Category: SSW News Releases

Synergy of Social Justice and Public Health: Dr. Troutman Offers High Praise

September 6th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features, SSW News Releases


(L-R) Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones laughs with Dr. Adewale Troutman

“I love talking to social workers because you guys get it. You understand it, you live it, you breath it. You understand all the implications of societal forces on issues that you work on,” said Dr. Adewale Troutman, president of the American Public Health Association. A human rights, health equity, and social justice activist, Troutman was the keynote speaker at the Second Annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health, held April 27, 2013. He opened by speaking about his childhood growing up in the South Bronx.

“We were so poor. True to our urban environment, there was very little green space; we used public transportation; and we were surrounded by domestic violence, alcoholism, abandonment, poverty and racial tension,” he described.

Troutman discussed his involvement in the civil rights movement, which fueled his interest in equity and justice. “I thought I could change the world. And I still do. I believe the power of one is extremely important: the opportunity to do what you can do can in fact make a difference in the world,” he said.

Troutman identifies himself through his commitment to social justice, human rights, community activism, health equity and national and global health. His life’s work has been a testimony to this fact. Troutman has over 40 years of dedicated practice through action to the principles of universal freedoms, and the elimination of racism, injustice and oppression. His experience includes special consultancies with the World Health Organization in Thailand and Japan, health assessment missions in Angola, Jamaica and Zaire, and training in India and Austria. His commitment to justice has evolved into his nationally recognized efforts to create health equity and the supremacy of the social determinants of health, the founding of the first Center for Health Equity at a local health department, and the creation of the Mayors Healthy Hometown Movement. He is also credited with the passage of one of the strongest anti-smoking ordinances in the country.

Encouraging the collaboration between public health and social work, Troutman applauded the public health social work dual degree program at Boston University. “An MSW/MPH is a direction we should all be taking — prevention is a guiding light,” he said.

In his presentation, Troutman spoke of reframing the following:

  • Health vs. Healthcare
  • Individual vs. Population Health
  • Market Justice vs. Social Justice
  • Rights vs. Privileges
  • Biological/Behavioral Determinants vs. Social Determinants
  • Creating Health Equity vs. Eliminating Health

“Social justice says societal factors affect what happens it us as individuals and populations. It needs to be part of the equation for us to understand what we need to do,” said Troutman.

Emphasizing equality, Troutman shared different case studies surrounding community health initiatives and discussed health policy. He also encouraged the audience to engage the medical community, identify non-traditional partners in the community, and recognize the importance of empowerment and capacity.

“We are all connected in public health, and it is our responsibility to continue to fight for policies and resources that create opportunities for people to live healthily and prosper,” he said. “You can’t have anything without a vision. We talk a lot about health equity and social justice, but how often do we visualize that? It takes a risk.”

Troutman closed by sharing the following poem:

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to others is to risk involvement
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return
To live is to risk dying
To hope is to risk despair
To try is to risk failure
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.
Chained by their servitude, they are a slave, they forfeited their freedom.

Only the person who risks is free.


About Dr. Adewale Troutman
Dr. Troutman has a Doctor of Medicine from New Jersey Medical School, a master’s in Public Health from Columbia University, a master’s in Black Studies from the State University of New York in Albany, and board certification from the National Board of Public Health Examiners. His career has included clinical emergency medicine, hospital administration, academic, and public health practice. He served as an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health & Information Sciences, while directing the Metro-Louisville Department of Public Health & Wellness.

Troutman has had multiple publications including “What if We Were Equal?,” co-authored with former Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. David Satcher; and numerous awards and recognitions. He is featured in the nationally televised PBS series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Troutman also serves on a variety of boards including the National Board of Public Health Examiners, the Health & Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Health Promotion Disease & the Committee on Infant Mortality, the Board of Directors of Public Health Law and Policy, the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, the African American Heritage Center and is an active member of the Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) and he has also served as a former BCHW President.

About the Hubie Jones Lecture on Urban Health
Wrapping up the month of Global Days of Service 2013, the endowed lecture is an annual symposium addressing vexing health issues distinct to the urban context featuring prominent national and international leaders toiling 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.

Promoting Leadership and Research Skills of Social Work Students: The Center for Addictions Research and Services’ Mentoring Model

August 12th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Boston University Center for Addictions Research and Services (CARS) is increasingly moving toward a new model of research mentoring that provides both master’s level and doctoral students opportunities, through experiential learning, to gain skills needed to first-author conference presentations and articles.

