Paula Allen-Meares, PhD
Paula Allen-Meares joined the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) January 16, 2009 as chancellor. Previously, Dr. Allen-Meares served as dean and Norma Radin Collegiate Professor of Social Work and professor of education at the University of Michigan. Earlier in her career, she was dean and professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Allen-Meares sits on the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare Board and she is a New York Academy of Medicine Trustee and Fellow. She was a founding member of the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. She was inducted as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2005 and serves on its Membership Committee, and was appointed chair of Section X in 2009. She is also a member of the 2010-2011 Sarnat Prize Selection Committee. She has over 100 publications including the recently released 6th Edition of her book: Social Work Services in Schools (Pearson Education, 2010).
Barbara J. Berkman, DSW
Dr. Barbara Berkman is the Helen Rehr/Ruth Fizdale Professor of Health and Mental Health at Columbia University School of Social Work and adjunct professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She received her Doctorate from Columbia University School of Social Work, a MA from the University of Chicago, and her BA with distinction and honors in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. She has directed 23 federally and foundation supported research projects in health and aging, and is currently principal investigator and national director of the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program. Dr. Berkman has received many awards and honors primarily for her research and policy efforts in health, mental health, and aging. Most recently, she has been honored with the 2009 Donald P. Kent Award from the Gerontological Society of America for her professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpretation of gerontology to the larger society. Dr. Berkman’s professional contribution to the knowledge base in health care and aging includes over 200 books, chapters, and articles. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the New York Academy of Medicine.
John Brekke, PhD
Dr. John Brekke joined the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work faculty in 1984. Prior to assuming an academic appointment, Dr. Brekke had a number of clinical positions working with persons diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness in inpatient and outpatient settings. Since 1989, Dr. Brekke has been the principal investigator on five longitudinal studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, one funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and he received a mid-career K-Award from NIMH. His work focuses on the improvement of community-based services for individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness and on developing biosocial models for enhancing treatment effectiveness. Dr. Brekke is the associate dean of research at the USC School of Social Work. He is the past director of the Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services, and in 2001 was installed as the Frances Larson Professor of Social Work Research. He does extensive grant reviewing for federal agencies and was a standing member of the Services Research Scientific Merit Review Committee at NIMH for six years. He publishes in the most highly ranked journals in social work, psychology, and psychiatry. In 1994, Dr. Brekke received the “Armin Loeb Achievement in Research Award” from the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services; in 1999, he received the “Excellence in Research Award” from the Society for Social Work and Research; and in 2010, he received an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Richard Catalano, PhD
Catalano is in the top 1/2 of 1% of social scientists in citations in the Web of Science. His h-index score is 55 which means he has at least 55 publications that have been cited 55 times or more. Currently, his papers are cited on average 374 times per year. He is widely recognized nationally and internationally for his prevention work. Dr. Richard Catalano is the Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence and the Director of the Social Development Research Group in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.
Mark Courtney, PhD
Courtney has served as a consultant to the federal government, state departments of social services, local public and private child welfare agencies, and the philanthropic community. His work on outcomes for foster youth has been seminal and federal policy policy driving. His recent multi-site study of independent living service effectiveness (involving several RCTs) is also groundbreaking. He has been a chaired professor at U. Washington and Chicago.
King Davis, PhD
King Davis holds the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. He was executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Services, Research, Policy, and Education from 2003 to 2008 and professor of Public Mental Health Policy at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia, from 1984-2000. He held the Galt Endowed Chair at each of Virginia’s medical schools from 1985-1988. From 1998-1999, he was the holder of the William and Camille Cosby Chair at Howard University, Washington D.C., and the Libra Chair in the School of Business and Public Policy at the University of Maine. He taught at Norfolk State University School of Social Work from 1974 to 1984. Professor Davis earned his PhD from the Florence G. Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 1972. King is a former commissioner of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, serving from 1990 to 1994. He is co-author of The Color of Social Policy, published in March 2004 by CSWE Press. His most recent articles were published in the American Psychologist (2007), Journal of Social Policy (2009) and the Journal of International Social Policy (2009). He is editing a volume on mental health transformation in New Orleans and writing a history of Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane in Virginia.
Diana DiNitto, PhD
DiNitto is a nationally and internationally known and respected scholar. Board service include the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA); faculty mentor for the HRSA-AMERSA (Health Resources and Services Administration [Public Health Service],2000-2004), Project MAINSTREAM, Interdisciplinary Program on Improving Health Professional Education in Substance Abuse. (She was one of the few social workers involved in the project.)
Ruth Dunkle, PhD
Dunkle is the author of seven books and 50 peer reviewed articles and more than 20 book chapters. Her publications have appeared in top social work and gerontology journals. She has received more than $15 million of grant funding to support her work.
Jeffrey L. Edleson, PhD
Jeffrey L. Edleson is a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and serves as its director of research. Edleson is also the founding director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (www.mincava.umn.edu). Edleson is one of the world’s leading authorities on children exposed to domestic violence and has published more than 100 articles and 12 books on domestic violence, group work, and program evaluation. Edleson was recently appointed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. He speaks frequently across the U.S. and internationally. Edleson is the co-author with the late Susan Schechter of Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice (1999). Better known as the “Greenbook,” this best-practices guide has been the subject of six federally-funded and numerous other demonstrations across the country. Most recently he co-edited with Oliver J. Williams the book Parenting by Men Who Batter: New Directions in Assessment and Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2007), with Claire Renzetti the multi-volume Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (Sage, 2008) and with Claire Renzetti and Raquel Kennedy Bergen the Sourcebook on Violence Against Women, 2nd Edition (Sage Publications, 2010) and the Companion Reader on Violence Against Women (Sage Publications, 2012).
