BUSSW Recognizes Recent Faculty Accomplishments and Research

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September 30th, 2013

Professor Maryann Amodeo has been awarded a 3-year grant from SAMHSA to examine the effectiveness of peer-to-peer recovery support in reducing relapse among Latino substance abusers who also have mental health problems.

Clinical Associate Professor Janice Furlong gave the following presentations within the community:

  • The Power to Name: Controversies in the DSM 5.
    Keynote presenter, National Social Work Month Conference, Boston Veteran’s Administration Healthcare System; Boston, MA, August 2013.
  • Controversies and Themes in the DSM 5. Grand Rounds presentation, Dana Farber/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Department of Social Work; Boston, MA, June 2013.
  • Children and Adolescents: What’s New in DSM 5. Half-day training presented to Department of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Services, Southeast Division, Massachusetts; Brockton, MA, May 2013.

Professor Judith G. Gonyea recently had the following articles published:

  • Gonyea, J.G. (2013). Changing family demographics, multigenerational bonds, and care of the oldest old. Public Policy & Aging Report, 23(2),11-15.
  • Gonyea, J.G. (2013). Midlife, multigenerational bonds, and caregiving. In R. Tully and R. Montgomery (Eds.) Caregiving Across the Life Span (pp. 105-1320). NY: Springer.

Over the summer, Gonyea participated in a national webinar for the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC). The webinar titled, “The 50 State CHARTBOOK on Foster Care: A web-based data resource for child welfare professionals,” can be heard here.

Additionally, in May, Gonyea was a panelist for a Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C., focused on the State of Foster Care in the 50 States. Learn more about The 50 State CHARTBOOK on Foster Care here.

Professor Lena Lundgren has been asked by the Boston University Provost to serve as Chair of the University Appointment Promotion and Tenure Committee for the coming year.

Assistant Professor Jordana Muroff has received a multi-year award from SAMHSA to test an intervention where she will use smartphone technology to promote medication adherence and reduce relapse among Latinos with co-morbid mental health and substance use disorders.

Clinical Associate Professor Betty J. Ruth, along with MSW/MPH alumni Jamie Wyatt Marshall and Esther E. M. Velásquez, recently had an article published titled, “Prevention in Social Work Scholarship: A Content Analysis of Families in Society 2000-2010 (Research Note),” published in Families in Society. The article can be found online.

Professor Lena Lundgren and Clinical Associate Professor Luz López have received two new grant awards. The first is a 3-year award from CSAT/SAMHSA to examine the effectiveness of an intervention implemented by Tapestry Health/LaVoz to conduct a door-to-door HIV testing outreach campaign to reduce HIV risk among Latinas residing in Western Massachusetts.

The second is a 3-year award from CSAT/SAMHSA to examine the effectiveness of an intervention implemented by Casa Esperanza, a Latina/o residential addiction treatment unit, to provide a medical home and integrated care for Latinas with substance use disorder at risk of HIV and HIV positive.

Associate Professor Scott Geron, Clinical Associate Professor Luz López, BRIDGE Co-Director and adjunct faculty member Mojdeh Rohani, and Professor Lee Staples attended the 18th Biennial International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD) Symposium in Kampala, Uganda, held in July.

Each made a presentation, including:

  • Scott Geron, “Building a Stronger Workforce for Older Adults”
  • Luz López, “Cultural Experience and Addiction”
  • Mojdeh Rohani, “Promising Approaches in Interdisciplinary Services for Survivors of Torture”
  • Mojdeh Rohani and Lee Staples, “New Frontiers in Social Work Education: Building Refugee and Immigrant Degrees for Education (BRIDGE)”

While at the conference, strong positive connections were made with administrative leaders and senior faculty at Makerere University Department of Social Work and Social Administration. Makerere is the oldest university in Uganda, and the department is the first and largest in the country.

A number of faculty and administrators will present at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting, from Oct. 31-Nov.3, in Dallas, TX. Click here to view a full list.