CARS is not only addressing a wide variety of issues affecting individuals, families, and communities struggling with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and access to substance abuse treatment, the center is taking great strides to promote first authorship for graduate students. CARS director and Associate Dean of Research Dr. Lena Lundgren is at the helm of this initiative to support graduate students publishing academic materials, and has been an invaluable mentor.

“During my time at CARS, I gained many skills that have shaped my professional and personal identity and will continue to guide my academic and career path going forward,” said Caty Wilkey (SSW ’11, SPH ’12), former project coordinator at CARS. “Dr. Lundgren has shown me that being a leader in social work research means saying yes to new ideas and collaborating with diverse people, all while staying deeply committed to the community.”

Recognizing the importance of publishing work early in one’s graduate career, Lundgren said, “Going through each step in developing a publishable research manuscript or a conference presentation allows for leadership potential to grow and be fostered under the watchful eye of mentors who are respected researchers in the field. The CARS team works to strike a balance between giving freedom for creativity and guiding with an expert hand.”

This is exemplified by, for example, Robert Mitchell Thomas, a current MSW student, who will be first authoring a presentation at the upcoming American Public Health Association annual conference in Boston this year entitled, “Implementation barriers and fidelity in implementing evidence-based addiction treatment: A national study.”

Mindy D’Ippolito (SSW ’11, SPH ’12) was interested in research when she first began the MSW program, and she sought opportunities to learn about and do research beyond her coursework. She worked as a research assistant at CARS for the three years she was in the MSW/MPH program. Said D’Ippolito, “My experience was incredibly enriching, and a learning experience beyond anything I could have gotten from a classroom setting.”

D’Ippolito worked on publications, including a first-author opportunity, performed data collection and management, quantitative and qualitative analysis, conference poster presentations, and program evaluation, and learned about all components of research, including critical thinking about research. “At CARS, I had the opportunity to be curious, grow, ask questions, and come up with my own ideas about projects on which to work. Because of my experience through CARS, I am well prepared to use and perform research as a part of my social work practice, which will ultimately benefit the clients that I serve. I hope to use these skills to bridge the gap between research and practice.” Indeed, the opportunities presented to BUSSW students at CARS go beyond those afforded within the confines of the classroom.

Ivy Krull (PhD, SSW ’13) noted that, “Mentoring from Dr. Lundgren on the journal publication process has been enormously valuable. She has allowed me to be a part of every step of the process—from the conception of the work to the finalization of the proofs. My exposure to the full process has made me much more confident as a writer, and I have a much greater understanding of research and the peer-review process.” Krull has two first-authored articles published in Substance Abuse and the Journal of Addictive Diseases.

Students have benefited from CARS in numerous ways and have, in turn, contributed to the field in notable ways, post graduation. Therese Fitzgerald (PhD, SSW ’08), director, Women’s Health Policy & Advocacy Program, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at  Brigham & Women’s Hospital, credits Lundgren for the encouragement to pursue a doctorate degree. Fitzgerald was a young, working mother at the time she decided to embark on this daunting feat, as she described it.

“Dr. Lundgren was an important role model for me, and she made me feel like I could do anything while maintaining a healthy balance between my personal and professional life. The research, policy, and writing skills I learned under her leadership put me in the perfect position to excel in my policy and advocacy work,” she said.

Similarly, Lisa de Saxe Zerden (PhD, SSW ’09) attributes her development and cultivation of macro skills to CARS and the work she has done with Lundgren, CARS Associate Director Deborah Chassler, and the rest of the team. Currently a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, teaching within the community management and policy practice concentration, de Saxe Zerden continues to work with CARS as a faculty collaborator. “I have been able to adapt my work at CARS to build community partnerships with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition and work on program evaluation studies of HIV prevention with law enforcement in the state,” she said. Valuing her learning experience at CARS, she continues to utilize tools acquired as a student in her professional life today. “It is through my experience at CARS that I was exposed to grant writing, data collection, and evaluation requirements of federal grant mechanisms,” she said.

Sarah Trocchio (SSW ‘11 SPH ‘12), a doctoral student at Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, attributes her doctoral career decisions to CARS. “Working with CARS was an indispensable experience. During my years there, I was able to hone my research skills, develop and clarify my scholastic areas of interest, and assume a leadership role in the publications process. Each of these opportunities made me an extremely competitive candidate during the doctoral admissions process and uniquely positioned me to have a productive first year as a PhD student.”

