Megan Hayes Piel

Megan Hayes Piel
University of Texas at San Antonio | UTSA · Department of Social Work

PhD, MSW

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Education
August 2011 - May 2015
Arizona State University
Field of study
  • Social Work

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Publications (20)
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Background: Job loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic presents significant risk for child abuse. Protective factors, such as reframing coping, may mitigate the risk of job loss on child maltreatment. Objective: The current study investigated factors associated with child maltreatment during the COVID-19 pandemic, including parental job loss,...
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Little is known about evaluations of campus-based support programs for foster care alumni. This national survey about campus-based support programs included 81 program directors, staff, and researchers. Descriptive statistics and a content analysis were conducted. More than half of participants identified evaluation as a programmatic challenge. Onl...
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Colleges are increasingly recognizing the need for specialized supports to address the complex needs of students with a history of foster care. This study provides strengths and lessons learned in program development from a national sample of campus-based support program staff and administrators. Findings indicate the importance of enhancing profes...
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Humor serves as a protective factor in the resiliency process for many, reducing stress and helping children and adults cope with difficult circumstances. Humor can lighten a situation and relieve tension but can also be misinterpreted in response to serious circumstances. Providing foster care can be a challenging process as families open up their...
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This chapter acknowledges the contextual considerations in preparation and success in higher education and establishes a foundation of knowledge for researchers, educators, and practitioners to support foster youth in community college settings.
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Foster care alumni experience a number of challenges related to accessing and completing postsecondary education, however little is known about the programs that currently exist in the United States that support this group of students in college. This study sought to build on previous work that calls for the need to develop programs to support fost...
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As youth near the transition to adulthood and aging out of the foster care system, exposure to stress increases, especially for youth who have less than adequate support systems. Although mental health problems among foster youth often continue into adulthood, service use decreases dramatically within a year of turning 18. Understanding how foster...
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Foster families provide safe and stable homes for children and youth who are removed from their homes due to maltreatment. Despite the stressors associated with bringing children in and out of a family’s home, many maintain healthy family functioning and continue fostering for many years serving an essential function in the child welfare system. Th...
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Foster parents care for our nation’s most vulnerable children and adolescents. Their ability to provide care is impacted directly and indirectly by their interactions with public child welfare agencies and workers. This study examines the perspectives of 1095 foster parents in a southwestern state in the U.S. regarding what they believe child welfa...
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Foster parents play a crucial role in providing safe and stable homes to maltreated children placed in out-of-home care and in doing so are tasked with many challenges. Understanding how foster parents are able to overcome the challenges inherent to fostering, to continue to foster children long term, and to maintain a healthy level of family funct...
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Families who care for children in the foster care system often experience challenges related to the system, accessing services and supports, and managing relationships. Despite these challenges, many families thrive because of unique attributes and strengths that contribute to experiences of resilience. Using an ecological framework, this study exa...
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Families who foster offer essential care for children and youth when their own parents are unable to provide for their safety and well-being. Foster caregivers face many challenges including increased workload, emotional distress, and the difficulties associated with health and mental health problems that are more common in children in foster care....
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This qualitative study examined the client experience of psychiatric medication among an unusual and under-studied subpopulation, individuals diagnosed with SMI who eventually experienced functional recovery. Four themes emerged from in-depth qualitative interviews with 16 such individuals: (1) primacy of medication, (2) informed consent, (3) self-...
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Children and youth in foster care often have increased medical and behavioral needs, as a result of maltreatment experiences. As primary caregivers, foster parents serve a critical role in ensuring their medical and behavioral health needs are met, yet there is little research depicting foster parents’ experiences with such services. This study exa...
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The intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment refers to the continuity of child abuse and neglect in various forms across generations. This chapter reviews existing research and theory related to the intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment and focuses on the unique role intimate partner violence, poverty, aging out of foster...
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Strengths-based supervision (SBS) is a model of clinical supervision that was developed to support effective implementation of family-centered practice in public child welfare. An evaluation was conducted to determine the degree to which learning from this 2-day workshop transferred to changes in supervisory practices. Links to pre- and posttest an...
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This study used quantitative and qualitative data from a larger research project regarding foster parent experiences to examine the characteristics that predict a parent’s willingness to foster an adolescent. Data collected from closed- and open-ended items related to reasons for not fostering a teen were also analyzed. Findings suggest parents who...
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Background: Through RFA-PS12-1201, the CDC funds the HIV prevention efforts of 59 state and local health departments (LHD). The LHDs must complete HIV epidemiological profiles to describe their epidemics and inform local allocation. The CDC issues guidance on profile completion, encouraging attention to social determinants of risk. Yet, the guidanc...
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Mental health services are provided to people diagnosed with mental disorders to foster rehabilitation by enhancing emotional and behavioral functioning. The purpose of this project was to understand from the perspective of service recipients what aspects of services they found most helpful in facilitating the process of recovery. Using a sequentia...

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Strengths-Based Supervision is a model of clinical supervision for child welfare settings. The two day training has been implemented in Arizona, Texas, Idaho, and most recently, Michigan. These articles summarize findings from this project.