Professor Lisa Berlin, Alum Liz Aparicio and colleagues publish paper in the Journal of Interpersona

New paper from School of Social Work faculty member, Dr. Lisa Berlin, Alum Dr. Elizabeth Aparicio of the University of Maryland-College Park, former colleague Dr. Tiffany Martuccio, and colleagues analyzes 7 years of data on CPS reports on a sample of mothers recruited during pregnancy. They looked at the effect of a maternal history of maltreatment on risk of a CPS investigation among the children of these mothers. They found that maternal maltreatment doubled the risk of CPS investigation, but maternal sexual abuse conferred even greater risk. The study further explore the role of substance use and aggressive responding as mediators in the relationship between maternal maltreatment and l

David Crumpton Continues Work with ActionAid-Myanmar

Adjunct faculty member David Crumpton has been contracted by ActionAid-Myanmar as consultant for a new project involving village level leadership development in Chin and Kayah states. This project involves applying the feminist research perspective to consider different models of leadership in community development projects in these post-conflict settings of Myanmar. There will be a particular focus on women in leadership roles. This is Dr. Crumpton's third project with ActionAid-Myanmar. Earlier this year he published a report on participatory planning and community development in Kayin state. He is currently completing an evaluation of the organization's Safe Spaces program that promotes

Pittman and Gioia Co-author Article in Advances in Social Work on the Impact of their Global Social

SSW Faculty members Joan Pittman and Debbie Gioia are co-authors of a new article in Advances in Social Work titled Transformative Learning and Inclusion in a Global Social Work Course. Abstract As there are many types of global learning experiences for students, understanding best practices is critical in resource allocation and developing competencies. Additionally, diversifying global education is essential in addressing unequal student access and improving cross-cultural competence. This paper describes a short-term international course with graduate students from social work, public health, and nursing. Nine s

Self-management and Spina Bifida: A Systematic Review of the Literature

SSW Faculty member Mel Bellin and PhD student Rachel Margolis are part of a National Institute for Health Research project titled "Self-management and Spina Bifida: A systematic review of the literature." The proposed manuscript will systematically review the (a) development and use of self-management (SM) process and behaviors across the life span, (b) factors related to self-management, (c) development of measures of self-management in SB, both condition-specific and generic measures used with a spina bifida (SB) population, and (d) development and/or outcomes of interventions to improve self-management in SB. LEARN MORE

Financial Apps in the Era of Coronavirus

SSW's Jodi Frey, PhD, (on right) and Jeffrey Clark (on left) along with alum Sara Johnson (center) are co-authors of "Financial Apps in the Era of Coronavirus" which appears on the blog. According to the authors, "it seems relevant now amid the COVID-19 pandemic to talk about how technology and virtual apps can support financial education, capability and empowerment for working age adults and their families. Even prior to what many are referring to as the COVID-19 recession, financial distress and uncertainty were major complaints among working age adults (according to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America 2019 survey and the Aspen Institute’s Financial S

CCBC to Hiring and Training Contact Tracers

Baltimore County has partnered with the Community College of Baltimore County to train people to train contact tracers, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. announced Tuesday. Contact tracers track coronavirus transmission by investigating with whom COVID-19 patients came into contact. Once identified, those contacts may then be tested for COVID-19. Building up Maryland’s contact tracing operation is one of the necessary steps for tracking and limiting the spread of coronavirus. While unveiling his “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” plan last Friday, Gov. Larry Hogan said so far the state has quadrupled its ability, employing 1,000 contact tracers. The Baltimore County Health

Judy L. Postmus to Lead School of Social Work

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, has appointed Judy L. Postmus, PhD, MSW, as the new dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW). The selection was made following a national search and is effective July 1, 2020. Postmus is professor and associate dean for research and faculty development at Rutgers University. READ MORE

Grand Challenges for Social Work Provides COVID-19 Resources for Social Workers

There has never been a time when the Grand Challenges’ commitment to “social progress powered by science” was truer. Similarly, the message of the Grand Challenges that the “social is fundamental” is clearly paramount as we need to address this crisis at the societal level. We hope to not allow our “social distancing” to counteract the importance of our profession’s commitment to social integration, social science, and social justice as we pursue many of the fault lines in our society that this virus is cracking open. GCSW has created this page to collect resources related to COVID-19 that may be of help to social workers during this time. We will add new information as we get it. We also en

Digital Mental Health Apps Drop-In Events on Fridays

Digital Drop-Ins Do you have questions about using mental health apps with your clients? Stop by and join us for a networking and Q&A session to learn more about digital mental health on Friday, May 1st at 11am PST. Please fill in the form at this link, and a link of zoom meeting invitation will be sent to your email. Can't make it this Friday? That's ok! Sign up with your email and we'll let you know when the next event happens. This event is hosted by PsyberGuide, a nonprofit website providing advice and guidelines to those interested in using mental health technologies (

"The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Social Work Students"

Students are invited to participate in a study entitled, "The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Social Work Students" conducted by Aynsley Scheffert, MSW, LICSW, Ph.D. Student at Baylor University. The purpose of the study is to gain an understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on current social work students and to identify areas of need. In order to participate, you must have been enrolled in a social work program and taking coursework in the Spring 2020 semester. Taking part in this research study is completely voluntary. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete a one-time, anonymous survey which will take approximately 10-15 minutes. You may find the link to the surve

SSW's Berlin Co-author of New Study Published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence

SSW Professor Lisa Berlin, PhD, is a co-author of new research, "Intergenerational continuity in child maltreatment: A follow-up analysis of underlying mechanisms" published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Abstract: The current study examined direct and indirect effects of a mother’s history of childhood physical and sexual abuse on her child’s officially reported victimization. This prospective, longitudinal study followed a community-based sample of 499 mothers and their children. Mothers (35% White/non-Latina, 34% Black/non-Latina, 23% Latina, and 7% other) were recruited and interviewed during pregnancy, and child protective services records were reviewed for the presence of t

Nancy Kusmaul Published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing

UMBC Assistant Social Work Professor Dr. Nancy Kusmaul (shown here) and Gretchen Tucker, a student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Gerontology have a new paper published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing that explores perceptions of patient centered care in nursing homes. Gathering data from multiple stakeholders including family members, residents, managers, and direct care workers, Kusmaul and Tucker identified distinct perspectives about the role of patient choice in care decision-making. Read more here:

How Long Do URecFit and Library Access Last After Graduation?

If you are graduating this May, you may wonder how long your URecFit membership and HS/HSL Library access last. Graduates receive a free one-year URecFit membership post graduation. Graduates also have continued access to all HS/HSL LIbrary resources for two months.


SSW SGA E-board would like to invite you to the final SGA General Body Meeting on Monday, May 5th at 12 pm via Zoom. Come prepared to hear updates and announcements from the student leaders and have an opportunity to voice your own questions, comments, or concerns. Zoom Meeting Invitation: Monday, May 5, 2020 12:00 pm | 1 hour 30 minutes | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Meeting number: 475 081 083 Password: 69McheJFYq7 Join by video system Dial You can also dial and enter your meeting number. Join by phone +1-415-655-0001 US Toll Access code: 475 0


Students who anticipate graduating in July 2020 must file a Graduation Application. Completion of a Graduation Application is MANDATORY. Instructions to submit the application can be found at: THE DEADLINE TO FILE IS JUNE 15, 2020 FOR JULY 2020 GRADUATES ONLY. PLEASE NOTE: If you are enrolled in an EXTENDED FIELD PLACEMENT or TAKING SUMMER COURSES, you are considered a JULY (summer) graduate.

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