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High-demand, social work-led course puts an anti-racist lens on serious mental illness

The creation – and quick evolution – of a new course on serious mental illness at VCU reflects the high demand for mental health professionals and a professional passion among not only social work students but those from other disciplines around the university. Leveraging the experience and expertise of Cassie DeSena-Jacobs, D.S.W., LCSW, assistant professor […]

Grandfather’s need for aging-in-place resources inspires award-winning research from doc student Sunny Kim

The origin of VCU social work Ph.D. candidate Seon “Sunny” Kim’s dissertation dates to the Korean War, deeply personal work that is receiving national recognition.  The Korean American Social Work Educators Association in the fall honored Kim’s dissertation work with its Outstanding Dissertation Proposal Award for contributions to aging research, policy and practice. “As a […]

The writing doctor will now see you: Meet the School of Social Work’s Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D., has seen a lot in 15 years of working as a higher education writing coach, mentor and administrator. Even a technological thumbs down for the Bard from Stratford-upon-Avon. That would be William Shakespeare – not Google’s artificial intelligence tool. Dr. Johnson joined the School of Social Work as the student success writing […]

Social work faculty, students, alumni presenting at SSWR 2024

More than 50 VCU School of Social Work faculty, students and alumni have had presentations accepted or are serving in other roles such as moderating special interest groups, roundtables or symposia at the Society for Social Work and Research 2024 conference in Washington, D.C., Jan. 10-14, 2024. In total there are 65 presentations or sessions involving someone […]

Social work students share how they found their research

The VCU School of Social Work’s Victoria Cashio, a second-year Ph.D. student, and Paloma Rodriguez, a junior B.S.W. student, were recently featured in VCU News’ “How I found my research” series. Cashio, a commissioned behavioral health science officer in the U.S. Army, focuses on promoting equality and well-being for people who identify within the gender-diverse […]

2023 Council on Social Work Education conference presentations

As the Council on Social Work Education‘s 69th Annual Program Meeting opens in Atlanta, the VCU School of Social Work is proud to recognize our faculty, student scholars and social work alumni who are a part of 37 presentations, representing VCU and 25 other academic institutions. We are also proud to again be sponsoring the […]

‘Harmonious’ alignment: Ph.D. student Katie Kim selected for national Minority Fellowship Program

Katie Kim’s selection as a doctoral fellow for the Council on Social Work Education’s Minority Fellowship Program is another step in her journey – to the United States, to discovering social work and to finding her niche in researching the impacts of adverse childhood experiences. Kim, a second-year doctoral student at the VCU School of […]

‘Challenging and exhilarating’: Meet the 2023-24 social work Ph.D. cohort

The VCU School of Social Work’s Ph.D. Program welcomes four new students for the Fall 2023 cohort. They are Why did you choose to pursue a Ph.D., and why was the VCU School of Social Work your choice? Kade GoldinI chose to pursue a Ph.D. in hopes of learning how to conduct research that could […]

Statement on Jacksonville shootings

Dear, SSW Community, It is with profound sadness, and anger, that I write to you today about the tragic events that occurred over the weekend in Jacksonville, Florida, where a white man shot and killed three Black people. The motive was racist and evil. Plain and simple. On behalf of the School of Social Work […]

Summer program fuels Ph.D. student Paola Roldán’s work on gender equality

Paola Roldán, a rising third-year doctoral student at the School of Social Work, spent three weeks this summer in the 2023 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan, thanks to a diversity scholarship she received this spring. The scholarship enables graduate students to receive additional skills in quantitative analysis. “Having this […]

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