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Podcast: How Anxiety is Impacting Sleep

TSSW DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel talks about how much anxiety is impacting our sleep habits and what to do about it on Tulane's podcast, On Good Authority.

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Expert Advice: COVID-19, Managing Well-being, and Suicide Prevention

DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel spoke to Psychiatric Times about managing mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic and how self-care is important for everyone, including those in care-giving professions.

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Stories from the Field: Grant Award for Community Garden at Low Barrier Shelter

Creative thinking and initiative are required when working with under resourced communities.

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Expert Insight: Rise in Intimate Partner Violence

DRLA Director and Associate Professor Dr. Reggie Ferreira is quoted in a NOLA.com article about the rise in Intimate Partner Violence.

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Publication: East Asian American Parents of Children with Autism

A recent publication from Assistant Professor Dr. Irang Kim and colleagues from University of Maryland, Baltimore examined the current literature focused on East Asian American families raising children with autism with an emphasis on study characteristics and overall findings.

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Alumni Update: Diamond Perri Nickelson

Social work attracts individuals with perseverance and passion. Those professionals not only provide direct service to empower individuals and groups, but they also cultivate an interest in federal, state, and local policy development. One alumna gains inspiration from her mother and community to start her social work career and engage in the United States political system.

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Publication: American Indian Women Cancer Survivors’ Spiritual and Religious Coping Practices

The Journal of Religion and Health published their findings from a qualitative descriptive study of AI women cancer survivors in an article entitled "American Indian Women Cancer Survivors’ Spiritual and Religious Coping Practices."

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Expert Advice: Loneliness and 6 Components of Well-Being and Self-Care

Dr. Jamie Aten interviewed DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel about loneliness and well-being for Psychology Today.

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Expert Advice: Doomscrolling Isn't Helping Our Well Being

Associate Professor Dr. Catherine McKinley spoke to Forbes about doomscrolling and offered helpful suggestions to avoid it.

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Accepting Submissions to Breathe Healing Salons

Breathe: Healing Salons is a co-creation birthed out of a call to facilitate spaces for healing and regeneration. Our modality consists of honoring our breath and healing arts. As TSSW community members (students, faculty, staff, alumni, etc.), who are visual artists, poets, orators, thespians, musicians, singers, rappers, mindfulness practitioners, and more, we invite you to showcase your gifts as outlets of expression centralizing the theme of coping/healing in our current contexts of natural disaster, defending Black lives, and the global COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Video: Author Spotlight on Dr. Joan Blakey

Tulane Libraries featured the work of Associate Professor Dr. Joan Blakey, LMSW in their Faculty Author Spotlight 2020 Series. In the third episode of the series, Dr. Blakey discusses her published research on the lack of belonging among African American students in predominantly white school districts.

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Publication: Linking the Social and Built Environments to Determine Goals and Objectives

Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy Fellow Dr. Alessandra Jerolleman has co-authored a chapter in The Community Resilience Handbook published by the American Bar Association.

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Publication: Roles and Expectations of Native American Women

TSSW faculty and doctoral candidates have published "'She’s the Center of My Life, the One That Keeps My Heart Open': Roles and Expectations of Native American Women" in Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work

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Expert Advice: Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Telehealth

Dean Patrick Bordnick provides insight on substance use disorder treatment and telehealth to In the Know.

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Faculty Awarded Supplemental Federal Research Funding to Promote Resilience in Native American Families

The National Institutes of Health has awarded TSSW Associate Professor Dr. Catherine McKinley a supplement to the previous Research Project Grant (R01) for an effective, sustainable, culturally-relevant, and family-centered intervention for alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse and violence among Native American families.

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Webinar: New Orleans experts on how to manage your mental heath amid coronavirus

TSSW faculty members Dr. Charles Figley and Dr. Samantha Francois appeared on the New Orleans Mental Health Panel sponsored by The Renaudin Foundation and moderated by The Times-Picayune. They discussed children's mental health, the long-term impact of mental health struggles amid disasters, and the effect of racism on mental health, particularly among kids.

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Publication: Adaptation of a Mental Health Treatment Engagement Intervention for Older Foster Youth

Field Education Director Dr. Maurya Glaude co-authored "Adaptation of a Mental Health Treatment Engagement Intervention for Older Foster Youth" with colleagues from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and New York University Silver School of Social Work

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Webinar: Perceptions of Race that Hurt Children: The Emotional Trauma of Racial Disparities for Children of Color in the Child Welfare System

Professor Dr. Marva L. Lewis presented the "Perceptions of Race that Hurt Children: The Emotional Trauma of Racial Disparities for Children of Color in the Child Welfare System" webinar along with Darneshia Bell, Director of Practice and Field Operations, Infant Toddler Court Program, National Resource Center.

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Publication: Reflections on Social Work Doctoral Pedagogy

TSSW Field Education Director Dr. Maurya Glaude was a co-author with faculty and researchers at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work in a paper published in the Journal of Teaching Social Work.

