Melody K. Waring


Ph.D. Student


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mwaring​@wisc​.edu

School of Social Work


University of Wisconsin-Madison


1350 University Ave
Office 126
Madison, WI 53706


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Melody K. Waring


Ph.D. Student


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Melody K. Waring


Ph.D. Student


Curriculum vitae

mwaring​@wisc​.edu

School of Social Work


University of Wisconsin-Madison


1350 University Ave
Office 126
Madison, WI 53706


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Twitter
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About


Melody K. Waring is in her fifth year of doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Social Work. Her research asks how social policy can alleviate the pressures of poor families navigating both unpaid family caregiving and labor force participation in low-wage jobs. Melody’s dissertation uses quantitative analyses of cross-sectional and longitudinal data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to investigate the stratified effects on labor force participation of caring for aging parents. Her dissertation is funded through the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College’s Dissertation Fellowship Program. In addition to her dissertation research, Melody has worked on research projects informing state and federal child support policy, on low-wage work in the public sector, and on TANF participation.

Melody received her A.M. from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago in 2015. Her social work field placements included a workforce development policy and advocacy group, and supporting survivors of domestic violence navigate the order of protection process at the Cook County Courthouse.

Prior to starting her graduate education, Melody worked for seven years with nonprofits on the West Coast and in Central America, working both in international development and directly with refugees in the Seattle area. She developed expertise as a grant writer, program evaluator, and administrator. Melody also held a unique apprenticeship in Seattle to train afterschool service providers in racial equity and diversity, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These professional experiences led her to social work research, and she retains a clear focus on training and equipping front-line staff.

Melody has taught a required class introducing MSW students to the field of social work. In 2018 and 2019, Melody taught the Basic Statistics for Social Work class required for MSW students in the part-time program.

Interests:
poverty; social policy; labor force participation; caregiving; family formation; gender and women’s studies; quantitative research; feminist research methods


Publications


Use of child support enforcement actions and their relationship to payments.


Daniel R. Meyer, Maria Cancian, Melody K. Waring


Children and Youth Services Review, 2020 Jan, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104672


Welfare, work, and single mothers: The Great Recession and income packaging strategies.


Melody K. Waring, Daniel R. Meyer


Children and Youth Services Review, 2020 Jan, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104585


The Stats Requirement: Statistical Thinking as Social Work


Melody K. Waring


Journal of Social Work Education, DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2019.1662864, 2019


Are U.S. congregations patching the social safety net? Trends from 1998 to 2012.


E. J. Warren, M. K. Waring, D. R. Meyer


Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, vol. 46(3), 2019 Sep, pp. 39-62


A Blinded, Cluster-Randomized, Placebo-Controlled School FeedingTrial in Burundi Using Rice Fortified With Iron, Zinc, Thiamine, and Folic Acid


M. E. Parker, E. Mosites, K. Reider, N. Ndayishimiye, M. Waring, G. Nyandimbane, D. Masumbuko, L. Ndikuriyo, D. Matthias


Food and Nutrition Bulletin, vol. 36(4), 2015 Oct 30, pp. 481-492


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Projects


Caring for Aging Parents: Stratified Effects on Labor Force Participation


Dissertation fellowship, funded by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.


Child Support noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED)


Harmonized disparate measures from child support administrative data of eight demonstration states in randomized control trial with more than 10,000 participants. Collaborated on analysis and reporting.


Use of enforcement actions and their relationship to payments


Prepared reports to the state of Wisconsin and papers for peer-review related to child support and social policies. Conducted original analyses and literature reviews. Assisted with preparing analyses for dissemination.


Economic Status of PSEs and Low-Tier Career Employees in the USPS


Conducted primary analysis on survey data from 771 respondents in the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) on poverty, public assistance, and work conditions.


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Courses


SW640: Social Work with Ethnic and Racial Groups


Fall 2019, TA


Teaching Assistant (two discussion sections) in this BSW course that prepares students for generalist social work practice in a multicultural society. It discusses African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Asian Americans, and implications ar...


SW673: Basic Statistics for Social Workers


Summer 2019


Co-instructor for nine-week class, 12 part-time students in MSW program. Surveyed central tendencies, measures of variance, basics of probability theory, t-tests, chi-square tests, correlation, and bivariate regression analysis.


SW673: Basic Statistics for Social Workers


Summer 2018


Instructor for eight-week class, 19 part-time students in the MSW program. Surveyed central tendencies, measures of variance, basics of probability theory, t-tests, chi-square tests, correlation, and bivariate regression analysis.


SW605: The Field of Social Work


Fall 2016


Instructor for required class for MSW students, with more than 50 participants. Provided an introduction to the nature, purpose, function, and organizational content of the social work profession.


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Other pages


Research Statement


A brief statement on my current research and future directions.


Teaching Statement


A statement about my teaching philosophy.