Thursday, March 12, 2015

By Meghan Chua

Dr. Jim McGloin (right) poses with Haven McClure, a MSW student

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

By Meghan Chua

Photo credit: Lighttruth / Foter / CC BY-NC


The UW-Madison School of Social Work has been a pillar of child welfare since the hiring of professor and leading scholar Alfred Kadushin in the 1940s.


Now, the School is working with the state’s child welfare professional development system to develop a competency-based training model informed by the latest rigorous research and effective practices. By improving the quality of training for child welfare workers out in the field, this model aims to promote better outcomes for children and families that encounter county child welfare systems across Wisconsin.


The Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System oversees statewide training for the child welfare workforce, under a state grant administered by the School of Social Work. Through this relationship, faculty can contribute their expertise and the latest evidence-based knowledge to WCWPDS...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

By Meghan Chua

Professor Daniel R. Meyer of the School of Social Work and Institute for Research on Poverty has received a Kellett Mid-Career Award to recognize his outstanding research career and commitment to teaching.


A leading expert in child support policy and its effect on families, Meyer has made large contributions to the body of research and influenced public policy on a nationwide scale.


With the award, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Meyer receives $60,000 in flexible research funding. Only nine faculty members around campus received the award this year, each of whom are seven to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position.


Meyer’s research addresses nationwide trends in individual well-being related...

Monday, March 09, 2015

A first-of-its-kind UW-Madison study has dug deep into the lives of transgender high school students in Wisconsin, finding both hopeful signs and dire circumstances.


Students spoke glowingly of teachers who went to bat for them and schools where they felt safe, but also of humiliating and sometimes dangerous situations that undercut their educations.


One student was made to leave the school grounds to use a gender-neutral bathroom at a restaurant across the street. Another said the school’s principal pulled her out of a class during an exam and told her to stop her gender transition because it was making others uncomfortable.


Almost all spoke of challenges, though the seriousness varied, said Sara McKinnon, who undertook the study with fellow researcher Maurice Gattis....


Read the full article in the Wisconsin State Journal

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Is your church in favor of same-sex marriage?


Maurice Gattis, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is studying the effects of pro-LGBT stances held by religious institutions.


Maurice Gattis has engaged in research activities regarding health disparities, GLBT populations, homelessness, and adolescent risk behaviors in the United States and Canada.  His primary work focuses on the role of contextual factors (e.g. family, peers, school, stigma, and discrimination) on negative psychosocial outcomes (e.g. mental health, substance use, sexual risk taking).

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