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Tyrone Cheng, chair and professor, received an MSW and PhD from the University of Alabama. His research interests include: child welfare, child-maltreatment re-substantiation, family reunification, addiction, and maternal/child health. Cheng has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, serving as first or sole author of most. From 2008 to 2016, he directed the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Alabama flagship campus in Tuscaloosa and before that he directed the social work program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition, he’s worked as a child welfare worker, child therapist, and community organizer in the Midwest.