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Monday, August 28, 2017

 

Name: Lynette Studer
Title: Clinical Assistant ProfessorName: Lynette Studer
Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
Hometown: Monroe, WI
Hometown: Monroe, WIName: Lynette Stude

 

Name: Lynette Studer

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor

Hometown: Monroe, WI

 

Professional background:

I am licensed as a clinical social worker in both WI and MN. I have worked primarily in the community with individuals with severe mental illnesses in a model called Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). I have also worked as a social worker in an emergency department of a hospital, and my most recent...

Monday, August 28, 2017

Name: Lara B. Gerassi

Title: Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work & Affiliate with the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies
Hometown: Long Beach (New York) but I moved here from St. Louis (Missouri).

Title: Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work & Affiliate with the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

Hometown: Long Beach (New York) but I moved here from St. Louis (Missouri).

 

Educational background:

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), New York University

Master of Social Work (MSW) and PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

 

How did you get into your field of research?

I earned my clinical license (LCSW) while working with women who were survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence. In my direct practice work, I heard some recount stories of intimate partners or close friends pressuring, coercing, and/or forcing them to sell sex for money or drugs as well as many exchanges of sexual acts for basic needs (known as survival sex). I realized that my colleagues and I were seeing sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation on a daily basis...

Monday, August 28, 2017

Name: Pajarita Charles

Title: Assistant Professor

Hometown: Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico; grew up in New York City and Huntington, NY

 

Educational background:

State University of New York at Stony Brook, BA, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Columbia University, New York, NY, MSW, Social Work Columbia University, New York, NY, MPA, Public Administration University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, PhD, Social Work

 

Previous position:

Research Scientist, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

 

How did you get into your field of research?

My longstanding interest in family and child wellbeing stems from my own experience growing up in a large urban environment among an incredibly diverse community of individuals with various backgrounds, assets and needs. My interests later narrowed to focus on prevention efforts that promote stability among high-risk families in low-income communities. Today, my work is concentrated on supporting healthy child development among children of formerly incarcerated fathers.

 

What attracted you to UW-Madison?

Many things attracted me to UW-Madison but among the most important were: the caliber and genuineness of faculty and students; the academic rigor and richness of research being...

Monday, August 28, 2017

 

 Name: Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick
Title: Assistant Professor, School of Social Work; Investigator, Waisman Center
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio

Name: Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick

Title: Assistant Professor, School of Social Work; Investigator, Waisman Center

Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio

 

Professional background:

My professional background includes stints working as a group leader for social skills groups for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, a study coordinator for a stress management intervention study for family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, a tutor for children and adolescents with learning disabilities, and a school counselor, dorm parent, and coach at a college preparatory boarding school.

 

Educational background:

University of Colorado at Boulder, BA in Psychology

University of Pittsburgh, MSW; PhD in Social Work

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

students at CRISPThree MSW students participated in the Congressional Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) “Political Boot Camp” last month in Washington, D.C. Our students, Brita Larson, Jennifer Smith and Alyssa Watts, along with select social workers, social work faculty and students from throughout the country, gained skills in preparing to run for office, managing a campaign, and becoming a campaign spokesperson.

 

“Whether it’s running for a local candidacy or a national role, canvassing for a candidate, or lobbying your legislators, CRISP really taught me that getting involved at the local level is essential, and it's also a good place to start,” says Brita Larson, one of the participants. “Based on feedback from our trainers, social workers already have the goods and tools to successfully engage in politics.”

 

CRISP works to increase the number of social workers involved in the legislative and policy process and to bridge social work research with policy makers. It was started in 2012 as an outgrowth of the Congressional Social Work Caucus.

 

“Our Code of Ethics demands that we fight for social justice and that we advocate with and for the oppressed and vulnerable among us,” said Alyssa Watts. “CRISP showed me that...


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