Assistant Professor Graham Named to Journal of Family Violence Editorial Board

Assistant Professor Laurie Graham, PhD, has been named to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Violence. The Journal of Family Violence (JOFV) is a peer-reviewed publication committed to the dissemination of rigorous research on preventing, ending, and ameliorating all forms of family violence. JOFV welcomes scholarly articles related to the broad categories of child abuse and maltreatment, dating violence, domestic and partner violence, and elder abuse. Within these categories, JOFV emphasizes research on physical violence, psychological violence, sexual violence, and homicides that occur in families. Studies on families in all their various forms and diversities are welcome. JOFV p

Two $500 Scholarships Now Available

The CSWE 2019–2020 Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship application is now open online here! The deadline to apply is August 23, 2019, at 11:59 pm ET. Two $500 book scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to work for equity and social justice in social work. The Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund was developed to continue Carl Scott’s legacy of equity and social justice in social work through building knowledge and furthering the well-being of individuals and their communities. We need your help—please forward this e-mail to any bachelor’s or master’s degree students who will be in their last year of study in fall 2019. View more information and eligibility requirement

Now Accepting President’s Fellows Applications

Do you have ideas on how the University can institutionalize its Core Values? We are looking for UMB students enrolled full time during the 2019-2020 academic year to participate in a year-long project aimed at exploring the strategies and steps UMB should adopt to institutionalize its organizational culture and Core Values so they remain durable, even as the University continues to evolve. This is an opportunity to serve as part of an interprofessional team to conduct an organizational scan of existing core values initiatives; evaluate the relevancy and effectiveness of these initiatives; develop specific and actionable strategies for institutionalizing the values of accountability, ci

A New Bill Aims To Bring Trauma-Responsive Care To Baltimore Via Social Workers

The School of Social Work's Wendy Shaia, Shantay McKinily, and Lane Victorson are quoted in a WYPR story on efforts to make Baltimore a "trauma-responsive city" by equipping city agencies with vital resources. According to WYPR, "The bill would place social workers in city agencies that deliver services to youth and families, starting with the Department of Recreation and Parks." Officials envision spreading social workers across city rec centers to assist and support kids through their trauma. Shaia is the executive director of the School's Social Work Community Outrearch Service (SWCOS). McKinily is the director of SWCOS' Positive Schools, and Victorson also works with SWCOS as a faculty

Dr. Dababnah Presents at Federal Autism Meeting

Dr. Sarah Dababnah presented her research at a full meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee on July 24. The IACC is a federal advisory committee composed of representatives from federal agencies, as well as autism experts. The IACC is authorized by Congress to submit recommendations related to autism to the Department of Health and Human Services and coordinate federal autism activities. Dr. Joshua Gordon from the National Institute of Mental Health chairs the committee.

SSW's Wimberly Co-authors "Effects of Social Support and 12-Step Involvement on Recovery am

Assistant Professor Alexandra Wimberly, PhD is a co-author of new research published in Substance Use & Misuse. The work is titled "Effects of Social Support and 12-Step Involvement on Recovery among People in Continuing Care for Cocaine Dependence." ABSTRACT: Social networks that support recovery lead to enhanced treatment outcomes and sobriety regardless if this support stems from family, peer groups or 12-Step programs. Treatment process factors including readiness to change and commitment to abstinence also impact substance use. However, little is understood about the relationship between social support to treatment process factors during and after treatment for substance use disorders.

Call for Proposals: Expertise in Integrating Systems and Improving Outcomes for Children, Youth, You

The University of Maryland School of Social Work welcomes proposals from individuals with expertise in integrating systems and improving outcomes for children, youth, young adults, and their families. Presenters and attendees will include experts and leaders in the field of children’s services, including state, county, tribal, and territorial children’s systems; direct service providers; state purchasers and experts from Medicaid, managed care, mental health, substance use, child welfare, juvenile justice, education, public health, and physical health; parents, youth, and young adults; policymakers; clinicians; and children’s researchers and evaluators. The 2020 Training Institutes is an opp

Queer Community Alliance Summer Social at Red Emma's August 1st

Join the QCA for an informal get together on Thursday evening August 1st from 7-9pm! A great way to meet members of the community and allies before the semester starts. Join us! Red Emma's Coffeehouse & Bookstore is now located at 1225 Cathedral Street.