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Publication: Adolescent Risk Substance Use Behavior, Posttraumatic Stress, Depression, and Resilience

TSSW Field Education Director Dr. Maurya Glaude and DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel are co-authors along with colleagues in Psychiatry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center on a recent study published in the Substance Abuse journal. 

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Expert Advice: Intimate Partner Violence & COVID-19

DRLA Director and Associate Professor Dr. Reggie Ferreira spoke to The Advocate about the connections between disasters and intimate partner violence.

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Expert Advice: Compassion Fatigue & Social Distancing

Last week, TSSW Professor Charles Figley provided insight to NOLA.com on compassion fatigue and how social distancing has complicated our ability to connect with others for support in times of stress.

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Publication: The Impact and Sequelae of Sexual Victimization of Graduate and Professional Students

TSSW Professor of Practice Dr. Philip Hemphill, LCSW, and Tulane Campus Health Senior Health Promotion Specialist Margaret Reynolds, MPA, have published "The Impact and Sequelae of Sexual Victimization of Graduate and Professional Students" in the Current Psychopharmacology journal.

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Research: Compassion Fatigue in COVID-19 Workers

TSSW Faculty members Dr. Leia Saltzman, Dr. Tonya Hansel, and Dr. Charles Figley are studying compassion fatigue among COVID-19 workers.

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Publication: COVID-19 and Immediate Predictors of Individual Resilience

TSSW faculty members Dr. Reggie Ferreira and Dr. Fred Buttell along with Dr. Clare Cannon from the University of California Davis have published "COVID-19: Immediate Predictors of Individual Resilience" in Sustainability.

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Expert Advice: Researchers Track Spike in Intimate Partner Violence due to COVID-19

With regards to current research into the connection between COVID-19 and intimate partner violence, DRLA Director and Associate Professor Dr. Reggie Ferreira spoke to Gambit Weekly about research he is doing with Professor Dr. Fred Buttell.

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Publication: American Indian Alcohol Use from a Sex-Specific Wellness Approach

Associate Professor Dr. Catherine McKinley along with collegues from the University of South Dakota School of Social Work and San Francisco State University School of Social Work have published "American Indian Alcohol Use from a Sex-Specific Wellness Approach: Exploring Its Associated Physical, Behavioral, and Mental Risk and Protective Factors" in the Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.

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Expert Advice: Researching Connections Between the COVID-19 Pandemic and Intimate Partner Violence

DLRA Program Director and Associate Professor Dr. Reggie Ferreira spoke to WDSU-TV about research into the connections between the COVID-19 pandemic and intimate partner violence. Their conversation stemmed from a recent article Dr. Ferreira co-authored with Associate Professor Dr. Fred Buttell in the Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy journal

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Congratulations Phi Alpha Honor Society Inductees

As the Tulane University School of Social Work finishes up its summer semester, we are elated to add 21 Master of Social Work (MSW) graduates to our growing list of alumni doing work that matters. Half of those graduates are also joining the Phi Alpha Honor Society.

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Expert Advice: Mental Health Visits During The Pandemic

Director of Field Education and licensed clinical social worker Dr. Maurya Glaude spoke with Meg Farris on WWL-TV about how mental health visits have not decreased as much as routine healthcare screenings and outpatient procedures.

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Faculty Member Receives Grants for Research into Reproductive Justice and Healthcare

In its efforts to shape the future by educating students to achieve gender equity, the Newcomb Institute of Tulane University provides funding to projects and research for faculty. We are proud that they recently awarded Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Nubian OmiSayade Sun two grants for valuable work in reproductive justice and healthcare.

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Book Review: A Dirty South manifesto: Sexual resistance and imagination in the New South

Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Nubian OmiSayade Sun, LCSW, has published an article in Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, the only peer-reviewed, scholarly social work journal from feminists' points of view, offering a unique mix of research reports, new theory and other creative approaches.

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Editorial: A Social Work Discourse on Skin Tone Crayons

In this editorial in the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, Heidi Breaux, LCSW, Program Manager for Online Field Education, provides thoughts on the recent release of the "Colors of the World" crayon box.

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Expert Advice: Loneliness & Being Pregnant in the Pandemic

DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel spoke to WDSU-TV (the NBC affiliate station in New Orleans) about the potential impacts of COVID-19 on loneliness and well-being.

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Expert Advice: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Depression

Dean Patrick Bordnick spoke to New Orleans Public Radio about the mental health impact of the global COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Candice C. Beasley Appointed to CSWE's Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity

Congratulations to Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Candice C. Beasley, LCSW-BACS, for her recent appointment as a member of the Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity with the Council on Social Work Education. 

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Expert Advice: Mental Health Toll of Pandemic on Hospital Workers

Dean Patrick Bordnick spoke to the Associated Press about the mental health toll the pandemic is taking on hospital workers.

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Expert Advice: Renaming Washington's NFL Team

Associate Professor Dr. Catherine McKinley adds her experitse in studying how historical oppression negatively affects mental health of Indigeonous populations to a Seattle Times article on the name change to the National Football League team in Washington.

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Expert Advice: Compassion Fatigue

Feeling tired? Research suggests that the act of caring takes a toll on us. Dr. Charles Figley speaks to Discover Magazine about compassion fatigue. 

