UMB & SSW Zoom Meeting Backgrounds Now Available

A selection of both university and school specific branded backgrounds which can be used during video meetings using Zoom are now available for download. Zoom is a cloud-based service that provides online meeting, content sharing, and video conferencing capability. The service includes a virtual background feature that allows users to display an image as the background during such teleconferences. To view and download our selection of backgrounds, please visit: To learn how to add a Zoom background from Zoom’s help center, please visit: Please note that at this time, WebEx does not support c

Reporting Award for "How the Pugh/UMMS Scandal was Rooted in Privatization and Lax Ethics Rules

The Maryland Delaware DC Press Association has recognized adjunct faculty member Jeff Singer, Mark Reutter, and David Plymer for their reporting in the Baltimore Brew on the roots of the UMMS and Mayoral scandal. This reporting helped lead to the conviction and removal from office of Mayor Catherine Pugh, as well as to the reorganization of the UMMS corporate leadership and Board of Directors. The Brew story concerning the award may be found at The series of articles explicating privatization and corruption can be found at

Graduate Student Research Funds Available

ARDRAW Research Funds Available Applications for Research Stipends Due: Friday, June 19, 2020 For more information and to apply: The Social Security Administration (SSA) is once again awarding graduate students $10,000 stipends to research work, rehabilitation, and disability issues through the Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program. The objective of ARDRAW is to foster new analyses of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability by providing research stipends to a broad spectrum of graduate students. Applicants must be maste

MSW Student Judith Park Pens Commentary on Overdose Prevention Sites

Judith Park, an MSW/MPH student, has written an Op-Ed, entitled, "Overdose Prevention Sites Needed Now More Than Ever" in Maryland Matters. In the article, she makes the case for the passage of the Maryland House Bill (HB464) Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program. This bill would establish by a community-based organization to provide a place for the consumption of preobtained drugs, provide sterile needles, administer first aid, and provide other services. These programs promise to reduce harms associated with drug use including infectious disease and overdose.

Fedina, Bright, Smith, and co-authors selected for APA Journals Article Spotlight

SSW PhD alum Lisa Fedina, along with SSW faculty members Charlotte Bright and Melissa Edmondson Smith and co-authors Rebecca Campbell and Andre Rosay, had their article from Psychology of Violence selected as the American Psychological Association Journals Article Spotlight. What Is the Role of Economic Insecurity in Health? The Unequal Burden of Sexual Assault Among Women Female survivors of sexual violence are more likely than other women to experience psychological distress, depression, PTSD, and suicidal ideation as well as chronic health conditions and poor physical health following their experiences of sexual assault. However, the social, economic, and health burdens of sexual vio

Laurie Graham Published in the North Carolina Medical Journal

Assistant Professor Laurie Graham and colleagues have a new paper published in the North Carolina Medical Journal that examines intimate partner homicides among North Carolina (NC) residents between 2011 and 2015. Using data from the North Carolina-Violent Death Reporting System (NC-VDRS), the study found that of the 2,299 homicides that occurred between 2011 and 2015, 350 were intimate partner homicides (0.9 per 100,000 person-years). Most (72.3%) intimate partner homicide victims were female. Among all female homicides, almost half (48.2%) were committed by intimate partners, while only 5.4% of all male homicides were committed by intimate partners. The highest rate of intimate partner h

Another new Advanced Research Course for Fall 2020

SOWK 789 (03): Applied Research Project This exciting new advanced research course is designed to integrate the advanced year field experience with a self-directed project using practice/policy-relevant data to inform decision-making. The class will meet once a month, from September 2020 to April 2021, for 90 minutes of didactics and a vibrant interactive class discussion. The seminar will provide an instructor-mentored, student-directed applied project experience, during which students will: identify practice-relevant data sources (typically existing data sources within the field placement), assess the validity of the identified data sources, establish research questions, and conduct an a

Your Mailbox is Now Your Ballot Box. So Lets #partyatthemailbox

Celebrate this upcoming election with GOTV with SWCOS, Baltimore Votes, Black Girls Vote, No Boundaries Coalition, and others and get your party supplies! "Sign up to receive a free* Baltimore Votes By Mail box—delivered by mail—that will include everything you need to turn your home into a festive, polling location for one. You’ll get a t-shirt designed by our friends at MICA, snacks from Baltimore-based companies, and posters to hang in your window and encourage your neighbors to vote as well."