“A few years ago, I received a gift from a colleague which was a sculpture of a door. She told me she gave me this ‘because I provide opportunities (open doors) for others,’” Lundgren reflected while discussing her decision to focus on students taking leadership roles in research. “This is one of the key aims of CARS and my continued commitment to social work.”

Below is a sample of first-author publications by BUSSW graduates. Please visit for more:
Krull, I., Lundgren, L., Beltrame, C. (In Press).  Association between addiction treatment staff professional and educational levels and perceptions of organizational climate and resources. Substance Abuse.
Krull, I., Lundgren, L., Zerden, L. (2011). Attitudes toward evidence-based pharmacological treatments
among community-based addiction treatment programs targeting vulnerable population groups.
Journal of Addictive Diseases, 30:4, 323–333. PMID: 22026524.
Zerden, L.D., Lundgren, L., Chassler, D., Horowitz, A.C., Adorno, E., & Puttington, T. (in press). Social and economic factors associated with recent incarceration and overall time spent in jail/prison for a US-Puerto Rican drug using criminal justice sample. Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse.
Zerden, L.D., López, L.M., & Lundgren, L. (2012). HIV prevention with Puerto Rican injection drug users. In K. C. Organista (Eds.), HIV Prevention with Latinos: Theory, Research, and Practice.(383–405). New York: Oxford University Press.
Zerden, L.D., López, L.M., & Lundgren, L. (2010).  Needle sharing among Puerto Rican injection drug users in Puerto Rico and Massachusetts: Place of birth and residence matter. Substance Use and Misuse, 45(10), 1605–1622.
Trocchio S., Chassler, D., Storbjork, J., Deluchi., K., Widtbrodt., J & Lundgren, L (2013).The association between self-reported mental health status and alcohol and drug abstinence 5 years post-assessment for an addiction disorder in US and Swedish samples. Journal of Addictive Diseases. Online at:
Wilkey, C., Lundgren, L., Amodeo, M. (2013). Addiction training in social work schools: nationwide analysis. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13(2): 192–210.
D’Ippolito, M., Lundgren, L., Amodeo, M., Beltrame, C., Lim, L., & Chassler, D. (under revision).
Addiction treatment staff perceptions of training as a facilitator or barrier to implementing
evidence-based practices: A national qualitative research study. Substance Abuse.
Fitzgerald, T., Lundgren, L., & Chassler, D. (2007).  Factors associated with sustained HIV/AIDS
high risk behaviors among female injection drug users. AIDS Care, 19(1), 67–74.

A Conversation on Community Organizing: Alumnus Greg Rosenberg Discusses His Work in Community Land Trusts

August 12th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

We recently sat down with alumnus Greg Rosenberg (SSW ’85) to learn more about his work in community organizing. See what he had to say…

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I graduated from the School of Social Work in 1985 with a degree in Community Organizing, Management and Planning (COMP), with a minor in group work. I became attracted to the notion of working to change underlying social problems instead of assisting people in being better able to accommodate existing conditions. I didn’t want to be a Band-Aid, I wanted to be part of the solution. Dean Hubie Jones was a huge inspiration. My second year, I gave a speech at a student assembly about the need to improve the quality of instruction at BUSSW. Instead of reprimanding me for criticizing for his school, Dean Jones told me that I would have to do a lot better than that if I was going to be an effective community organizer. He was right, of course, and he won me over immediately. He taught me that fiery speeches without any strategy for moving things forward were empty gestures. He said real change takes time and hard work.

For more than 25 years, I have been involved in housing-related issues, albeit with a few detours. I started as an organizer in a Hyde Park neighborhood that had been torn apart by blockbusting, and I went on to spend the next eight years of my life doing civil rights-related work, primarily focusing on fair housing. Next, I went to law school to add some more tools to my toolkit, and became deeply interested in the nexus between mental health and criminal justice. I worked for a few years as an attorney representing forensic mental health patients. After a few unexpected twists and turns, including running a Braille translation software company, I found the work that has occupied me for the past 11 years—community land trusts. A community land trust is a nonprofit corporation that develops and stewards affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces, and other community assets on behalf of a community. “CLTs” balance the needs of individuals to access land and maintain security of tenure with a community’s need to maintain affordability, economic diversity and local access to essential services.

