Category: SSW News Releases

Social Justice in Clinical Practice: A Liberation Health Framework for Social Work Edited by Faculty Member Dawn Belkin Martinez

March 19th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Dawn Belkin Martinez  The Boston University School of Social Work is thrilled to congratulate Dr. Dawn Belkin Martinez on the recently published textbook “Social Justice in Clinical Practice: A Liberation Health Framework for Social Work.” The practical text, co-edited by Martinez, is designed to help social workers incorporate social justice into their clinical work. The text discusses specific population groups and individual case studies, including LGBT communities, mental health illness, violence, addiction, health, and working with ethnic minorities. With case studies, experiential exercises and role plays, readers gain clear and focused ways to integrate liberation health theory into their ongoing work.

Social Justice in Clinical Practice

Martinez is a half-time faculty member in the Clinical Department at the Boston University School of Social Work as well as a clinical social worker at Boston University Student Health Services. She has extensive experience working with immigrant families and adolescents experiencing new transitions.

To find more information about or purchase “Social Justice in Clinical Practice: A Liberation Health Framework for Social Work” please click here.


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Boston University to Host Reception and Reading with Author Katherine Butler Jones

February 25th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

“’Deeper Roots’ means deeper knowledge. It is the result of my journey of discovery” 

Katherine Butler Jones

Deeper Roots: An American Odyssey

The School of Social Work is pleased to announce a reception, reading and book signing with author, educator and social activist Katherine Butler Jones. The event will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in SSW Conant Lounge, 264 Bay State Road, Boston. (Dr. Jones is the wife of Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones.)

A vivid, captivating storyteller, Dr. Jones will be reading from her new memoir, Deeper Roots: An American Odyssey. Inspired by her great grandparents’ marriage certificate, Dr. Butler Jones’ memoir traces her family’s ancestry. Connecting each tale with a historical lesson, Dr. Butler Jones emphasizes the importance of knowing one’s history and connecting to the larger world.

“We are honored to host Dr. Jones, a dear friend of the School of Social Work,” said Boston University’s School of Social Work’s Dean Gail Steketee, PhD. “Her thoughtful and compelling work is inspirational and informative.”

For more information about Dr. Butler Jones and a Deeper Roots: An American Odyssey excerpt, please visit The reception is a complimentary event. Space is limited; advanced registration is recommended. Please RSVP by March 14 to For more information, please call 617-353-3750.

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Boston University Presents the Third Annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health

February 14th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Dr. Donald Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to discuss healthcare reform and social justice


BOSTON (Feb. 14, 2014) —The Boston University School of Social Work is pleased to announce Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as the guest speaker for the Third Annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health on April 12, 2014. The lecture will be held from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Boston University Kenmore Classroom Building, Room 101, at 565 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Mass.

Dr. Berwick, co-founder, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has consistently been named one of the top influential healthcare leaders in the country. In his lecture, Dr. Berwick will explore the urgency— and possibility—of changing healthcare in America to achieve better care, better health and lower cost through improvement.

The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health is an annual symposium addressing vexing health issues in the urban context, featuring prominent national and international leaders at the intersection of health and social justice. The series honors the vision of Hubie Jones, dean emeritus of Boston University’s School of Social Work, who inspired and shaped the School’s urban mission during his 16-year tenure and who continues to influence and define the social and civic landscape of Boston as a leader, bridge-builder, and advocate.

“With his vast portfolio, Dr. Berwick is a leading exponent on the quality and improvement of this nation’s healthcare,” said Boston University’s School of Social Work’s Dean Gail Steketee. “He exemplifies the expertise and passion that the Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health was designed to honor, and we are excited to feature him in this year’s lecture.”

In July 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which he held until Dec. 2011. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served as clinical professor of pediatrics and healthcare policy at the Harvard Medical School, professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a member of the staffs of Boston’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has also served as vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the first “Independent Member” of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Berwick served two terms on the IOM’s governing Council and was a member of the IOM’s Global Health Board. He served on President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. In 2005, he was appointed “Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire” by the Queen of England, the highest honor awarded by the UK to non-British subjects, in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific articles and four books. He also serves now as lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

While this event is complimentary, advanced registration is requested. ASL interpretation provided. Guests can register at

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Hot Off the Press! Read the Winter 2014 Issue of Currents

January 8th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

CoverjpegOur alumni publication, Currents, is now available online. To read it in an online magazine format, click here. To download the issue, click here. In this issue, you’ll read about two alumni who developed and currently oversee a program titled, “the Racial Reconciliation and Healing Project,” in Jamaica Plain, Mass. This project brings together Jamaica Plain youth of color and white youth to discuss, expose and address structural racism at its roots. You’ll also learn more about the great work that our esteemed faculty are doing, such as Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm’s project titled, “Healthy Women, Healthy Communities”, as part of the Asian Women’s Health Initiative Project (AWSHIP).

