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Jennifer Wheeler-Brooks

Assistant Professor

BSW, New Mexico State University
MSW, University of Maryland at Baltimore
PhD, University of Kansas

E-mail: jwbrooks@uic.edu
Phone: (312)-413-2301
Room: 4038 ETMSW

Jennifer Wheeler Brooks

Professional Interests 

  • Poverty
  • Social Policy
  • Community organizing and development

Current Research

  • The relationship between social networks and building economic assets
  • Asset-based community development


  • Social Work Practice
  • Social Policy

Practice Experience

  • Child protective services and adoption
  • Labor Organizing
  • Community Organizing

Selected Publications

Wheeler-Brooks, J. (2011). How parents decide to participate and save in their children’s asset-building accounts: Implications for practice, policy, and theory.  Children and Youth Services Review. 33, 955-962.

Wheeler-Brooks, J. (2009). Structuration theory and critical consciousness: Potential
applications for social work practice.  Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 36 (1), 123-140.

Wheeler-Brooks, J. & Scanlon, E. (2009). Perceived facilitators and barriers to saving among low-income youth. Journal of Socio-Economics. 38, 757-763.

Marks, E., Rhones, B., Wheeler-Brooks, J. & Adams, D. (2009).  A process study of the SEED community partners initiative.  RTI Project No. 0210258.  Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International.  Available online at: http://www.rti.org/publications/abstract.cfm?pub=12947

Wheeler-Brooks, J. (2009).  Focus groups with SEED parents: The relationships between social networks and asset development. (research report). St. Louis, MO: Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis.

Wheeler-Brooks, J. (2008).  Focus groups with SEED parents: How parents decide to join an asset building program, open children’s savings accounts, and save. (research report).  St. Louis, MO: Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis.

Scanlon, E., Wheeler-Brooks, J, & Adams, D. (2006).  How young people save:     Findings from interviews with SEED participants. (research report). St. Louis, MO: Center for Social Development, Washington University in St Louis. Available online at: http://csd.wustl.edu/Publications/Documents/KU_Interviews_SEED_Youth.pdf

Affiliations, Associations, & Consultations 

  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Society for Social Work and Research
  • Association for Community Organization and Social Administration
  • Community Development Society