I was the executive director of the Madison Area Community Land Trust for nearly 10 years. As part of that work, I was the developer of Troy Gardens, a 31-acre project which includes a working farm, restored prairie, community gardens, nature trails, and a 30-unit mixed-income co-housing community—all right in the city. Though all we were trying to do at the time was implement the hopes and dreams of a neighborhood, we ended up with a project that has gotten an enormous amount of attention across the U.S., and internationally as well. While I was working on Troy Gardens, I was also deeply involved in the founding of the National Community Land Trust Network. In 2010, I went to work for them as their first academy director, running national education and research programs. Recently, I joined the world of consulting (Rosenberg and Associates), and have been involved in a wide variety of projects, including mentoring, strategic planning, website design, software development, curriculum development, teaching, and research. The most exciting project I’ve been involved in lately has been my work with the East London Community Land Trust, centering around the development of a community land trust on the London Olympic Park site.

Can you tell us about your work in London?
My work with Troy Gardens put me in conversations with people around the world, including Dave Smith at the East London Community Land Trust (CLT). He was inspired by that project, and was interested in learning how to apply some of the lessons we learned to his work in East London because Troy Gardens was based on a long-term community organizing effort. Every year, he brings over a speaker for his annual meeting, who also meets with various government officials to promote the community land trust model. They brought me over this past August to give a speech about developing a community land trust at the Olympic Park, and also to meet with lots of folks, including members of the London city council and the head of real estate development for the Olympic site. The East London CLT was established by London Citizens, who do really effective community organizing work all around London, and in other parts of the U.K. It was great to see the connection between organizing and housing, because I believe that a big part of the “community” in community land trusts is community organizing.

What are some of the challenges you have faced?
It was difficult to sort out ideas for a community land trust at the Olympic Park without ever having visited the site, and without having a clear sense of the surrounding neighborhood. I read everything I could about it, and also did research on the impact past Olympics have had on the neighborhoods in which they are located. The Summer Olympics are often located in low-income neighborhoods, which results in the displacement of a lot of folks and the hyperinflation of housing prices. The Olympics were great for London, but they were rough for East London.

What has been the best part of your experience working on this project?
I was pretty nervous going into this trip, because they were talking me up as a very impressive expert from America, and I wanted to do my best to live up to the reputation. Once I got there, I got engaged in the work, and had great meetings with some really interesting people. My speech went well, but at the time I thought I bombed because the audience was so quiet—it turns out that is just the nature of English audiences, and they were appreciative of my comments. Of course, it was great to spend a week in London. It is truly one of the world’s great cities, though the hyperinflation of housing prices is really having a devastating effect on many thousands of residents.

Do you see any differences between U.S. and London in how they organize communities?
London Citizens uses an Alinsky-based organizing model, so they were very much inspired by the U.S. community organizing movement. They are all about organizing to build power—and then presenting workable solutions to pressing issues. It is one area where there seems to be a lot of commonality.

What are the future goals for this project?
Since I’ve been back, I’ve been organizing international support for a community land trust at the Olympic Park. We’re putting together letters from people around the world that will be bundled together and presented to London Mayor Boris Johnson in December. We’re going to keep pushing at it until there is a firm commitment for a community land trust at the Olympic Park, in particular one that will be done the “right way”, so it can be an inspiration to other communities around the world.

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BUSSW Recognizes Recent Faculty Accomplishments and Research

May 3rd, 2013 in SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases, Uncategorized

Faculty Announcements for BUSSW

The School of Social Work is delighted to announce that Donna McLaughlin has been promoted to Clinical Associate Professor for her excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional and academic service to the School.

We are thrilled to also announce that three new faculty members will join the School this summer:

  1. Assistant Professor Ernest Gonzales is completing his PhD at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, studying productive aging with global interests in workforce issues related to retirement and employment.  He will be teaching courses in human behavior.
  2. Clinical Assistant Professor Phillipe Copeland is completing his PhD degree at Simmons College and focusing his work on spiritual and religious coping among social workers and forensic social work in the criminal justice system. He will be teaching courses in clinical practice and racial justice.
  3. Assistant Professor Astraea Augsberger is completing her doctorate in social work at Columbia University, focusing on child welfare, especially in the transition to adulthood for vulnerable populations, and in international practice. She will teach clinical practice courses.

Additionally, Dr. Ivy Krull who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in March has accepted an offer of a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellowship position that begins in Fall, 2013.  She will be working on various funded projects with mentor Professor Lena Lundgren, and teaching research courses under the direction of Professor Judith Gonyea.

