. Paper presented at the 2019 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. Albuquerque, NM. 

Lechuga-Peña, S., Becerra, D., Mitchell, F. M., Lopez, K., & Sangalang, C. (2019, January). Low-Income mother's school-based parent involvement and the role of subsidized housing: Findings from the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study Wave Five. Paper presented at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. San Francisco, CA. 

Sangalang, C., Lechuga-Peña, S., Nakaoka, S., Mitchell, F. M., & Maglalang, D., D. (2019, January). Back to the future: Reflecting on 50 years of Ethnic Studies to inform new directions for social work research, policy, and practice. Roundtable presented at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. San Francisco, CA. 

Lechuga-Peña, S., & Mitchell, F. M. (2018, November). Research in Action: Using Photovoice with Diverse Communities. Paper accepted at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Orlando, FL. Sangalang, C., Becerra, D., Mitchell, F., Lechuga-Peña, S., Lopez, K. & Isok, K. (2018, November). Trauma, post-migration stress, and mental health: A comparative analysis of refugees and immigrants in the United States. Paper accepted at the American Public Health Association. San Diego, CA.

Lechuga-Peña, S. & Lechuga, C. (2018, April).  Xicanisma/o and education: Counter storytelling as a methodology. Paper presented 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. 

Honors / Awards: 

 

January, 2021-Arizona State University, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience Fellow

March, 2020-Arizona State University, Centennial Professorship Award Nominee

November, 2019-Arizona State University, Outstanding Master’s Mentor Nominee

October, 2019-ACOSA Emerging Scholar Nominee

February, 2019-Faculty Fund for Teaching Excellence and Student Success (Submitted)

March, 2017-  University of Denver, GSSW, Service Award 

Editorships: 

NEWS STORIES & REPORTS

Lechuga-Peña, S. & Brisson, D. (2019, April). Low-Income Mothers Want to Be Involved in Their Children’s Education but Face Structural Barriers. The Urban Institute. https://howhousingmatters.org/articles/low-income-mothers-want-involved-childrens-education-face-structural-barriers/?fbclid=IwAR0SkHYG5ICsfFoG8CWqqxNvV67AuUYCD4qu0S9x7UhkmXliflqL4OrWoI0

Jenson, J. M., Veeh, C., Anyon, Y., St. Mary, J., Calhoun, M., Tejada, J., Lechuga-Peña, S. (2018, June). How housing authorities can support schools. How Housing Matters. The Urban Institute. https://howhousingmatters.org/articles/housing-authorities-can-support-schools-lessons-denver/

Lechuga-Peña, S. & Brisson, D. (2017, Spring). Community intervention brings families together to knit a neighborhood. University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. GSSW News 2017. https://www.du.edu/socialwork/gsswnews/2017/3-15-yourfamilyyourneighborhood.html

Lechuga-Peña, S. & Brisson, D. (2016, Spring). Your Family, Your Neighborhood: Partnerships creating an innovative community intervention. GSSW Magazine. University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. https://www.du.edu/socialwork/media/documents/spring_16_magazine_for_web.pdf

Lechuga-Peña, S. & Brisson, D. (2016, Spring). Your Family, Your Neighborhood: Research and Scholarship Matters. University of Denver Publication of the Associate Provost for Research, Corinne Lengsfeld. https://www.du.edu/research-scholarship/media/documents/spring2016.pdf

 

Service: 

 

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

2020-present      Reviewer, Advances in Social Work

2019-present      Reviewer, Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research

2018-present      Reviewer, Children- Open Access Journal of Pediatrics   

2017-present      Reviewer, Children and Youth Services Review

2016-present      Reviewer, Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work

                       

 

SCHOOL SERVICE

2020-2021          Faculty Search Committee, Arizona State University-School of Social Work

2020-2021          Director Search Committee,  Arizona State University-School of Social Work

2019-2020          CCCR Committee, Arizona State University-School of Social Work

2019-2020          Non-Tenure Track Promotion Committee, Arizona State University-School of Social Work

2018-2019          Scholarship Committee, Arizona State University-School of Social Work

2017-2018          Faculty Search Committee, Arizona State University-School of Social Work

2016-present      PAC Committee, Arizona State University-School of Social Work 

2016-present      Latin@s Unid@s Co-Faculty Advisor, Arizona State University-School of Social Work

                                              

SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

2017-2020, Co-Organizer and Conference , Annual Phoenix Social Justice & Ethnic Studies Youth Conference, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

April, 2019, Invited Presentation, Diversity, oppression and action. A conversation about equity and inclusion. Kyrene School District. Tempe, AZ

Sept, 2018, Inivited PresentationCultural diversity, oppression, and action: A culturally grounded  Paradigm. 7th Annual AZ Multicultural Education Conference at Mesa Community College