Kristie Esposito Brendel, PhD

Kristie Brendel

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office Location: Orchard Center 303
Telephone: 630-947-8934
Email: kbrendel@aurora.edu

Henry Brooks Adams, a famous writer and historian from the early 20 th century, once wrote, “A teacher affects eternity, he can never tell where his influence stops.” This profound statement demonstrates that instructors have an inherent responsibility to create an educational environment in which students will thrive. It also alludes to the outcomes of teaching styles and methodologies permeating and generalizing to a greater system, such as the clients we serve. Borrowing from a fundamental value of the social work profession, my philosophy as an instructor is to teach from a holistic perspective, taking into account the needs of students as individuals, as well as the needs of the class as a whole. This is facilitated by creating a positive culture within the classroom, infusing diversity and ethics into lesson planning, and using teaching methodologies that are based on evidentiary research. I believe these philosophical approaches prime students for engaged learning and personal growth.

Education
PhD in Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
Masters of Social Work, Aurora University
BA in Psychology, Benedictine University

Areas of Specialization
Mindfulness-based interventions, school-based research, clinical practice, international studies

Courses Taught
SWK5610 Survey of the Exceptional Individual
SWK6150 HBSE I: Theory of Human Development
SWK6160 Child and Adult Development
SWK6370 Social Work with Individuals and Family
SWK6410 School Social Work: Policy and Practice
SWK6420 School Social Work: Policy and Practice II
SWK6511 Social Work Practice III: Clinical Theory and Methods
SWK6521 Social Work Practice IV: Advanced Clinical Practice
SWK6500 Psychopathology
SWK6533 Advanced Macro Practice
SWK6880 Social Work Practice in Costa Rica
SWK6581 Mindfulness in Clinical Social Work
SWK7200 Clinical Seminar
SWK7450 Teaching Clinical Social Work

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions

Publications:
Maynard, B.R., Solis, M., Miller, V., Brendel , K.E. (2017).Mindfulness-based interventions for improving academic achievement, behavior and socio-emotional functioning of primary and secondary students: A systematic review. Campbell Collaboration. https://www.campbellcollaboration.org/library/mindfulness-based-interventions-primary-and-secondary-school-students.html 

Borquist-Conlon, D., Brendel , K.E., Maynard, B., & Zastrow, C., Farina, A. (2017). Mindfulness-based interventions for youth with anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Research on Social Work Practice . Early online access. Research on Social Work Practice . http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1049731516684961 

Maynard, B. R., Heyne, D., Brendel , K. E., & Bulanda, J. J., Thompson, A. M. & Pigott, T. D. (2015). Treatments for school refusal among children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis [Special Issue]. Research on Social Work Practice, 1-12. DOI: 10.1177/1049731515598619 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1049731515598619 

Maynard, B.R., Solis, M., Miller, V., Brendel , K.E. (2015).Mindfulness-based interventions for improving academic achievement, behavior and socio-emotional functioning of primary and secondary students: A systematic review. Campbell Collaboration Protocol. https://www.campbellcollaboration.org/media/k2/attachments/Maynard_Mindfulness_Protocol.pdf 

Maynard, B. R., Brendel , K. E., & Bulanda, J.J., & Pigott, T. D. (2015). Psychosocial interventions for school refusal behavior with elementary and secondary school students: Campbell Review Protocol. Campbell Collaboration. http://www.campbellcollaboration.org/lib/project/232/ 

Brendel , K.E, Maynard, B., Albright, D. & Bellomo, M. (2014). Effects of School-Based Interventions with U.S. Military-Connected Children: A Systematic Review. Research on Social Work Practice, 24, 649-658. http://rsw.sagepub.com/content/24/6/649.abstract 

Brendel , K.E. & Maynard, B.R. (2014). Child-parent interventions for childhood anxiety disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Research on Social Work Practice, 24, 287-295http://rsw.sagepub.com/content/24/3/287.full.pdf?ijkey=GurVxVvlCmY58Oa&keytype=ref 

Brendel, K.E. (2010). Social work and meditation practice. PRAXIS, 10, 13-19.

Honors/Awards:
2017 Leonard E. Gibbs Research Award
Marguerite Tifenthal Symposium Master’s Thesis Award Winner
Psi Chi- National Honor Society of Psychology

Professional Contributions:
Reviewer: Journal of Child and Family Social Work Wiley Publications
Reviewer: Theories of Development: Concepts and Applications Prentice Hall Publications
Project Casa Mare Board Member
Society for Research on Adolescence: Applied Practice Online Blogger
Economic Mentoring Program for System Involved Youth, Loyola University Chicago
Editorial Board member: PRAXIS
Illinois School Social Work Association: Committee Chairperson for annual state conference

Other Interests
Spending time with family and friends, practicing mindfulness and yoga, horseback riding, attending concerts, hiking, travel, and reading.