Nabila El-Bassel, DSW
Dr. Nabila El-Bassel is a professor at Columbia University School of Social Work and director of the Social Intervention Group, which was established in 1990 as a multi-disciplinary research center on HIV and drug abuse. Dr. El-Bassel is also the director of the Columbia University Global Health Research Center of Central Asia. The Center brings together leading multidisciplinary global health experts and creates cross-cutting partnerships among governments, NGOs, and academic institutions in Central Asia. Dr. Nabila El-Bassel provides significant national and international leadership to the global health agenda. Dr. El-Bassel has been funded extensively by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for almost two decades. Dr. El-Bassel has published widely on HIV prevention science and on the co-occurring problems of substance abuse and intimate partner violence against women. Dr. El-Bassel has also been funded by NIDA and NIMH to train faculty and researchers on the science of HIV intervention and prevention. She also contributes to the training of racial-ethnic minority researchers who are committed to HIV research on people with histories of drug use and criminal justice system involvement.
Kathleen Ell, DSW
Dr. Kathleen Ell has conducted extensive research on health care seeking behavior, major depression, socio-economic and psychological distress, quality of life and morbidity, and mortality associated with life-threatening and chronic illness. A hallmark of her research has been a focus on low-income, ethnically diverse, and underserved populations aimed at bridging psychosocial practice and medicine. Her federal funding and publication record is notable as she has received over $14 million in federal research funding, publishes in high-impact medical journals, heads multidisciplinary research teams, and an evidence-based implementation model has been selected by the National Cancer Institute for its CANCER PLANET web site. Her clinical trials are designed to test intervention models that are adapted for diverse organizational systems, particularly safety net care systems, and include cost and cost-effectiveness outcomes. Dr. Ell has long been a strong advocate for increasing social work contributions in translational science and research partnerships across disciplines and partnered with community care systems. To actively promote these agendas across a range of service systems in which social workers are key providers, she worked at the National Institute of Mental Health and served as the executive director for the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research and is a member of the leadership of the University of Southern California’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
David Fanshel, DSW (deceased 2012)
Dr. David Fanshel was a professor of social work at Columbia University from 1962 until his retirement in 1993. From prevention to adoption, his work has spanned the service continuum within the field of child and family welfare. He served as director of a major longitudinal study of over 600 foster children in 80 agencies in New York City over a five year period in the 60s. This study was a harbinger of research that still is scarce; that which studies service characteristics, children’s developmental progress, and their interplay. This work provided the basis for the first major federal child welfare policy, i.e., the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act. He developed a research approach for the New York City service system of research based primarily on administrative data and served as a precursor to computerized systems in place today. He collaborated with the country’s leading social linguist, William Labov, to study the speech behavior of a social worker-therapist and a client (Therapeutic Discourse: Psychotherapy as Conversation, Academic Press 1977). Dr. Fanshel was awarded a Secretary’s Commemorative Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (on the 75th Anniversary of the U.S. Children’s Bureau) for significant contributions in promoting the well-being, growth and development of America’s children.
Ronald Feldman, PhD
Ronald A. Feldman is the Ruth Harris Ottman Centennial Professor for the Advancement of Social Work Education and dean emeritus at the Columbia University School of Social Work. His research focuses on adolescent mental health, peer influence, and professional development. Dr. Feldman’s awards include a Fulbright Lectureship (Turkey), Distinguished Faculty Award (Washington University, St. Louis), and Resident Fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center (Bellagio, Italy). His NIMH-funded research includes a groundbreaking multi-factorial field experiment with 701 youths that documented the adverse effects of treating antisocial boys in antisocial peer groups while demonstrating the benefits of treating small numbers of antisocial youths in groups of prosocial peers. In another NIMH-funded study, he and colleagues elucidated the crucial interactions among environmental stressors and individual coping skills that led 306 at-risk children of mentally ill parents to be designated as either “victims,” “vulnerables,” or “invincibles.” Dr. Feldman has authored or edited 10 books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. He has served as Vice Chairman of the NIMH Task Force on Social Work Research, co-convener of the St. Louis Group for Excellence in Social Work Research and Education, a founding director of the Society for Social Work and Research, and founder of three research centers. He also has served on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Biobehavioral and Mental Disorders, as Chairman of the CSWE Commission on Educational Policy, and as a trustee of the William T. Grant Foundation.
Mark W. Fraser, PhD
Mark W. Fraser, MSW, PhD, holds the John A. Tate Distinguished Professorship for Children at the School of Social Work, University of North Carolina where he serves as associate dean for research. He has won numerous awards for research and teaching, including the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research. His work focuses on risk and resilience, child and family services, and research methods. He has published widely and is the recipient of federal, state, and foundation research grants. He is the co-author or editor of nine books. These include Families in Crisis, Evaluating Family-Based Services, The Context of Youth Violence, Intervention with Children and Adolescents, and Making Choices: Social Problem-Solving for Children. In Risk and Resilience in Childhood, he and his colleagues describe resilience-based perspectives for child maltreatment, substance abuse, and other social problems. An award-winning text, Social Policy for Children and Families reviews the bases for public policy in child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, developmental disabilities, and health. Intervention Research: Developing Social Programs describes the design and development of social programs. His most recent book is Propensity Score Analysis: Statistical Methods and Applications.
