Edwina Uehara, PhD
Edwina (“Eddie”) Uehara, MSW, PhD, is past president of SSWR, past president of the St. Louis Group for Excellence in Social Work Research & Education, and Professor and Dean, School of Social Work, University of Washington. Dr. Uehara’s scholarly interests center on understanding the interplay of social structure and the cultural construction of health, illness and healing. Her research has been published in a range of journals in social work and related disciplines, including American Journal of Sociology; Journal of Health and Social Behavior; Archives of General Psychiatry; Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; American Journal of Community Psychology; Social Science and Medicine; Social Work; and Gerontology.
Recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award (1996), the School of Social Work’s Students’ Award for Classroom Excellence (1994), and the Edith Abbott Award for Career Excellence from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration (2007), Dr. Uehara is the inaugural holder of the Ballmer Endowed Deanship in Social Work, the first position of its kind in a public university. She has taught and mentored scores of masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students, particularly those specializing in ethnography, grounded theory, narrative analysis, social networks analysis, and the intersection of race, culture, socioeconomic class and mental health.