Field Applications Now Open!

Field applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are open (beginning December 3) for current students. All currently enrolled students that will be in a field placement for fall 2019 need to complete a field application at this time. Applications are due on Friday, January 11, 2019. Please note that Advanced students are referred for field placements first and then we refer Foundation students. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the application process please email the office at

SSW's Jay Unick Co-Authors New Research: "Bidirectional Effects of Sleep and Sedentary Beha

SSW Associate Professor Jay Unick is among the co-authors of new research published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. "Bidirectional Effects of Sleep and Sedentary Behavior Among Toddlers: A Dynamic Multilevel Modeling Approach" examines the bidirectional effects of objectively measured nighttime sleep and sedentary activity among toddlers. Results suggest that, on average, nighttime sleep is a stronger predictor of subsequent sedentary behavior (compared with the reverse), and this is the case for the majority of toddlers. Findings highlight the importance of interindividual associations between sleep and sedentary activity. The present study is an example of how DSEM methods can be

Anti-Oppression Work Group Final Meeting of the Semester, 12/7 at 12:15pm

Hello friends! We hope to see you at the Anti-Oppression Work Group's final meeting of the Fall 2018 semester! When: Friday December 7th / 12:15 pm Where: SSW room 2E02 What: Updates, plans for next semester, free lunch! We are looking forward to discussing plans for the spring and looking for ideas from our fellow students about events, trainings, and action items you would like to see us take on in the Spring semester. Feel free to contact with any questions at all!

Additional BHWISE Fellowship Information Sessions 12/4 & 12/5

We have added two BHWISE information sessions for more information about the program and the application process: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 5:15 - 5:45 PM Room 3E04 Wednesday December 5, 2018 12:15 - 12:45 PM Room 3E04 The fellowship coincides with the advanced year field placement. Students starting their advanced year field placement in the Fall of 2019 who have a concentration in Clinical or Clinical/Macro, with a specialization in behavioral health, children & families, health, or aging are eligible for this program. Additionally, because the fellowship is funded through HRSA, as per federal guidelines, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Explore BHWISE webpa

Career Development Chats ARE BACK! One on One with Cherita Adams, MBA, MA, Career Development Manage

We are happy to announce that you may reserve a spot to chat with Cherita Adams on Monday, December 17, 2018. She will be available from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the School of Social Work Room will be given once session has been confirmed! All sessions have to be reserved in advance. You may want discuss your “Personal & Career Development Plan creation”. Please bring questions and concerns. If you are interested in attending a Chat session with Cherita please email: in the subject line include Chat December 17th or call 6X1489 between 9am to 2:30 pm feel free to leave a message. You will receive an email confirmation. Sessions are limited please register ASAP. Thank yo

Dr. Joan Davitt Judges UPenn's Rothberg Catalyzer Makerthon

For the second year in a row, Associate Professor, Dr. Joan Davitt was a judge for the University of Pennsylvania Rothberg Catalyzer Makerthon. The Makerthon is similar to a hackathon, except that interdisciplinary student teams collaborate to build innovative hardware solutions to health problems. The teams must develop a prototype, research its' marketability, and present the case for their prototype to a panel of judges. The grand prize is $10,000 to help the winning team bring their prototype to market.

Network for Social Work Management Features the SSW's Sarah Butts as Their Monday Morning Manage

The Network for Social Work Management highlighted the SSW's Sarah Butts as its Monday Morning Manager profile in its weekly newsletter. Sarah Christa Butts, MSW, is the Executive Director of the Grand Challenges for Social Work and Senior Administrator within the Dean’s office at University of Maryland School of Social Work. Ms. Butts is the founding administrator of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and played a significant role in the organization’s development as a 501c3 and launching of Grand Challenges from 2013-2017.

UMSSW Promise Heights at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Stacey Stephens, LCSW-C Clinical Instructor and Director of B'more for Healthy Babies Upton/Druid Heights, UMSSW Promise Heights along with colleagues Stacey Tuck and Cathy Costa (Baltimore City Health Department), Pamela Brown (Baltimore Medical Systems) and Tina Suliman (Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program), presented “It’s Racism, Not Race: Addressing Maternal and Child Health Through an Equity Lens in Baltimore City” and participated in a panel discussion at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Population, Family and Reproductive Health Wednesday Series. The panel discussion was moderated by Rebecca Dineen Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health for th

Applications for Summer 2019 International Projects Due December 4, Apply Now!

