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Center for Aging & Disability Education and Research to Participate in PCORI Grant; Partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital

October 2nd, 2015 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News

BUSSW’s Center for Aging & Disability Education and Research (CADER) will work in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital on a three-year, $1.9 million PCORI grant.  The grant focuses on “Acute Community Care to Avoid Unnecessary Emergency Department Visits,” and examines a new Massachusetts acute community care program–a collaboration between the EasCare ambulance service provider and Commonwealth Care Alliance, which serves adults who have both Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

Acute community care programs are currently being explored in other countries, where, similiar to the United States, emergency departments are overburdened. This expiriment utilizes highly trained paramedics to treat urgent care patients within their home or institutional residences when medically appropriate. In addition to traveling in SUVs with extensive medical supplies, medications, and special diagnostic testing equipment, such parademics also have access to patients’ electronic health records.

BUSSW professors Scott Geron and Bronwyn Keefe will work with an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and researchers, including Harvard researchers at MGH, UMass Survey Research group, the BU School of Public Health Data Control Center, Michael Shwartz at BU Questrom, and the Commonwealth Care Alliance. Geron and Keefe’s work will focus on developing measures of competency assessment for the paramedics, interviewing consumers, family members, paramedics and providers during the evaluation to collect patient-reported experiences and reactions to the program, and assisting with other related research and analysis tasks.

For more information on CADER at BUSSW, click here.

Professor Hyeouk “Chris” Hahm to Speak at the 12th Congress of World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation Conference

October 2nd, 2015 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News

Professor Hyeouk “Chris” Hahm will speak at the 12th Congress of World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) Conference in Seoul, Korea. The conference takes place from November 2-5, 2015.

Hahm smallSince 1986, the WAPR Congress has served as a landmark in the field of psychosocial rehabilitation. Each year, the Conference features leaders in the field of mental health care and welcomes clinicians and researchers from various disciplines, including social work, psychiatry, and psychology.

Professor Hahm will present “Developing an Intervention to Reduce Mental and Sexual Health Problems Among Asian-American Women: The AWARE Intervention.”

The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health 2015

October 2nd, 2015 in Homepage, SSW In the News

The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health was established in 2011 in honor of dean emeritus Hubie Jones (’57), the School of Social Work dean from 1977 to 1993. Jones has helped shape Boston’s civic landscape for over 45 years, and been integral in numerous community organizations within Boston’s African-American population and throughout all Boston neighborhoods. The annual symposium features prominent leaders at the intersection of health and social justice.

This year’s fourth annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health will take place on Saturday, October 4, 2015 from 10-11:30 am in the Kenmore Classroom Building, Room 101 at 565 Commonwealth Avenue.

Dean-Galea-crop-300dpi-for-PRINTWe are pleased to announce that this year School of Public Health Dean Sandro Galea will present, “A Focus on What Matters: A Foundational Approach to Improving the Health of Populations.”

In his presentation, Dean Galea will explore the promise and challenges of precision medicine–sometimes called personalized medicine, which aims to tailor clinical treatment to the individual characteristics of patients. President Obama recently announced a new Precision Medicine Initiative. The scientific leadership at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Academy of Medicine, and U.S. universities have taken up the challenge. In evaluating the concerns and potential impacts of a focus on precision medicine, Galea will argue that we must explore broader patterns of health and the health of populations rather than of persons.

Contact Ken Schulman at with any questions and RSVP below.

The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health 2015 RSVP

Dr. Sara Bachman to Serve as Interim Director of SSW Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health

September 14th, 2015 in Homepage, SSW Headlines

“I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Sara Bachman has agreed to serve as Interim Director of SSW’s new Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health,” Dean Gail Steketee said.


Dr. Sara Bachman brings a wealth of experience in the fields of social work and health policy to this role, including twenty years of experience with health policy research and program evaluation, focusing particularly on state and national health care coverage models and financing of health care for children with special health care needs and adults with complex health conditions including HIV/AIDS, disability and substance use. Dr. Bachman holds a joint appoint at the School of Public Health and the School of Social Work.

Madi Wachman (‘14, SPH‘15) is currently serving as the Project Manager for the Center.

The new Center will include seven learning communities that will engage faculty from a variety of disciplines, national leaders, and practitioners in a critical analysis of key areas of social work and health. In additional, the trans-disciplinary teams will produce scholarly research around each key area. The seven areas of focus are: health equity, community health, advancing social work education in health, global health, policy initiatives, health care reforms, and behavioral health.

The Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health aims to expand the impact of social work in health, public health, and global health in order to reduce health costs, improve outcomes and the patient experience, and promote population health and health equity nationally and global. The Center was endowed at $12.5 million in 2014. It is set to open on the Medical Campus this year.

Tenure Track Faculty Opening for Fall 2016

August 26th, 2015 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News

The Boston University School of Social Work invites applications for an open tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level.  Candidates with teaching skills and research/scholarly expertise in the following areas are encouraged to apply:

Family and community violence
Social justice and inequities
Behavioral health
Aging from a clinical perspective

Located in an unusually rich academic and international community, Boston offers excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with universities, community organizations, health and mental health settings. The School is distinguished by its vision to advance a just society that promotes the health and empowerment of all oppressed groups, and by its mission to develop dynamic and diverse social work practitioners, leaders, and scholars in a multicultural environment.  Special areas of expertise within the school include community organizing, planning and management, health and mental health, aging, children and youth, trauma and families, substance abuse, and public health social work.  The School of Social Work and Boston University foster an interdisciplinary collegial environment and seek to attract and retain a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber who are skilled in teaching, research, application and integration of knowledge.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent and show evidence of strong teaching and research skills and a beginning record of publication appropriate for this position.

