Social Work Faculty News

Dr. Sang Published Research Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

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Dr. Jina Sang, Assistant Professor, has recently published two research articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her article titled, "The impact of a child’s cancer on father’s relationship with his spouse" has been published this month in the Journal of Child and Family Studies, and her article titled, "Experiences of Korean mothers of children with cancer: A photovoice study." was published in the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. 

Her research interests are parent-child relationships, family stress, and mental health. Currently, she is collecting data for the Parental Alienation research project titled, “My child rejects me: Alienated parents from separated or divorced families.”

Dr. McCollister Presented at the 2017 Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare

melissa_small Dr. Melissa McCollister, Campus Coordinator of the Child Welfare University Partnership Program, presented a workshop titled, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Matters in Public Child Welfare Practice, at the Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare on March 16, 2017 at Case Western Reserve University. This workshop discussed results of a recent study on the topic of emotional intelligence among public child welfare workers. Attendees learned the importance of emotional intelligence skills in public child welfare practice, discussed possible opportunities or challenges to incorporating emotional intelligence training in public child welfare practice, and discussed additional key challenges faced by public child welfare practice that relates to emotional intelligence. 

Prof. Ellis Presented at the 2017 Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare

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Prof. Thornton Presented at the 2017 BPD Annual Conference

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Prof. Michele Thornton
, Associate Professor of Instruction, gave a paper presentation at the 2017 Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, on March 2, 2017. Her paper presentation titled, Using technology in academic advising for student success, described one program’s attempt to use existing campus-supported technologies along with face-to-face advising to support student success. 


Dr. McCollister and Prof. Thomas Represented the UA School of Social Work at the 2017 BPD Annual Conference

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Dr. Melissa McCollister, Campus Coordinator of the Child Welfare University Partnership Program, and Prof. Becky Thomas, MSW Lakewood Coordinator, represented the UA School of Social Work at the 2017 Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, on March 1-5, 2017. The BPD Conference addressed a wide range of topics related, but not limited to, teaching and administering baccalaureate social work programs, field education, global social work, advocacy, and connecting classroom education to community practice. 


Social Work Faculty Participated in Motivational Interviewing Training 

MI As a result of our collaboration on a grant with Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), social work faculty had an opportunity to participate in Motivational Interviewing (MI) training. Since April, 2016, 7 full-time and 5 part-time social work faculty have been trained: Lisa Crites, Linda McArdle, Jina Sang, Jennie Sette, Aimee Wade, Teri Carpenter, John Ellis, Vickie Hanna, Janice Steinmetz, Rob Terry, Michele Thornton, Thelmas Coss, Pam Reid, Laurie Spenik, and Melissa McCollister. More social work faculty will be trained this year to infuse MI through our curriculum.