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Parish honored for developmental disabilities research

Susan Parish, Ph.D., assistant professor at the UNC School of Social Work, was given the 2009 Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Award by the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). The award recognizes Parish’s notable influence and innovative work in the area of promoting evidence-based practice within the field of developmental disabilities and her noteworthy contributions to advance the social work profession.

SSWR, an organization dedicated to the advancement of social work research, has 1,300 members internationally which include faculty in schools of social work and other professional schools, research staff in public and private agencies, and graduate students.

“I am so pleased and proud that Dr. Parish has received this prestigious award from the premier research organization in our profession,” said Dean Jack Richman. “This provides clear recognition of her cutting edge work and is indicative of the research contribution of Dr. Parish and her faculty colleagues at the UNC School of Social Work.”

Parish was presented the award on Jan. 16 at SSWR’s annual conference in New Orleans.
High resolution photo of Parish