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Associate Professor Dr. Joan Blakey Elected to CSWE Board of Directors

Associate Professor Dr. Joan Blakey has been elected to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Board of Directors. 

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Faculty Publication on Intimate Partner Violence as a Hidden Disaster of COVID-19

Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy Director Dr. Reggie Ferreira and Professor Fred Buttel have published "The Hidden Disaster of COVID-19: Intimate Partner Violence" in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

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Faculty Publication on Gender & Resilience in Gulf Coast Communities

TSSW is proud that our faculty can mentor the next generation of experts in disaster resilience research and outreach methods, especially through our partnership with Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities. Estilla Lightfoot, a PhD candidate in Tulane University City, Culture, and Community program, has co-authored a paper with DRLA Director Dr. Regardt J. Ferreira and The ByWater Institute at Tulane University Research Associate Professor and DRLA Fellow Dr. Amy Lesen. Their study on "Gender and resilience in Gulf Coast communities: Risk and protective factors following a technological disaster " was just published in the prestigious disaster research journal, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Faculty Publication on Building Community Resilience to Large Oil Spills

Tulane's Disaster Resiliance Leadership Academy has been participating in research for the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities since the consortium's inception. It has just released a synthesis report entitled "Building Community Resilience to Large Oil Spills: Findings and Recommendations from a Synthesis of Research on the Mental Health, Economic, and Community Distress Associated with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill." The document includes contributions by DRLA Director Dr. Reggie Ferreira and DRLA Fellow Dr. Amy Lesen.

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Statement by Tulane Deans on International Students

Tulane Deans stand with international students and pledge every effort to protect them from disruption to their education.

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Welcome New Assistant Professors - Dr. Downey and Dr. Kim

TSSW is pleased to welcome Dr. Margaret Mary Downey and Dr. Irang Kim to our faculty as Assistant Professors

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Faculty Publication on Death and Dying in Indigenous Communities

Associate Professor Dr. Catherine McKinley along with City, Culture, and Community (CCC) doctoral candidate Jennifer Miller Scarnato and Dr. Sara Sanders of the University of Iowa School of Social Work recently published "Why Are So Many Indigenous Peoples Dying and No One Is Paying Attention? Depressive Symptoms and 'Loss of Loved Ones' as a Result and Driver of Health Disparities" in OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying.

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Faculty Publication on Mental Health & COVID-19

As part of the ongoing research into the mental health affects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Assistant Professor Dr. Leia Saltzman, DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel, and Dean Dr. Patrick Bordnick have published "Loneliness, Isolation, and Social Support Factors in Post-COVID-19 Mental Health" in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

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Welcome Dr. Susan Davies

Performing and applying research is one way the School of Social Work does work that matters for individuals and communities everywhere. To further that commitment and increase research opportunities for faculty, staff, and students, we're pleased to announce that Dr. Susan Davies will join TSSW as Professor and Associate Dean for Research.

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Welcome Dr. Anneliese A. Singh

Back in April, Tulane University President Mike Fitts and Provost Robin Forman announced the appointment of New Orleans native and Tulane alumna Dr. Anneliese A. Singh as Tulane's first Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development and Chief Diversity Officer. The School of Social Work is pleased to be Dr. Singh’s academic home joining our faculty this month.

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Expert Advice: How Can Healthcare Providers Better Support Black Mothers?

Associate Professor Dr. Marva Lewis provides her expertise to HealthWorksCollective on how healthcare providers can better support Black mothers.

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Statement from Race & Equity Task Force

As you are aware, on June 25, 2020, Dean Patrick Bordnick formed the Race and Equity Task Force, and asked us, Dr. Reginald Parquet and Dr. Deidre Hayes, to co-chair it. We have been tasked with implementing the recommendations made by the “Difficult Conversations” workgroup who has been examining the complex issues of racism, power, privilege, and oppression within the School of Social Work and its curriculum.

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Faculty Publication on Indigenous Health Equity

Associate Professor Dr. Catherine McKinley is editing a double special issue journal on Indigenous Health Equity entitled "Mental, Physical and Social Dimensions of Health Equity and Wellness among U.S. Indigenous Peoples: What is Known and Next Steps." It will come out as a whole early 2021; however, two individual articles are now published online in the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work

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Expert Advice: Building an LGBTQ-Affirming Practice

Heidi P. Breaux, LCSW, Program Manager for Online Education, recently provided her expertise on working with the transgender and gender-diverse communty to a Social Work Today article on ""Building an LGBTQ-Affirming Practice."

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Dean Announces Race & Equity Task Force for School of Social Work

As social work educators, we teach empowerment and advocacy. Many within our community have brought the need to address racist behavior and systemic racism to the forefront. As the Dean of the School of Social Work, I wholeheartedly agree that changes must take place to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Tulane University and society.

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Faculty Publication on Behavioral Health & COVID-19

DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel, Assistant Professor Dr. Leia Saltzman, and Dean Dr. Patrick Bordnick have published "Behavioral Health and Response for COVID-19" in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness as part of the Cambridge Coronavirus Collection.

