Uwe Wernekinck is in his fifth year of the combined MSW-PhD program. He completed coursework and is currently in the candidacy stage. Born and raised in Germany, he received both his Bachelors and Masters in psychology from Ruhr-University Bochum. After immigrating to the United States in 2014, he worked as a chemical dependency counselor at a local community mental health agency serving a dual diagnosis population. This experience motivated him to apply for the combined program and solidified his interest in studying the intersection of trauma and substance use.
Uwe completed the MSW degree in Spring of 2020. He was the recipient of the 2020 Field Student of the Year award for his field work at Maryhaven. He also belonged to the CSW’s first cohort of the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP). Uwe has co-authored publications in the areas of therapeutic communities, substance use prevention among teenagers, and alcohol use behaviors in parents. His own research interests relate to exploring the role that healing from childhood trauma plays for addiction recovery in men.
Having served as an officer on the Doctoral Student Organization for three consecutive years, he passionate about maintaining a supportive doctoral student community. Uwe is a licensed social worker in the state of Ohio.