Gender Neutral Pronouns 101 6/18

Learn the history of gender neutral pronouns and put gender neutral language to practice. Tuesday, June 18 Noon - 1:00 pm SMC Campus Center, Room 351

Take the UMB Student Parent Survey

Please help the MSW Parent Alliance understand how we can better serve all UMB students that are parents by filling out this brief survey: Thank you for your time!

UMB CURE Scholars Program is Hiring Federal Work Study Students This Summer!

The UMB CURE Scholars Program is a groundbreaking year-round pipeline program that identifies sixth-graders with an interest in science from three West Baltimore middle schools and supports these scholars throughout middle school, high school, and beyond. The UMB CURE Scholars Program is designed to support under-represented minority students by exposing them to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, exciting experiments, and inspiring mentors. With a 5:1 mentor-to-scholar ratio, scholars participate in after-school hands-on experiments; Saturday tutoring and life skill development workshops; and a comprehensive summer academic enrichment component. Through rich scientifi

Being a “Good Enough” Parent is a Great Thing, New Research Shows - UMSSW Research Cited in Story

New research shows that you don’t need to aim for being a “perfect parent” to have a secure baby--being a “good enough” parent is enough. Researchers provide insights on the parts of parenting a baby that matter most to babies. The article published at cites the research “Secure Base Provision: A New Approach to Examining Links Between Maternal Caregiving and Infant Attachment,”which appears in the journal Child Development, co-authored with Julie R. Scott of Pennsylvania State University, Post-Doctoral Fellow Allison D. Hepworth of University of the Maryland School of Social Work, and Jude Cassidy of the University of Maryland. READ MORE

Dr. Dababnah and Colleagues Published in Pediatric Medicine

Assistant Professor Dr. Sarah Dababnah and colleagues at the University of California-Davis MIND Institute and San Diego State University have a new paper, "Considerations in Implementing Evidence-Based Early ASD Interventions in Community Settings," published in Pediatric Medicine. The invited paper is part of a special issue, "Implementing Autism Early Intervention: A Global Perspective." Despite the critical importance of early intervention for young children on the autism spectrum, and the abundance of well-tested interventions, few of these interventions are widely available in community settings. Dr. Dababnah and her colleagues discuss various contextual factors to consider to promote

Frey and Her Work Featured in Vox Magazine Story

Associate Professor Jodi Frey is quoted in a Vox Magazine story that explores Men and Mental Health. The story discusses Frey's Man Therapy work and the challenges men have addressing mental health issues.

SWCOS Work Study Opportunities Available

The UMSSW Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) is currently seeking work study students for the Summer! For a list of available SWCOS work study positions, visit or contact Nia Speaks at **Students must be eligible for work study, and are enrolled in at least six credits this summer**

Recipients to Kong-Jin & Harrington Fellowships Announced

The PhD Program is proud to announce the inaugural recipients of the Jeongseok Kong and Sunmi Jin Memorial PhD Fellowship and the Dr. Donna Harrington Memorial PhD Fellowship for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Yao Wang, (above left) is the first Jeongseok Kong and Sunmi Jin PhD Fellow. She is interested in expanding her knowledge of environment factors (especially family factors) that affect the mental health of children and adolescents. Since protective factors and resilience are the foundation of an effective intervention, she hopes to integrate these into her future intervention development and research. As the first recipient of the Dr. Donna Harrington PhD Fellowship, Rachel Imboden (abov

Portraits of Professional Caregivers Screening

The Howard County Police Department Mental Health Section is hosting a screening of the movie Portraits of Professional Caregivers on Thursday, June 20th from 1pm-4pm at Howard Community College HSB150. The movie shares the stories of those who care for others including first responders, medical and mental health professionals and looks at the emotional impact that these jobs have on the caregiver themselves. As all of us in the helping profession know, vicarious trauma is very real and although we know how important self-care is we aren’t always the best at practicing it. The screening also presents a unique learning opportunity for our newly trained Crisis Intervention Team officers, who w

Lehning Named Fellow by Gerontological Society of America

Associate Professor Amanda Lehning has been named a Fellow by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). The GSA is the world’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA fellow status — the highest class of membership — is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology. The Society will honor Lehning and other new fellows at the GSA's 71st Annual Scientific Meeting taking place in Texas in November.

