Category: SSW News Releases

Journal of Social Work Education: “Teaching Note—Educating Public Health Social Work Professionals: Results From an MSW/MPH Program Outcomes Study”

January 21st, 2015 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Clinical Professor and Director of the Dual Degree Program in Social Work and Public Health Betty J. Ruth, along with Jamie Wyatt Marshall, Esther E. M. Velásquez, and Sara S. Bachman recently published the results of their study of MSW/MPH graduates in the Journal of Social Work Education’s winter 2015 issue.

In “Teaching Note—Educating Public Health Social Work Professionals: Results From an MSW/MPH Program Outcomes Study,” researchers examined “the emerging popularity of MSW/MPH programs” and interviewed 214 alumni of a well-established program, asking questions regarding salary and career satisfaction, as well as identification within the public health social work field.

To read the article in full, click here.

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BUSSW Student Aida Manduley Joined BU’s 3rd Annual Sex in the Dark Event

December 18th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW News Releases

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On October 28, 2014, BUSSW’s Aida Manduley, scheduled to graduate in 2016, sat on a panel of (s)experts at BU’s 3rd Annual Sex in the Dark event. Hosted by Wellness & Prevention Services, the event takes place in complete darkness, minus a few glow sticks, to make students more comfortable discussing intimate issues. Questions are anonymously texted to the sexperts in advance, and nothing relevant is considered “TMI.”

“The goal of the event is to normalize conversations about sexuality and give attendees (mostly students, but it was open to anyone) a fun, honest space to ask questions, as well as familiarize them with resources BU has to offer,” Manduley said. “All this while grounding “sexpert” answers in accessible, non-judgmental language and paying attention to things like consent and sexual diversity.”

When she first arrived at Brown University, Manduley knew she wanted to work on issues of LGBTQ rights and racial justice. “As a queer Latina, not only did I know those issues were important overall, but they were also topics I wasn’t able to tackle when I lived with my family in Puerto Rico,” she said. “I branched out into sexuality education more specifically, but it’s all rooted in wanting social justice.”

Manduley is a youth sexuality educator with Partners in Sex Education, an Offsite Sex Educator with Good Vibrations, a Sexual Health Advocate, and a Special Projects Consultant with The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. However, she is also a active and engaged student with at the School of Social Work.

“My goal is to consistently connect my knowledge bases, so bringing bits of social work into the sexuality field and vice-versa is very important to me,” Manduley said. “I’ve acquired core sexuality knowledge, but also gotten experience in fundraising, organizational development, education, and things like program management.”

Currently on the Clinical Track, Manduley’s detailed knowledge about sexuality issues allows her to connect with clients around issues that other social workers may find uncomfortable. “I joked about it in a class the other day, actually,” Manduley said. “We were talking about issues facing older adults, and how many seniors are sexually active. Someone said they didn’t want to talk to their grandparents about sex, and I just exclaimed: ‘ME! Let me do it! I want to talk to everyone’s grandparents about sex!'”

Manduley’s social work aspirations include both a passion for macro and private practice. Interested in human services management and the intersections of social work with public health, she has special interest in areas of sexual and domestic violence, reproductive justice, and provider competency with minority populations.

When asked about the importance of events like Sex in the Dark, Manduley noted the purpose of higher education“College is not just a place to get an academic education; it’s a place where students go to become well-rounded individuals, and sexuality is a large part of human experience that deserves analysis and intellectual (as well as practical) attention.”

Marylou Sudders (’78) Appointed New Massachusetts Health and Human Services Chief

November 26th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

0201-marylou-sudders-300x200Governor-elect Charlie Baker recently appointed former mental health commissioner Marylou Sudders (’78) to lead his administration’s health and human services secretariat.

Sudders is currently an associate professor of health and mental health at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. She graduated BU School of Social Work. Sudders previously served as commissioner of mental health under Republican Govs. William Weld, Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift from 1996 until 2003.

To read the complete press release by the State House, click here.

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BUSSW Ranked 8th in Top 25 Online MSW Programs in the US

November 11th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Top-25-Online-MSW-Programs-300x219On October 30, 2014, Best MSW Programs released its 2014 “Top 25 Online MSW Programs” rankings, declaring the Boston University School of Social Work 8th in the nation.