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Statement from TSSW Leadership on Upcoming and Ongoing Initiatives for Racial Equity

As a School, we stand in solidarity with African Americans and other minoritized communities, and we will continue to raise our voices even l

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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Below is a message from Tulane University School of Social Work Dean Patrick Bordnick:

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Expert Advice: Mental Health Challenges Remain as Lockdown Lifts

As communities around the world begin lifting public health precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health challenges will likely remain, says Dr. Tonya Hansel, DSW Program Director.

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TSSW Faculty Awarded $2.7 Million Federal Research Grant to Promote Resilience in Native American Families

While the general public is now becoming more aware of health disparities, social workers have always endeavored to address and eliminate them. After a rigorous proposal and review process, the National Institutes of Health have awarded a $2.7 million Research Project Grant (R01) to Dr. McKinley as the principal investigator of an effective, sustainable, culturally-relevant, and family-centered intervention for alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse and violence among Native American families.
 

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Alum Update: Global Disaster Resilience Leadership

By acknowledging that strengths exist alongside vulnerabilities, resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from challenges. Enhancing resilience through services and support can help individuals, communities, organizations, and governments prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and human-made disasters. Will Gaston, a Tulane University School of Social Work graduate is using his expertise in resilience to mitigate risk worldwide for Nike.

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Stories from the Field: Providing Services at the Low Barrier Shelter

 

Addressing the needs of those experiencing homelessness is a critical activity on a daily basis. Serving this population becomes even more urgent in emergency situations like extreme weather, disasters, and the current COVID-19 pandemic. Doing so takes dedicated and compassionate individuals like Tulane University School of Law employee and part-time online Master of Social Work student, Alexandria Andara.

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Stories from the Field: Helping Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Along with social workers, those in graduate level social work education programs have served as essential workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Anthony Critelli-O’Donnell, Master of Social Work student at the Tulane University School of Social Work, has committed to addressing the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness through his field education placement.

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TSSW Awards Excellence in Field Mentorship

Field work is a vital part of social work education, and field instructors at agencies, organizations, hospitals, and partners facilitate that. Because of the importance of field instructor collaboration with social work education, the Office of Field Education at Tulane University School of Social Work yearly gives an Excellence in Field Mentorship award. This year’s recipient is Cara B. Donaldson, LCSW-BACS, the Manager of Care Coordination and a licensed social worker at East Jefferson General Hospital. 
 

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Faculty Publish on The Historical Oppression Scale in Transcultural Psychiatry

Tulane University professors along with others have published "The Historical Oppression Scale: Preliminary conceptualization and measurement of historical oppression among Indigenous peoples of the United States" in Transcultural Psychiatry.

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Stories from the Field: Supporting Children’s Literacy

The everyday commitment of a social worker doesn’t stop when situations change. Though the global COVID-19 pandemic has altered educational environments, those dedicated to serving the needs of students find ways to continue that support. One Tulane University School of Social Work graduate student used her creativity to convert her own van into a literacy lifeline for children in Mississippi.

Andrea Germany, LMSW, has been working as a school social worker in Meridian, Mississippi for almost 20 years, and just started her third semester in our online Doctorate of Social Work program. 

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TSSW Announces Online Dual Degree Option for Social Work and Disaster Resilience

Online Master of Social Work students who are interested in serving those affected by disasters may now pursue a dual degree with the Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership. Beginning in Fall 2020 at TSSW, the current on-campus only offering of a dual MSW/MS-DRL degree will also be available to those students learning online.

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TSSW Contributes to Parental Viewing Guide for Pixar Movie Inside Out

The Tulane University School of Social Work is proud to be a contributing partner of this family friendly mental health resource! The National Mental Health Innovation Center along with others created a parent viewing guide for the Pixar movie Inside Out to help engage children in conversations about feelings and emotions

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TSSW Receives Grant to Expand Policy Opportunities in Field Education

The industry-setting standard for social work education recently awarded a grant to Tulane University School of Social Work to expand opportunities for its field education program. The Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) seeds innovation and develops new models for an integrated approach to enhance the policy skill set of all social work students regardless of specialization. 

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Alumni in the Field: Disaster Resilience & Response

The ability to assess needs, implement programs, and connect people with resources is critical to social work as well as disaster preparedness, management, and recovery. During the COVID-19 pandemic, one Tulane University School of Social Work alum is leveraging his interdisciplinary skills to support an organization well-versed in responding to uncertainties.

Having graduated in 2019 with the dual degree of Master of Social Work with Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership, Mark Rogers, II, LMSW, now works as a Capabilities Research and Development Associate in the Field Operations Department of Team Rubicon.

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Stories from the Field: Students Supporting Municipal Agencies

Master of Social Work students fill a number of roles with municipal agencies as part of the 900 hours they each commit to their field education programs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they are providing vital support to children and families as well as learning how to apply their classroom knowledge in innovative and meaningful ways.