Safe Space 1 & 2 - June 3 @ UMB

Help create and maintain a safe space at UMB for all people. Upon completion of this interactive LGBTQ+ Safe Space training, participants will have the option of signing the University of Maryland, Baltimore ally pledge. The training takes place Monday, June 3 from 11 AM to 1 PM in the SMC Campus Center Room 351 Register at

Understanding Gender Diversity 6/5

Join us in celebrating LGBTQ+ pride month by learning about gender diversity. Wednesday, June 5 Noon - 1:00 pm SMC Campus Center, Rooom 351

Congressional Briefing: The Impact of Weapons and Violence on Schools and Surrounding Communities

The Impact of Weapons and Violence on Schools and Surrounding Communities A CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 | 3:30 - 5 PM RAYBURN OFFICE BUILDING, ROOM 2261 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC This briefing will explore current scientific data surrounding the pressing need for the reduction of weapons and violence in schools and communities. Experts will present empirical research detailing the impact on the education and well-being of students, their families and local communities. Data-driven evidence will be offered to assist in the development of policy and legislation that can successfully mitigate weapons and violence in schools and communities, as well as increase empowerment and community

The Institute for Innovation & Implementation’s Kate Wasserman Publishes Research

The Institute for Innovation & Implementation’s Co-Director of Parent, Infant, Early Childhood (PIEC) Program, Kate Wasserman, publishes research. Kate Wasserman, MSW, UMBSSW, co-wrote a chapter entitled “Observational Assessment of the Dyad” to the newly-published Clinical Guide to Psychiatric Assessment of Infants and Young Children. The book is a step-by-step guide for evaluation and assessment, reviewing relevant literature and best practices for working with very young children. It is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians, and related professionals, and graduate students in infancy and early childhood development, pediatrics, social work, psychiatry, and public health. Togeth

Drs. Negi and Swanberg, Caroline Harmon-Darrow Published in Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority P

Dr. Nalini Negi, Associate Professor, and Dr. Jennifer Swanberg, Dean and Professor at Providence College along with UMSSW Doctoral Student, Caroline Harmon Darrow and Jessica Clouser from the University of Kentucky have a new paper published in Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology that is the first to examine individual, social and work-related correlates of depression among Latina/o horse workers. Using data from a community survey (N= 225) of Latina/o horse workers, Negi et al., found that women, and those who reported higher job insecurity and number of days missed due to injury were more likely to report higher depressive symptoms. Work discrimination due to race/ethnicit

Dr. Ahn Receives Grant from Children's Bureau for Kinship Navigator Programs

Associate Professor Haksoon Ahn, PhD, has been awarded over $100,000 in grant funding from the Children’s Bureau through Maryland Department of Human Services to guide Maryland to meet requirements for evidence-based Kinship Navigator Programs. Kinship Navigator Programs link relative caregivers to a broad range of service and supports to help children. Dr. Ahn’s study will evaluate the current status of the Kinship Navigator program throughout Maryland to inform state practice and policy and the broader child welfare field, and help to guide Maryland towards an evidence-based Kinship Navigator program.

Watch Friday's Convocation Ceremony Online

People unable to attend the SSW's Convocation ceremony this Friday have the option to watch online. VIEWING LINK:

12 with Ties to the SSW Part of UMB's New Arts and Culture Publication "1807"

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB’s) Council for the Arts & Culture (the “Council”) is pleased to announce that the inaugural edition of 1807, An Art and Literary Journal, launched in May 2019. 12 individuals with ties to the SSW are included. They are: Helen Ding | Peggy Kolodny | Jessie Lawson | Ava Nishita-Hawkinson | Ilana Hipshman Rochel Zinman (work "Free to Fly" shown here) | Michael Woolley | Lauren Schisler Caroline Harmon-Darrow | Robin Harris | Christina Koch | Penney Hughes Download PDF Print copies of 1807 may be purchased for $18.07 each. Please make checks payable to UMBF, Inc. and note 1807 in the memo line. Checks should be sent to: Paulette Harris-Gros


Students who anticipate graduating in July 2019 must file a Graduation Application. Completion of a Graduation Application is MANDATORY. Instructions to submit the application can be found by logging into SURFS. THE DEADLINE TO FILE IS JUNE 10, 2019 FOR JULY 2019 GRADUATES ONLY. PLEASE NOTE: If you are enrolled in an EXTENDED FIELD PLACEMENT or TAKING SUMMER COURSES, you are considered a JULY (summer) graduate.

Greif Quoted Extensively in GQ Story: The Men Who Have Mostly Female Friends

Professor Geoff Greif is quoted in a new GQ Online story that examines "The Men Who Have Mostly Female Friends." In his 2008 book Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships, Geoffrey Greif, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, wrote that 65 percent of women and 75 percent of men reported having nonsexual friendships with the opposite gender. (He attributed the reported discrepancy to the subjectivity of relationships, and concluded that an equal percentage of men and women have platonic friendships. I attribute the difference to typical male hubris.) Greif says that the number of men in platonic friendships with women has likely increased since he publish

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