“Currently, there are less than 30 schools that offer 100% online coursework, are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and award an MSW degree,” Julian Schroer writes. “Comparisons of these programs can be difficult.”

Schroer and the Best MSW Programs team researched and compared all the current Online MSW Programs based on program options, reputation in the field, and innovation and investment in online education.

This achievement follows U.S News & World Report’s “Best Global Universities Rankings” for 2015, where BU Social Sciences and Public Health ranked 25th, and Boston University ranked 37th. Also, Best MSW Programs ranked BUSSW 13th in its “Top 50 Campus-Based MSW Programs” list.



BUSSW Professor Present at Several Fall Conferences

November 10th, 2014 in SSW In the News, SSW News Releases, Uncategorized

Boston University School of Social Work professors traveled the world this fall presenting and sharing their expertise with audiences at various conferences, including the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, the Addiction Health Services Research Conference, and more. Below is a list of the BU School of Social Work faculty presentations through November 2014. Please stay tuned for further updates!

Addiction Health Services Research Conference: October 15-17, Boston, MA

  • Augsberger, Hyeouk “Chris” Hahm, Albert Yeung, Meaghan Dougher — “Barriers to substance use and mental health utilization among Asian-American women: Exploring the conflict between emotional distress and cultural stigma”
  • Muroff, J., Robinson, W. (current PhD), Chassler, D., Lopez, L.M., Dargon-Hart, S, Stewart, E., De Jesus, D., Dinauer, S, Johnson, K., Lundgren, L.M.– “Introducing CASA CHESS: Is it of Use?”
  • Luz Lopez, Juliaty Hermanto, Angelee Russ, Deborah Chassler, and Lena M. Lundgren — “Injection of Xylazine mixed with heroin associated with poor health outcomes and HIV risk behaviors in Puerto Rico”

Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting: October 23-26, Tampa, FL

  • Reeve Goldhaber — “Developing a Student-Centered Advising System for a National Online MSW Program”
  • Mary Collins, Susie Mapp, Joanne Corbin, Joy Borah — “Human Trafficking in Vietnam”
  • Trudy Zimmerman, Judith Perlstein — “Taking it to the Streets: An Online Seminar for Field Instructors” and Roundtable Discussion
  • Donna McLaughlin, Mark Gianino — “Think Tank”
  • Kristina Whiton-O’Brien, Diane Crowley, Reeve Goldhaber — “Developing a Student-Centered Advising System for a National Online MSW Program”
  • Deborah Sheehan — “Continuing Education: The Leading Edge in Social Work”
  • Deborah Sheehan, Betty Ruth, Mark Gianino, Scott Geron  —   “A Crisis in Social Work Continuing Professional Education?  A Faculty Conservation”
  • Ellen R. DeVoe, Samantha Schneider, Abigail Ross — “Effects of Parental Deployment on Young Children: A Qualitative Study”

Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting: November 5-9, Washington, DC

  • Bronwyn Keefe — “Aging and Disability Resource Centers: The Challenges of Bringing Together the Different Service Logic Models of the Aging and Disabilities Worlds”
  • E. Gonzales, L. Marchiondo & S. Ran — “Age discrimination at work: A measure that captures interpersonal mistreatment.”
  • P. Sauer, E. Gonzales, & S.R. Kunkel — “Different approaches to cross-national and international research on aging.”
  • E. Gonzales, H.W. Shen, & J. Norstrand — “Neighborhoods.  Does place matter for volunteering later in life?”
  • S. Rubin, T. Gendron, C. Wren, K. Ogbonna, E. Peron, E. Gonzales — “Changing students’ knowledge and attitudes towards older adults through an intergenerational art program.”
  • Judith Gonyea — “The Weakening Political Legitimacy of Seniors: Consequences for Aging Boomers”
  • Robert Hudson — “The Aging Network Under Pressure: The New World of Long-Term Care,” “Older Americans as a Shifting Target Population of Social Policy,” “Anticipating the White House Conference on Aging: 2015,” “Annual Meeting of Public Policy & Aging Editorial Board”
  • Thomas Byrne, PhD; Christopher B. Roberts, MPH; Dennis P. Culhane, PhD; Vincent Kane, MSS –  “Estimating Cost Savings Associated with HUD-VASH Placement for Older Homeless Veterans”
  • Melekis, K., & Gonyea, J.G. “Status and self: Managing the stigma of being old and homeless.” Symposium panel, Perspectives on the housing and health status of older homeless adults.

Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Conference: November 6-8, Albuquerque, NM

  • Daniel P. Miller — “If You Build It, Will They Come?  Access to the Summer Food Service Program and Food Insecurity Among Low Income Households with Children”
  • Daniel P. Miller & Lenna Napomnyaschy — “Family Structure Stability and Transitions and Household Food Insecurity”
  • Yoonsook Ha, PhD, Pam Josh, PhD, Erin Hardy, MS, Kate Giapponi, MBA — “The Impact of the Eligability Reassessment Process on the Stability of Child Care Subsidy Receipt and Child Care Arrangement in Massachusetts”

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting: November 6-8, Miami, FL

  • Ruth Paris, Karen Garber, Amy Sommer, Karen Gould — “Project BRIGHT: Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Trauma and Substance Abuse”
  • Ruth Paris, Katherine Rosenblum, Carmen Rosa Norona, and Jennifer Grady — “Screening and Assessing Trauma in Young Children”

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting: November 15-19, New Orleans, LA

  • Deborah Chassler, Lena Lundgren — “Differences Among Latino Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Clients in Residential Substance Use Treatment: A Preliminary Study”
  • Luz Lopez, Betty J. Ruth — “Conceptualizing Public Heath Social Work for Global Health Practice: Findings from a Qualitative Study”
  • Betty J. Ruth — “Health in all Programs: Findings from a National Analysis of MSW Programs”

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention: November 20-23, Philadelphia, PA

  • Gail Steketee – Discussant for symposium, “Recent Advances in Understanding and Treating OCD: Mechanisms of Change and Novel Treatment Targets”
  • Gail Steketee — Discussant for symposium “Community Based Interventions for Hoarding Disorder”
  • Jordana Muroff, Gail Steketee —  “Sorting Out Core Vulnerabilities for Hoarding among Young Adults,” symposium paper
  • Schwartz; R.A., Rasmussen, J.L., Steketee, G., & Wilhelm, S. “Incompleteness and Modular Cognitive Therapy for OCD: Symmetry and Perfectionism as Predictors of Treatment Outcome,” poster session
  • Muroff, J., Bratiotis, C,. Kane, J., Scammel, M., Prado, M., Chiger, A., & Russ, “A Hoarding Intervention in Public Housing: A Pilot Study”

Lisa Zerden (PhD’09) Receives $1.4 Million Federal Grant for Integrative Healthcare Project

November 10th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

uncssw-3914When we learned that Lisa Zerden (PhD’09) recently received $1.4 million in federal funding for her innovative integrative healthcare project, we were anxious to learn more about her vision for the future of primary care as well as her work as a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Zerden told the SSW Reporter that she first came to focus on health through her interest in food insecurity. As a Masters in Social Work student at UCLA, she focused on the paradox between obesity and food insecurity. Her decision to pursue her PhD in sociology and social work at Boston University “happened by taking a chance.” She only applied to Boston University and hoped to deepen her understanding of policies around nutrition and food insecurity when she first applied to the program.

“I really loved my social work education at the master’s level and knew I wanted more,” Zerden said. “When I got to BU, the PhD program was more rigorous and intense than I expected but I loved it. I was really lucky to have an amazing cohort of people that I did the program along with.” Zerden says she still maintains strong friendships with her cohort (now spread across the country).

After receiving a small grant to travel to South Africa, Zerden completed an HIV-related projected there. “This was a very meaningful project because I was born in South Africa and had not been back since immigrating to the United States as a child. I saw first hand how the country had been ravaged by HIV and AIDS,” she said.

While struggling to find a space to explore her interest around this subject, Professor Luz Lopez invited Zerden to accompany her on a trip so Puerto Rico. “Luz was so generous with that invitation and does such meaningful work there,” Zerden said.

