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Lippold awarded Prudence F. and Peter J. Meehan Early Career Professorship

Associate professor Melissa Lippold has been awarded the Prudence F. and Peter J. Meehan Early Career Professorship. Lippold is the first to receive the award, which was established in 2015 to support the research and scholarly interests of junior faculty members.
The professorship was created from a $1 million gift from the Meehans, who have been long-time supporters of the School of Social Work. The donation, among the largest in the School’s history, helps to support student scholarships, assist in the recruitment and retention of promising junior faculty, and fund new innovation initiatives to meet emerging needs in the field of social work.

Sharing data to find treatments that work

Social work researchers in North Carolina are helping develop a multi-state network that will use Medicaid data to identify successful treatment options for medical situations that have broad national concern, including opioid use disorder and at-risk pregnancies.

The network, called MODRN (Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network), is supported by Academy Health, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that provides programs, databases, education, strategic planning and other services for health care organizations.

Chapman appointed Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor

Mimi Chapman, Ph.D., has been appointed the Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor for Human Services Policy Information, effective Aug. 1. The professorship was established in memory of Frank A. Daniels Sr., former publisher of The News & Observer, to help provide unbiased and readable information about social issues of concern.

“Dr. Chapman’s work speaks to the professorship’s purpose,” said Dean Gary Bowen. “Throughout her career, she has built bridges between real people’s needs and the university’s resources. She is an excellent example of a community-engaged scholar.”

Lanier to serve on national committee for 2020 Home Visiting Summit

Associate professor Paul Lanier has been invited to serve on the steering committee for the 2020 National Home Visiting Summit. The three-day summit is scheduled for January in Washington, D.C., and will focus on the latest research, innovations, and policies that impact communities served by the home visiting field.

Zimmerman to serve on national committee for dementia care and support

Professor Sheryl Zimmerman has been invited to serve as a member of the steering committee for the 2nd triennial National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers.

A national leader in the field of aging, Zimmerman was tapped to serve on the committee because of her expertise in conducting applied research to improve the care of older adults with cognitive impairment and dementia. Her service to this committee will include co-chairing a session focused on care settings, environments, and transitions.