Monday, January 30, 2017

Lawrence Berger, professor of social work, director of the School of Social Work Doctoral Program and director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, was selected for the 2016 School of Social Work Faculty Achievement Award.


School of Social Work Director Stephanie Robert stated that Berger has made considerable contributions as an excellent and productive colleague, an accomplished researcher, a strong mentor, and a helpful and supportive member of the School of Social Work faculty.


Berger studies how socioeconomic factors (family structure and composition, economic resources) and public policies influence parental behaviors and child and family wellbeing. His recent research focuses on the roles of factors such as family complexity, consumer debt, and housing (in)stability vis-à-vis individual and family functioning, parenting, and child development....

Monday, January 23, 2017

Social Work Professors Kristen Slack and Lonnie Berger, along with their colleague Jennifer Noyes, are the editors of a special issue of Children and Youth Services Review bringing together research that addresses the role of income and material resources on child maltreatment behaviors and involvement in the child protection system. The papers were originally presented at a workshop hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty on the "Economic Causes and Consequences of Child Maltreatment.”


For decades, researchers have established a strong link between poverty and child maltreatment, but the set of studies published in this special issues is the first to address the other half of the battle – the causal mechanisms behind the economic factors that are strongly associated with child maltreatment, either as a risk factor or an outcome. As Professor Slack notes, "When people think about child abuse and neglect, they tend to focus only on deficiencies in parenting behaviors, and not a broader set of stressors that can create or exacerbate risk for children. Poverty and economic hardship need to be systematically considered in our efforts to prevent maltreatment or lessen its consequences. For...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Alejandra Ros Pilarz, assistant professor at the School of Social Work, has received a $50,000 grant from the Madison Education Partnership in support of a year-long project titled “Family Engagement in Madison’s 4K Program: Implications for Children’s School readiness.”


The Madison Education Partnership is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and the Metropolitan School District. The WCER works to improve education outcomes for diverse student populations, to positively impact education practice, and to foster collaboration among academic disciplines and practitioners.


Pilarz’s project aims to investigate the impact that family engagement has on children’s school readiness in the Madison Metropolitan School District’s four-year-old kindergarten program. She hopes to learn about strategies kindergarten site directors and teachers implement in facilitating communication with parents and keeping them involved, how these strategies impact school attendance, and how parents perceive and experience family engagement strategies. The project is designed to identify promising methods for family engagement and support in preschool programs, as well as possibilities for intervention to improve family...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

In a recent article by Dapha Bassock (University of Virginia), Katherine Magnuson (University of Wisconsin), and Christina Weiland (University of Michigan), the authors write:


"Too many children in the United States do not have access to affordable, high-quality early childhood care and education (ECE) during their first five years of life. Very good ECE programs can yield large and long-lasting benefits  both to individuals and to society. Over the past two decades, strong public support  for ECE, increased state investments in preschools, and federal efforts to improve access to high-quality programs have contributed to meaningful improvements in access to affordable early childhood programs, especially for four-year-olds."


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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Craig Winston LeCroy, Ph.D. '83, has been awarded fellowship status in the American Psychological Association.


LeCroy is a professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University, and a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work's Board of Visitors.

Read the full announcement from the Arizona State University School of Social Work

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