Irwin Garfinkel, PhD
Irwin Garfinkel is the Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems at the Columbia University School of Social Work, co-founding director of the Columbia Population Research Center, and the co-principal investigator of the Fragile Families and Child Well Being Study. He was the director of the Institute for Research on Poverty (1975-1980) and the School of Social Work (1982-1984) at the University of Wisconsin. Between 1980 and 1990, he was the principal investigator of the Wisconsin Child Support Study. A social worker and an economist by training, he has authored or co-authored over 180 scientific articles and twelve books on poverty, income transfer policy, program evaluation, single parent families, child support policy, and the welfare state. His research on child support and welfare influenced legislation in Wisconsin and other American states, the US Congress, Great Britain, Australia, and Sweden. His most recent book is Wealth and Welfare States: Is America a Laggard or Leader?
Sarah Gehlert, PhD
Sarah Gehlert, PhD, is the director of the University of Chicago’s NIH-funded Center for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Research and the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the Brown School at Washington University. Until 2009, she was the Helen Ross Professor in the School of Social Service Administration. Dr. Gehlert also served as the associate director of the University of Chicago’s NIH-funded Institute for Translational Medicine (CTSA) and co-chaired its Community Translation Science Cluster. Dr. Gehlert directed the University of Chicago’s Maternal and Child Health Training Program from 1992 to 1998 and was principal investigator on an NIMH-funded prevalence study of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder from 1997 to 2001. She was core leader of the Health Disparities and Communities Core of the CDC-funded Chicago Center for Excellence in Health Promotion Economics from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Gehlert is a member of the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University in St. Louis and an affiliate of the Clinical Research Ethics Core of Washington University’s Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTSA) and its Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. She received the Lodge Prize from Adelphi University in 2009. In 2010, she will join the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Human Genome Research Institute. She chaired NIH’s 2007 Summer Institute on Community-Based Participatory Research in 2007 and 2009. Dr. Gehlert serves as a chartered member of the Scientific Review Panel of NIH’s Community-Level Health Promotion Study Section. She is the past president of the Society for Social Work and Research.
Charles Glisson, PhD
Glisson is the Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center at the University of Tennessee and a former Aaron Rosen Lecturer for SSWR. Glisson’s early work in mental health led him to search for answers to significant questions about how to remove bureaucratic barriers to treating children effectively. As a member of the team that worked to implement the nation’s first federal “right to treatment” guidelines in Alabama’s state mental health system in the early 1970s, he learned firsthand how service organizations created barriers to effective service.
Jesse J. Harris, PhD
Dr. Jesse J. Harris is professor and dean emeritus of the School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore. A retired Army Colonel, he served 20 of his 30 years of military service as a social worker. He was chief of social workers for the Army Surgeon General and served as consultant to the U.S. ambassador to Mozambique on the plight of child soldiers during that country’s civil war. Dr. Harris serves on the CSWE Military Task Force and chairs his school’s “Returning Soldier Task Force.” His research and publications focuses on the history of Army Social Work and the stress of Peace Keeping Forces. He serves on boards of veteran’s and health care organizations and has served as a NIH Consensus Panel member on Cancer. Dr. Harris’ awards include: The Army Legion of Merit; the NASW Ruth Knee/Milton Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award in Health and Mental Health Practice; the NASW Social Work Pioneer Certificate of Honor; Citations by the Governor and the Maryland legislatures. He is a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar of the Armed Forces. A non-Catholic, Dr. Harris was honored for his service to the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore with the Benemerenti medal, on behalf of Pope John Paul II.
J. David Hawkins, PhD
Dr. J. David Hawkins is the Endowed Professor of Prevention and founding director of the Social Development Research Group, School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle. His research focuses on understanding and preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems. He develops and tests prevention strategies which seek to reduce risk through the enhancement of strengths and protective factors in families, schools, and communities. He is principal investigator of the Community Youth Development Study, a randomized field experiment involving 24 communities across seven states testing the effectiveness of the Communities That Care prevention system developed by Hawkins and Richard F. Catalano. He has authored numerous articles and several books as well as prevention programs for parents and families, including Guiding Good Choices, Parents Who Care, and Supporting School Success. His prevention work is guided by the social development model, his theory of human behavior. He is 2009 recipient of the Flynn Prize for Research, a past-President of the Society for Prevention Research, and has served in an advisory capacity to national and state-level agencies and organizations. He is committed to translating research into effective practice and policy to improve adolescent health and development.
Daniel Herman, PhD
Trained in both social work and epidemiology, Dr. Herman is a leading scholar in the area of homelessness and its nexus with mental illness. In 2012, he joined the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College as Professor and Associate Dean for Scholarship and Research. Prior to this, he spent over a decade as a researcher and faculty member at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and New York State Psychiatric Institute where he also served as the Director of Social Work Research.
Dr. Herman began his career as a practitioner in New York’s public mental health and system where he worked in a broad range of service delivery settings. After entering research, he was the first professional social worker to receive an early career K award from the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Herman is internationally known for his efforts to evaluate and disseminate Critical Time Intervention (CTI), a model of time-limited case management that has been widely recognized as one of few effective approaches for the prevention of homelessness among high-risk populations. Dr. Herman has also studied the mental health impacts of the September 11 terrorist attacks and has carried out epidemiological research on long-term outcomes associated with adverse childhood experiences. His research has been supported from NIMH, SAMSHA, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD). Dr. Herman is a standing member of the Mental Health Services Research Committee of NIMH and is past Vice-President of the Society for Social Work and Research, which honored him with its Outstanding Research Award in 1999.
