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January 13, 2006
4:00 – 5:45 pm

Presidential Plenary
Deborah K. Padgett,Ph.D.
President, SSWR
New York University
School of Social Work,

Sarah Gehlert, Ph.D.
2006 Program Chair SSWR
Associate Professor,
School of Social Service
University of Chicago

Dr.Margarita Alegria
Professor, Department of
Psychiatry, Director, Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research, Harvard University

Dr. David Takeuchi
Professor, School of Social Work and Department of Sociology,
University of Washington

Awards for Excellence in Social Work Research
Presented by:
Jeanne C.Marsh, Ph.D.
Waldo Johnson, Ph.D.
Rowena Fong, Ph.D.
Board of Directors, SSWR


SSWR has made arrangements for an overflow hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Call 888-623-2800 to make a reservation.

Tenth Annual Conference
"Meeting the Challenge: Research In and With Diverse Communities"
January 12 - 15, 2006

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk San Antonio Hotel
123 Losoya, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 222-1234
Fax: (210) 227-4925
Toll: (800) 233-1234

Printable Final Program (PDF version)

Program Schedule

The SSWR Annual Conference offers a scientific program that 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.

Over 500 symposia, workshop, roundtable, paper and poster presentations

Preconference workshops (in conjunction with the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research) designed to enhance methods expertise and grant-writing skills

Preconference programs and a networking reception especially for doctoral students

Registration Information and Rates

Participant registration includes all conference materials, refreshment breaks, President’s Awards Reception on Friday, breakfast Membership Meeting on Sunday, as well as entry to exhibits, lectures, papers, symposia, and workshops. All presenters (paper and poster) are required to register for the conference.We urge you to register as soon as possible, as space is limited. Those registered before December 1, 2005 will receive the early registration rate. Please complete the CONFERENCE REGISTRATION form or register on-line.

Registration Type

Early Registration (before 12/1)

Late Registration (before 1/3**) 

 On-Site Registration

SSWR Member








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CE Certificate




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Full-Day Workshop




Half-Day Workshop




* Documentation (Student ID) is required if registering at the student rate. Please fax or mail copy to Travelink.
** Pre-Conference registration will close on January 3. Registration received after that date will be processed on site.

Exhibitor registration includes an 8’ x 10’ booth space as well as listing in the program book for 2006 and in the 2007 registration brochure. See exhibitor registration pages for additional information. Note that payment MUST accompany registration for exhibitors and ad copy.

Hotel Accomodation

The Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk, the official
headquarters hotel for SSWR, is located between the city’s two major tourist attractions: the renowned Riverwalk and the historic Alamo. Situated downtown on the banks of the Riverwalk, the Hyatt Regency hotel offers a combination of classic elegance with Old Texan charm and service. Enjoy nearby attractions or sit in the lobby where the San Antonio River cascades through the 16 story garden atrium.

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Hotel
123 Losoya, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 222-1234
Toll-Free: (800) 233-1234
Fax: (210) 227-4925

Reservation Deadline: December 19, 2005
Rate: $159.00, Single/Double; $184 Triple; $209 Quad (Plus Hotel andOccupancy Taxes, currently 16.75%, subject to change)

Daily parking fees:
Self Parking $14.00 per day (subject to change)
Valet parking $20.00 per day (subject to change)

Check in time is 3:00 p.m. – Check out time is 12:00 p.m.

To receive the SSWR conference rate please call the Hyatt Regency San Antonio at 1-800-233-1234 prior to December 19. Inform the hotel that you are with the Society for Social Work and Research. Reservation requests will be confirmed only if accompanied by one night’s room deposit or if guaranteed by a major credit card. You can also make online reservations.

Interest Group

A variety of informal interest groups have formed within SSWR. These have included Qualitative Research, Child Welfare, End-of-Life, Suicide Prevention, and others. To remain up to date, a special listserv announcement will be sent this fall asking for conveners to identify themselves for pre-existing or proposed new groups. If you are interested in convening a group, please respond to this announcement. The list of topics, conveners and room locations will be listed in the final
program if information is received prior to October 15. Interest groups will meet during lunch breaks on Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14.

Job Seekers Registry

Students looking for a position may email a one page CV for inclusion in an on-site hard copy job seekers registry available for consultation by employers at the SSWR conference. To facilitate making interview appointments, please include on your CV the phone number(s) where you can be reached at the conference including, if applicable, your cell phone number.