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2015 or until position is filled.  Early applications are encouraged.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.  Applications from minority individuals are strongly encouraged.

Please submit a letter of application outlining teaching and research/scholarship skills and experience, as well as a current CV, sample publications/writings, teaching evaluations, and three letters of reference to:

Search Committee/Dean’s Office
Boston University School of Social Work
264 Bay State Road
Boston, MA  02215

Professor Janice Furlong to Receive 2015 Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching

May 11th, 2015 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News

Pfurlong1rofessor Janice Furlong will receive this year’s esteemed Boston University Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The award is the highest teaching honor recognized at the University.

Professor Furlong will receive the award during University Commencement on Sunday, May 17. Commencement takes place at Nickerson Field and begins at 1 PM.

“Within BUSSW we have long known the high quality of Janice’s work,” Dean Gail Steketee said. “She has won SSW’s teaching award three times, she has consistently received stellar course evaluations across many courses and over several years, she has led a seminar to doctoral students who are learning the craft of teaching, and she has been sought out by many faculty for consultation on teaching challenges.  I am so pleased the University has now also recognized Janice’s contributions to teaching.”

Dean Steketee Elected President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

May 11th, 2015 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News

BUSSW’s Dean Steketee was recently elected president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She is one of the first social workers to take on a leadership role with ABCT and BUSSW is proud!

Dean Steketee has been a member of ABCT for 35 years. During that time, she has presented annually at conferences – poster sessions, symposia, panels, workshops, master clinician seminars, and institutes, served as Program Chair for the 25th anniversary conference and as an Awards Committee member for several years.

To learn more about ABCT, click here.

BUSSW, BC School of Social Work, and NASW-MA Celebrate Marylou Sudders (’78), Massachusetts’ New Secretary of Health and Human Services

March 26th, 2015 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features, SSW News Releases


BC School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi, Gov. Baker, BUSSW Dean Gail Steketee, Secretary Sudders, State Senator Karen Spilka, NASW CEO Angelo McClain, NASW Massachusetts President Carol Trust. (Photo credit: Caitlin Cunningham, courtesy of Boston College School of Social Work)

“We are delighted to have her intelligence, knowledge, practicality, and strong leadership in this area of extreme importance in the Commonwealth,” Dean Gail Steketee told an audience of approximately 200 on Tuesday, March 24, as she kicked off an afternoon celebration in honor of Marylou Sudders (’78), Governor Baker’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The event was co-hosted by BUSSW, BC School of Social Work, and NASW-MA and brought together social workers from all across New England to celebrate a leader in the field. The reception took place at the Massachusetts State House Flag Hall.

Governor Charles Baker, State Senator of Massachusetts Karen E. Spilka, BC School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi, Executive Director of NASW, Massachusetts Chapter Carol J. Trust, NASW, and Chief Executive Officer of NASW Angelo McClain also spoke to Sudders’ lifetime dedication to public service.

Dean Steketee said Sudders’ appointment is a timely one. “Our own school is about to launch its Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health. We are particularly interested in drawing together experts in health throughout the [Boston] area as well as the nation. I am hopeful that Marylou will contribute some of her expertise as its needed in the future.”

Governor Baker told the audience he “couldn’t imagine picking anyone else” for the position. Sudders is charged with overseeing the largest executive agency in state government and a $19.4 billion budget. “She’s born for this job. And if she wasn’t born for it, she made herself the right person for this job over the course of her career.”

“One of the things I admire most about social workers is their ability to solve really complicated problems that present themselves almost on a daily basis,” Governor Baker said. “That’s one of the things I love most about Marylou… she’s a spectacular problem solver.”

Sudders earned her MSW at Boston University School of Social Work in 1978. In 2012, Sudders was appointed to the state’s Health Policy Commission for her behavioral health expertise. She has also served as Chair of Health and Mental Health at Boston College School of Social Work, where she will continue to serve as a visiting professor.

“If somebody had said to me in 1976 when I entered the School of Social Work that I might be a public official, a Commissioner of Mental Health, and a cabinet Secretary for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, I would have said ‘I don’t think so,’” Sudders said. “But what I’ve always said to students is the thing about social work is it opens any door that you want to run through, it is our inhibitions that prevent us from running through those doors. There is no greater education than a social work education to open up a wealth of opportunities for us. I would expect in ten years that there shouldn’t just be a one Marylou Sudders, but we should be populating as cabinet secretaries all across the country.”

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Donna McLaughlin (Clinical Associate Professor) Receives 2015 Mary V. Lisbon Group Worker of the Year Award

March 23rd, 2015 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 1.05.20 PMProfessor Donna McLaughlin is the recipient of the 2015 Mary V. Lisbon Group Worker of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG). The award recognizes McLaughlin’s commitment, leadership, and contributions around the field of social work with groups.

McLaughlin received the award on Friday, March 20 at the Massachusetts Chapter Spring Conference entitled “Social Change through Group Work: Empowering Individuals and Communities” held at Wheelock College, Brookline Campus.

“Donna is honored to be recognized by this group of social work professionals,” Dean Gail Steketee said. BUSSW was well represented at the conference with 16 current students, numerous alumni, fellow faculty Clinical Associate Professor Mark Gianino, several part-time lecturers (Sera Godfrey, Adam Glick, Liz Hudson, Leah Hart Tennen), and Professor Emeritus Lois Levinsky in attendance.

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Delegation of Russian Child Protection Specialists Visit SSW

March 23rd, 2015 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Russian Delegation

On March 3, a delegation of five Russian child protection specialists affiliated with the US-Russian Social Expertise Exchange visited the School of Social Work.

The group of experts met with Professor Renee Spencer and Associate Dean and Professor Mary Collins. The group has identified a focus of mentoring for children aging out of protection systems (residential care in Russia).


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