Elizabeth “Lizzy” Crigler is finishing her second semester in the Tulane University School of Social Work MSW program and is interning with the Office of Youth and Families (OYF) at the New Orleans Mayor's Office.

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Expert Advice: Managing Stress for Frontline Workers

In an interview with WGNO, the ABC affiliate in New Orleans, Dean Patrick Bordnick talks to Rachael O'Neil about how frontline workers can make time for themselves and offers self-care tips for managing stress.

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Expert Advice: Dealing with Grief and Loss

DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel speaks with WWL First News with Tommy Tucker on dealing with grief and loss during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Expert Advice: Mental Health Challenges for First Responders

Dean Patrick Bordnick speaks with WWL First News with Tommy Tucker on the mental health challenges for first responders.

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Alumni in the Field: Supporting Released and Exonerated Individuals

Social workers help ensure every person has resources and opportunities, and that work hasn’t stopped during the global COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, it’s adapted and increased because creative, passionate people have dedicated themselves to it. Angelique Thomas, LMSW (SW ‘2016) is the only social worker on staff with the Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO), a free-standing, non-profit law office with specialized full-time staff attorneys and investigators working to free innocent life-sentenced prisoners in Louisiana and Mississippi. 

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Stories from the Field: Social Work Student Coordinates Supply Drive

Social work students don’t just wait for their field placement to make a commitment to helping their communities. Many come to TSSW graduate programs with the ability to see needs and mobilize resources in response. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Master of Social Work student Kara Gloe has coordinated supply drives to support students and families in her local school district.

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Expert Advice: Navigating Financial Stress of COVID-19

In a recent blog for Psychology Today, DRLA Director Dr. Reggie Ferreira invited DRLA Fellow Joel Thomas, CEO of SPIN Global, to provide advice on navigating the financial situation around the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TSSW Offers Free Online CEU Series on Telehealth

 

The Tulane University School of Social Work is committed to serving the licensing and educational needs of mental health professionals through its Porter-Cason Institute and Center for Life-Long Learning. To do that during social distancing practices, PCI and CLL brought existing workshop offerings online and developed a free telehealth-focussed series.

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Faculty and Staff Beyond the Classroom During COVID-19

Social work educators don’t just bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to higher education. They use their resourcefulness and determination to empower individuals, families, and communities outside of their classrooms. 

Assessing the behavioral health and social service needs during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tulane University School of Social Work faculty and staff are diligently working alongside front-line medical professionals and public health practitioners to provide support and connect individuals and communities with resources to help them navigate these circumstances. 

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Stories from the Field: Social Work Student Supporting Veterans

As part of their field education commitment, Tulane University School of Social Work students are supporting a variety of populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes United States Veterans served by the New Orleans Veterans Medical Center. Meet Julia Freudenberger an on-campus, full-time Master of Social Work student performing her field placement through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in New Orleans.

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America’s mental health: COVID-19’s long term toll

Along with other national experts, Tulane University School of Social Work Dean Dr. Patrick Bordnick speaks to NBC News about how Americans need to make behavioral health a priority and shares information about the School's Self-Care Resources Website.

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Stories from the Field: Social Work Student Supporting Youth Agency

Much like social workers around the country, students from the Tulane University School of Social Work are finding innovative ways to support the needs of individuals, families, and communities. Read about how MSW student Ashley E. Barrett is supporting the Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County (YSB).

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Expert Advice: Climate Change and Children's Health

DRLA Director Dr. Reggie Ferreira provides his expertise to a Healio article on how climate change could threaten children's health.

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TSSW Announces Two Surveys to Study Behavioral Health and Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the unprecedented impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, faculty members at the Tulane University School of Social Work have initiate

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Expert Advice: Maintaining Traditions and Spirituality During Social Distancing

Tulane experts discuss celebrating holidays and maintaining spirituality during social distancing.

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Expert Advice: Social Worker Well-Being in the Time of COVID-19

Dr. Tonya Hansel writes in Social Work Today about how social workers can look after their own well-being while service the community as essential personnel during a global pandemic.

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TSSW Develops Website for Self-Care

Self-care is critical for all individuals, especially during a time of crisis. To address this need, the Tulane University School of Social Work created a website with self-care information, guided meditation videos, and mental health support hotlines.

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Expert Advice: Balancing Self-care with Parenting and Working Remotely

In a recent blog for Psychology Today, DRLA Program Director Dr. Reggie Ferreira invited Professor of Practice to provide advice on balancing self-care with parenting and working remotely.

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Expert Advice: How to Support the Mental Health of Your Healthcare Workers

Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy Director Dr. Reggie Ferreira speaks to HealthLeaders about the mental health impact on healthcare workers during the pandemic. 

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Expert Advice: How to Relax and Stay Mindful During Stay-At-Home Orders

DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel provides advice to NOLA.com on how to relax and stay mindful during stay-at-home orders.

