Blackboard Downtime 12/23-1/2

The UMB CITS Blackboard team will be migrating the entire Blackboard server to the cloud during the holiday break - and Blackboard will be entirely unusable from noon on 12/23 until sometime on 1/2. Please plan accordingly as you will not be able to log in or use Blackboard at all during this timeframe. Once the move is complete, we will have the advantage of faster load times, no monthly maintenance down time, no downtime for upgrades and we will be on the latest version of the software, with all the fixes and newest functionality. Once the service is back up and running, it will be available at the same location as before:

Negi, Siegel, Calderon, Thomas and Others Published in Journal of Community Psychology

Professor Nalini Negi, Jennifer Siegel, Marilyn Calderon, Emilie Thomas from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work and Avelardo Valdez published a new article entitled “They Dumped Me Like Trash”: The Social and Psychological Toll of Victimization on Latino Day Laborers' Lives in American Journal of Community Psychology. Abstract: Although recent rhetoric links undocumented immigrants to criminality, reports indicate undocumented immigrants commit less crime than their native‐born counterparts and that this vulnerable group may be at increased risk for criminal victimization. Immigrants living in new immigrant settlement cities may be particularly at risk for exposure to

Dept of Psychiatry Recruiting for Student Hire to Assist with NIH Research Study

Study description NIMH-funded study investigating a healthy lifestyle intervention for youth with serious mental illness and their families. We enroll parent-youth dyads shortly after the child is initiated on an antipsychotic medication, since these medications often cause problems with obesity-related side effects. Participants are enrolled for six months. In this randomized controlled trial, all families receive healthy lifestyle education and half receive a lifestyle intervention to reduce sugary beverage intake, increase physical activity, and also receive parent peer support from a parent with lived experience raising a child with special mental health needs. Job tasks Research tea

Field Applications are Now Open!

Applications for current students going into their advanced year will be due on January 17, 2020. Applications for current students going into their foundation year and new spring admits will have a due date of February 1, 2020.

Statistician and Researcher Dr. Bess A. Rose to Present at Beyond Housing 2020

Beyond Housing, the bi-annual conference organized by the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, welcomes a diverse group of service providers and big-picture thinkers from across the country to explore new and innovative methods to prevent or mitigate the impact of homelessness on children. The conference will be taking place from January 15 to January 17, 2020 at the Times Square Crowne Plaza Hotel New York City. Bess A. Rose, Ed.D., a statistician and researcher on staff in the School of Social Work, will present on the morning of Friday, January 17. Her session, entitled "Adolescent Homelessness and Long-term Educational and Workforce Outcomes: New Evidence from the Maryland L

Qualitative Data Analysis Training

The Qualitative Research Interest Group (QRIG) has scheduled a two-day workshop entitled "Synthesizing Qualitative Data" on February 25th and 26th 2020. The presenter will be Dr. Johnny Saldana, author of The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers and Qualitative Interviewing: The Art of Hearing Data. Reserve your spot: the workshop is capped at 30 participants. For more information, please email the SSW's Trisha Brown. Register here:

UMB CURE Scholars Program is Hiring a Work-Study Student!

The UMB CURE Scholars Program is hiring a federal work study student for the spring and/or summer semester. The UMB CURE Scholars Program identifies promising middle-school students in West Baltimore and supports them throughout middle school, high school, and beyond. The goal of the program is to help prepare CURE scholars for careers in STEM, healthcare, and cancer research. The federal work-study student would assist in administrative duties within the CURE office. The rate of pay is $15 per hour. We offer flexible hours to accommodate busy student schedules. Applicants must have been granted Federal Work Study status for the 2019-2020 school year. If interested, please send a copy

Haksoon Ahn (PI) and Terry Shaw (Co-PI) Receive $4.3 Million Grant from Maryland Department of Human

Associate Professors Haksoon Ahn, Principal Investigator, and Terry Shaw, Co-Principal Investigator, received a 5-year extension of ongoing Child Welfare Accountability (CWAA) research project from Maryland Department of Human Services/Social Service Administration (SSA). This 5-year grant will evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of child welfare services throughout Maryland to help to guide state policy and practice, and improve outcomes for children and families. Dr. Haksoon Ahn manages the contract with SSA and leads the Continuous Quality Improvement/Child and Family Services Review and Integrated Practice Model Evaluation components of the project, and Dr. Terry Shaw leads the Chi

