Frasso: Social Work Research Showcase

Fall 2016: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH In social work and public health

Researchers: Nora Ahern, Casey Baginski, Roslynn Baker, Saba Bazmi, Janet Campbell, Rachel Davidow, Sophie Day, Alexandria Dobrikovic, Cherie Eichholz, Kelsey Fleming, Molly Harris, Ashali Jain, Deirdre Macfarlane, Sophie Nathan, Jillian Resnick, Rebecca Richards, Jessica Richardson, Brittany Sherman, Camille Smalls, Kimberly Sterner, Emma Stone, Katlin Sullivan, Anne Syme, Megan Watson, Xingran Weng

Professor: Rosemary Frasso, Ph.D

Exhibit Design: A. Golinkoff, MPH

Exhibit Editors: Nancy Ejike, Jessica Richardson

Scientific Advisor: Carolyn Cannuscio, Sc.D

Description: Photo-elicitation was first named in a paper published by the photographer and researcher John Collier (1957). It involves a qualitative interview stimulated and guided by participant-generated photographs. This method can help break down barriers between researchers and participants and can promote rich and collaborative discussions (Harper, 1994).

Each student in the Fall 2016 Qualitative Methods Research Class recruited one study participant (n=25) (undergraduate and graduate students) and trained them in the appropriate and ethical use of this method. Study participants were asked to explore the meaning of “Penn’s relationship with the surrounding community” over the course of one week using their phones to document their exploration. Using the participant-generated photographs to guide conversation, each member of the research team conducted an interview with a participant. Additionally, each student investigator recruited five members of the Penn community (n=125) and asked them to answer a free-listing question designed to help us explore perceptions of Penn’s relationship with the surrounding community. 

View the 2016 class research poster  |  View the PennWIC blog post |  View the project on ScholarlyCommons 


FALL 2015: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS FOR social work and public health professionals

Researchers: Alicia Dlugos, Alexandra Desch, Alyssa Levy-Dougherty, Audrey Vincent, Basha Smolen, Bradley Hoerner, Cameron O'Mara, Chrysanthy Wallace, Dana Warren, Em Gormley, Hanna Joyce, Hannah Gross-Eskin, Jody Thigpen, Kelly Sebetka, Kimberly Eng, Lianna Artessa, Lucia Viegas-Barros, Maria Alejandra Paniagua, Marina France, Matthew Kearney, Phoebe Cruz, Riley Platt, Sanjana Bijlani, Shadiya Moss, Veda Quann-Cloud, Zhi Pan

Professor: Rosemary Frasso, Ph.D.

Exhibit Design: Al Golinkoff

Exhibit Editors: Kimberly Eng, Angelina Ruffin

Scientific Advisor: Carolyn Cannuscio, Sc.D.

Description: Each student in the Qualitative Methods Research Class (SW781), Fall 2015, recruited a study participant (n=26) (undergraduate and graduate students from across the University) and trained them in the appropriate and ethical use of this method. Study participants were asked to define and explore the meaning of “life with technology” over the course of one week using their phones to document their exploration. Using the participant generated photographs to guide conversation, each member of the research team conducted an interview with a participant.

The topic for this project was determined using nominal group technique (NGT). NGT is a structured small-group discussion approach used to reach consensus. A moderator (in this case the professor) asks the group a question and gathers the responses (in this case potential project topics) from each group member.

Once all potential topics are shared with the entire group, each member of the group prioritizes the topics. This process prevents one person from dominating the discussion, encourages all group members to participate, and results in a set of prioritized topics that represents the group’s preferences. The class, by way of NGT, decided to investigate how University of Pennsylvania students perceive life with technology.

View the 2015 class research poster | View the project on ScholarlyCommons 


Spring 2015: Qualitative Research Methods for Social Work Course

Researchers: Terry-An Alouidor, Adam Anderson, Evan Beilin, Allyson Black-Foley, Katherine Cole, Corrine Collins, Sloane Fowkes, Shoshana Frenkel, Kristin Harkins, Alexandra Harrsch, Daniel Jacobson, Natalie Jengo, Chelsea Keeler, Kelly Kowalchuk, Sungsim Lee, Amanda Longacre, Brittany Miller, Erica Morse, Raquel Perlman, Edward Scott, Elizabeth Seitel, Kristen Smith, Lauren Tedeschi, Kelsey Van Selous, James Voelzke

Professor: Rosemary Frasso, Ph.D

Exhibit Design: Al Golinkoff

Exhibit Editor: Erica Morse

Scientific Advisor: Carolyn Cannuscio, Sc.D

Description: Each student in the Qualitative Methods Research Class (SW781), Spring 2015, recruited a study participant (n=25) (undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty from across the University) and trained them in the appropriate and ethical use of this method. Study participants were asked to define and explore the meaning of “fear” and “safety” in their daily lives and were instructed to use their phones to document their exploration over the course of one week. Using the participant-generated photographs to guide conversation, each member of the research team conducted an interview with a participant.

The topic for this project was determined using nominal group technique (NGT). NGT is a structured small-group discussion approach used to reach consensus. A moderator (in this case the professor) asks the group a question and gathers the responses (in this case potential project topics) from each group member.

Once all potential topics are shared with the entire group, each member of the group prioritizes the topics. This process prevents one person from dominating the discussion, encourages all group members to participate, and results in a set of prioritized topics that represents the group’s preferences. The class, by way of NGT, decided to investigate how the University of Pennsylvania community perceives fear and safety.

View the 2015 class research poster  |  View the PennWIC blog postView the project on ScholarlyCommons


Spring 2014: Qualitative Research Methods for Social Work Course

Researchers: Dana Belletiere, Kristin Bouchard, Luke Butler, Amanda Cafaro, Katharine Cunningham, Mollie Dugan, Alison Flukes, Sally Goebel, Kimberly Kleiman, Kimberly Levin, Joshua Littlejohn, Lindsay Mapes, Laura Rocek, Beth Stelson, Ashley Tomlinson

Professor: Rosemary Frasso, Ph.D

Consultant: Shimrit Keddem

Scientific Advisor: Carolyn Cannuscio, Sc.D

Design: Lauren Hallden-Abberton

Description: Each student investigator (n=14) in Qualitative Methods Research Class (SW781), 2014, recruited a study participant (graduate students from across the university) and trained them in the appropriate and ethical use of photography in this context. Study participants were asked to define and explore the concept of pressure in their daily lives and were instructed to use their smart phones or digital cameras to document their exploration over one week. Using participant-generated photographs each member of the research team conducted a photo-elicitation interview with a participant. Additionally each student investigator recruited between 3 and 5 members of the Penn community (n=75) and asked them to answer 2 freelisting questions designed to help us explore the meaning of pressure.

Preliminary review of the audio recordings from the interviews resulted in the identification of several themes. Examples include time, health, money, depression, sleep, and self-care. Here, we share with you a sample of these themes through participant generated photos and associated quotes. Additionally, we share the preliminary analysis of freelist data.

View the 2014 class research poster  |  View the PennWIC blog post  |  View the project on ScholarlyCommons