Leadership

Grand Challenges Executive Committee

Marilyn Flynn, PhD (Co-Chair)

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Dean
School of Social Work
University of Southern California
214 Montgomery Ross Fisher Building, MRF 214, M/C 0411
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411
213-740 – 8311
mflynn@usc.edu

Michael Sherraden, PhD (Co-Chair)

Michael-Sherraden

George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor
Washington University
One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1196
St. Louis, MO 63130
314-935-6691
sherrad@wustl.edu

Edwina Uehara, PhD (Co-Chair)

Eddie-Uehara

Professor and Ballmer Endowed Dean in Social Work
School of Social Work
University of Washington
Box 354900
Seattle, WA 98195-4900
206- 685-2480
sswdean@uw.edu

John Brekke, PhD

John-Brekke

Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research
School of Social Work
University of Southern California
University Park – MC 0411
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411
213-740 – 0297
brekke@usc.edu

Claudia Coulton, PhD

Claudia-Coulton

Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research and Social Change
Case Western Reserve University
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164
216-368-2304
claudia.coulton@gmail.com

Diana DiNitto, PhD

Diana-DiNitto

Cullen Trust Centennial Professor in Alcohol Studies and Education and Distinguished Teaching Professor
School of Social Work
University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712-0358
512-471-9227
ddinitto@mail.utexas.edu

Rowena Fong, EdD

Rowena-Fong

Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor in Services to Children and Families
School of Social Work
University of Texas at Austin
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, Texas 78712-0358
Room: 3.122G
512-471-1393
rfong@austin.utexas.edu

J. David Hawkins, PhD

David-Hawkins

Social Work Endowed Professor in Prevention
University of Washington Social Development Research Group
9725 3rd Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206-543-7655
jdh@uw.edu

James Lubben, PhD

James-Lubben

Louis McMahon Ahearn Professor in Social Work; Director of the Institute on Aging
Boston College
118 McGuinn Hall
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617-552-1366
lubben@bc.edu

Ron Manderscheid, PhD

Ron-Manderscheid

Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors
National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD)
25 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20001
202-942-4296
rmanderscheid@nacbhd.org

Yolanda C. Padilla, PhD, LMSW-AP

Yolanda-Padilla

Professor of Social Work and Women’s Studies
School of Social Work (Rm. 3.130-K)
The University of Texas at Austin
1925 San Jacinto Blvd Stop D3500
Austin, Texas 78712-1405
Mail Code SSW D3500
512-471-6266
ypadilla@utexas.edu

Karina Walters, PhD

Karina-Walters

Associate Dean for Research
William P. and Ruth Gerberding Endowed University Professor

University of Washington
School of Social Work – room 210B
Box 354900
Seattle, WA 98195-4900
206-543-5647
kw5@uw.edu

James Herbert Williams, PhD

James-Herbert-Williams

Dean and Milton Morris Endowed Chair
University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work
Craig Hall, Room 308
2148 S. High St.
Denver, CO 80208
303-871-2203
james.herbert@du.edu

Richard Barth, PhD, MSW

Rick-Barth

President, AASWSW
Dean and Professor
University of Maryland
School of Social Work – room 5E14A
525 W. Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-706-7794
rbarth@ssw.umaryland.edu

Sarah Christa Butts, MSW

Sarah-Butts

Grand Challenges Project Staff
Assistant to the President
University of Maryland
School of Social Work – room 5E14A
525 W. Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-706-4387
sbutts@ssw.umaryland.edu

GCEC partial photo with logo

The Grand Challenges for Social Work Executive Committee gathers at the 2016 SSWR conference. Front row (l. to r.): Edwina Uehara, Diana DiNitto, Yolanda Padilla. Back row: Marilyn Flynn, James Lubben, Richard Barth, Ron Manderscheid, Karina Walters, J. David Hawkins, Sarah Christa Butts, Rowena Fong. Not pictured: John Brekke, James Herbert Williams, and Claudia Coulton