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Expert Advice to MDLinx: 7 Steps to Help Doctors Reduce Stress

Along with other mental health professionals, Professor of Practice and licensed clinical social worker Dr. Maurya Glaude spoke to MDLinx about how doctors can reduce stress during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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TSSW Maintains Ranking in U.S. News and World Report

TSSW continues to be in the top-tier of social work graduate programs according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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Thank You Tulane University School of Social Work Faculty, Staff, and Students

Dr. Patrick Bordnick, Dean of the Tulane University School of Social Work Dean, shares a message of gratitude for the diligence, collaboration, and resilience of our faculty, staff, and students.

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Expert Advice: How the Rise of Virtual Drinking Might Change Socializing

DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel speaks to the Matador Network on how the rise of virtual drinking might change the way people socialize.

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TSSW Among Schools Offering Scholarships to Returning Peace Corps Members

TSSW is part of Tulane university-wide initiative to make graduate study more accessible to U.S. Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) and Fulbright student grantees called back from international placements because of concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

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Stories from the Field: Social Work Student Supports Non-profit Organization

Master of Social Work Student Shelby Gelfand-Toutant is an intern with Broadmoor Improvement Association, a non-profit neighborhood organization that serves people who live, learn, work, worship, and play in the Broadmoor area of New Orleans.

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Expert Opinion: Coronavirus Will Exacerbate Existing Health Inequities

Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy faculty member Dr. Amy Lesen provides a guest column for The Advocate on how coronavirus will exacerbate existing health inequities.

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Expert Advice: Managing Mental Health in the Midst of Job Loss and Change

DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel speaks to Fox 8 (WVUE) about managing mental health in the midst of job loss and change.

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Expert Advice: Using Self-care to Increase Resilience

In a recent blog for Psychology Today, DRLA Program Director Dr. Reggie Ferreira shares advice on using self-care as a tool for increasing resilience amid concerns about COVID-19. 

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Expert Advice: Helping Parents with Kids at Home

On NOLA.com, DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel provides advice to parents with kids at home.

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Expert Advice: Tips and Resources on Various Mental Health Topics

DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel provides advice and resources to WWNO on a wide variety of mental health topics from coping with isolation to self-care for healthcare professionals.

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Expert Advice: Maintaining Mental Health While Working from Home

Professor of Practice and licensed clinical social worker Dr. Maurya Glaude provides advice to Fast Company on how to maintain your mental health while working from home.

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Expert Advice: Safe Activities During Social Distancing

DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel provides advice to Gambit on safe activities for healthy people during social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Managing Mental Well-being During Reduced In-person Contact

Licenced clinicians and researchers at the Tulane University School of Work have the following suggestions on how to prevent transitioning to increased at-home time from negatively affecting a person’s mental health.

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Dean Patrick Bordnick Speaks to U.S. News & World Report about MSW Degrees & Careers

Dean Patrick Bordnick speaks to U.S. News and World Report about the passion behind those who choose to pursue Master of Social Work degrees and careers as social workers.

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How We Do Mardi Gras: Unique Ways SSW Staff and Faculty Honor Carnival

Celebrations afford people opportunities to connect – to get away from our desks and selves and spend time with family and friends.

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Dr. Reginald Parquet Provides Juvenile Justice Expertise to Fox 8 New Orleans

Clinical Assistance Professor, Dr. Reginald Parquet, LCSW-BACS, spoke with Fox 8 New Orleans about how parents of an 11-year-old arrested in connection with vehicle burglaries should be held accountable. 

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Musician Survey Featured on WWOZ

Dean Patrick Bordnick and Bill Taylor from Send Me a Friend joined George Ingmire on WWOZ to talk about the Musician Survey.

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DRLA Director Dr. Reggie Ferreira Provides Insight to Animal Wellness Blog

DRLA Director Dr. Reggie Ferreira provided his insight on Animal Wellness, a blog dedicated helping animal lovers ensure a long, healthy life for their pets.

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Associate Professor Dr. Catherine McKinley Quoted in Greatist Article on Workplace Emotions

Associate Professor Dr. Catherine McKinley provided Greatist with thoughtful insight and actionable advice on crying at work and how to refocs when it happens. 

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Dr. Marva Lewis Joins Steering Committee for CSWE Curricular Guide

The standard-setting accreditation body for social work education has invited one of our esteemed faculty members to participate in a steering committee to develop the Curricular Guide for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience. 

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DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel Quoted in Insider Article on Workplace Loneliness

DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel provided Insider with practical ways for colleagues to connect and decrease workplace loneliness. 

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

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

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Journal of Evidence-based Social Work Features Three Articles about Social Work Research relating to American Indigenous Peoples

Published this month, the Journal of Evidence-based Social Work highlights Social Work Research relating to American Indigenous Peoples and includes three articles from Tulane faculty, students, and alumni.

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Global Disaster Resilience Assessment Community of Practice with DRLA and Spin Global

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) funded the development of guidance and tools to help communities measure their “Capability Quotient (CQ),” which is the readiness to respond to risk and to respond to disruptions of any kind.