Nancy Hooyman, PhD
Nancy Hooyman received her MSW and PhD from the University of Michigan. She currently holds the Hooyman Professorship of Gerontology and is dean emeritus at the University of Washington School of Social Work where she chairs the Multigenerational Concentration. She is co-principal investigator of the Council on Social Work Education’s National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, which has involved over 1,000 faculty nationwide. She is author of 11 books, has published over 130 articles and chapters, and is a frequent presenter and consultant on gerontological and women’s issues. Her co-authored and widely used text, Social Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, is now in its 9th edition. A Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, she received the Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award from the Council on Social Work Education in 2009. She is also the recipient of the Career Achievement Award from the Association for Gerontology in Social Work Education. She has served on the advisory boards of all of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiatives and of the Boston University Institute for Geriatric Social Work, and as a national mentor for the Hartford Scholars. She has provided professional leadership as President of the Society for Social Work and Research, Chair of the National Association of Deans and Directors, and Chair of the Social Research, Policy and Practice section of the Gerontological Society of America.
Jeffrey Jenson, PhD
Jeffrey M. Jenson, PhD, is the Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth at Risk and associate dean for Research in the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. Dr. Jenson’s research and teaching interests address the etiology and prevention of childhood and adolescent problems of bullying, aggression, school dropout, and juvenile delinquency. His research focuses on the application of a risk and resilience approach to preventing childhood and adolescent health and behavior problems and on the evaluation of prevention strategies aimed at promoting positive youth development. Dr. Jenson has published four books and numerous articles on the topic of adolescent problem behavior. He was recently principal investigator of the Youth Matters Prevention Project, a group-randomized trial assessing the effects of a structured curriculum on bullying and aggression among students in 28 public elementary schools. He is currently principal investigator of the Bridge Project After-School Investigation, a longitudinal study aimed at improving academic outcomes for children living in four Denver public housing neighborhoods. Dr. Jenson has received several awards for his scholarship, including the Aaron Rosen Award from the Society for Social Work and Research. He was awarded the University of Denver Distinguished Scholar Award in 2003 and the University Lecturer Award in 2007. He was editor-in-chief of the journal Social Work Research from 2004 to 2008.
Sheila B. Kamerman, DSW
Dr. Sheila B. Kamerman is the Compton Foundation Centennial Professor for the Prevention of Child and Youth Problems at the Columbia University School of Social Work, and co-director of the web-site based Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child and Family Policies. Between 2001 and 2002, she was the interim dean of the School. Dr. Kamerman’s teaching areas are social policy, child and family policy, social services, comparative welfare state policies, and international social welfare. Her recent research activities include: a study of early childhood care and education policies and programs in the OECD countries; a study of parental leave policies in these countries; and social protection policies in developing countries. Dr. Kamerman has consulted widely for U.S. and international organizations, including UNESCO, OECD, UNICEF, UNDP, and ISSA. She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of more than thirty books or monographs and almost two hundred articles and chapters. Her most recent books are:
- (Co-Edited with Alfred J. Kahn) Beyond Child Poverty: The Social Exclusion of Children. (New York: Columbia University Institute for Child and Family Policy, 2003)
- (Co-Edited with Peter Moss) The Politics of Parental Leave Policies. (Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2009)
- (Co-Edited with Shelley Phipps and Asher Ben Arieh) From Child Welfare to Child Well-Being. (Springer, 2009)
Among her honors is an honorary degree from York University, England in an unusual joint recognition of the work of herself and her colleague Alfred J. Kahn in cross-national social policy research.
Rosalie Kane, PhD
Kane is an outstanding candidate for the academy. Her career and accomplishments consistently demonstrate innovation and excellence in her roles as social worker and advocate in gerontology and geriatrics. Kane directed the National Long-Term Care Resource Center for 20 years and received the University of Minnesota Distinguished Women Scholars Award in Social Sciences for 2007.
Shanti K. Khinduka, PhD
Shanti K. Khinduka is the George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. As dean of its School of Social Work from 1974-2004, he was instrumental in establishing several path-breaking centers for research and training, creating 12 endowed professorships and over 200 scholarships, building an endowment of over 100 million dollars, constructing a state-of-the-art new facility for the school, developing dual degree programs, pioneering both interdisciplinary and international research, he also fashioned a curriculum emphasizing evidence-based practice, economic and social development, and capacity building for individuals and communities. Khinduka has published worldwide on social action, social work education, community and social development, globalization, international social welfare, and ethnic conflict. An editor of three books, he founded the Journal of Social Service Research in 1977 and chaired its editorial board until 2004. He is one of the founders of the St. Louis Group and of the International Consortium for Social Development, and served as the president of the latter organization from 2001-2005. He has led or served on several key committees of the major social work organizations in the United States. Among his many honors, Khinduka received a Distinguished Faculty Award from Washington University and the Search Award from its Eliot Society, the NASW President’s Award for Educational Excellence, the Significant Lifetime Achievement Award from CSWE, the Outstanding Social Work Educator and Scholar Award from the Asian American Social Work Educators Association, and the Los Amigos de la Humanidad Distinguished Educator Award from the School of Social Work, University of Southern California.
Stuart A. Kirk, DSW
Stuart A. Kirk is a distinguished professor and the Marjorie Crump Chair in Social Welfare at the School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles. His research has critically examined the conventional wisdom of professions, seeking to illuminate the unintended effects of professional beliefs and practices. For example, he has written about the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the foundational document of the psychiatric enterprise, challenging its major tenets and scientific underpinnings (e.g. The Selling of DSM, 1992; Making Us Crazy, 1997). Similarly, he has analyzed the effectiveness of the structures used by the profession of social work to increase the use of knowledge in practice and to make social work more scientifically based (e.g. Science and Social Work, 2002 ). As an administrator, he served in the 1980s as dean of the School of Social Welfare at the State University of New York at Albany, and more recently at UCLA as director of the doctoral program and chair of the Department of Social Welfare. He is a former editor-in-chief of the NASW journal, Social Work Research. He has published 8 books, two dozen chapters, and over 100 articles in social welfare, psychology, psychiatry and other journals. In 2003, he received the annual award for Significant Lifetime Achievement from the Council on Social Work Education.