The UMB Center for Global Education Initiatives is pleased to announce five global health interprofessional grant projects for the Summer 2019. Airfare will paid for by the Center. Students have the opportunity to participate in projects in Rwanda, Guinea, Zambia, Nigeria, and Thailand. Project descriptions can be found at: Applications are due by 11:59pm on December 4. To apply, visit Applications are only open to continuing students. Students graduating in the Spring of 2019 are not eligible. Learn about past p

Implicit Bias Workshop 12/3

DECEMBER 3, 2018 (ALL STAFF, FACULTY & STUDENTS ARE INVITED) 12:15pm-1:45pm SSW Room 3E24 Lunch will be served The Diversity & Anti-Oppression Committee is sponsoring a workshop on Implicit Bias. Conducted by Russell McClain, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, UMB Carey RSVP to the link below:

SSW's Bright Named Editor in Chief of Social Work Research

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Education Dr. Charlotte Bright has been named Editor in Chief of the NASW journal Social Work Research. Social Work Research publishes exemplary research to advance the development of knowledge and inform social work practice. Widely regarded as the outstanding journal in the field, it includes analytic reviews of research, theoretical articles pertaining to social work research, evaluation studies, and diverse research studies that contribute to knowledge about social work issues and problems.

Shasha Satchell and Meldon Dickens of UMSSW Promise Heights present at national conference in Austin

Shasha Satchell, Resource Mom/Certified Lactation Counselor/Doula and Meldon Dickens, Resource Dad of UMSSW Promise Heights, along with Dr. Wendy Lane, Associate Professor at UMSOM’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health presented program updates regarding the expansion work in the Greater Mondawmin community at the annual Association of American Medical Colleges,Learn Lead Serve 2018 conference, held in Austin, Texas. The group presented highlights on a breastfeeding survey of African American women’s knowledge, attitudes and barriers encountered in breastfeeding.

Promise Heights presents at the American Public Health Association Conference

Stacey Stephens, LCSW-C Clinical Instructor and Director of B'more for Healthy Babies Upton/Druid Heights, Shasha Satchell, Resource Mom/Certified Lactation Counselor/Doula of UMSSW Promise Heights, along with Dr. Wendy Lane Associate Professor at UMSOM’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health presented “B’more for Healthy Babies Improving Birth Outcomes in West Baltimore” at the American Public Health Association conference held in San Diego, California.

USG: NARCAN Training 11/30

NARCAN Training @ USG Friday, 11/30 12 pm -1 pm III-2230 More info:

B' more for Healthy Babies Promise Heights at Maryland ACOG meeting

Stacey Stephens, LCSW-C Clinical Instructor and Director of B'more for Healthy Babies Upton/Druid Heights, UMSSW Promise Heights along with colleagues Sinmidele Badero and Cathy Costa MSW, MPH of the Baltimore City Health Department presented “An Interdisciplinary, Collaborative Approach to Eliminating Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality” at the Maryland ACOG meeting held in Baltimore, Maryland. The group presented an over of the Fetal-Infant Mortality Review process for preventing infant mortality and eliminating unjust disparities in infant mortality and explained the connection between the racial disparities in infant mortality and exposure to racism. They concluded the presentation

Clinical Instructor Manley Receives Funding for Michigan Public Health Institute Project

The Michigan Public Health Institute has awarded the SSW $35,000 to help Elizabeth Manley, Clinical Instructor for Health and Behavioral Health Policy at the SSW's Institute for Innovation and Implementation, assist the Michigan Public Health Institute in the development and implementation of a community psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) specifically designed to meet the needs of youth with complex behavioral health and developmental challenges. The project focuses on the technical assistance necessary to design a program that will provides supports necessary to meet the needs of the youth and family in an effort to minimize the use of the state psychiatric hospital. The PRTF

SAVE the DATE: 2/7/19 Special Grand Rounds on Gun Violence Prevention & Research

Leading national expert in gun violence prevention and research, Daniel Webster, ScD, will give a Special Grand Rounds presentation on Thursday, February 7, 2019, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm in Hosick Auditorium in the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The presentation is sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. Dr. Webster is the Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As its first Bloomberg Professor of American Health, an endowed position supported by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, he leads new educational, research and practice efforts to reduce violence in the United States. An Americ

USG: Field Placement Advising 11/28

Field Placement Advising Session @ the USG campus with Barbara Nathanson Wednesday, 11/28 5 pm - 6 pm USG Campus Room III-3220

Interested in Learning about Oncology Social Work?

Come to the Oncology Social Work lunch in 2W11 on Dec 10 at 12:15 – 1:45 pm, to hear from social workers in different types of Oncology Social Work (OSW) practice. Oncology social work is social work with or on behalf of people with cancer, and their families. It can involve working with people from children to older adults, and can take place in settings such as cancer centers, hospitals, community support programs, or in the home. This is also an opportunity to meet others interested in OSW and to learn about field placements, scholarships and employment opportunities in this exciting field. Lunch will be provided. Questions? Contact Prof. Julianne Oktay (

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