Clinical Associate Professor Furlong to Give Two Talks on DSM 5

Clinical Associate Professor Janice Furlong has been invited to give two different talks about clinical practice implications of the soon to be released DSM 5. The first talk, on May 29, will be for the Massachusetts DMH (Department of Mental Health) Child and Adolescent Services Division, Southeastern Massachusetts Area. The second talk, on June 10, will be for the Social Work Department at the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Associate Professor Hahm Has Paper Accepted

Associate Professor Hyeouk Hahm recently had a paper accepted to Substance Use & Misuse:

Hahm, H.C., Jang, J., Vu, C.,  Alexander, L.M., Driscoll, K.E., & Lundgren, L.M. (2013). Drug use and suicidality among Asian-American women who are children of immigrants.

Two BU students (both of whom are in the BA-MPH program) co-authored the paper with Dr. Hahm. Cecilia Vu will graduate this spring with a BA in American Studies. Kelsie Driscoll graduated in the fall with a BA in Psychology.

Assistant Professor Miller Awarded the 2013 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize

Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller has been awarded the 2013 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize, alongside Ronald B. Mincy of the Columbia University School of Social Work. The award honors their article, “Falling Further Behind? Child Support Arrears and Fathers’ Labor Force Participation,” which was the best article featured in the December 2012 issue of Social Service Review. The annual prize honors Professor Bruel’s career as an educator, administrator and editor of Social Service Review, and was established by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Kathy Kuhn, Director of Workforce Development, CADER, Appointed to Governor’s Elder Protective Services Commission

April 5th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Kathy Kuhn, MSW, LICSW, director of workforce development, Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research, has been appointed by Governor Patrick to serve on the City of Boston’s Elder Protective Services Commission, effective immediately.

Kuhn has worked at the Center (formally IGSW) since 2004 and is the Center’s director of workforce development. During her tenure here, Kuhn has played a critical role in building the Center’s online capability and creating its catalog of more than 50 online courses. Her current focus is on developing work-based supports for client organizations, including the Workforce Development Toolkit, which will include guides and tools to enable clients to optimize the impacts of online learning. Kuhn also is a lecturer at Boston University School of Social Work.

Prior to her work at Boston University, she was the clinical director of geriatric mental health and linguistic outreach at Kit Clark Senior Services. Before joining Kit Clark, she served as director of social services and continuing care at Marlborough Hospital. Kuhn is also active in advocacy efforts to improve the provision of mental health services to older adults, including serving on the statewide Elder Mental Health Committee for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, co-chairing the Mental and Cognitive Health Committee for the Boston Partnership for Older Adults, being a member of the National Mental Aging Network Leadership Committee of the American Society on Aging (ASA), and serving as a mentor in ASA’s New Ventures in Leadership.

Faculty and Students to Present at Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2013 Biennial Meeting

April 5th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Associate Professor Hyeouk “Chris” Hahm, Ph.D., has co-authored a presentation titled, “The Risk Factors and Expressions of Poor Mental Health Among Asian-American Women,” which will be displayed at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2013 Biennial Meeting on April 20, in Seattle, WA. The authors are Associate Professor Hahm, Melisa Alexander, Christine Chiao and Jessica Chmielewski (SSW ’13). Ms. Chiao is currently an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences, and will be traveling to Seattle to represent AWSHIP (Asian Women’s Health Initiative Project) and to present the poster at the conference.

Associate Professor Ruth Paris, Ph.D., will also present at the SRCD 2013 Biennial Meeting. Her presentation is titled, “Enhancing Substance Abuse Treatment with a Parenting Intervention” (co-presenting with alumni Lisa Schottenfeld, MSW, MPH, & Gina Mittal, MSW).

Dr. Paris will also co-present a training at Family Service of Rhode Island on May 3 in Providence titled, “Project BRIGHT: An Attachment-Based Dyadic Intervention for Substance Using Mothers and their Young Children.” She will be joined by Amy Sommer, LICSW, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Boston. She will present at the following conferences by the end of the semester:

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network, All Network Conference, April 29, Philadelphia, PA
    • Presentation: “From Assessment to Evaluation: Improving Outcomes with Traumatized Children Birth to Six” (co-presenting with Douglas Goldsmith, PhD., The Children’s Center; Karen Gould, LICSW, Institute for Health and Recovery; and Ernestine Briggs-King, PhD., NCCTS – Duke)
  • Innovations in Addictions: Integrating Systems and Services Conference, May 10, Norwood, MA
    • Presentation: “A Treatment Approach for Young Children of Parents with Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health Issues and Histories of Violence/Trauma” (co-presenting with Norma Finkelstein, Ph.D. Institute for Health and Recovery; Karen Gould, LICSW, Institute for Health and Recovery)

Assistant Professor Jordana Muroff Quoted in Boston Magazine

April 2nd, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Assistant Professor Jordana Muroff was recently quoted in a Boston Magazine article titled, “Mess, Addressed: Hoarding Gets Its Own Diagnosis.” Says Muroff, “We are trying to identify the core vulnerabilities among young adults and to understand the development of the disorder.” To read the full article, click here.