During her travels, Zerden grew interested in the intersection of the AIDS epidemic and substance abuse. When she returned from Puerto Rico, She went to work as a graduate assistant with the Center for Addiction Research & Services (CARS) at BU for three years under the guidance of Professor Professor Lena Lundgren (Associate Dean for Research and CARS Director), Deborah Chassler (CARS Associate Director and Senior Academic Researcher) and Luz Lopez—all whom she continues to collaborate with today.

During that time, Zerden said she learned the ins and outs of developing grants and program evaluation. “I learned so much there,” Zerden said. “There’s no way I could have actually been able to write a successful federal grant and have it hit without the valuable experiences I learned through CARS and the community partnerships they developed.”

The $1.4 million HRSA grant allows for the development of a specialized MSW training program to prepare final year students to deliver integrated behavioral health services in primary care settings.

“There’s a lot more recognition about the importance of treating people holistically and so, this approach is in line with social work values, recognizing that people are part of families, communities and larger systems. And, especially in light of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation and the focus on prevention, it is critical to treat behavioral health problems before they worsen.”

Zerden’s pilot project will begin this January and a total of 93 students will participate over the next 3 years. In addition to field placements, students will participate in seminars and workshops, which she is currently developing.

Fall Faculty Updates: Renee Spencer, Associate Professor and Chair of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

November 10th, 2014 in SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

spencerProfessor Renee Spencer will deliver a keynote talk titled, “Realizing the Promise of Youth Mentoring,” at Mentors in Schools: Research in Action, sponsored by the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland on November 27.

In September, Professor Spencer held a project launch meeting in Seattle, WA, for a new 4-year project, “Developing a Model for Delivering School-Based Mentoring to Students in Military Families,” funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and being conducted in collaboration with Timothy Cavell, PhD, University of Arkansas and Amy Slep, PhD, New York University.

Fall Faculty Updates: Ruth Paris, Associate Professor

November 10th, 2014 in SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

RuthParis-150x150Professor Paris, site PI, was recently funded by the NIH/NCCAM to study the impact of chronic low back pain on military veterans and their families. The parent study, based at Boston Medical Center (PI, Robert Saper) and the VA in Bedford, MA, is a randomized control trial of yoga for chronic low back pain in military veterans. While there is a growing literature on the effects of severe trauma (e.g., spinal cord injury, amputation) and mental health problems (e.g., PTSD, suicide) on the military family, little is currently known about the impact of chronic pain, specifically chronic lower back pain on marital and family functioning in military families.

Professor Paris also presented “Maternal and Infant Mental Health: Meaning, Significance, and Application” at the Boston Children’s Hospital in July.

Fall Faculty Updates: Julie Springwater, Adjunct Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Human Services Management Certificate

November 10th, 2014 in SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Professor Julie Springwater is currently serving as the interim Chair of Macro Practice at the School of Social Work, as well as the Chair of the Governance Committee of the Board of the Child Welfare League of America. Professor Springwater recently celebrated her 20th anniversary as the Executive Director of the NE Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors.

Fall Faculty Updates: Lena Lundgren, Associate Dean for Research, Professor, and CARS Director

November 10th, 2014 in SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

10-3174-SWWCARS-048-e1390497581698Associate Dean and Professor Lena Lundgren hosted the 2014 Addiction Health Services Research Conference (AHSR), a national conference bringing together experts in the field of addiction research, in Boston. Professor Lundgren introduced alumnus Douglas Brooks (SSW’99), one of the plenary speakers at the 3-day event. For more information about this year’s AHSR Conference, click here.

Professor Lundgren is currently the Principal Investigator on a 5 year study examining the effectiveness of addiction treatment interventions funded by the Swedish effectiveness of addiction treatment interventions. 2014-2019. Funded by the Swedish National Institute for Health/ Social/ Labor Market Research and Umea University.

Professor Lundgren currently has two publications in press, “The Affordable Care Act: New Opportunities for Social Work to Take Leadership in Behavioral Health and Addiction Treatment” (with Ivy Krull) in the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research and “Integrating Addiction and Mental Health Treatment within a National Addiction Treatment System” in Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.