Enjoy the read!

Times Higher Education Puts BU 22nd of Top 100 Health, Clinical Programs Worldwide

November 13th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

For the second year in a row, BU’s health and medical education programs have been named among the top 100 worldwide in the 2013–2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, conducted by Thomson Reuters. The influential survey ranked BU 22nd for clinical, preclinical, and health programs, an advancement from 29th place last year.

The ranking applies to the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, and the School of Social Work, according to Thomson Reuters.

The Times Higher Education (formerly part of the Times of London) uses 13 criteria to compile the ratings. The criteria are grouped in five areas—teaching, international outlook, research, research income from industry, and citations of faculty research. The rankings examine research influence by tracking the number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally. This year Thomson Reuters examined more than 50 million citations to 6 million journal articles published over five years in assembling the rankings, according to the Times website.

(via BU Today – see the full article here.)

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Faculty, MSW/MPH Students and Alumni to Present at APHA Annual Meeting in Boston

October 28th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

The Boston University School of Social Work is thrilled to announce that a number of faculty, MSW/MPH students and alumni are presenting at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, from Nov. 2-6, in Boston.

Check out the work that our faculty, students and alumni have done. Attend their presentations and find out why the Boston University MSW/MPH program is helping to make the next generation of Public Health Social Work leaders.

Click here to view the Faculty, MSW/MPH Students and Alumni Listing of Presentations

The School is also pleased to share that Clinical Associate Professor Betty J. Ruth has been selected to receive the Insley/Evans Public Health Social Worker of the Year Award from the Public Health Social Work Section of the American Public Health Association. The awards committee recognized Ruth for her years of service to the profession, her trailblazing role as an educator in the field of public health social work, and her steadfast efforts to increase the number of MSW/MPH dual-degree programs around the country. Ruth will be honored at the conference.

HRSA-Funded BUSSW Program Named as Model for Building Social Service Capacity at White House Briefing

October 8th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Led by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), 160 social workers were enthusiastically welcomed into the historic Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building for a White House briefing titled, “Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education.” Several senior White House officials participated in four panels addressing the importance of social workers as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act moves into a new phase on October 1. During the briefing, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Deputy Administrator Dr. Marcia Brand pointed to the HRSA-funded Boston University School of Social Work program, In the Community Mental Health Training for Social Workers Program (ICMH), as a model for building social service capacity to meet the nation’s health workforce needs.

The Boston University School of Social Work Off-Campus Program, in collaboration with six Massachusetts community-based mental and behavioral health treatment centers located in medically under-served communities, will increase the number of social work graduates trained in empirically supported assessment and intervention methods for trauma, co-morbid mental health and addictions disorders in medically under-served communities. The Boston University off-campus programs are led by Assistant Dean of Off-Campus & Online Programs Mena daSilva-Clark, with Dr. Lena Lundgren serving as the program investigator of the grant and Dr. Ivy Krull as the program director.

The White House briefing was attended by Dean Gail Steketee, Assistant Dean for Field Education Trudy Zimmerman, and Clinical Associate Professor Betty Ruth, who is the director of the MSW/MPH dual degree program.

For additional details on the  HRSA program, please visit

Non-Tenure Track Faculty Opening for Fall 2014 – Macro Practice

October 1st, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

The Boston University School of Social Work invites applications for one non-tenure track position: Assistant Professor of Macro Practice. We seek candidates with teaching skills and scholarly expertise in Macro Practice such as community organizations, administration, management and/or related areas. 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. Distinguished by its urban mission and focus on social and economic justice, oppression and diversity, the School has a strong commitment to educating masters and doctoral social workers who will become leaders 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, scholarship, and the application and integration of knowledge. Candidates should have at least five years of full-time practice experience (or the equivalent) with communities and organizations. Applicants must have an MSW or equivalent; a PhD or equivalent degree is desirable. Individuals must show evidence of strong teaching skills, clinical/community practice and service, and scholarly interests in practice, pedagogy and/or substantive social/community problems and populations.

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2013 or until positions are filled. Early applications are encouraged. Visit our website at

BUSSW is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer; 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

BUSSW Recognizes Recent Faculty Accomplishments and Research

September 30th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

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.

Professor Lena Lundgren Selected to Give the 2014 Aaron Rosen Lecture

September 26th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

LENAThe Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) has selected Associate Dean for Research and Professor Lena Lundgren to give the 2014 Aaron Rosen Lecture at its annual meeting in January, held in San Antonio, Texas.

The Society for Social Work and Research established the Aaron Rosen Lecture in conjunction with the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis to honor the lifetime achievement of Dr. Rosen and provide the SSWR membership with an annual scholarly lecture that will move the field forward in terms of the integration of practice and research.