Janis   B.  Feldman, Ph.D

Associate Professor  

Office: ESWOT SWOT 1.216
Phone: (956) 665-3575
Email: janis.feldman@utrgv.edu

Dr. Janis B. Feldman, Ph.D

Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas, USA. She completed her Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work at Barry University in Florida in 1997. She was Adjunct Instructor, School of Medicine, Columbus University from 2000-2002 (David, Republic of Panamá). Prior to this she was a Psychiatric Social Worker at Jackson Memorial Psychiatric Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine (Miami, Florida). Additionally she has multiple years of practice as a licensed psychotherapist in the United States and the Republic of Panama. She has published research in the area of teen pregnancy. She is immediate past President of the Rio Grande Valley Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition in Texas.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • teen pregnancy
  • Education

    • PhD, Social Work, Barry University, 1997
    • MSW, Social Work, Hunter College School of Social Work, 1975
    • BA, Latin American Literature, New York University, 1970
  • Currently Teaching

    SOCW 6376 01 - Clinical Practicum I:
    Course Evaluations
    SOCW 6335 02 - Adv Clinical Assessment:
    Course Evaluations

Selected Publications

  • Janis Feldman. "Best practices for adolescent prenatal care: Application of an attachment theory perspective to enhance prenatal care to diminish birth risks," Child and Adolescence Social Work 29, no. 2 (2011): 151-166.

  • Janis Feldman, Johnny Ramírez-Johnson , Héctor Díaz, and Johnny Ramírez-Jorge. "Empowering Latino Church Leaders to Deal with the HIV-AIDS Crisis: A Strengths-Oriented Service Model," Journal of Religion and Health (2011).

  • Sharon Pittman, Janis Feldman, Noe Ramirez, and Sonja Arredondo. "Best Practices for Working with Pregnant Latina Adolescents along the Texas-Mexico Border.," The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education 12, no. 3 (2009): 17-28.

  • Janis Feldman and Sharon Pittman. "Adolescent pregnancy along the Texas-Mexico border: Systematic analysis of risk and resiliency in a Mexican American Population," Social Perspectives 10, no. 1 (2008): 29-52.

  • Janis Feldman. "The effects of support expectations on prenatal attachment: An evidence-based approach for intervention in an adolescent population," Child and Adolescence Social Work Journal 24, no. 3 (2007): 209-234.

Selected Grants and Fellowships

  • Eugenia Curet. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Suicide Prevention Program, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), $340,000.00 (September 1, 2017 - September 1, 2020)

  • Eugenia Curet. , Department of Health and Human Services, ( )

  • Janis Feldman. Stipend o awarded by Office of Graduate Faculty for mentoring two MSSW students, $250.00 (November 2010)

  • Janis Feldman. Exploring the Psycho-Social Variables Related to Unintended Pregnancy in a Healthy Start Sponsored Latina Adolescent Program Along the Texas-Mexico Border., South Texas Borders Health Disparities Research Center, University of TX-Pan American, $15,000.00 ( 2009)

  • Janis Feldman. Purpose: to develop instrument to measure faculty ability for critical thinking , Texas Society for Allied Health Professionals-(TSAHP) , $1,500.00 ( 2006)

  • Janis Feldman. University of Texas-Pan American-Faculty Development, $14,500.00 ( 2006)

Selected Presentations

  • Janis Feldman. "LARC," RGV Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition, McAllen, TX (May 2017)

  • Susy Villegas and Janis Feldman. "Factors Influencing Use of LARCs by Latina Teens along the Texas-Mexico Border," The Texas State Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy 6th Annual Symposium 2017: Partnering for a Better Texas, The Texas State Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Grapevine, Texas (March 2017)

  • Janis Feldman. "Organizer and key presenter at Teens on the edge:Combating teen pregnancy in the Rio Grande Valley, Rio Grande Valley Teen Pregnancy in progress ," Rio Grande Valley Teen Pregnancy Prevention Prevention Coalition conference (affiliated with TX Department of State Health Services), (September 2012)

  • Janis Feldman. Key presenter atTeen pregnancy overview: Risk factors, strategies for addressing teen pregnancy and prevention efforts, TX Healthy Start Alliance, Harlingen, TX (September 2012)

  • Janis Feldman. "Ethical Conflicts and Boundary Violations: Decision Making for Social Workers and other Professionals," 7th Annual Forensic Science Conference, South Padre Island, TX (November 2011)

  • Janis Feldman. "Presentation to Child Protective Services (CPS) Foster Parents," Positive Discipline: A Win-Win Approach, Rio Grande Valley, TX (along with MSSW students) (October 2011)

  • Janis Feldman. "Alzheimer’s Disease: Lost in the Corridors of Your Mind," Presentation to Hogg Foundation recipients at UTPA, Department of Social Work, (April 2011)

  • Janis Feldman. "Sexual and Gender identity Disorders," Presentation to Nursing Department students of UTPA, (December 2010)

  • Janis Feldman. "Alzheimer’s Disease," Hogg Foundation recipients at UTPA, Department of Social Work, (November 2010)

  • Miriam Gayden and Janis Feldman. "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): What Is It and How to Deal With It.," esented to CPS Foster Parents along with MSSW students Marisa Pineda and Miriam Gayden, (November 2010)

Current Courses

SOCW 6376 01 - Clinical Practicum I:
Course Evaluations
SOCW 6335 02 - Adv Clinical Assessment:
Course Evaluations

Previous Courses