Dr. Small's research focuses on reducing incidents of sexually transmitted infections among vulnerable populations of youths with a particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa (Global Health). The objective is to understand the underlying mechanisms (e.g. high risk sexual behaviors, drug use) and the contextual factors (e.g. culture, social norms, neighborhoods, community, government policy, etc.) that influence disease incidence. Addressing these environmental concerns in concert with related individual problems are Dr. Small's foci in reducing substance use occurrences among young people. A secondary objective is to involve students in research through practice, service learning, and international exchange programs. Dr. Small is the advisor of Students for Global Social Change and Executive Director of the Collective for Orphan Care and Education.




  • 2011 - Post Doctoral Fellowship/NIDA Fellowship Scholar, Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School of Social Work and School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • 2009 - PhD in Social Work, University of Houston
  • 2001 - MSSW in Social Work/Minor: International Social Welfare, Columbia University
  • 2000 - BSW in Social Work, Ramapo College

Link to Research Profile
esmall@uta.edu

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