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Faculty briefs: March 2012

Debbie Barrett is presenting at a March 15 workshop for health and mental health providers, sponsored by Durham Community Health Network in conjunction with Duke University Health System, called “Rethinking Pain and Opioid Prescribing Forum,” on a panel entitled, “Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Pain Management in our Community.”

Iris Carlton-LaNey was the keynote speaker for the USDA Rural Development Community Celebration in Raleigh on March 23 for their Black History Month Celebration.

Gina Chowa, Mat Despard, and doctoral student Rain Masa, along with David Ansong from Washington University, presented a brown bag session on Jan. 13 at Making Cents International in Washington, D.C. entitled, “Closing the Gap Between Evaluation & Practice in Youth Economic Empowerment.”

Trenette Clark’s recently published article, “The Mediating and Moderating Effects of Parent and Peer Influences Upon Drug Use Among African American Adolescents” (doi: 10.1177/0095798411403617) was the 7th most read Journal of Black Psychology article in January 2012. The Journal of Black Psychology is a peer-reviewed journal with a 5-year impact factor of 1.8.

Clark presented “Substance Use among Biracial Adolescents and Young Adults: Preliminary Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health” at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Raleigh Wake County Chapter regular monthly meeting on Feb. 21.

Jodi Flick is conducting two trainings this month near Hickory, N.C.  One on March 26 is for clinicians on “Suicide: Risk Assessment, Intervention and Postvention,” that is hosted by Catawba Valley Behavioral Health; and a half-day one March 27 (put together by hospice) on “Caring for Families After a Suicide,” that is for local clergy. Flick is hoping that after the two workshops there will be interest in starting a support group for survivors of suicide loss like there is in Chapel Hill.

Josh Hinson and Kim Strom-Gottfried presented at NASW-NC’s ethics conference on March 1. Strom-Gottfried spoke on “The ethics of responding to clients and crime.” Hinson spoke on “Shattered Lives: The Collision of Immigrants and the Criminal Justice System.”

Dennis Orthner conducted a webinar Jan. 25 on “Helping Military Families Create Social Support Systems” that was very well-received. It was targeted to military family helping professionals and extension faculty and educators serving military families. It was sponsored the Family Development Community of Practice of the Military Families Learning Network.

Joelle Powers, associate dean for academic affairs, will be leaving UNC on June 30.  She has accepted a position at Boise State University as a tenured associate professor and she will also be the associate dean for the Graduate Program at Boise State.

Wanda Reives and alumna Cheryl Harris, MSW ’09, presented at a Feb. 29 webinar for students on “Making the Most of Your Social Work Degree in the Field of Child Welfare.”  The webinar addressed concerns and questions students may have about entering or continuing in the field of child welfare after earning a social work degree. Harris is a graduate of our Winston-Salem Distance Education MSW program and was a Leadership Scholar.

Lawrence Rosenfeld received UNC’s William C. Friday Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award goes to an individual who demonstrates excellence in inspirational teaching.

Jamie Swaine had a paper published in Research on Social Work Practice, along with alumna Lindsey O’Hare, MSW ’11, and former faculty member

Susan Parish, entitled “Developmental Disabilities Cancer Screening Knowledge Changes: Results From a Randomized Control Trial of Women With Developmental Disabilities.” Their study is a 3-year federally funded grant through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Education. O’Hare worked on this project as a RA when she was at the School.