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  1. Lisa Fedina
    Lisa Fedina Awarded a 2020 Young Investigator Grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    Assistant Professor Lisa Fedina was awarded a 2020 Young Investigator Grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She will conduct a national survey with young adults ages 18-24 to identify protective factors for suicide that promote resilience among young adults, particularly those most at risk.

    “We know that people often do not have isolated experiences with violence, but studies have not yet measured the range of victimization experiences in order to understand its full burden on mental health. This study represents an important step to build this underdeveloped area of research through theory-driven, person-centered approaches, allowing for greater accuracy in predicting suicidal behaviors by accounting for the effects of violence victimization over time and factors that may support resilient trajectories among youth,” says Fedina.

    Charles Garvin Named NASW Pioneer

    Professor Emeritus Charles Garvin was recently inducted into the NASW Social Work Pioneers. Pioneers made important contributions to the social work profession, and to social policies through service, teaching, writing, research, program development, administration and legislation.

    Shanna and Leo Kattari Edit New Book Social Work and Health Care Practice with Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals

    Assistant Professor Shanna Kattari and Lecturer Leo Kattari have edited a new book “Social Work and Health Care Practice with Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals.”  Assistant Professor Ashley Lacombe-Duncan and Joint PhD student Matthew Bakko contributed chapters. 

    The book examines issues across the lifespan of transgender and nonbinary individuals whilst synthesizing conceptual work, empirical evidence, pedagogical content, educational experiences and the voices of transgender and nonbinary individuals.

  4. Trina R. Shanks
    Trina Shanks Named Harold R. Johnson Collegiate Professor of Social Work

    Congratulations to Trina Shanks who was named the Harold R. Johnson Collegiate Professor of Social Work. Shanks is the director of the School of Social Work Community Engage Program as well as the newly launched Center for Equitable Family & Community Well-Being, which connects the university with community leaders in Detroit and in Washtenaw County. This is the second endowed professorship honoring the School’s former dean and supports a scholar whose teaching and research address the advancement of race relations, diversity and inclusion." Trina Shanks has made significant and influential contributions as a researcher and leader. She is a valued colleague, teacher and mentor," said Dean Lynn Videka.

    • October 1, 2020
  5. Lisa M. Wexler
    Lisa Wexler Receives Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant

    Professor Lisa Wexler has received a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant for her project, Family Safety Net: Developing an Upstream Suicide Prevention Approach to Encourage Safe Firearm Storage in Rural and Remote Alaskan Homes. The study will support, encourage and assess safe firearm storage practices relevant to Alaska Native families. Alaska has suicide rates far above national averages, including a teen suicide rate among Alaska Natives 18 times higher than the rate for other American teens.

  6. Nyshourn D. Price
    Nyshourn Price Selected as Champion of Change

    Student Services Admissions Coordinator Nyshourn Price has been selected by NEW: Solutions for Nonprofits as a Champions of Change fellow. Champions for Change is a racial justice fellowship shifting hearts, minds and actions away from the collective harm of white supremacy and toward a liberated path on which we all get to live into our purpose.

  7. Shawna J. Lee
    Parenting in Context Research Lab Found Parents are Overwhelmed

    A new study from Parenting in Context Research Lab found parents are overwhelmed, kids are anxious and economic hardship is common during the pandemic. The pandemic presents parents with new challenges on how best to prepare and support their children for a different school experience. In the early days of the pandemic, nearly 80% of parents were educating their children at home.

    Public Health Saftey at SSW

    Every member of the School of Social Work community should know that the building exceeds the university standards for public health safety. SSW passed a strict university approval process before reopening. People greatly reduce the risk of COVID transmission if they wear a mask, wash their hands and follow social distancing guidelines. No symptomatic people are allowed to enter the building.

    The School’s COVID-19 Reentry website has information specific to our school about safety. U-M also has a COVID-19 website

    There are incidences of COVID-19 at U-M and in most communities across the nation. Testing and environmental surveillance are going on across campus. Last week, U-M started a new Contact Tracing Corps

    Where can I get a test?

    Testing is available from University Health Service, local health care providers, pharmacies and urgent care centers. If you have a health care provider, contact them about testing. 

    Testing Sites in Washtenaw County

    Pop-Up Testing provided by Washtenaw County Health Department

    Thanks to alumna Carrie A. Rheingans for providing the following information from Washtenaw County Health.

    • Saturday, 9/19/2020, 9 AM-1 PM. Free at Washtenaw County Health Department, 22 Center St., Ypsilanti. Enter Center Street from Michigan Avenue. With or without symptoms. Registration is required. Drive-up or walk-up. Please do not line up before the start time. No insurance needed. 
    • Saturday, 9/26/2020, 9 AM-1 PM. Free at Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. With or without symptoms. Check the Washtenaw County Health Department COVID web page for registration information. No insurance needed. 
    • September 16, 2020
  9. Kathryn L. Maguire-Jack
    Kathryn Maguire-Jack Received R01 Grant from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control

    Associate Professor Kathryn Maguire-Jack has received an R01 grant from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control to examine the preventive impacts of childcare subsidies and paid family leave policies on child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. She is a co-investigator of the 3-year $1.05 million project led by Prevent Child Abuse America. Maguire-Jack is working with researchers from the Prevent Child Abuse America and Casey Family Programs

    • September 11, 2020
  10. David Córdova
    David Córdova Receives Award for Best Research Article on Family Research and Theory

    Associate Professor David Córdova and co-authors received the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations. The award is presented for the best research article that makes substantial and significant contributions to family research and theory.

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