Dr. Jody Van Laningham is an Assistant Professor who joined the Social Work program at UNK in 2008. She received the Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with emphases in Research Methods and Marriage & Family Studies. She also earned her MS in Sociology from UNL and her BA in Sociology and Business Administration from Doane College. Prior to joining the Social Work Program she held a position as a social worker with the Missouri Division of Family Services and most recently served as Lecturer in the UNK Department of Sociology. Her previous experience also includes positions as a statistical programmer/analyst for the Bureau of Sociological Research at UNL, and as an Instructor at UNL and Doane College. She also has served as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children. Dr. Van Laningham is currently teaching Human Behavior in the Social Environment (I and II) and Fundamentals of Research in Social Welfare. She has also taught Child Welfare, Child Abuse and Neglect, Social Welfare Policy, and Human Services Ethics & Experience. Dr. Van Laningham’s primary research interests include marital quality over the life course, child abuse and neglect, and child welfare policy.