Email your CVs to Stacey Freedenthal at Stacey.Freedenthal@du.edu by
January 2, 2006. Please note that CVs received after January 2 will not be included in the job registry book.

Employers, please schedule your interviews when presentations are not in session so that participants can attend all sessions.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and will require the services of an interpreter, check the SSWR website for the program schedule. Select the sessions you wish to attend and send a list to:

Patty Couch, Conference Coordinator
Travelink, Inc.
30 Garfield St., Suite C
Asheville, NC 28803
Fax 828-252-8589
E mail: sswr@trvlnk.com

Although the number of interpreters available is limited, SSWR will try to provide this resource to those who need it. If you need access to an interpreter, please identify yourself and your session preferences by December 9. Since there may not be a sswr san antonio 2006 sufficient number of interpreters to meet the demand, this information will allow conference planners to honor as many requests as possible.

Things to Do in San Antonio

The Alamo: The museum contains relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas and offers narration on the fall of the Alamo. Hours: 9am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday, admission is free, donations accepted.

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum (318 E. Houston): Voted the “2002 Best Attraction” by the Downtown Alliance/San Antonio Discover more than 120 years of history – Texas style. Hours: 10am-5pm Sunday to Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday. Admission $10.99 adults, $9.99 seniors, $7.99 children.

King Williams Historic Area: A 25 block area near downtown on the south bank of the San Antonio River. In late 1800s the King William District was the most elegant residential area in the city.

La Villita: A unique arts and crafts community with shops, working artists, restaurants and a post office. Shops open daily 10am-6pm.

Market Square: Browse through the 32 shops at “El Mercado”,
an area patterned after an authentic Mexican market. Hours: 10am-6pm. Free admission.


January temperatures in San Antonio are average highs of 62.3 degrees and daily lows near 41.6 degrees. Average rainfall is 1.66 inches. An umbrella and a raincoat should always be close at hand for an occasional shower.We recommend that you dress in layers for the conferences. Remember that air conditioned rooms can be chilly. Be sure to pack your camera.

Special Sessions

Presidential Plenary
Friday 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Investigating Culture And Context In Diverse Communities:
Findings From The Latino And Asian American Study

Dr.Margarita Alegria
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Director, Center for
Multicultural Mental Health Research, Harvard University.

Dr. David Takeuchi
Professor, School of Social Work and Department of Sociology
University of Washington

Distinguished Achievement Award
Ruth G.McRoy, MSW, Ph.D.
University of Texas

The Aaron Rosen Lecture
Friday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

John Landsverk, Ph.D.
Children’s Hospital of San Diego

Special Session in Memory of Dr. Carol Mowbray
Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Special Session
Race, Poverty and “Human” Disasters: Lessons for Social Work
Research from the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Day and Time to be Announced

Conference Highlights

• Maximizing Participation in Longitudinal Research: Effective Strategies for Recruitment and Retention
• An Introduction to Item Response Theory
• Brief Screening Measures for Research and Practice

• Frontiers of Transdisciplinary Social Work Research
• Standards for Quality in Grounded Theory Research

• Preventing Childhood Problem Behavior in School Settings: Findings from Three Controlled Investigations
• Methodological Innovations in Research on LGBT Populations
• New Directions in Homelessness Research: Innovative Methods and Findings
• African American Adolescent Males: Mental Health Experiences and Self-Destructive Behavior
• Inside the Black Box: Factors Contributing to Effective Group Work
• Social Work Research on Drug Abuse in Diverse Populations

• Partner Violence, Drug Use and HIV Risk among Low Income, Urban Women
• Foster Children’s Entry into Intensive Mental Health and Residential Care Settings
• Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Sexual Risk in Latino Gay Men
• Spiritual Well-Being in Health-Related Quality of Life for Older Chronically-Ill Adults
• Perceptions of Child Protective Services among Urban American Indian/Alaska Natives
• Using Concept Mapping to Develop an Instrument for Agency Evaluation
• Young African American Fathers and Their Children: Dimensions of Paternal Involvement
• Resilience in Maltreated Children
• Screening for Serious Mental Illnesses in Substance Dependent Populations
• Treatment of Acute Psychosis without Antipsychotics: Two-Year Soteria Outcomes
• Explanations for Racial-Ethnic Disparities in School Suspension

Preconference Sessions

Thursday, January 12, 2006
These sessions are intended to give participants (from doctoral students to senior researchers) information on research funding priorities, strategies for building a successful research career and
opportunities to connect with federal staff and experienced, funded researchers. Look for Updated Information available Fall 2005 – www.iaswresearch.org.