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Celebrating Class of 2019

On Friday, December 13, the Tulane University School of Social Work held its annual commencement ceremony to confer degrees on over 95 studen

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Tulane University School of Social Work and Send Me a Friend partner to survey musicians’ behavioral health

To examine the behavioral health challenges that musicians face, Tulane University School of Social Work and Send Me a Friend are partnering

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Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Lauren Terzis Quoted in The Balance Article on Financial Behaviors

In the question of millenials and financial behaviors, Dr. Terzis provides her expertise to The Balance on financial literacy.

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Associate Professor Dr. Catherine McKinley Quoted in Forbes Article on Social Media and Happiness

In the question of social media and its impact on happiness, Dr. McKinley, provides her expertise to Forbes on how changes in happiness likely come from broader changes in lifestyle and perspective.

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Professors and PhD candidates Publish on "Community-Engaged and Culturally Relevant Research to Develop Mental and Behavioral Health Interventions with American Indian and Alaska Natives"

Tulane School of Social Work Professors and PhD candidates along with three others have published in the American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research journal.

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Season of Giving

Join the Tulane University School of Social Work in giving back this holiday season.

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Alumni Update on Danielle Wright, DSW, MPH, LCSW

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spellman College, Danielle Wright found herself at Tulane because of the powerful legacy of its alumni, especially Pearlie Hardin Elloie. Danielle has Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Health and a Doctorate of Social Work – all from Tulane. She now runs seven social-emotional and community wellness programs under the Navigate Nola Division within the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. 

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Alumni Update on Samuel L. Bradley, Jr., DSW

Having received his DSW in 2019, Samuel L. Bradley, Jr. has been hired as an Assistant Professor of Macro Social Work Practice at Boston College School of Social Work, where he will teach nonprofit administration, fundraising, and social innovation. 

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DSW Director and Professor Dr. Tonya Hansel Quoted in Forbes Article on Social Media Censorship

In the question of social media censorship, Dr. Tonya Hansel, provides her expertise to Forbes on the growing need for computer science to help protect the nation's youth against emotional abuse and re-traumatization.

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CCC PhD candidate along with Tulane professors publish in Progress in Disaster Science Journal

Experts in disaster resilience research and outreach methods publish in Progress in Disaster Science journal

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Associate Professor Dr. Marva Lewis Co-Authors a Chapter in The Routledge Companion to Motherhood

Associate Professor Dr. Marva Lewis has co-authored a chapter with Dr. Karen Craddock in the first edition of The Routledge Companion to Motherhood.

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Student Spotlight on Shalini A. Persaud

Shalini A. Persaud is pursuing a Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership and is set to graduate in December 2019.

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Assistant Professor Dr. Samantha Francois Co-Authors "Creating Healthy Communities Through Cross-sector Collaboration" White Paper

Assistant professor Dr. Samantha Francois recently co-authored "Creating Healthy Communities Through Cross-sector Collaboration" with colleagues from across the country.

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Distinguished Professor Dr. Charles Figley Provides Collective Trauma Expertise to OZY

Dr. Charles Figley provides his expertise in collective trauma to an OZY article about ghost sightings after tsunamis in Japan.

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DRLA Director Dr. Reggie Ferriera Appears on Earth911 Podcast

DRLA Director Dr. Reggie Ferriera joins Earth911's Mitch Ratcliffe on a podcast to talk about the intersection of climate change, mental health, and resilience.

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Faculty Present at 65th Annual Program Meeting of Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Each year, the Annual Program Meeting (APM) from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) brings together over 2,500 social work educators, students, deans, and directors from around the world to promote and teach best practices in research and curriculum development for undergraduate and graduate programs. We are a charter and accredited member of CSWE and proud to participate in this year’s conference in Denver. 

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Dr. Curtis Davis and Dr. Samantha Francois Publish Advance Online Entry in APA Traumatology Journal

Along with Curtis Davis, a recipient of a Ph.D. in Tulane’s City, Culture and Community Program, assistant professor Dr. Samantha Francois has an advance online publication in the American Psychological Association's Traumatology Journal.

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Tulane social workers provide counseling in wake of hotel collapse

Tulane School of Social Work faculty and staff volunteered as part of the team providing mental health services to those impacted by the partial hotel collapse on Canal Street.

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Dr. Joan Blakey and Dr. Maurya Glaude Published in Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Joan Blakey and professor of practice Dr. Maurya Glaude along with associate professor Dr. Sheara Williams Jennings of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work have published a research article in Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal.

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DRLA Fellow George Haddow Provides Expertise to Washington Post on Study of FEMA Flood Buyouts

George Haddow, who is a Fellow in our Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, provided his expertise in a Washington Post article about a recent study of FEMA buyouts.

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Dr. Marva L. Lewis, Associate Professor, Published in ZERO TO THREE Journal

Dr. Marva L. Lewis, Associate Professor, recently published research on trauma, race, and identity with Dr. Rhonda G. Norwood, Assistant Professor of Practice at LSU School of Social Work.

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Dr. Catherine McKinley (formerly Burnette), Associate Professor, Published in Journal of Family Strengths with CCC Students

Dr. Catherine McKinley (formerly Burnette), Associate Professor, recently co-authored a study with three current Tulane University City, Community, and Culture Ph.D. students.

