Dean Grover C. Gilmore Awarded Honorary AASWSW Fellowship
Grover C. Gilmore, PhD, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences, has been uanimously selected as an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) , a status reserved for a very small number of major figures in social work who have uniquely supported the founding and development of AASWSW and the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative.

"I am deeply humbled to receive this honor. It is made even more special by the fact that I am sharing the inaugural class of Honorary Fellows with my longtime friends and colleagues, Eddie Uehara from the University of Washington and Marilyn Flynn from the University of Southern California," said Dean Gilmore.

The recognition acknowledges outstanding contributions and stature in the field of social work scholarship, research, and education. The induction ceremony for newly-elected Fellows will be held at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Dean Gilmore joins his Mandel School colleagues already inducted as Fellows of AASWSW: David Biegel, PhD (2013) , Claudia J. Coulton (2010; AASWSW Treasurer) , and Mark I. Singer (2014) .
Announcing New Federal Research Funding
The Mandel School is thrilled to announce two major federal funding grants this quarter.

Researchers at the  Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education received a  nearly $1 million grant from the National Institute of Justice , an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, to improve protocols followed by Cleveland-area law enforcement to help better understand non-fatal opioid overdoses and seek faster indictments and prosecutions of drug dealers after opioid overdose deaths. “To fit the new reality of this epidemic, we need to update how our community responds — from hospital systems, to police, first responders and many others,” said  Daniel J. Flannery, PhD , Director of the Begun Center and Principal Investigator of the grant. [ Read more ]

Meeyoung Oh Min, PhD , Research Associate Professor, is the Principal Investigator for an $842,460 research grant awarded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health titled "Gender and Developmental Trajectories to Adolescent Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behavior." This study, which harmonizes large data sets from the Mandel School's Project Newborn study and the Maternal Lifestyle Study obtained from ICPSR, will examine gender differences and similarities in the development trajectories of early behavioral problems and subsequent outcomes of substance use and sexual risk behaviors in adolescents with prenatal cocaine/poly drug exposure (PCE) vs. a matched group without PCE. [ Read more ]
Sneak Peek: 2017 Annual Report
We're putting the finishing touches on our 2017 Annual Report, but we thought we'd give you a sneak peek at all the good news!

Record Research Funding: Up 24% in external research and training funding in FY17, to a record total of $11,678,402, with 41% derived from federal sources to address the most critical issues that face society -- poverty, domestic violence, the opioid crisis, sexual assault, housing policy, aging population, lead exposure, and more.

Record Enrollment: 731 students are enrolled in the Mandel School's Master's and Doctoral programs, a record high in the school's 102-year history.

Nine New Faculty: We're happy to welcome nine new members of our faculty in the past two years, bolstering our ranks in teaching, research, mentoring, and leading international courses abroad.
Thinking Beyond the Possible
Case Western Reserve University's Think magazine shared three important Mandel School stories in their Fall/Winter 2017 issue, whic was sent to more than 100,000 readers around the world:


Understanding an Epidemic: Researchers Delve into the Expanding Opioid Crisis – and Work to Combat It featured Mark I. Singer, PhD , the Leonard W. Mayo Professor in Family and Child Welfare and Deputy Director of the Begun Center.

Changing Lives: National Advocate Works to Keep Families Housed and Whole shined a spotlight on Mandel School alumna Ruth White, MSSA 1996, and her work as the co-founder and executive director of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare .
Celebrating New Research Faculty
Please join us in celebrating our recently appointed research faculty.

Research Assistant Professor
Focus: Juvenile justice diversion and criminal justice policy analysis

Research Assistant Professor
Focus: Shaping solutions to urban poverty, with a concentration on affordable housing and community development

Research Associate Professor
Focus: Wide array of evaluation research studies, including juvenile justice, domestic violence, and behavioral health
Developing the Caring Being: 2017 Hokenstad International Lecture
The 2017 M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad International Lecture at CSWE's 63rd Annual Program Meeting  was presented by  Manohar Pawar, PhD,  Professor of Social Work at Charles Sturt University in Australia and President of the International Consortium for Social Development .

Entitled "Kant, Bentham, Aristotle and my Grandmother: Developing the ‘caring being’ in social work," the lecture reflects on Dr. Pawar's life and work experiences, the bases of social work and the overall contemporary societal context, and considers whether social work has reduced the necessary focus on caring. [ Read the lecture manuscript ]
Research Lectures Online | Grand Challenge to Stop Family Violence on December 8
The Grand Challenge to Stop Family Violence is the focus of an upcoming livestreamed research lecture open to all on Friday, December 8, by challenge co-leads Dr. Richard P. Barth from the University of Maryland and Dr. Jill Messing from Arizona State University.

Co-sponsored by the Mandel School’s Office of Research Administration and the Doctoral Program, this lecture will consider the divergences in research of and interventions for child maltreatment and intimate partner violence, and it will reflect on the emphasis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on “connecting the dots” between types of family violence. The speakers will explore ways that these largely separate areas of research and intervention might better align for greater impact. [ More details ]

Guests can attend online via livestream or in person: RSVP via Eventbrite

Watch previous research lectures this quarter:




Gerald J. Mahoney, PhD
Verna Houck Motto Professor of Families and Communities
Associate Dean for Research and Training