Month: March 2016

Faculty Receive Prestigious InCHIP Seed Grants

Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD
Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD
Associate Professor

Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD, Associate Professor, and Caitlin Elsaesser, PhD, Assistant Professor, were each recently awarded prestigious InCHIP Seed Grant Awards from the UConn Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy.

Dr. Werkmeister Rozas received a $15,000 faculty seed grant for her study “Innovative Diabetes Prevention & Disease Self-Management Intervention for Latino Families.” This highly scored application uses a Community Based Participatory Research approach and works through neighborhood churches to develop innovative interventions to address Type II Diabetes, a highly prevalent problem in inner city, minority populations.  According to the UConn SSW Associate Dean for Research, Michael Fendrich, “this proposal is highly innovative and has the potential to move the growing area of health social work forward in a crucial direction. This project involves impressive collaborations with Hartford community partners and with the UConn School of Nursing.” Dr. Werkmeister Rozas is an Associate Professor and a member of the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project in the School of Social Work.

Caitlin Elsaesser, PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Elsaesser received a Junior Faculty Summer Stipend, which carries $2500 of support for building grant funded research. Funding will support secondary analysis of data that will address the linkage between violence victimization exposure and health in adolescents. This project, titled “Exposure to Multiple Forms of Victimization and Health Outcomes: An Integrative Approach,” builds on Dr. Elsaesser’s expertise and experience in complex multivariate modeling and her substantive focus on urban violence. Dr. Elsaesser is completing her first year as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work.

Helping Asylum-Seekers Prepare for the Courts

S. Meghan Berthold, Ph.D.
S. Megan Berthold, PhD
Assistant Professor

A group of UConn students and faculty from the Schools of Law and Social Work will spend their spring break, next week, offering free legal and psychosocial assistance to female asylum-seekers from Central America being held at a federal immigration detention center in York, PA.

The social work team is led by Dr. Megan Berthold, a nationally recognized scholar of mental health outcomes among traumatized refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants, and Dr. Kathryn Libal, who also directs UConn’s Human Rights Institute. They will conduct psychosocial evaluations to buttress the credibility of some women’s personal statements, and will research country conditions related to specific cases.

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Kathryn R. Libal, PhD
Kathryn R. Libal, PhD
Associate Professor

Social Work Students Head to Capitol Hill

Tanya Rhodes Smith
Tanya Rhodes-Smith, MSW
Director, Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work

Tanya Rhodes-Smith, director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work, Scott Harding, associate dean for academic affairs, and doctoral student, Jason Ostrander lead a group of School of Social Work students to Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow, to take part in Student Advocacy Day on the Hill. Sponsored by The National Association of Social Workers, the two-day event brings together some 400 social work students and faculty representing more than 65 social work schools and departments across the nation, to learn about and lobby for issues related to the well-being of the clients and communities they serve.

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Scott Harding, PhD
Scott Harding, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor
Jason Ostrander
Jason Ostrander, MSW