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Doctoral student news

Katie Cotter successfully defended her dissertation in February, entitled, “Adolescent Female Aggression: Measurement, Relational Risk and Promotive Factors, and Risk Pathways.” Cotter has also accepted a position as an assistant professor at Arizona State University, starting in the Fall.

An article by Caroline Evans and Dr. Mimi Chapman was featured as a spotlight article by the American Psychological Association Journals Program. Their article in the APA journal, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, was selected by the journal editor as one of particular interest to readers. The Article Spotlight on “Bullied Youth: The Impact of Bullying Through Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Name Calling” was distributed to about 500 researchers who have published on a similar topic.

Laurie Graham is moderating a panel discussion on “Gender-Based Violence Research and Practice: Increasing Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration” on April 1 at 1:00 at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. This talk is part of  “Gender-based Violence Research and Practice at Carolina: A Research and Practice Summit,” hosted by the UNC Gender-Based Violence Research Group.

Christina Horsford was selected to attend ComSciCon Triangle, a communicating science workshop for graduate students, held on March 7 and 21 in Research Triangle Park. This event is an opportunity for graduate students in STEM fields at Duke, NC State, and UNC-Chapel Hill to develop their science communication skills, network with other students passionate about science education and outreach, and learn from professional science communicators and experts.

MSW student news

Abbie Heffelfinger and Erin Magee had an abstract accepted for a major refugee health conference. Their poster will be presented at the North American Refugee Health Conference, to be held June 4-6 in Toronto, Canada. Their poster is entitled, “Refugee Wellness: Addressing Refugee Mental Health Through Social Work Field Education.” Both are students working with the School of Social Work’s UNC Global Transmigration Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative.

Natalie Ziemba has published a new post on the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Prevention Blog, on “The Harm of Promoting Risk Reduction.”

MSW students will participate in NASW-NC’s Advocacy Day (previously called Lobby Day) in Raleigh, on March 25, 2015. Every year, the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) invites hundreds of social workers and social work students to the North Carolina General Assembly to participate in NASW-NC Social Work Advocacy Day. The goal of this event is to further social workers’ knowledge about policy issues in substantive areas of social work practice, teach participants about legislative advocacy, and provide an opportunity for social workers to educate their legislators about the social work profession and important client issues.