Call for Chapters: Social Work Field Instruction in Modern Practice

Call for Papers -- please circulate widely Social Work Field Instruction in Modern Practice: A Handbook Samuel Little, PhD, Laura Loessner, LCSW-C, & Mirian Ofonedu, PhD, editors Chapters due 2.15.20. Selection notifications by 3.1.20. Our text aims to engage social work field instructors and supervisors in an accessible manner. Current titles in this area lean heavily on theoretical approaches without practical application strategies. Our title aims to equip the reader with conversational, user-friendly approaches, grounded in theory supplemented with exercises designed to promote involvement with subject content and develop critical thinking, self-reflection and engagement with social work

Should Foster Care Be Reduced, Or Reformed? Dean Barth on WNYC's The Takeaway

UMSSW Dean Richard Barth, PhD, along with Dr. David Sanders, Executive Vice President of Systems Improvement at Casey Family Programs, were guests of WNYC's The Takeaway to discuss the recent decline in the number of children in foster care and when it is appropriate to take a child away from a parent.

Graham Earns Honorable Mention for 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding Social Work

Assistant Professor Laurie Graham, PhD, will receive an honorable mention of the 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award for her dissertation entitled “What is the national burden of intimate partner violence related deaths, and how might we begin to explain their occurrence?.” In conferring the honorable mention, the Society recognizes the significance of the problem addressed in her research, the rigor of the analysis and its contribution to knowledge in social work and social welfare. The award will be presented to Graham in January at the 2020 SSWR Conference in Washington, DC.

DeForge Co-Author of "Family foster care and children’s outcomes in China: Evidence from a scop

"Family foster care and children’s outcomes in China: Evidence from a scoping review," is new research published in Children and Youth Services Review that Associate Professor Bruce DeForge, PhD is a co-author of. ABSTRACT Child maltreatment has become a recognized social problem in China. However, the target of foster care is primarily children who are orphans, abandoned, and disabled but not maltreated children. Responding to child maltreatment, an alternative care system to place children in out-of-home care should be established. This study used a scoping review method to map the scope of research regarding children’s outcomes in current foster care in China. Most studies indicated that

PhD Student Shawna Murray-Browne to Present at Psychotherapy Networker in 2020

The Psychotherapy Networker Symposium is the largest annual conference for mental health professionals in the field, hosting 4,000 therapists each year. From March 19 - 22, 2020, this symposium will take place in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham. Shawna Murray-Browne, a second year PhD student, will present on that Friday afternoon (March 20). Her workshop entitled, "How to Heal A Sista: A Grassroots Approach to Helping Black Women" will explore: - The distinctive stressors black women face, and the most effective ways to address the physical and psychological toll they take - The use of embodiment, authentic use of self, and integrative assessment tools that celebrate black culture

Second Year PhD Student Danielle Phillips Co-authors "Trauma-Informed Pregnancy Prevention &amp

Second-year PhD student Danielle Phillips, shown here, is among authors of new research titled "Trauma-Informed Pregnancy Prevention & Sexual Health Promotion for Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Initial Outcomes." The work appears in a recent issue of Children and Youth Services Review. This paper examines longitudinal outcomes to 6 months and participants' perspectives on the program among Wahine Talk's first two cohorts of youth. [Download the Paper] ABSTRACT Female youth experiencing homelessness are at high risk for pregnancy due to a host of individual, family, and community-level risk factors. This embedded mixed-method quasi-experimental pilot study examined the initial outcomes of

Confronting CRISPR: Scientific, Ethical, Legal and Social Issues on the Path Forward

Panel Discussion Confronting CRISPR: Scientific, Ethical, Legal and Social Issues on the path forward. Presenters: George Daley, MD, PhD; E Albert Reece MD, PhD, MBA; Natalie Ram, JD; Anna Kwilas, PhD; et al Time: January 30, 2020 at 9am Location: SMC Campus Center For details, please see the SOM and ELM Calendars or contact Evets Morgan (443-691-0546)

The Inaugural Herman and Walter Samuelson Foundation Award and Lecture in Stem Cell Research

The Inaugural Herman and Walter Samuelson Foundation Award and Lecture in Stem Cell Research Presented to: George Q. Daley, MD, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Harvard Medical School Award Presentation and Lecture “Blood from a Petri Dish” Location: MSTF Leadership Hall Date &Time: January 29, 2020 4pm-5pm Reception follows in the MSTF Atrium 5pm-6pm

CSWF Holiday Cheer Dec 9

Let us give thanks and good cheer to our UMB Social Work Professors by stopping in the social work building atrium to grab a slice of pizza, drink and fill out a Christmas card cheer. Event is on December 09 from 12:30-1:30PM in the SSW Lobby.

Field Application Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances the field application is currently unavailable. Once applications become available students will receive notification to go online to complete their application. We are hopeful that applications will be available within the next two weeks. As a result of the delay we will modify the application due date which will be identified in the email notification. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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