Fellow Karen Fredricksen Goldsen puts social isolation of older adults in the same category as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. She calls social isolation a public health issue and is one the first scholars to research senior members of the LGBTQ community and their social isolation. In this recent Seattle Times article, Fredricksen Goldsen tackles
Columbia University School of Social Work’s Nabila El-Bassel will lead a research team to reduce opioid fatalities in New York State. Under an $86 million grant recently awarded from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, El-Bassel is heading up a group attempting to reduce opioid fatalities by 40% in 15 New York counties. Along with
“When it comes to binge drinking, social factors exert a significant influence,” says Fellow and scholar John Clapp. “A person is at higher risk for binge drinking if they are surrounded by peers who are binge drinking or are in a setting in which heavy drinking is more socially acceptable—like a party or bar.” Alcohol
Fellow Iris Chi is a 2019 recipient of the Woman of the Year Congressional Award. She received the award from Congresswomn Judy Chu and was one of several women who were honored for service and leadership within their local communities. Dr. Chi is known for her research in gerontology and social work and the well-being
Fellows with a research interest in loneliness and isolation take note: the Gerontological Society of America recently established an interdisciplinary group for meeting and discussion specific to these topics. The new Loneliness and Social Isolation Interest Group will hold its initial meeting at the November GSA Annual Scientific session in Austin, Texas. Colleagues who plan
The Academy regrets the passing of 2013 Fellow Yeheskel (Zeke) Hasenfeld, a well known researcher in social work. Dr. Hasenfeld was professor emeritus at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Prior to that he was an associate dean at Michigan’s School of Social Work. He earned a number of career awards and honors and
Winners of the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) 2019 Book Award are Fellows Rami Benbenisty and Ron Avi Astor. The co-authors won for two books: Welcoming Practices, a research, practices and strategies review of schools and transitioning families, and Mapping and Monitoring Bullying and Violence, a guidebook for education and school district leaders
Steve Hicks School of Social Work Dean Luis Zayas has made a name for himself as an expert on child separation at the border and trauma in undocumented families. He’s authored a book on the subject, regularly delivers remarks and speaks frankly on the issues. “These children are always living in a state of vigilance.
University of Washington’s Karina Walters was recently named the recipient of the 2019 Richard Lodge Prize. The award, given by Adelphi University, is named for the late Dr. Richard Lodge, a social work educator and Adelphi University professor. Walters was recognized for her research on the health of indigenous peoples. Read more.