James Lubben, DSW
James Lubben is the inaugural holder of the Louise McMahon Ahearn Chair in Social Work at Boston College. He is also professor emeritus at UCLA where he taught for 20 years and was associate dean and chair of the Department of Social Welfare. Lubben has also been a visiting scholar in Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the U.K. Lubben has actively promoted the development of social work and social welfare by serving as principal investigator or collaborator on over $32 million of research and training grants. Additionally, he has offered consultation to the World Health Organization regarding health and welfare systems development for aging societies. He served four terms (12 years) on the congressionally mandated Gerontology and Geriatrics Advisory Committee for the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Lubben is the founding director of the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Doctoral Fellows Program in Geriatric Social Work and the director of the University Institute on Aging at Boston College. He developed the Lubben Social Network Scale (LSNS), an abbreviated measure designed for both research and clinical use among older populations. Dr. Lubben received an MSW from the University of Connecticut and an MPH from Berkeley. His doctorate is also from Berkeley. He has also received an honorary doctor of humane letters from his undergraduate alma mater, Wartburg College in Iowa. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and received the Leadership Award from the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work.
Kevin Mahoney, PhD
Mahoney is the Professor and Director of the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services at the School of Social Work at Boston College. Kevin J. Mahoney, PhD is professor at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and Deputy Director of the Home and Community-Based Services Resource Network established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An expert on state government and long-term care innovation, he speaks and writes extensively on consumer direction, the roles of the public and private sectors in financing long-term care, long-term care insurance and care management.
Marsha Mailick, PhD
Marsha Mailick is the Vaughan Bascom Professor and director of the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her BA at UW-Madison in 1972 in psychology and sociology, and earned a PhD in social welfare from Brandeis University in 1978. After ten years on the faculty of Boston University School of Social Work, she moved to UW-Madison in 1988, and she has been at the Waisman Center and professor of social work since that time. With support from the NIH, Dr. Mailick’s research focuses on life course impacts of disability on the family. She investigates how lifelong caregiving affects the well-being of parents and siblings of individuals with disabilities, including autism, fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and schizophrenia, and how the family environment affects the development of individuals with disabilities. Dr. Mailick is chair of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers Association, chair of the Gatlinburg Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the author of over 150 research publications. She has received a number of awards, including the Distinguished Research Award of The Arc, the Christian Pueschel Memorial Research Award of the Down Syndrome Congress, and the Research Career Award of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Ronald Manderscheid, PhD
Manderscheid is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader and advocate in mental health and substance use care. He served in several leadership roles at the National Institute of Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He has won numerous prestigious awards, including the NASW Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award in Health & Mental Health Policy in 2009.
Jeanne C. Marsh, PhD
Jeanne C. Marsh is dean and George Herbert Jones Distinguished Service Professor in The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her fields of special interest include substance abuse services for women and families, service delivery at the intersection of multiple service systems, and knowledge utilization in practice and program decision-making. Professor Marsh has held appointments in both the School of Social Service Administration and the Committee on Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. She also has served as visiting professor at the London School of Economics and at Clare Hall, Cambridge University. She has published broadly on issues of substance abuse, social service provision for women and children, and evaluation of social work interventions, and has served as principle investigator on a number of NIH-funded studies. Awards and honors include the NASW Award for Excellence in Social Work Research, service as editor-in-chief of Social Work, the journal of the National Association of Social Workers, and board member of the Society for Social Work and Research. Professor Marsh graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology from Michigan State University and received her MSW and PhD in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Flavio Marsiglia, PhD
Marsiglia is the Distinguished Foundation Professor of Cultural Diversity and Health. Dr. Flavio Francisco Marsiglia received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Since 1994, he has been a member of the faculty of the Arizona State University School of Social Work, where he is currently the Distinguished Foundation Professor of Cultural Diversity and Health and Director of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC).
Mary McKay, PhD
McKay is the Investigator for the Global Community Core and Professor at the Silver School of Social Work, and Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Dr. McKay has achieved prominence in key areas of knowledge production, most notably community-based research and engagement with at-risk children and their families. The quality of her work has placed her among the top scholars in our field. She is a superb mentor and a generous sponsor of other’s work.
Ruth G. McRoy, PhD
In 2009, Ruth G. McRoy became the inaugural holder of the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professorship at Boston College (BC) Graduate School of Social Work. She earned her undergraduate degree in sociology and psychology is from the University of Kansas and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the BC faculty, McRoy was at the University of Texas at Austin where she was the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor, associate dean for research and director of the Diversity Institute. Her areas of research expertise are reflected in her many published works including: Social Work Practice with Black Families (with Edith Freeman and Sadye Logan), Transracial and Inracial Adoptees: The Adolescent Years (with L. Zurcher), Special Needs Adoptions: Practice Issues, Openness in Adoption: Family Connections (with H. Grotevant), and Intersecting Child Welfare, Substance Abuse and Family Violence: Culturally Competent Approaches (with R. Fong, and C. Ortiz-Hendricks). Her recent honors include membership in the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teaching Professors, the 2004 Flynn Prize for Social Work Research from the University of Southern California, the 2005 George Silcott Lifetime Achievement Award from the Black Administrators in Child Welfare, the 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research, and the 2006-2007 University of Texas at Austin Graduate School’s Outstanding Alumna Award. She is currently board president of the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), board member of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston, and is a senior research fellow and a member of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute Board.
Daniel Meyer, PhD
Meyer’s research is having a global impact. He has participated in several studies of the income support system in place for families with children in the United States, the United Kingdom, and several other developed countries. Most recently, Professor Meyer worked for the United Kingdom in comparing their child support policies with those in 14 other countries, and participated in a large multi-country study of the effects of the worldwide recession on families with children.
