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  1. Andrew C. Grogan-KaylorBerenice Castillo
    Andrew Grogan-Kaylor and Berenice Castillo's Study Featured in Revista Semana

    Associate Professor Andrew Grogan-Kaylor and Berenice Castillo (PhD student) had their research featured in "Revista Semana", an important news magazine in Colombia. The article explained how socioeconomic factors contribute to the physical discipline of children in Colombia.

  2. Joyce Y. Lee
    Kids’ Emotional Security Becomes Threatened When Parents Fight

    Joyce Lee's (PhD student), study published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence found that when parents listen or use humor to resolve conflicts, their children report fewer emotional and behavior problems. Families from all socioeconomic backgrounds are affected by parental conflict. The rates tend to be higher in low-income households that deal with poverty, stress and unemployment.

  3. Daphne C. Watkins
    Daphne Watkins Receives Thought Leader Award from Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

    Associate Professor Daphne Watkins received the “Thought Leader Award for Peer-Reviewed Publications” at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Capstone Symposium last month. Watkins was the recipient of a New Connections Initiative Award in 2007 for her project “Examining the Influence of Psychosocial Factors on the Mental Health of Black Men.” This recent accolade is in recognition of the impact she’s made in her field as well as the quantity and quality of the work she’s produced since receiving her initial award.

  4. Xiaoling Xiang
    Older Adults Struggle with Anxiety When Personal Needs Not Met

    Assistant Professor Xiaoling Xiang's new study tracks the behavior of older adults whose needs were not handled properly, leading to elevated anxiety symptoms. “Our findings reinforce the notion that needs for mental health services and community-based long-term services and supports are interconnected,” Xiang said.

  5. H. Luke  Shaefer
    Luke Shaefer Estimates Child Allowance Would Reduce the Number of Children Living in Poverty by More than One-Third

    Associate Professor Luke Shaefer’s research on child allowances was included in Nicholas Kristof's column, "A Dummy's Guide to Democratic Policy Proposals" in the New York Times.


  6. Daicia R. Price
    Daicia Price 2019 Student Union Teacher of the Year

    Clinical Assistant Professor Daicia Price was selected as the 2019 Student Union Teacher of the Year. 
    She was nominated by a member of the Michigan Social Work student body and was selected based on a submitted essay detailing some of the remarkable ways she influences students in her classes.

    • March 28, 2019
  7. Kristin S. Seefeldt
    Kristin Seefeldt Gives Keynote Address at the University at Buffalo

    Associate Professor Kristin Seefeldt gave the keynote address at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work’s symposium “Poverty is a Human Rights Issue: Social Work and Economic Justice". Her talk focused on poverty and inequality, economic well being and family coping strategies.

    • March 27, 2019
  8. Rogério Meireles Pinto
    Rogério Meireles Pinto led best practices training at The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

    Rogério Meireles Pinto was invited to lead a training at The Guidance Center/Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority on best practices for clinical staff working with a client and interpreter during the course of mental health treatment. Pinto's training was part of the Children's Mental Health Lecture Series.

  9. Min Hee Kim
    Min Hee Kim Defends Dissertation

    Min Hee Kim successfully defended her dissertation “Geographic Distribution of Aging and Health-Related Resources in Urban Neighborhoods: Implications for Health Care Delivery to Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Physical and/or Cognitive Impairment.” Her committee consisted of Ruth Dunkle, Sarah Burgard (co-chairs), Sandra Levitsky and Philippa Clarke.

    • March 15, 2019
  10. William Elliott III
    William Elliott's Research Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle

    Professor William Elliott’s research on child savings accounts is featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Children with a bank account designated for college, with $500 or less, were three to four times more likely to go to college than those without an account”, Elliott said.

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