2015

In honor of World AIDS Day (December 1), we present the highlights of a conference held at our School about a population that has been almost invisible in the fight against HIV/AIDS: female drug users.

At the beginning of this year, Emily Zivin (MSW'98) joined Wellthy, a company started up by an alumna of Columbia College. She has been linking clients with neurodegenerative disorders to medical providers and helping them find funds to cover treatment costs.

According to Dr. Peggy Drexler (MSW'84), the U.S. needs mental health reform, and it also needs tighter gun laws—and the two need to work in concert.

Drs. Shear, Waldfogel and El-Bassel made the top five in a recent list showing citation impact of women academics in schools of social work. CSSW decided to ask them: What hurdles did they have to cross to achieve success? And what advice can they offer to up-and-coming female scholars in social work and related fields?

Dr. Langdon Holloway (MSW'73) was invited to Livingstone, Zambia, to present research on church-based mental health programs in the United States. She reports back on the experience.

In this video, Gwen Carr, subway train operator turned activist and mother of Eric Garner, describes the moment when she learned of her son's tragic death. Carr visited the School of Social Work earlier this month as a guest of Courtney Cogburn’s Human Behavior and the Social Environment class.

The study, to be led by Drs. Nabila El-Bassel and Louisa Gilbert, will focus on 1) integrating HIV care with harm reduction treatments and 2) testing real-world effectiveness—two important next steps in scaling up the HIV prevention model for use in settings across Central Asia.

Steven Schinke, D’Elbert and Selma Keenan Professor of Social Work and director of our School’s online campus, has received the 2015 Excellence in Online Teaching Award from the Online Learning Consortium for his efforts to develop and teach online courses in statistics and social work research.

Professor Leo Cabassa is collaborating with two Texas-based colleagues on a new NIH-funded study testing the effectiveness of his depression "fotonovela" in encouraging Hispanic patients to seek mental health treatment.

Alumnus Richard B. Stuart (MSW'60, DSW'65) champions the need for planning end-of-life care by publishing the "6 Steps Living Will" site. He shares his rationale here and encourages social workers to become more involved in this field.

Welcome, new students! Here are a few statistics about your class as well as a short film in which graduating students from this past spring impart some advice.

Three new tenure-track faculty members, four new lecturers, and a visiting scholar will be joining the Columbia School of Social Work at the start of the 2015–2016 academic year.

We’ve spent nearly $19 trillion fighting poverty. What have we accomplished? This was the theme of a CATO conference held at Columbia University this past spring. Research scientist Christopher Wimer was a participant. In this podcast, he talks about the experience.

Full-time CSSW lecturer and alumna Amy Werman has received a CCNMTL grant to repurpose her course in program evaluation using the latest tech tools. In this article, she explains the new model she will be piloting in the fall.

Neeraj Kaushal, Fred Ssewamala and Julien Teitler have been promoted by the Trustees of Columbia University to full professorships.

Jane Waldfogel, the Compton Foundation Centennial Professor of Social Work for the Prevention of Children's and Youth Problems, has been elected as a Corresponding Fellow to the British Academy.

Dean Jeanette Takamura is an invited participant at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which President Barack Obama is scheduled to open this Monday, July 13th. Tune in on LIvestream and join the conversation using #WHCOA.

To be a professor of color at Columbia University and to be studying race-related topics is to be thoughtful almost all the time—as you will discover when listening to this conversation between drug expert Carl Hart and social work professor Courtney Cogburn, now a "Social Work Matters" podcast.

Professor Irwin Garfinkel has been honored by the New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NYAAPOR) for two research studies he has led at our School “that have made significant contributions to poverty and well-being public policy in New York City.”

Professor Ron Mincy explains why "delinquent fathers" and "deadbeat dads" are greatly misunderstood. Instead they should be thought of as "economically vulnerable nonresident fathers," he says.

Women who use or inject drugs remain invisible to researchers, funders and policy makers in the field of HIV intervention. Professors El-Bassel and Strathdee call for an end to this neglect in the special issue they edited for the "Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes."

