Rachel Imboden

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Imboden CV

Previous Education
MSW, Temple University
BA, Psychology, Messiah University

Research Interests
Moral Distress, Moral Reasoning & Ethical Decision Making, Neoliberalism & Social Work Education/Practice, Workforce Development

Prior to joining the PhD Program at the University of Maryland, Rachel worked for nearly 15 years in various human service positions within state government as well as within non-profit and for-profit agencies. Much of her employment experience has been in direct service, specifically in workforce development. Rachel’s professional experiences have sensitized her to the workforce development needs of human service professionals, specifically those providing direct care to individuals receiving agency services. Her dissertation research is focused on how moral distress (a construct originating in the nursing literature) is understood and experienced by social workers. She has also developed an interest in the relationship between social work practice and political and economic theory.

Teaching Interests
Practice with Individuals; Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Social Policy; Social Work Theory; Social Work Ethics; Qualitative Research Methods

Selected Publications
Imboden, R. (2020). Exploring the relationship between ethics stress and burnout. The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 17(1), 16-24. 

McCarthy, L., Imboden, R., Shdaimah, C., & Forrester, P. (2020). “Ethics are messy”: Supervision as a tool to help social workers manage ethical challenges? Ethics and Social Welfare. https://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2020.1720265

Frey, J. J., Pompe, J., Sharar, D. Imboden, R., & Bloom, L. (2018). Experiences of internal and hybrid employee assistance program mangers: Factors associated with successful, at-risk, and eliminated programs. Journal of Workforce Behavioral Health, 33(1), 1-23. doi: 10.1080/15555240.2017.1416293

Callahan, C., Frey, J. J., Imboden, R. (Eds.). (2020). The Routledge handbook on financial social work: Direct practice with vulnerable populations. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Imboden, R., Frey, J. J., McKinney, R. (2020). Financial capability and the workplace. In C. Callahan, J. J. Frey, & R. Imboden (Eds.), The Routledge handbook on financial social work: Direct practice with vulnerable populations (pp. 73-86). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.