Clark Shah-Nelson Published in International Journal of Technology-Enabled Student Support Services

Assistant Dean of Instructional Design and Technology, Clark Shah-Nelson, along with Ellen A. Mayo and Patience Ebuwei, colleagues from the Doctor of Business Administration program at University of Maryland Global Campus authored a new paper published in the International Journal of Technology-Enabled Student Support Services. The team used rapid evidence assessment and systematic review to synthesize findings across over thirty studies on non-profit educational service providers looking to strengthen organizational capacity and partnerships through program evaluation and feedback loops. More details and open access to the paper can be found at:

Associate Professor Hopkins Co-edits Book on The Future of Human Service Organizational and Manageme

The Future of Human Service Organizational & Management Research: Navigating Complex Frontiers Bowen McBeath and Karen Hopkins, Editors 2020 Routledge This book provides panoramic overviews of critical human service organizational and management practice challenges, as well as new and needed research frontiers. It invites researchers, educators, and practitioners to explore: the intersection of the complex environment of public and private human service organizations; and the rise and uncertain effects of new developments in social work, public policy and public management, and other helping professions.

Crumpton International Publication and Research Update: Brazil and Thailand

This week David Crumpton, a SSW adjunct faculty member, reported updates regarding his research and consultation activities in South America and Southeast Asia. In Brazil he has been named as a sub-grantee for a 3-year project funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Working with the University of Brasília and the Federal University of Goiás, he and his Brazilian colleagues will analyze the management capacity and capability of Brazil's national health system and develop approaches to improve it. Regarding his work in Thailand, this week Crumpton and his Thai and UK colleagues published another in their series of articles that examine the political, social, and economic institutions of

New Course (Foundation and Advanced Students) This Fall: "Social Work with Formerly Incarcerate

Consider registering for “Social Work with Formerly Incarcerated Individuals: Social Work’s Grand Challenge of Smart Decarceration.” This new 3-credit elective course is open to both Foundation and Advanced students. This course will be taught asynchronously online; students will be able to access each week’s content any time during that week, rather than being required to be online at specific times. “Smart decarceration” includes comprehensive and innovative strategies that promote alternatives to our current systems of crime and punishment in order to work toward a more inclusive and moral society. Smart decarceration is guided by the social work profession’s core value of social justic

Angela Henneberger Published in Emerging Adulthood

Research Assistant Professor Angela Henneberger and colleagues have a new paper published in Emerging Adulthood. Title: A Longitudinal Study Examining Dual Enrollment as a Strategy for Easing the Transition to College and Career for Emerging Adults Abstract Successfully transitioning to adulthood requires a successful transition from high school into college or the workforce. Yet for many emerging adults, this transition is not successful, leading to disengagement from school and work. Dual enrollment, where high school students enroll in college coursework, may help to facilitate this important life transition. This study applied propensity score matching to statewide administrative data

Hiring Part-Time Research Interviewers

The University of Maryland School of Social Work is hiring several part-time student interviewers for a National Institute of Mental Health funded clinical trial of a medication adherence device. The position requires individuals to have access to a car and be willing to travel to locations around Central and Eastern Maryland to conduct structured interviews with individuals that have serious mental illness and who are enrolled in the study. Hours will be flexible and we anticipate that individuals will be able to work up to 20 hours a week; pay will start at $17/hr. Interviewers will be expected to pass research ethics training and receive interviewer training. Primary job duties will inclu

Relationships Under Lockdown - May 28 w/ SSW's Geoff Greif and UMB President Bruce Jarrell

Virtual Face to Face with Dr. Bruce Jarrell May 28 | 2 p.m. Relationships Under Lockdown Guest: Geoffrey L. Greif, PhD, MSW, professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work Please join the Webex event. If prompted, use the following: Event number - 472 687 459 Password - facetoface Face to Face is a weekly virtual interview program that serves as a forum for University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, to explore issues of interest to the UMB community with subject matter experts from UMB, government and health officials, and others. Face to Face is presented each Thursday at 2 p.m. Members of the UMB community are invited to watch and listen.

New Advanced Research Course for 2020-2021

The SSW is offering a new advanced research course in fall 2020 through spring 2021 - SOWK 789: Neighborhood- and Community-Level Research Methods. This advanced research course will help students learn to develop and address community and policy-oriented research questions that can be answered using observational community-level data. If you are interested in learning more about Baltimore neighborhoods, including some of the greatest challenges and social problems facing these communities, and you want to further develop your research skills in the process, this course is a great opportunity! Students in this course will gain hands-on research experience by formulating their own research

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