James Midgley, PhD
James Midgley is the Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services and dean emeritus of the School of Social Welfare University of California, Berkeley. His scholarly interests are in social policy with a special focus on international social welfare and social development. He has published widely in these fields. His most recent books include The Handbook of Social Policy, Sage, 2009 (with Michelle Livermore); Social Security and Poverty in East Asia, Routledge, 2010 (with Kwong-leung Tang) and Social Work and Social Development, Oxford University Press, 2010 (with Amy Conley). He has received several awards including the International Rhoda Sarnat Prize from NASW in 1996; the Career Achievement Award from the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA) in 2004; the Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Award from NASW, California Chapter in 2005; and the International Partnership in Social Work Education Award from the Commission on Global Social Work Education, CSWE in 2006. He is an honorary professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Nihon Fukishi University in Japan, and the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nancy Morrow-Howell, PhD
Morrow-Howell, named Ralph and Muriel Pumphrey Professor of Social Work at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, is the nation’s foremost expert in the area of productive aging and community-based services to older adults. Her field-shaping scholarship has charted the course for future research in this field, research that will test how individuals can make valuable contributions to society throughout their life span.
Edward J. Mullen, DSW
Dr. Mullen is the Willma & Albert Musher Chair Professor at Columbia University where he was associate dean (1987-1992) and acting dean (1991). He was professor at the University of Chicago (1976-1987); Fordham University (1967-1976); and visiting professor, Case Western Reserve University (1975-76). He has directed major research programs including Community Service Society of New York’s Institute of Welfare Research (1969-1973), the Center for the Study of Social Work Practice at Columbia University (1992-2002), and Columbia University’s Musher Program (1995-2011). He was principal investigator for NIMH funded NRSA doctoral training programs in mental health services research at Columbia University (1989-2007) and University of Chicago (doctoral and postdoctoral, 1984-1989). He is a founder of the International Network of Social Work Research Centers; Editor-in-Chief of Oxford University Press’ Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work; chair of New York Academy of Medicine’s Evidence Database in Aging Care; member of Northwestern University’s NIH funded interdisciplinary Council for Training in Evidence-based Practice; and member of HHS Office of Adolescent Health, Expert Panel, Teen Pregnancy Prevention initiative with RTI International. For over 50 years his research and publications have examined mental health, outcomes measurement, effectiveness research, translational and implementation research, research synthesis, and evidence-based policy and practice. Evaluation of Social Intervention (1972) and Outcomes Measurement in Human Services (1997) are among his most influential publications. Dr. Mullen received a BA in Philosophy (with honors, 1960), an MSW (1962) from Catholic University, and a DSW from Columbia University (1968).
Deborah Padgett, PhD
Dr. Padgett, a professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, earned her doctorate in anthropology and is internationally known for her expertise in qualitative methods as well as her research-based advocacy regarding housing and services for homeless persons with serious mental illness. Dr. Padgett has also published extensively on unmet needs and service use of women with breast cancer, members of ethnic minority groups and at-risk children/adolescents. She is the editor of The Handbook of Ethnicity, Aging, and Mental Health (1995) and The Qualitative Research Experience (2004), author of Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research (2nd ed. 2008), and co-author of Program Evaluation (5th ed., 2009). Dr. Padgett has had the notable accomplishment of obtaining two NIMH-funded R01 grants that use qualitative methods to understand service use and recovery among dual diagnosed homeless adults. In her roles as principal investigator, consultant and teacher, Dr. Padgett has been an active mentor to others and recently began an annual workshop on qualitative methods targeted to doctoral students and junior faculty in schools of social work. In 2010, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from NYU’s Masters in Global Public Health program where she is a faculty instructor. Active in the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) since its inception, Dr. Padgett was honored for her work as President of SSWR with the annual “Deborah Kay Padgett Early Career Achievement Award” in 2006.
Rino J. Patti, DSW
Rino J. Patti graduated from San Diego State University with honors in 1958 and received his Masters and Doctor of Social Work degrees from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1960 and 1967, respectively. He was on the faculty at the University of Washington (UW) for 20 years where his teaching and research focused on organization, management, and policy development in the human services. Dr. Patti was dean at the USC School of Social Work (1988-1997) and then the Driscoll-Clevenger Professor of Social Policy and Administration until his retirement (2001). He served for ten years as the editor of Administration in Social Work. As president of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (1991-1993), and as co-chair of the NIMH Mental Health Implementation Committee, Patti worked with national social work organizations to implement recommendations for strengthening research in social work. He also was the first board president of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) (1993-1995). Professor Patti’s research and scholarship includes 48 peer reviewed articles and chapters, five authored or edited books, and numerous research monographs. Among his major awards are: the NASW Presidential Award for the Advancement of Research (1996); the Career Achievement Award from the Association for Community Organization and Administration (2003); and the University Career Achievement Award from the University of Southern California, (2006).
Enola Proctor, PhD
Dr. Enola Proctor is the Frank J. Bruno Professor of Social Work Research and associate dean for faculty at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, in St. Louis, MO. She leads the NIH-funded Center for Mental Health Services Research which collaborates with its national network of research partners and local and state social service agencies to improve the quality of care to vulnerable populations and advance the scientific study of moving mental health practices from clinical knowledge to practical applications. Her current research tests strategies to improve organizational functioning and increase the uptake and sustainability of evidence based mental health services. She directs the Dissemination and Implementation Research Core as part of Washington University’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (a CTSA grant funded through NIH/NCRR), leads an NIH funded Implementation Research Institute to provide national training to implementation researchers, and is on the Faculty Advisory Council for Washington University’s Institute for Public Health. She was appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health. She has served as scientific chairperson for many NIH-supported research conferences and was editor in chief for Social Work Research. Her awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research in 2002, the National Association of Social Workers’ Presidential Award for Excellence in Research in 1994; the Mental Health Professional of the Year award from the St. Louis Alliance for the Mentally Ill in 1997, and numerous teaching, mentoring, and faculty awards from Washington University, including the Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award in 2009.