UMB Writing Center is Hiring

We are still hiring graduate writing consultants for the fall. Work as little as 3 hours or as much as 15 hours per week (schedule permitting). Join our dynamic team if you are interested in working together with writers on their academic work and advocate with them for inclusive writing practices across and within languages and cultures. Mandatory training provided. Hourly rate $17. Bachelor's degree required. Apply at Questions? Email

Recent Hires at the SSW

In the past several months, several people have been added to the SSW family. We welcome them and appreciate all they have already done for the School and for what they will do in the months and years to come. Donofrio, Clare E. SSW Promise Heights Social Worker Garcia, Isabelle Micaela R. SSW Office of the Dean Program Management Spec I Shelby, Angelise A. SSW Promise Heights Social Worker Weiss, Lydia M. SSW Promise Heights Academic Program Specialist Kauffman, Ashlie J. SSW Office of the Dean Specialist, Instruct Tech Lead Matias-Velasquez, Jenny SSW SWCOS Human Service Worker II Little, LaTavia D. SSW General Instruction Clinical Instructor PT Paynter, Kevon G. SSW Promise Heights Spe

What motivates people with substance use disorders to pursue treatment? New research from Bruce DeFo

Associate Professor Bruce DeForge is a co-author on new research published in the Journal of Substance Use. "What motivates people with substance use disorders to pursue treatment? A patient-centered approach to understanding patient experiences and patient-provider interactions" worked to identify and define potential positive and negative factors in patient experiences and patient-provider interactions that are associated with the pursuit and maintenance of treatment by those suffering from substance use disorders (SUD). CITATION: Gressler, L. E., Natafgi, N. M., DeForge, B., Shaneman-Robinson, B., Welsh, C., & Shaya, F. (2019). What motivates people with substance use disorders to pursue

SSW's Smith Published in Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work

Assistant Professor Melissa Edmondson Smith, PhD is the lead author of new research titled "A quick scoping review of psychosocial treatment recommendations for African Americans with schizophrenia spectrum disorders." Co-authored with 2014 MSW alumna Kelsey Hurlburt and others, the work appears in the recent issue of Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. ABSTRACT To determine the generalizability of the Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) 2009 treatment recommendations to African Americans. Methods: We examined inclusion of African Americans with schizophrenia spectrum disorders in 58 studies across seven interventions. Results: Evidence varied by interve

Drs. Kim and Dababnah Published in Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities

Postdoctoral Fellow Irang Kim, shown here, and Assistant Professor Sarah Dababnah have a new paper published in the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. The study, "Appreciation of the ‘Subtle Changes’: Perspectives of Korean American Parents Raising Children with Developmental Disabilities," explores the experiences of Korean American immigrant parents of children with development disabilities. The full paper can be accessed here:

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Funds "Needs Assessment for Asian-American Children

The Maryland Development Disabilities Council is provided the SSW funding to help perform a "Needs Assessment for Asian-American Children with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families." Assistant Professor Sarah Dabanah and Irang Kim, UMSSW Postdoctoral Fellow, will be working on the project. The Asian population is the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, yet there is very little literature regarding Asian-American caregivers raising children with developmental disabilities. The purpose of the project is to understand the strengths and needs of this population in Maryland. This project will contribute to an emerging national effort to elicit the voices of Asian-American f

THURSDAY @ UMB: AHA Heart Walk Kickoff

Help UMB and the American Heart Association raise awareness and funds to prevent and end heart disease and stroke. Join this fun event for lawn games, music, and more! Register as a team or an individual to walk on Oct. 12.

Introducing the 2019 Cohort of PhD Students

Ruvimbo Thuli Katerere-Virima Research Foci: I'm interested in addressing the dearth of local research informing evidence-based community mental health programs in Southern Africa (Zimbabwe and South Africa, specifically). I also hope to contribute to the further development and application of standardized mental health care for incarcerated adults, especially in the American South. My intention is that my research will spur policy change and subsequent targeted funding of programs that increase access to contextually- appropriate interventions in these isolated or marginalized communities. Personal Foci: I'm originally from Zimbabwe, but grew up in the U.S. I've lived all over the

SSW's Negi Lead Author of "We are at Full Capacity: Social care workers persisting through

Associate Professor Nalini Negi (shown here), along with PhD student Patrice Forrester, MSW alumna Marilyn Calderon and Katherine Esser, and Danielle Parrish of Baylor University are authors of new research published in the journal Health and Social Care in the Community. The work is titled "We are at Full Capacity: Social care workers persisting through work‐related stress in a new immigrant settlement context in the United States." ABSTRACT Cities without a prior established history of Latina/o migration are experiencing the fastest rate of growth in new immigrants in the United States (Wainer, A tale of two cities (and a town): Immigrants in the Rust Belt, 2013; Lichter & Johnson, Immigr

Become a 2020 Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Program Fellow

Established in 2016, the Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Program (BNLP) is a one-of-a-kind initiative that aims to equip the next generation of Baltimore’s community activists with the knowledge, skills, and tools to be transformative leaders.​ This year long fellowship: Enhances the capacity of young, passionate Baltimore community advocates with the skills to help improve the trajectory of health in their communities. Under the guidance of a community advisory board, identifies and works with engaged community leaders to serve as faculty. Keeps authentic community voice at the center of the training. Is a safe environment to be transparent and vulnerable and grow through peer support, refl

Youth Homelessness Must Be Made Visible Through Systems Collaboration

The SSW's Amanda Miller wrote an editorial that appears at on the topic of "Youth Homelessness Must Be Made Visible Through Systems Collaboration." Miller is the housing and homelessness program manager at The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore.

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