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Study: For those on psychiatric medication, family caregivers can be valuable resource

VCU School of Social Work Professor Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., LCSW, has spent 35 years conducting research around how the social work field can be responsive to client and family dilemmas centered around the use of psychiatric medication. But it was only with a recent study, published in Community Mental Health Journal, that she took […]

Dean’s update: BHM & our commitment to social, racial justice

Dear SSW Community, February marks Black History Month, when we are invited to celebrate the role and contributions of Black Americans to American history. As Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway reminded us in a recent New York Times editorial, the recognition of Black History Month can be made deeper and more meaningful if it “produces […]

Social work faculty and student researchers presenting at SSWR 2021

Twenty-four VCU School of Social Work faculty and students, representing 26 research initiatives, will be part of the annual Society for Social Work and Research’s virtual conference Jan. 19-22, 2021. The breakdown: 15 faculty, eight Ph.D. students and candidates, and one post-doctoral student. Three faculty are also serving as co-chair or moderators for topical clusters. […]

Back stories: Named scholarships represent lost loved ones, legacy of care

The roots go back nearly three decades for three VCU School of Social Work scholarships that honor two former faculty members and an alumna. Family and friends have supported the legacy of these loved ones – and made a significant difference in the lives of current social work students – through the Pamela B. Nystrom Memorial […]

A proud alum, Odera returns to School of Social Work as director of field education

Stephanie Odera, Ed.D., keeps writing new chapters at the VCU School of Social Work. The two-time social work graduate (B.S.W.’04/SW; M.S.W.’06/SW), who also earned her doctorate of education from VCU in 2018, rejoined the school in October 2020 as the new director of field education. She has previously served at the school as an adjunct […]

‘Essential for the future’: Biggerstaff’s gifts support doctoral research

As a graduate student in social work in the 1960s, Marilyn A. Biggerstaff was the beneficiary of the era’s ample federal grants, bolstered by the Higher Education Act of 1965. Times have changed. Forbes reported in early 2020 that student debt is a record $1.56 trillion – the second-highest consumer debt category in the country.  […]

‘True pioneer’: Schneider’s influence lives on in macro, gerontology

Robert “Bob” Schneider, Ph.D., was a big-picture guy, but one who never overlooked the details. Schneider, a former professor and assistant dean at the VCU School of Social Work for 34 years, passed away Sept. 4, 2020, at age 78.  For much of his professional life, the big picture was macro social work. Colleagues remember […]

Social Justice in Politics with Dr. Charles Lewis

The VCU School of Social Work welcomed Charles E. Lewis, Ph.D., founder and director of the Congressional Research Institute of Social Work and Policy (CRISP), to a virtual event, Social Justice in Politics: Get out the vote in 2020, on Sept. 16. Lewis, a social worker, discussed the role of social work in the democratic […]

Fall 2020 Convocation

In her Convocation address on Aug. 28, alumna Jackie Washington (B.S.W.’16/SW; M.S.W.’17/SW) reminded all of us how important – and revolutionary – it is to acknowledge our feelings and emotions.  As social workers, we know that means both self-care and community solidarity because we are living and learning together not in a sterile laboratory, but […]

Cage, Petrasek are school’s top award-winners

Jamie Cage, Ph.D., an assistant professor, has won the VCU School of Social Work’s annual Social Justice Award for the second consecutive year. Jaime Petrasek, director of research administration, has been named winner of the Outstanding Staff Award. She has been at VCU for 15 years, the past seven in social work. Cage, who has […]

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