On October 27, 2014, the Society for Social Work and Research announced the recipient of its Excellence in Research Award: BUSSW Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller, PhD. In 2013, Miller’s article “Exposure to Childhood Neglect and Physical Abuse and Developmental Trajectories of Heavy Episodic Drinking From Early Adolescence into Young Adulthood,” authored alongside Sunny H. Shin and Martin H. Teicher, was published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
“In conferring the award, the Society recognizes your outstanding social work research that represents the highest of scientific standards and advances social work knowledge,” Society President Eddie Uehara, PhD, wrote in an announcement to Miller.
The Society established the Excellence in Research Award to recognize distinguished social work research that advances knowledge and has direct applications to practice, policy, and resolution of social problems.
To learn more about Miller’s research, click here.
Dean Gail Steketee received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering, hosted by the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, on November 6.
Dean Steketee presented with Jordana Muroff at the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership Forum Panel on October 30 and the Hoarding Behavior Therapy Training Instite in Boston, October 31-November 2.
On May 20, 2014, Boston University launched a new Research website to present BU professors’ research to the general public. The website includes Faculty Accolades, Researchers’ Videos, and Top Stories. The new website also includes a Featured Researchers page, highlighting BU’s leading researchers in various disciplines. Included in this group is Boston University School of Social Work Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm for her focus on HIV/STI infections among Asian Americans, acculturation, health risk behaviors including tobacco use, binge drinking, and sexual activity, and other social research.
Before the launch of the new website, BU professors and researchers were limited in platforms to discuss their work. “It’s very important because we don’t necessarily talk about [our research]. There’s no forum to introduce what I’m doing, what the BU researchers are doing on a daily basis,” Hahm told The Daily Free Press’ J.D. Capelouto. “This way, we can disseminate the ideas and what we are doing in the BU community. It’s a really important avenue to learn more about what we are doing as researchers.”
The website, developed in partnership with the Office of Marketing & Communications at Boston University, is currently in beta testing. “We look forward to feedback from the BU community to further improve it and best represent our research and scholarship in a way that is easily accessible to visitors to the site,” Vice President and Associate Provost for Research Gloria Waters told Capelouto.
In September, 2014, Associate Professor and Group Work Specialization Program Coordinator Donna McLaughlin was invited to join the The Wiley Deltak Faculty Fellows Program. The program recognizes a small group of distinguished educators from Wiley’s partnered online programs. During the two-year term, Fellows will learn from like-minded educators and share their insights with Wiley and Deltak to foster innovation and education.
The program began in 2013 with 10 members. This year, another 10, including McLaughlin, joined. Fellows are chosen because of their work to promote excellence in teaching. Click here to learn more about McLaughlin’s experience, research, awards, honors and more.
Boston University School of Social Work Assistant Professor, Guillermo Ernest Gonzales, PhD, has been awarded a highly competitive Peter Paul Professorship at Boston University. The Professorship includes a three-year award of funds and a teaching load reduction to support Gonzales’ research goals. Deans and department heads nominate candidates annually, and President A. Brown and Provost Jean Morrison select the awardees.
“It’s a real vote of confidence for them,” Morrison told BU Today’s Amy Sutherland. “It demonstrates that we have confidence in their potential and are putting the resources behind that.”
The professorship is named for BU trustee Peter Paul (GSM ’71) who donated $1.5 million to the University in 2006 to fund 10 professorships over five years. Paul has increased his overall commitment to the program to $2.5 million.
BUSSW Clinical Associate Professor Mark Gianino, PhD has been appointed to the Board of Registration of Social Workers, effective August 2014. The Board of Registration of Social Workers protects the public by regulating the practice of social work in Massachusetts. Responsibilities include conducting examinations, licensing qualified individuals, determining eligibility for admission to social work examinations, and hearing complaints and taking required action.
“I can’t think of a better qualified or a more committed social worker than Dr. Mark Gianino to fill this role on the Social Work Board of Registration,” Dean Gail Steketee said. “Mark is a strong team player who models professional ethics in so many contexts. He will be a real asset to the Board.”
Social Justice in Clinical Practice: A Liberation Health Framework for Social Work Edited by Faculty Member 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.
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.