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Faculty Present at 2020 Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)

As a free-standing organization, the Society for Social Work and Research works collaboratively to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, just, and equitable society. Tulane University School of Social Work faculty participate in this organization, which has 1,900 members in 45 states and 15 countries and represents more than 200 universities and institutions.

This year’s annual conference, themed as “Reducing Racial and Economic Inequality” will be held at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC January 15 through 19, 2020. The scientific program reflects a broad range of research interests, from workshops on the latest quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to symposia featuring studies in child welfare, aging, mental health, welfare reform, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

Our faculty are proud to lead and participate in some of the #SSWR2020 symposia, workshops, roundtables, and paper and poster presentations.

DLRA Program Director, Dr. Regardt Ferreira, has organized the “Advancing Research Discourse on Social Work Disaster Research: Addressing Racial and Economic Inequality” symposium within the Sustainable Development, Urbanization, and Environmental Justice (SDU&E) Cluster on Saturday, January 18 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in the Liberty Ballroom J, ML 4. The moderated discussion includes Distinguished Professor Dr. Charles Figley along with authors of four papers and presents an opportunity to engage in critical consideration of the role of social vulnerability in both research and practice, the complexity of defining social vulnerability concepts in a disaster context, and an expanded understanding of the role of social vulnerability at both micro and macro levels. It also features Doctoral Student Megha Patel, DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel, and Assistant Professor Dr. Samantha Francois from Tulane as well as Assistant Professor Dr. Tara Leytham from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Click here for a more detailed overview of the symposium.

Earlier in the same day, Dr. Ferreira will lead the Disaster Research Special Interest Group discussion. Given the significant increase and the complexity of disasters and climate change, the SIG aims to provide a collaborative platform for discussion and research collaborations to address the impact of disasters and climate change. The SIG further aims to enhance definitions and theoretical constructs on the role of disaster research in social work research. This session will take place on January 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Marquis PR Salon 14, ML 2.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Joan Blakey will participate in the “Thriving & Black: How to Thrive As a Black Women in the Academy” workshop on January 17 from 9:45 to 11:15 am in the Independence BR C, ML 4. African American women faculty bring critical perspectives to more effectively train social work students to work with communities of color, research racial and ethnic minority populations, and to challenge institutions to make diversity and inclusion more than just words. This workshop will help African American women create a plan and scholarly connections, which are essential to thriving in the academy.

The following day (January 18), Dr. Blakey will also be participating in the “Child Welfare Challenges in Designing, Replicating and Adapting Evidence-Based Interventions” symposium from 4 to 5:30 pm in the Mint, ML 4. The studies discussed in this symposium provide case examples of the various steps in the Children's Bureau (2014) “Framework to Design, Test, Spread, and Sustain Effective Child Welfare Practice,” and elucidate ways in which the child welfare service context may affect and inform the research process.

Also on Friday, January 17, Professor of Practice Dr. Maurya Glaude will moderate a set of oral presentations on Substance Abuse Research: Services and Communities as part of the Substance Misuse and Addictive Behaviors (SM&AB) cluster. The session will take place from 2 to 3:30 pm in the Liberty Ballroom K, ML 4 and will include five presentations on

The Public Health and Health Equity oral presentations in the Health cluster will include DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel discussing Improving Health Equity in Integrated Care through Evaluation Techniques. The event is on Friday, January 17 from 5:30 to 7 pm in the Liberty Ballroom O, ML 4.

Our faculty and doctoral students will also be participating in the following ePoster Presentations:

January 17, 2020, 3:45 to 5:15 pm Marquis BR Salon 6 (ML 2)

ePoster Presentations VI

Assistant Professor Dr. Leia Saltzman presents Introducing the Concept of Markers in Time: The Experience of Temporal Triggers in the Context of Traumatic Loss


January 17, 2020, 5:30 to 7 pm Marquis BR Salon 6 (ML 2)

ePoster Presentations VII

DRLA Program Director Dr. Regardt Ferreira presents Predictors of Individual Resilience: Gender Differences Among African Americans (co-authored by Dr. Fred Buttell)


January 18, 2020, 9:45 to 11:15 am Marquis BR Salon 6 (ML 2)

ePoster Presentations IX

Doctoral Student Estilla Lightfoot presents Race, Gender, and Resilience in Gulf Coast Communities (co-authored by Dr. Regardt Ferreira)

Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Lauren Terzis presents Examining Immigrants Region of Origin with Respect to Financial Behaviors: Findings from a National Sample