USA Today : Each Family Dinner Adds Up to Benefits for Adolescents (Featuring Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller)

April 2nd, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller was quoted in a March 25 USA Today article titled, “Each family dinner adds up to benefits for adolescents.” Assistant Professor Miller discussed his recent research on family meals that found “no association” with improved child outcomes. “Family meals might just be part of a whole lot of activities that families engage in that are good for their kids,” Miller says. “It might look like it’s family meals that matter.”

Read the full article here.

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BUSSW Recognizes Recent Faculty Accomplishments and Research

March 4th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Associate Professor Hahm to Present at the 5th World Congress on Women’s Mental Health in Peru
Associate Professor Hyeouk “Chris” Hahm will give the two following presentations at the 5th World Congress on Women’s Mental Health, from March 4-7, 2013, in Lima, Peru:

  • Poster presentation: “Suicidality & self-harm behaviors: Fractured Identity among young Asian-American women”
    Authors: Hyeouk Chris Hahm, L. Melissa Alexander, Christine Chiao*, & Jessica A. Chmielewski**
    *BA candidate in Biology, Boston University Class of 2013
    **Masters candidate in Social Work, Boston University Class of 2013
  • Oral presentation: “Substance use, HIV risk behaviors, and health care utilization associated with forced sex among Asian-American women”
    Authors: Hyeouk Chris Hahm, Jisun Jang, & L. Melissa Alexander

Associate Professor Geron Featured in Video on Aging for the California Social Work Education Center
Associate Professor Scott Miyake Geron was recently featured in a video on aging for the California Social Work Education Center , the nation’s largest state coalition of social work educators and practitioners, based at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Lundgren Granted Five-Year Professorship in Sweden
Associate Dean for Research and Professor Lena Lundgren has received a five-year guest professorship at Umeå University in Sweden to conduct addiction treatment research and cross-national addiction treatment research.

Dean Steketee Mentioned in Article
Dean Gail Steketee was named for her expertise in hoarding in an article titled, “Step inside the real world of compulsive hoarders,” in Nature, a leading weekly, international scientific journal.

Doctoral Student to Present at the 3rd European Conference for Social Work Research
Doctoral candidate Michelle Novelle will present her research on social orphans at the 3rd Annual European Conference for Social Work Research on March 18, 2013, in Jyväskylä, Finland.

Social Workers Promote Resilience and Advocacy

March 4th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Social Work Month in March celebrates the power of strengths and dreams

BOSTON, MASS. (March 4, 2013) — On March 1, the National Association of Social Workers began its annual celebration of one of the nation’s largest professions. March is National Professional Social Work Month and this year’s theme, “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy,” emphasizes the value of using personal strengths and self-advocacy to manage serious life challenges.

Recognized as a top growth profession, social work directly addresses the increased demand for healthcare navigation, mental health services, family caregiving, child development, and veterans’ assistance. There are currently more than 650,000 professionally trained social workers in the United States, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth to 800,000 by the year 2020.

The Boston University School of Social Work would like to thank our alumni, current students and professional staff for their dedication and commitment to the profession. “Every day, our alumni, students, faculty and staff advocate for fairness and access to resources that will benefit vulnerable people. They work to change environments affecting individuals, families and communities, and their chosen profession allows them to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives. We are very proud of them and celebrate their courage and strength as they work to empower others to hope, dream and believe in their own potential,” said Dean Gail Steketee, Ph.D.

Today, social work professionals continue to influence and improve services in hospitals, schools, businesses, military branches, government, and thousands of nonprofit and community organizations across the country.

“Social Work is the profession of hope—fueled by resilience and advocacy.  Social Workers matter because they help millions of struggling people every day dream differently,” states the NASW. “In the United States, more than 650,000 of these highly trained professionals know how daunting and immobilizing life’s tragedies and obstacles can be.  But they also witness the sheer determination of countless individuals and families to achieve different lives.  Sometimes, all it takes to help people get on the right path is guidance toward what is possible.  Other times, social workers are an immediate lifeline in crisis—providing access to resources and new life options.”

For more information about Social Work Month 2013 or the social work profession, visit



Cecilia Hughes