Social work professionals who serve New York’s public school system will convene on Thursday, June 4, at the Columbia School of Social Work for the first-ever conference to address the issue of how to keep school children safe in the face of drastic cuts to mental health services.

Dr. Martha B. Peláez was the graduation speaker for the School of Social Work's Class of 2015. She is the former regional advisor on aging to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, We have posted the full text of her address. Congratulations, 2015 graduates!

Congratulations to the Class of 2015! Don't forget to tag all your commencement and graduation photos #cssw2015! And to watch the thank-you video from some of our graduates...

The Columbia School of Social Work will celebrate the launch of its new Center on Poverty and Social Policy with a mini-conference and reception showcasing the work of social policy faculty and other experts.

Dr. Martha B. Peláez, who for nine years worked as the regional advisor on aging to the Pan American Health Organization, will speak at the Columbia School of Social Work's 2015 graduation ceremony, to be held on Wednesday May 20 at the Beacon Theatre.

Yuki Ohsaka (MS'15) reflects on what she learned as an Earth Institute AC4 Fellow doing research about fostering resilience in communities affected by natural disasters. Can these lessons apply to Nepal?

Dean Jeanette Takamura comments on the earthquake disaster in Nepal and, on the home front, the senseless death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

Professor Emerita Grace Christ, with two other pioneers in the field of oncology social work, has produced the first handbook of oncology social work, published by Oxford University Press.

In this podcast we talk to Mark Rodgers about his career path combining training in Rogerian psychotherapy with running his own marketing agency. Rodgers was a participant in one of this year's clinical grand rounds.

Mental illness is back in the news with the revelation that a young German pilot deliberately brought down Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 on board. This report on a clinical ground rounds talk by Dr. Rachel Pruchno provides a useful framework for some of the issues under debate.

Experts agree that the most important factor in a successful grief experience is support for the bereaved. But what if the grieving person gets stuck, and no amount of support seems to be enough? Professor Katherine Shear is offering a new CGT workshop series for grief counselors and other health care professionals.

In a month where we celebrated World Social Work Day and International Women's Day, we present the findings of Professor Susan Witte's international research project on behalf of Mongolian women.

On the occasion of International Women's Week, the Columbia School of Social Work hosted an event featuring Her Honor Inonge Wina, a former social worker. The focus of her remarks was women's empowerment.

Alumna Becky Straw and the co-founder of her nonprofit, The Adventure Project, have been nominated for a DVF Award in the category of The People's Voice, for their work in the developing world on women's empowerment.

With the advent of Women's History Month, Columbia School of Social Work is honored to be hosting three women who are making history in fields related to social work.

Adjunct Associate Professor Michael Friedman insists that contrary to the ageist bias of today, it is possible to age well. Then he explores what "aging well" really means.

Last week a South Carolina court absolved the Friendship Nine of their "trespassing" conviction of 54 years ago for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter. We see this as an apt way to start this year's celebrations of Black History Month.

The University has resumed normal operations today, Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Students, please confirm with your field supervisors that your field placement will take place as usual.

What did you resolve to do with your life in 2015: save more money, lose weight, develop a health habit like exercise, get organized? Before you feel tempted to break your goals, listen to alumna Erin Olivo (MSW'95) discuss "wise mind" living.

A clinical review of complicated grief by Dr. Katherine Shear in the January 8, 2015, New England Journal of Medicine delivers a fillip for its treatment and diagnosis in medical settings.

On the occasion of Martin Luther King Day, Dean Takamura says that social workers can benefit from "learning about or reacquainting ourselves with one of the most critical periods in the history of the United States," which continues to shape the present.

Assistant Professor Courtney D. Cogburn has been selected to receive a Provost's Grants Program Award for Junior Faculty who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University, for a project titled “Black Face to Ferguson: A Mixed Methodological Examination of Media Racism, Media Activism and Health.”