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  1. Daphne C. Watkins
    Daphne Watkins Receives Pynn-Silvermann Lifetime Achievement Award

    Professor Daphne Watkins has received the Pynn-Silverman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. The award was established to honor individuals whose achievements over a career demonstrate the highest degree of commitment to excellence in authoring works to advance their discipline, encouraging and supporting the work of colleagues, and educating students in the field.

    Watkins is the Letha A. Chadiah Collegiate Professor of Social Work and a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor.

    Terri Gilbert Receives Youth Justice Lifetime Achievement Award

    Lecturer Terri Gilbert has received the Youth Justice Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Center for Youth Justice. “This work is not done by one person alone, this award is more than a personal accolade; it is a testament to the collective efforts of many,” said Gilbert. “I extend my heartfelt gratitude to countless dedicated colleagues, advocates and mentors who have been a part of this journey and, most importantly, the young people and families whose lives we strive to impact every day.”

    “My guiding philosophy has always been to spend my life working on something that will outlast it. Reflecting on my journey, it’s hard to believe that I have spent almost 45 years in child welfare and youth justice. This path has been fraught with challenges yet filled with moments of profound impact and hope.”

    • June 11, 2024
  3. Katrina R. EllisLisa FedinaGiovanna Gonzalez (Odessa Gonzalez) BensonAnao ZhangDavid CórdovaTerri L. FriedlineLindsay A. BornheimerZaynab K. BoussiPriscilla C. CortezLinda Edwards-BrownJennifer K. TownsRoland W. Zullo
    Faculty Promotions

    Congratulations to the following faculty members whose promotions were approved this month by the U-M Board of Regents. Katrina Ellis, Lisa Fedina, Odessa Benson Gonzalez and Anao Zhang were promoted to associate professor with tenure. David Córdova and Terri Friedline were promoted to professor. 

    In addition, Lindsay Bornheimer was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, without tenure, School of Medicine. Katrina Ellis was also promoted to Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, without tenure, School of Public Health.

    Congratulations also to our faculty members who were promoted during the most recent lecturer promotion cycle. Zaynab Boussi was promoted to Lecturer IV, and Priscilla Cortez, Linda Edwards-Brown, Aliyah Masudi, Benjamin Moe, Jennifer Towns and Roland Zullo were promoted to Lecturer II.

  4. William Elliott III
    William Elliott Serves as Expert Witness on CSAs Before U.S. Senate Committee

    Professor William Elliot III provided testimony as an expert witness at the United States Senate Committee on Finance hearing on child savings accounts and other tax-advantaged accounts benefiting American children.

    “Children’s asset investments are more than just financial benefits for higher education: they have demonstrated the potential to transform the opportunity landscape—and in the process, to reset young people’s confidence in U.S. institutions and their ability to deliver equitable returns,” said Elliott.  “CSAs help create an environment for forming tangible hopes. What makes them tangible is that they give children a stake in the future—their own, and ours. They give them the power to purchase a piece of their future today.”

    Read CNBC's coverage of Elliott's testimony.

  5. Lisa M. Wexler
    Lisa Wexler Awarded Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health

    Professor Lisa Wexler was awarded an NIMH R01 grant for her project “Efficacy-Implementation Study for PC CARES in Rural Alaska” through the NIH Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health.  The trial evaluates the impact of Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES) on adult participants and the adults and youth they are close to, and who could benefit from the intervention. This project contributes to the long-term goal of translating suicide prevention research into culturally responsive community practice to reduce suicide risk and promote youth well-being in Alaska Native communities.

    “I am excited about our new project, which trains and supports local leaders in sharing suicide prevention best practices within their communities in order to spark community-led actions,” said Wexler. “We believe that the project builds a sustainable way to offer community members tools through PC CARES that they can use to promote positive community change that promotes mental wellness and reduces suicide risk.”

    PhD student Lauren White will be leading a project aim. “The implementation aim on this grant is among the first NIH funded studies that use Implementation Science frameworks to assess the contextual determinants of implementation in a rural Tribal community. By studying how PC CARES is carried out with our partners, we will also build general knowledge of what Tribes and interventionists need to know about using newly developed evidence-based interventions to drive healthy change in Native communities,” said White.

    • May 22, 2024
  6. Brooke B. Buys
    Brooke Buys Named 2024 MSW Student Government Teacher of the Year

    Lecturer Brooke Buys was named the 2024 Student Union Teacher of the Year. This award is given by the School of Social Work student government and recognizes faculty who have demonstrated commitment to improving DEI, made an outstanding and positive contribution to the School’s climate, and whose skills, dedication, understanding and caring have made a positive impact on students.

    • May 21, 2024
  7. Laura J. Yakas
    Laura Yakas Receives 2024 Distinguished Lecturer Award

    Lecturer Laura Yakas has received the 2024 Distinguished Lecturer Award. This highly esteemed peer award recognizes excellence in teaching and mentoring students and the very highest ideal of a School of Social Work lecturer.

    • May 21, 2024
  8. Linda M. Chatters
    Linda Chatters Receives 2024 Distinguished Faculty Award

    Professor Linda Chatters has received the 2023 Distinguished Faculty Award. This highly esteemed peer award recognizes governing faculty members who demonstrate excellence in domains including longevity of service to the School; national recognition in scholarship and service; excellence in teaching and mentoring; outstanding service to the School and the University; and contribution to the professional community.

    Chatters is the Paula Allen-Meares Collegiate Professor of Social Work.  In addition, she is Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health and a faculty associate at the ISR’s Research Center for Group Dynamics.

    • May 21, 2024
  9. Giovanna Gonzalez (Odessa Gonzalez) Benson
    Odessa Gonzalez Benson Receives 2024 Doctoral Student Organization Faculty Award

    Assistant Professor Odessa Gonzalez Benson has received the 2024 Doctoral Student Organization Faculty Award. The Doctoral Student Organization bestows this award to a faculty mentor who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to mentoring, developing and supporting doctoral students.

    • May 21, 2024
  10. Daphne C. Watkins
    Daphne Watkins Receives Research Grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

    Professor Daphne Watkins is the principal investigator in a new R01 research grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute titled “Addressing Structural Racism in Heart Failure Care and Outcomes: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of The Social Structure of Care Delivery.” The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive understanding of structural barriers as well as facilitators for equitable care and outcomes, and to develop a best practices toolkit to address structural racism and discrimination in heart failure care. 

    "Addressing racism and discrimination at the structural level is essential if we want to move toward health equity in heart failure care and outcomes,” said Watkins.  “I am excited to be a part of such a dynamic team of researchers and clinicians who want to understand and improve heart failure delivery networks within the social structure of care delivery. In the long term, our goal is to advance equitable care and outcomes for patients.”

    • May 21, 2024

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