Mark R. Rank, PhD
Mark R. Rank is currently the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts in the country on issues of poverty, inequality, and social justice. He has published extensively in a broad range of fields, and has written several ground breaking books on poverty and social welfare. Dr. Rank is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Outstanding Research Award from the Society for Social Work and Research. His research is routinely reported in a variety of media outlets as well as in national and state policy settings.
Allen Rubin, PhD
Allen Rubin (BS, Penn State; MSW, PhD, Pitt) is the Bert Kruger Smith Centennial Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been a faculty member since 1979 and has taught courses on both practice and research, in addition to administering the doctoral program for ten years. Before that he worked in a community mental health program and then directed national research projects at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). His approximately 150 publications have focused on research methods, statistics, severe and persistent mental illness, trauma treatment, evidence-based practice, and other areas. His many books include Research Methods for Social Work, Practitioner’s Guide to Using Research for Evidence-Based Practice, Treatment of Traumatized Adults and Children, Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice and Evaluation, the forthcoming Psychosocial Treatment for Schizophrenia, and many others. He was a founding member of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and served as its president from 1998 to 2000 (after serving a term as its vice president). In 1993, he received the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 1997, he was a co-recipient of the SSWR Award for Outstanding Examples of Published Research. In 2007, CSWE honored him with their Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award.
Rosemary Conzemius Sarri, PhD
Rosemary Sarri is a graduate of the Universities of Minnesota and of Michigan, receiving her PhD at Michigan in social work and sociology in 1962. She is professor emerita of social work and of social research at the University of Michigan. She has also served as a professor at Flinders, Melbourne and James Cook in Australia, at Hong Kong Polytechnic and Chinese Universities of Hong Kong, at Ewha and Yonsei in South Korea, at Washington University of St. Louis, the University of Utah, Etovos Lorand University in Hungary, and at Addis Ababa University. She has consulted and taught the development of social work and social work education in China, Russia, Ethiopia, Korea, and the Philippines. Her funded research has focused on the impact of social policy on children, youth and families, and on the justice system. She has authored 16 published books and more than 180 chapters and papers in professional publications. She has served as an officer in NASW and CSWE as well as in other professional organizations, social agency boards and community organizations. She received an honorary degree and numerous awards and special appointments from national and state governments, as well as from private organizations. She considers the opportunity to have taught and worked with thousands of social work students and with community people the most satisfying experiences of her life.
Robert F. Schilling II, PhD
Robert Schilling is professor and chair, Department of Social Welfare, at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He received his MSW and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin in 1972, and the University of Washington in 1986. A former foster parent and field instructor, he has held direct practice roles in child welfare and developmental disabilities settings. His scientific inquiry has emphasized drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, and intervention research. While professor at Columbia University, he co-founded a large intervention research group, focusing on women drug users in jail, untreated cocaine and heroin users, and patients in methadone clinics, sexually transmitted disease clinics, and detoxification units. He was principal investigator of the New York City site of the NIMH Multisite HIV Prevention Trial — then the largest fully randomized HIV prevention trial ever conducted in the U.S. — with outcomes published in Science in 1998. His later work has included studies of sexually transmitted disease patients in India and sex workers in China. Schilling has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles. He received the James H. Nakano Citation for Outstanding Scientific Paper Published in 1994 from the CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases. In 2003, Schilling was listed as one of the most productive scholars in social work and, in 2006, he was listed among researchers above the 95th percentile distribution for extramural NIH grants over the last 25 years. He is the most cited social work scholar in the HIV/AIDS area. Schilling has been a member of NIH review panels and has chaired national panels and task groups. He continues to advance the position of science in social work.
Steven P. Schinke, PhD
Steven Schinke is the D’Elbert and Selma Keenan Professor at Columbia University and is adjunct professor of public health at Weill Cornell Medical College. During his 25 years at Columbia and previously, when he was with the University of Washington, Steven has focused his research on the development and testing of prevention programs aimed at behavioral health problems among children and adolescents, with a particular focus on youths from ethnic-racial backgrounds and adolescent girls. Steven’s research has been supported by various institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. He has also been supported by the W.T. Grant Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Kaiser Family Foundation, Smart Family Foundation, and other private foundations. In addition to other forums, findings from Steven’s research have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and New England Journal of Medicine. Steven was the founding president of the Society for Prevention Research, and serves as Associate Editor of the Society’s journal, Prevention Science. He chairs the Risk, Prevention and Intervention for Addictions Study Section within the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Steven received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and he served in the United States Air Force, with postings domestically and in Okinawa.
Steven P. Segal, PhD
Steven P. Segal, PhD, MSW, ASCW, is the Milton and Florenz Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor and director of the Mack Center on Mental Health and Social Conflict and the Mental Health and Social Welfare Research Group (MHSWRG) at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley. Professor Segal’s previous positions include: director, Center for Self Help Research; principal investigator (thrice competitively funded) NIMH/NRSA Pre/Post Doctoral Research Training Program in Financing and Service Delivery; Institute of Advanced Study, Distinguished Fellow, LaTrobe University; and Senior Fulbright Research/Lectureships in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Italy. He has received competitive RO1 National Institute of Mental Health mental health services research funding for over thirty years, published four books and over a hundred peer-reviewed publications in major research journals in psychiatry, medicine, public health, social work, and six other disciplines. He has worked on mental health services research related to long-term community and residential care, civil commitment, dangerousness, and quality of psychiatric emergency care. He also taught all levels of post-secondary education, contributing to the education of physicians, psychiatrists, lawyers, psychologists, sociologists, and trained more than a thousand social workers in practice, policy, and research. He has practiced social work with adults, children, and families and has provided expert opinion in major legal cases. As Mack Center Director he is leading the development of programmatic efforts addressing mental health services’ needs associated with social conflict and is continuing MHSWRG projects providing empirically based practice knowledge on combined-consumer/professional mental health services and outpatient civil commitment.