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Dr. Nubian OmiSayade Sun Published in Our Voices, Our Stories Anthology

Dr. Sun has contributed "Motherhood as Immortality" to anthology.

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Student Spotlight on Dorsey Amos

Dorsey Amos is pursuing a Master of Social Work in our online learning environment and is set to graduate in December 2019.

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Alumni Spotlight on Dr. Corine Brown

Dr. Corine Brown received her Doctorate in Social Work in 2019 and currently works as the Director of Wellness Services at Covenant House New Orleans.

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First Semester of Online DSW Cohorts Begin

With its online Doctorate in Social Work program, Tulane University School of Social Work is innovating the evidence-informed, interdisciplinary education of future leaders.

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Honoring Recovery Month

This year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrates the 30th anniversary of Recovery Month, reminding the nation that treatment is effective and that people can and do recover from mental and substance abuse disorders.

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Dr. Tonya Hansel, faculty member and DSW program director, Published in Journal of Family Strengths

Dr. Tonya Hansel studied behavioral health outreach strategies, risk screening, and triage of children and families in areas affected by disasters as part of a leadership team with the Louisiana Spirit Recovery Program.

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Study Looking for Participants to Assess Knowledge, Attitudes, and Health Experiences about PrEP as an HIV Prevention Tool

Black and Hispanic/Latina women age 18 and older living in New Orleans can participate.

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Remembering Katrina: What It Meant for Clinicians and the Community

On the 14th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Parker Sternbergh, Director of the Porter-Cason Institute for the Family and Center for Lifelong Learning, spoke with Trusted Provider Network about connection and relationships in New Orleans after the storm.

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Dr. Nubian Sun Honored with the Bisola Marignay Award

On August 24, 2019 in Memphis, TN, Dr.

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Distinguished Professor Dr. Charles Figley provides expertise to article on mass shooting response

Dr.

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How the Mental Health Community Is Bracing for the Impact of Climate Change

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Women's Health Week

National Women's Health Week is a national effort to raise awareness about steps women can take to improve their health.

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The hidden injury Puerto Ricans still feel a year after Hurricane Maria

MAUNABO, Puerto Rico — A light rain is falling, as happens most days on a tropical island.

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Dean Bordnick receives award and gives closing keynote address

Monday, July 9th Dean Bordnick received The Visionary Award for Outstanding Contributions to Youth Recovery Research through the Use of Appli

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Regardt J. Ferreira interview with American Psychological Association

 

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Rock Anderson, Jr, TSSW alum: Career Paths for Social Workers

Career paths for social workers

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2018 Winner Of The Not Impossible Vitality Award

VR-Project Δ and VR-Qualis Est Vita For their Innovation in Healthcare VR-Δ (change) and

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40 years in the making, Tulane graduate reaches new milestone

Though it has been 40 years since she graduated from Newcomb College in 1978, Virginia Adolph is once again ready to celebrate comm

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A Celebration of 32 Years of Service

After 32 years of outstanding service with the Tulane School of Social Work, Dr Jane Parker is retiring in May, 2018.

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Tulane dean recognized for work in virtual reality for addiction and autism

Patrick Bordnick, dean of the Tulane School of Social Work, has been honored for h

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School of Social Work's 2017 Academic Calendar

School of Social Work 2017 Academic Calendar

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DRLA Summer Institute 2017

Disaster Policy and Operations 
Summer Institute 2017
Washington, DC 

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DSW Open House

Join the Tulane School of Social Work for our Spring Doctor of Social Work open house! 
Saturday, May 13.
10 - 11:30 a.m.

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Dean Bordnick Keynote Speaker at NOEW (New Orleans Entrepreneur Week)

Dean Patrick Bordnick was the keynote speaker at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) on March 23.

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Open House held on Sat., March 11 for prospective social work students.

An Open House was held on Saturday, March 11 at the School for prospective social work students.

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TSSW Student Mauri Hackett Featured on RenewEveryday.com

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DRLA students gain first-hand experience about global humanitarian response

For 14 scholars at the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, this past July was a chance to learn about the humanitarian response to disast

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TSSW student earns $10,000 research grant

Roughly one million people in the United States are on disability for mental health reasons, and Tulane Master of Social Work part-time stude

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Patrick Bordnick becomes school’s ninth dean

Dr. Patrick Bordnick is a researcher at heart, so when he applied to become the ninth dean at TSSW, he did his due diligence.

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Lieutenant governor to chair advisory council for Tulane resilience academy

Louisiana Lt. Gov.

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Coffee and donuts spark homeless outreach at New Orleans Public Library

Coffee and donuts -- it’s a simple morning ritual for so many, but 2015 Tulane Master of Social Work graduate Lalo Narea is using the sugary

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US News ranks TSSW in the Top 14% of Best Graduate Programs

See how Tulane School of Social Work ranks among the nation's best graduate programs.

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Gates Foundation gives $3.5 million to Tulane disaster resilience program

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) at the Tulane School of Social Work has been awarded

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Visit lays foundation for future social work collaborations with Cuba

 

“It’s not like here.”

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