October 26, 2020
Pitt School of Social Work Weekly E-blast
Dean Farmer selected as Fellow to Academy
Dean Betsy Farmer was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. The induction ceremony for will be held virtually at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) on Friday, January 22, 2021. Read more about Dr. Farmer's research.
Dean Emeritus wins award
Dean Emeritus Dr. Larry Davis will be honored with the Phyllis Black Lifetime Achievement award at the NASW-PA annual conference on Tuesday, October 27th from 10am-12pm. You can register for the conference on the NASW-PA website.
Faculty members win PInCh award
Professor Valire Copeland and Associate Dean for Research and Browne Chair Shaun Eack are part of a winning team for a $25,000 Pitt Innovation Challenge 2020 award for their part of the project "Thinking in Speech." A cognitive therapy that helps children with autism independently cope with everyday events that cause stress, by developing their ability to use “inner speech” – the voice in our heads we use to think. Watch more here.
MSW alumna helps Pitt with community outreach efforts
MSW alumna Carrie Finkelstein is working with Pitt's Office of Community and Governmental Relations to help local community organizations find gaps in service, share resources, and mobilize voters. Read more.
Whitfield gets attention for new grant
Assistant Professor Darren Whitfield received a $443,533 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the relationship between psychosocial factors (depressive symptomatology, substance use, social support, perceived HIV risk) and adherence and persistence to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among young Black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).  Read more on Pittwire.
Alumna profiled in PITT Magazine
MSW alumna Julie DeSeyn is profiled in the new issue of PITT Magazine for her work as the chief program and policy officer of the United Way. Read more.
Alum and adjunct part of new anti-racism class
MSW alumnus and adjunct faculty member Carl Redwood was featured in a Pittwire photo essay about the move back to the Oakland campus. Read more.
PhD student published in high impact journal
Doctoral student LauraEllen Ashcraft has published a new first author paper in the high impact dissemination and implementation science journal - Implementation Science (impact factor

Faculty and alum join panel on racism
“Systemic Racism & Poverty” is the second virtual program in the AASWSW’s webinar series on systemic racism. Panelists include PhD alumnus Dr. Michael Lindsey and Dean Emeritus Dr. Larry Davis, and the moderator is Associate Dean for Research Dr. Shaun Eack. Wednesday, October 28th at noon. Register here.
Upcoming Events
  • October 27, 2020: SEC Diversity Committee Meeting. 5:30-6:30pm. Zoom Meeting ID: 929 0277 0104

  • October 28, 2020: Webinar Series Episode 2: Systemic Racism & Poverty feat. panelists alum Mike Lindsey and Dean Emeritus Larry Davis, w/ moderator Assoc. Dean for Research Shaun Eack. 12-1pm. Register here.

  • October 28, 2020: Career Workshop: Resumes & Cover Letters. 6-7pm. Register here.

  • October 30, 2020: SEC: Halloween Paint and Sip. 6-8pm. To sign up to receive your paint and canvas please fill out the form on the SEC Facebook page.

  • November 2, 2020: Continuing Education: Mindfulness: A Support When Secondary Trauma Impacts Us Date. 10:30am-12pm. Register here.

  • November 12, 2020: Alumni Speaker Series: “Helping doesn't have to Hurt” feat. Sharise Nance. Register here.

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