Michael Sherraden, PhD
Michael Sherraden is Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development and founding director of the Center for Social Development (CSD), Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. Sherraden was educated at Harvard (AB 1970) and the University of Michigan (MSW 1976; PhD 1979). Among other awards, he is recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship (1992-93), the Flynn Prize for innovation in social policy from the University of Southern California (2001), and the Career Achievement Award from the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (2006). Major areas of research have focused on civic engagement, productive aging, and asset building. Regarding the last, Sherraden introduced the concept of “asset building” or asset-based development. Books on this subject include Assets and the Poor: A New American Welfare Policy (1991) and Inclusion in the American Dream: Assets, Poverty, and Public Policy (2005). CSD’s research in this area has influenced policies and community projects in the United Kingdom, Canada, Peru, China, Australia, Korea, Uganda, and other countries. In the United Kingdom, Sherraden advised the Prime Minister’s Office and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2000 to 2005 in creating the UK Child Trust Fund, a universal and progressive account for every newborn. Current domestic research includes a test of universal Children’s Development Accounts (CDAs), including a randomized experiment. Internationally, CSD is part of a consortium testing CDAs in four developing countries.
Phyllis Solomon, PhD
Phyllis Solomon, PhD is professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice and professor of social work in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research, which focuses on service delivery issues for adults with severe mental illness and their families, has been funded by a number of city, state, and federal agencies. She has edited and authored six books including her most recent, Randomized Controlled Trials: Design and Implementation for Community-Based Psychosocial Intervention, and has over a 125 peer reviewed publications as well as 30 book chapters. She is the recipient of a number of awards including the First Place Research Award by Society of Social Work and Research for co-authored article on her RCT of family educational interventions for families of a relative with severe psychiatric disorder; Outstanding Non-Psychiatrist Community Achievement Award given by the American Association of Community Psychiatrists; the Knee/Wittman Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Mental Health Policy and Practice from NASW Foundation; and University of Pennsylvania Provost Award for PhD Mentoring of Doctoral Students.
Gail Steketee, PhD
Steketee is Dean and professor of Boston University’s School of Social Work. She has published over 180 articles and chapters and 8 books, mainly focused on evidence based treatments for OCD and related disorders such as hoarding, as well as cognitive aspects of OCD. She was recently awarded the Aaron Rosen Lecture award from the Society of Social Work Research and Service Award from the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.
Ronald W. Toseland, PhD
Dr. Ronald W. Toseland is the director and professor at the Institute of Gerontology, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York. He has published six books and over 110 articles and book chapters, many of which have focused on clinical practice with the frail and chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers. His most recent book, Toseland, R. and Rivas, R. (2009). An Introduction to Group Work Practice (6th.ed.) Needham Heights, Mass.: Pearson has been translated into Japanese and Chinese. An edited book (with David Haigler and Deborah Monahan) Education and Support Group Programs for Family Caregivers: Implications for Practice, Research and Policy is in press (N.Y.: Springer). Dr. Toseland is internationally recognized for his research on social work practice with groups and effective interventions for problems faced by aging individuals. His findings help to guide the delivery of evidence-based social and health care services to older persons and have been featured in Congress and internationally. Dr. Toseland has received more than $10 million in grants for research. He was awarded the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work Career Achievement Award in 2007 for outstanding lifelong contributions in gerontological social work, and the Society for Social Work and Research Distinguished Achievement Award in 2008.
Barbara W. White, PhD
Barbara W. White is dean of the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, where she also holds the Centennial Professorship in Leadership. She is a former president of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and a former president of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). She has been a Fulbright Scholar on Women’s Issues in India, and received a University Teaching Excellence Award while at Florida State University. She has held a national appointment under President Clinton and was inducted into the African American Women’s Hall of Fame sponsored by the National Women of Achievement, Inc. Dr. White has authored articles and book chapters on issues dealing with cultural diversity, women, domestic violence, and social work education, and serves on numerous editorial boards and with community service organizations. She is a consultant on social work curriculum and leadership and a public speaker on a wide range of issues in social work education and practice. Among the awards and recognitions she has received are: the International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award for significant international or national contributions to advance the public image of professional social work; an endowment established by the UT School of Social Work Advisory Council as the Dean Barbara W. White Excellence Fund in Social Work Education and Leadership; and Distinguished Alumna Award, College of Social Sciences, Florida State University.
Luis Zayas, PhD (2012)
Zayas is now the Dean at the University of Texas at Austin and has served as the Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor of Social Work at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work and professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine at Washington University. Dr. Zayas is an NIH funded investigator and a master teacher. He has has been awarded Leadership Awards from the New York City Latino Social Work Task Force (2006) and the National Association of Puerto Rican/Hispanic Social Workers (2002). His expertise in teaching has been acknowledged through the following honors, “Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students Award” (2004-05) and “Outstanding Faculty Mentor” (2004-5).
Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD (2012)
Zimmerman is Kenan Flagler Bingham Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Public Health, and Co-Director of the Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research as well as of the UNC Interdisciplinary Center in Aging Research. Zimmerman is the newly appointed chair of UNC’s PhD Program.