Clinical Associate Professor Betty J. Ruth Selected to Receive Public Health Social Worker of the Year Award
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 annual conference of the American Public Health Association in Boston this November.
Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm Invited to Present National Presentations and Workshops
1. Hahm, H.C. (2013, May). “Web of pain: Suicidality and self-harm behaviors among Asian-American women“. Invited to present in 4th Annual Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Forum. Simmons College School of Social Work. Making the invisible visible: How to educate, engage, and empower the Asian American Pacific Islander Community. Boston, Massachusetts.
2. Hahm, H.C. (2013, May). “The Mental Health and Sexual Health Crisis among API Women” Invited to present and become a panelist in the first annual conference of the State of Asian Women’s Health Forum. Federal Reserve Building. Boston, Massachusetts.
Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller Funded for Research Proposal
Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller was notified that his 18-month research proposal will be funded by the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Miller’s study will use data from the State of California to assess the impact of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program on the food security of low-income households.
Adjunct lecturer and BRIDGE Coordinator Mojdeh Rohani Presents at MGH Grand Rounds
Mojdeh Rohani, BRIDGE coordinator and adjunct lecturer, presented at MGH Grand Rounds. The title of her presentation was “Implications of Refugee Trauma on Health Care Service Delivery: Considerations for Post Crisis Interventions.”
Professor Melvin Delgado Authors Social Justice and the Urban Obesity Crisis: Implications for Social Work
Melvin Delgado, professor and chair of Macro Practice at BUSSW, recently authored the book Social Justice and the Urban Obesity Crisis: Implications for Social Work. In his new book, Dr. Delgado focuses on urban obesity in populations of color—among the hardest hit in the United States—and dissects the issue from individual, family, group, community, and policy perspectives. After an overview surveying the history of urban obesity in communities of color, anti-obesity policies and programs, and the role of social work in addressing this threat, Dr. Delgado moves through the social, ecological, environmental, and spatial aggravators of urban obesity, such as the food industry’s nefarious advertising strategies, which promote unhealthy choices and behaviors; the failure of local markets to provide good food options; the lack of safe spaces in which to exercise; and the paucity of health education. He analyzes recent, national statistics in terms of obesity among various groups; explores the connection between food stamps and obesity; and reveals the financial and social consequences of this issue for society as a whole. Dr. Delgado concludes with recommendations for effective health promotion programs, such as youth-focused interventions, community gardens, and community-based food initiatives, and a unique consideration of urban obesity in relation to acts of genocide and the integrity of national defense.
The Center for Addictions Research and Services (CARS) has published the following articles:
Trocchio, S. Chassler, D., Storbjörk, J., DeLucchi, K., Witbrodt, J., Lundgren, L. (In Press). 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.
Zerden, L., Lundgren, L., Chassler, D. Horowitz, A., Adorno, E., Purington, T. (In Press). Social and economic factors associated with recent and lifetime incarceration among Puerto Rican drug users. Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Use.
Wilkey, C., Lundgren, L., Amodeo, M. (In Press). Addiction training in social work schools: a nationwide analysis. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Starting with the horrific bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the last week has been difficult for all of us, as we have been touched by the tragedy, fear, and uncertainty caused by terrorism. We have grieved for all those killed and injured by these acts—they and their families are in our hearts.
We’d like to express our sincere appreciation to the first responders, law enforcement, medical personnel, caregivers, and the MA National Guard/Reserve, and thank them for extending their extraordinary skill and boundless compassion to save lives and comfort families and friends in their loss. We are profoundly grateful for these acts of service.
As you return to work and school after an extremely difficult week, we want to share the following thoughts and resources.
Please call us if we can be helpful in navigating your own emotional responses, supporting your work with your clients, or other concerns that may have arisen due to the bombings and their aftermath.
We hope that you feel well equipped to help others make sense of their automatic reactions, and to be forgiving and gentle with themselves as we all heal. The meaning and worldview questions also will be very individual and will evolve, and may be influenced by what we learn about the motivations of the perpetrators.
Below are a few resources that may be of assistance as we recover together; we hope they are helpful:
National Center for PTSD
Resources for survivors and the public following sudden trauma
Zero to Three, Inc.
Resources for parents and providers of very young children
Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA)
Marathon Bombings FAQ for Victims
Developing Your Maintenance Self-Care Plan, University at Buffalo School of Social Work
We hope you are all doing as well as can be expected, and are taking care of yourselves and your loved ones.
**Note: We will continue to update this page with resources.
Over the weekend, CNN reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta talked with Dean Gail Steketee on the new category of mental illness that is hoarding. Hoarding will soon receive a diagnosis from the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). In her interview, Steketee includes how to recognize a hoarder from a collector and the proper way to help a hoarder. A video of the interview is posted on BU News.
For more information on this new category, visit The OC Foundation.
BUSSW Assistant Professors Daniel Miller and Sunny Shin were recently highlighted in BU Today’s article, “Solving the Childhood Obesity Puzzle, One Piece at a Time,” regarding their research on childhood obesity. The article states that complex problems like this have no easy cause and no easy solution. Miller has dedicated his career to finding the answer to this scary trend. His long-term goal is to construct what he calls the “social ecology” of child obesity, putting the whole puzzle together and helping to influence policies that can change it.
Miller worked with Shin on whether physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect may lead to childhood obesity. Children who are maltreated in such a way are exposed to tremendous amounts of stress. But there still isn’t one clear answer. “It’s not that you’re making bad choices,” said Miller. “It’s just that your choices are constrained by an environment that doesn’t allow you to make good choices all the time.” To learn more about Miller and Shin’s childhood obesity studies, read the full article on BU Today.
The School of Social Work hosted the Fall 2012 First Thursday Program titled, “Implications of the National Election on Social Work and Beyond,” on November 8, 2012. Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones (SSW, ’57) discussed how the election politics have and will effect the social work field. If you missed the event, click here to access it on BUniverse.
On March 19, 2012, Student Org and the BUSSW Alumni Association hosted a student and alumni networking event. The event was structured in speed dating style with a gong and all. Students rotated around four pairs of alumni and learned about various aspects of their experiences in graduate school, field experiences, and professional experiences. Speaking with each alum for 13 minutes, students received tips about job searching and courses to take, as well as words of encouragement. The night also turned out to be a mini-reunion for some of our alumni as they laughed and reminisced about times at BUSSW. The student feedback was very positive, which included expressions of gratitude and how fun the event turned out to be. Overall, students were able to get insight into current job openings and contact information to stay connected with the alumni.
By Daniel Do, MSW Student