8:30 am – 12 Noon
Social Work Research Career Development
Jerry Flanzer (NIDA), Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts (NCI), Denise Juliano-Bult (NIMH), Peggy Murray (NIAAA), Stephane Philogene (OBSSR), Sid Stahl (NIA) and colleagues

Building and sustaining a funded research career has many phases. This session will focus on getting your research career launched at the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as the importance of being mentored and being a mentor. During the plenary and breakout sessions
NIH staff, and experienced mentees and mentors will discuss skills, strategies, mechanisms, and lessons learned to develop, sustain and advance these relationships to build social work research career capacity and advance the contributions from social work research.

12 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch
Box Lunches Available

1:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Special Research Topics

These afternoon sessions will address specific federal priorities, initiatives, and opportunities for social work research. Invited agencies include several NIH institutes and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC Research Priorities and Opportunities
Gwendolyn Cattledge, Injury Center, and colleagues

Genomics Discovery: Exploring the Relevance to Social Work Research
Colleen McBride and Laura Koehly, National Human Genome Research Institute

Spirituality and End Of Life (EOL) Research
Peggy Murray (NIAAA), Sid Stahl (NIA), and Mercedes Bern-Klug, University of Iowa

Addressing Health Disparities through Community-Based Participatory Research
Stephane Philogene (OBSSR), Suzanne Heurtin-
Roberts (NCI)

Drug Abuse Research Advances
Jerry Flanzer (NIDA and colleagues)

Preconference Workshops

Thursday, January 12, 2006
Registration fees will be $150 for the all-day workshops and $100 for the half-day workshop. Register early— space is limited!

9:00 am – 4:00 pm All-Day Workshop

Behavioral and Social Intervention Research
Presenters: Mark Fraser (UNC-Chapel Hill), Nabila El-Bassel,
Dan Herman, and Allen Zweben (Columbia University)

The workshop, intended primarily for junior investigators and advanced doctoral students, will address essential conceptual, methodological and practical issues involved in planning and carrying out research on psychosocial interventions. Major topics will include: applying social and behavioral theories to intervention development and testing; conceptualizing, developing, standardizing and piloting an intervention model to address various health conditions, social problems, and risk
behaviors; addressing ethnic, minority, and gender-specific issues in intervention studies; critical issues in implementing intervention studies.

12:30 pm – 4:00 pm Half-Day Workshop

Methods of Longitudinal Data Analysis
Presenter: Daniel Nagin (Carnegie Mellon University)

A developmental trajectory describes the course of a behavior over age or time. The aim of this half-day workshop is to provide an overview of a group-based method for analyzing developmental trajectories. The technical underpinnings of the method will be summarized and specialized software for estimating the models will be briefly discussed. However, the central focus will be on presenting and elaborating upon actual examples of the method’s distinctive capabilities. These include
the capability to (1) identify rather than assume distinctive groups of trajectories, (2) estimate the proportion of the population following each such trajectory group, and (3) relate group membership probability to individual characteristics and circumstances. In addition, two important extensions of the method will be discussed—the capability to add time-varying covariates to trajectory models and the capability to estimate joint trajectory models of distinct but related behaviors. The former provides the statistical capacity for testing whether a contemporaneous factor, such as an experimental intervention or a non-experimental event like pregnancy, deflects a preexisting trajectory. The latter provides the capability to study the
unfolding of distinct but related behaviors such as childhood problem behavior and adolescent drug abuse.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Special Workshop for Doctoral Students and
Junior Faculty
(no fee required)

How to Give a Successful Scientific Talk
Presenter: Janet B.W.Williams (Columbia University)

Preparing a scientific paper for presentation is very different from writing a paper for publication; the public speaker must offer more to the audience than they can get from reading a manuscript. The presentation must be entertaining as well as cogent and well-paced. This workshop will provide guidelines for preparing and presenting an effective presentation of a scientific paper. Participants should come prepared to give a 3- 5 minute talk on a topic of their choosing (preferably scientific, but not necessarily). Gentle group critiques will be provided.

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