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The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) announced Monday that School of Social Work Director Stephanie A. Robert and Professor Lawrence M. Berger have been selected as fellows to be inducted in 2016 at the Society for Social Work Research conference.


Professor Stephanie A. Robert

Fellowship in AASWSW honors the most distinguished scholars and practitioners in the area of social work and social welfare.


“The Fellows of the Academy are all strong leaders in integrating scientific methods and social work practice and policy and an enormous resource for the field. I am delighted that 13 more Fellows will be inducted as this will significantly strengthen the range and impact of our work to benefit our wider society.” said AASWSW President Richard Barth, Dean of the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.



Two professors at the School of Social Work recently received funding to conduct research in the areas of alcohol addiction and mental health.


Assistant Professor Joseph E. Glass was awarded $150,000 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health for a 2-year study.


The grant, “Racial/ethnic disparities in alcohol outcomes and health services,” will examine why some racial and ethnic groups experience worse outcomes from drinking than others, and why some individuals seek help for alcohol problems from informal sources instead of from addiction treatment specialists.


With the study, Glass seeks to improve knowledge about racial and ethnic disparities in health and provide recommendations for public health interventions to better address and treat alcohol use disorders....

Tova Walsh, Ph.D., MSW, was recently appointed as a scholar with the UW BIRCWH Program, an NIH funded training grant and mentoring program for junior faculty conducting research on women's health. Walsh, a new assistant professor at the School of Social Work, focuses her research on understanding and improving health and wellbeing in multi-stressed families, with a special interest in women service members/veterans and their families.


Through the BIRCWH Program, Walsh will receive mentorship and protected time to focus on her research on the health and functioning of women service members, women veterans, and their families.


Walsh recently completed postdoctoral training in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars Program at UW-Madison before beginning her appointment as a professor in fall 2015.


Read more about Dr. Walsh's work


Couples raising a child with developmental disabilities do not face a higher risk of divorce if they have larger families, according to a new study by researchers from the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


The study, published in the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, also compares divorce rates of couples who have at least one child with a developmental disability to that of their peers who have typically developing children.


The study was authored by doctoral student in social welfare Eun Ha Namkung and social work faculty members Jan Greenberg and Marsha Mailick, and tests the assumption that parents of children with disabilties are more likely to experience divorce. Read the full article from UW News>



The annual Connections alumni magazine from the UW-Madison School of Social Work is hot off the presses! Read the latest news, including a story on social work with veterans and military personnel, meet our new director, Stephanie Robert, and learn about the recent awards and accomplishments of our unparalleled faculty, students, and alumni.


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