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  ..Social Work for a Just Society:  
    ..Making Visible the Stakes and Stakeholders

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SSWR 17th Annual Conference
Social Work for a Just Society: Making Visible the Stakes and Stakeholders
January 16-20, 2013
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
San Diego, CA

Presidential Plenary: “Stimulating the Science of Social Working”

In February of 2011, Robert M. Kaplan, PhD joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director as Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences and Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). Prior to working for government, Kaplan was Distinguished Professor of Health Services at UCLA and Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine where he was PI of the California Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Improvement Center. He led the UCLA/RAND health services training program and the UCLA/RAND CDC Prevention Research Center. He was Chair of the Department of Health Services from 2004 to 2009. From 1997 to 2004 he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego. He is a past President of several organizations, including the American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology, Section J of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Pacific), the International Society for Quality of Life Research, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He is a Past Chair of the Behavioral Science Council of the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Kaplan is a former Editor-in-Chief of Health Psychology and of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. He is the author, co-author or editor of more than 18 books and approximately 470 articles or chapters. The ISI includes him in the listing of the most cited authors in the world (defined as above the 99.5th percentile). In 2005, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences.

Aaron Rosen Lecture

Diane DePanfilis, PhD, MSW is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She is also Director of the Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children, an organized research center designed to promote the safety, permanency and stability, and well-being of children, families, and communities through education and training, research and evaluation, and best practice service programs. During the last thirty-five years, she has (1) provided child welfare services at the local level as a caseworker,supervisor and administrator; (2) worked as a consultantat the national level conducting program evaluations and providing training and technical assistance to child welfare and community based programs; and (3) conducted extensive studies related to the delivery of child welfare services, the prevention of child maltreatment, and the implementation of policies and community service programs. Dr. DePanfilis is Principal Investigator of research about the Family Connections Program, a community-based family strengthening outreach service program designed to support vulnerable families to meet the basic needs of their children without the need for formal public child welfare services. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its efforts to prevent child neglect, Family Connections is being replicated in multiple sites across the United States.

Opening Plenary Session: "Social Justice and Child Sexual Abuse: What Are the Stakes and Who Are the Stakeholders"

Kathleen Coulborn Faller, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., D.C.S.W., is Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She is also Director of the Family Assessment Clinic and Principal Investigator of the University of Michigan site of National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. She is involved in research, clinical work, teaching, training, and writing in the area of child welfare. She has conducted over 300 juried conference presentations at state, national, and international conferences and over 250 workshops. She is the author of nine books, Social Work with Abused and Neglected Children (The Free Press, 1981), Child Sexual Abuse: An Interdisciplinary Manual for Diagnosis, Case Management, and Treatment (Columbia, 1988), