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Faculty briefs: Dobelstein, Bledsoe, Bowen, Caye, Clark, Fraser, Galinsky, Grinstein-Weiss, Rounds, Scheyett, Weil, Zipper

Andrew Dobelstein

Emeritus faculty member Dobelstein’s book “Understanding The Social Security Act: The Foundation of Social Welfare for America in the Twenty-First Century” was reviewed by W. Robert Brazelton of the University of Missouri – Kansas City in the journal Poverty & Public Policy.

Betsy Bledsoe

  • Bledsoe is co-author of an article in early electronic release, “Training in structured diagnostic assessment using DSM-IV criteria in social work, psychiatry, and psychology: Data from a national survey of training programs” in Research on Social Work Practice.
  • “A prospective study of adolescent mothers and postpartum depression: Examining the risk” was presented in April at Wake Medical Center, Raleigh.
  • Bledsoe presented “An Introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression” at the UNC School of Social Work’s Field Instructor Appreciation Conference.
  • “Addressing health disparities in perinatal depression: A mixed methods feasibility study of a culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate intervention for low-income minority adolescents” is being presented in May at the Perinatal Team Meeting, Alamance County Health Department, Burlington.
  • This month, Bledsoe is conducting a workshop on “Introduction to interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for depression” at the Greensboro Area Health Education Center.
  • In June Bledsoe is presenting a poster at the Fourth International Conference of the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Amsterdam. The presentation is “Adapting IPT to treat perinatal depression in low-income adolescents: Results from a pilot feasibility study conducted in public health prenatal care clinics.” Co-authors include doctoral students Traci Wike and Candace Killian, MSW student Alison Doernberg, and alumnae Anne-Marie Olarte and Amy Sommer.
  • A paper Killian and Bledsoe collaborated on with colleagues from the medical school won the UNC Resident Research Award at Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents Research Day, “A prospective study of adolescent mothers and postpartum depression: Examining the risk.”

Gary Bowen

  • Bowen and Irene Zipper conducted an April 26 workshop, “Supporting Military Families with Children who have Developmental Disabilities: A Community Resilience Approach” at the Forging the Partnership 2011 DoD/USDA Family Resilience Conference, Chicago.
  • On April 21, he was the keynote speaker at the University of Delaware’s Developmental Resilience Symposium. He spoke on “Pathways to School Success: A Risk and Resilience Perspective.”
  • Also in April, he was the keynote speaker at the “Pathways to School Success, Inside the Schoolhouse Door Conference XIII,” at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven.

Joanne Caye

Caye participated in a panel presentation at NCSU April 20, sponsored by the Social Justice and Equity Research Collaboratory, entitled  “Dreaming to Succeed: Gaining Access to Higher Education for Undocumented Latino Students.” Caye also serves a volunteer teacher for a citizenship class for Hispanics in Siler City.

Trenette Clark

  • Clark was awarded a $6,000 AAUW American Fellowship Research Publication Grant. This funding will support her time during the summer analyzing the Add Health data to examine cigarette trajectories among women.
  • She was chosen as one of 14 faculty to participate in the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Special Populations Research Development Seminar Series in April. It was a general session intended for investigators interested in applying and receiving funded research support from NIDA.
  • Clark was selected to attend the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Fifth Annual Symposium to be held at the Foundation, June 8-10. The Symposium aims to increase the visibility and enhance the skill sets of New Connections grantees and potential applicants.

Mark Fraser and Maeda Galinsky

Fraser and Galinsky’s manuals, “Strong Families: A Program of Parent Education, Social Work Practice Series 2” and “Reducing Violence in School: The Making Choices Program, Social Work Practice Series 3” were published by Cluj University Press in Romania.

Michal Grinstein-Weiss

Grinstein-Weiss was awarded a $45,000 grant from the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Retirement Income and Disability Insurance research. The grant program is administered through The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Social Security Administration.  She will use the grant to continue her research on the long-term effects of Individual Development Accounts on wealth and retirement savings.

Kathleen Rounds

Rounds facilitated a session on “Dual Degree Programs: Courses, Research, Practicum, Post MSW Experience” at the 2011 Annual Meeting of GADE (Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work) in Pittsburgh.

Anna Scheyett

Scheyett went to the NASW national Annual Leadership Meeting in D.C. and participated in Lobby Day (April 28-29), talking with legislative staffers about the Social Work Reinvestment Act.

Marie Weil

Weil participated in the European Union/United States Spring Symposium on Community and Social Development at the University of Pittsburgh from May 5-8. This meeting brought together faculty from many nations in the European Union and community practice faculty from the U.S. The focus was on “A Transatlantic Dialogue on Comparative Perspectives for the State of Community Work and Social Inclusion.”  Weil made two presentations, “Current Challenges for Community Practice and Practitioners” and “Educating for Community Practice in a Rapidly Changing World.”