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Faculty briefs

Deborah Barrett gave a talk at the NASW-NC Fall Annual Conference in Asheville, on Nov. 22, on management of chronic pain.

Barrett is giving a talk at Meadowmont Aging in Place in Chapel Hill on Dec. 13 from 3-4 p.m., on “A Mindful Approach to the Holidays: Strategies to Cope Ahead and Appreciate the Moment.” It is free and open to the public.

Rebecca Brigham, director of field education, has been appointed as the assistant chairperson of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Field Council. Likewise, she has been appointed secretary of the re-incorporated, North American Network of Field Educators and Directors (NANFED). NANFED is a network of field educators working together to independently represent field educators, promote and celebrate quality field education, and support best practices in field education.

Trenette Clark presented her research to faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students in the African American Youth Wellness Lab in the UNC Department of Psychology on Nov. 8.

Laurie Selz Campbell is featured in a music video created by the Arts and Peer Support Group, an arts therapy program for adults living with severe and persistent mental illness, to help raise needed funds for the group. She developed this program and is one of the dancers in the video:

Jodi Flick trains law enforcement officers from five counties who are completing Crisis Intervention Training certification. Flick teaches the section on intervening with people who are suicidal. She did this training at Durham Tech in Hillsborough on Dec. 5, and will do one on Jan. 23 for the next group of officers going through the program.

Anne Jones presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 8, on “Effects of a Relationship Strengthening Intervention for Low-income New Parents.”

Susan Snyder will be presenting with colleagues at the 19th Annual National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Making Meaningful Connections, in New Orleans. She will speak about a project led by Mark Testa, “Formative evaluation: A Case Study of the Illinois Birth to Three IV-E Waiver.” The conference will be held April 30-May 2, 2014.


Mimi Chapman, former visiting scholar Meihua Zhu, and doctoral student Shiyou Wu, “Mothers in Transition: Using Images to Understand the Experience of Migrant Mothers in Shanghai,” Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Shenyang Guo and Ijeoma Nwabuzor Ogbonnaya, Ph.D. ’12, “Effect of Domestic Violence on the Risk of Out-of-Home Placement: A Propensity Score Analysis,” Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Dennis Orthner and Roderick Rose, “Advancing Academic Achievement Through Career Relevance in the Middle Grades: A Longitudinal Evaluation of CareerStart,” American Educational Research Journal.

Dennis Orthner, Roderick Rose, and Micaela Mercado, Ph.D. 12, “Teachers Teaching Differently: A Qualitative Study of Implementation Fidelity to Professional Development,” Journal of Education and Training Studies.

Paul Smokowski, Shenyang Guo, and doctoral students Katie Cotter and Carey Robertson, “Anxiety and Aggression in Rural Youth: Baseline Results From the Rural Adaptation Project,” Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

Paul Smokowski, and doctoral students Katie Cotter, Carey Robertson and Kristina Webber, “Ethnic Identity and Mental Health in American Indian Youth: Examining Mediation Pathways Through Self-esteem, and Future Optimism,” Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Paul Smokowski, and doctoral students Katie Cotter and Carey Robertson, “Parenting Interventions Implementation Science: How Delivery Format Impacts the Parenting Wisely Program,” Research on Social Work Practice.

Paul Smokowski, Shenyang Guo, and doctoral students Katie Cotter and Carey Robertson, “Demographic, Psychological, and School Environment Correlates of Bullying Victimization and School Hassles in Rural Youth,” Journal of Criminology.

Paul Smokowski, Shenyang Guo, and doctoral students Katie Cotter and Carey Robertson, “Ecological Correlates of Depression and Self-esteem in Rural Youth,” Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

Susan Snyder, “Physical Abuse, Adolescent Peer Relationships, and Emerging Adults’ Illegal and Substance-Use Behaviors,” Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Upcoming AHEC Presentations

Charlotte AHEC
12/5 – The Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress – Candace Killian, doctoral student

Eastern AHEC
12/11 – Clinical Supervision: A Relational Approach – Marilyn Ghezzi
12/5 – A Day of Play – Dayna Guido, adjunct faculty

Southern Regional AHEC
12/10 – Geriatric MH Update – Tanya Richmond

More information on other AHEC programs.