Rachel Imboden

Imboden, Rachel

Imboden CV

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

Research Interests
Moral Distress, Moral Reasoning & Ethical Decision Making, Political and Economic Theory & Social Work Education and Practice, Philosophy of Social Work, Workforce Development, Disability Issues 

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 workforce development. Rachel’s professional experiences have sensitized her to the workforce development needs of human service professionals, particularly 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. Rachel hopes that her dissertation research can be used to develop assessment tools for social work practice and education as well as for strengthening organizational supports for human service professionals and social workers’ understanding of the sociopolitical context of their practice. 

Teaching Interests
Social Work Practice with Individuals; Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Social Policy; Social Work Theory; Applied Ethics; Disability Issues; Qualitative Research Methods

Selected Publications
Imboden, R.
, Frey, J. J., Bazell, A. T., Mosby, A., Ware, O. D., Mitchell, C. S., & Cloeren, M. (2021). Workplace support for employees in recovery from opioid use: Stakeholder perspectives. New Solutions: A Journal of Environment and Occupational Health Policy, 1-10. doi: 10.1177/10482911211043522

Ware, O. D., Frey, J. J., Cloeren, M., Mosby, A., Imboden, R., Bazell, A., Huffman, M., Hochheimer, M., Greenblatt, A. D., Sherman, S. A. Sherman. (2021). Examining employment and employment barriers among a sample of patients in Medication Assisted Treatment in the United States. Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 1-9. doi: 10.1097/ADT.0000000000000295

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

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. 

Sacco, P., Frey, J. J., Callahan, C., Hochheimer, M., Imboden, R., & Hyde, D. (2019). Feasibility of brief screening for at-risk gambling in consumer credit counseling. Journal of Gambling Studies. 35(4), 1423-1439. doi: 10.1007/s10899-019-09836-1

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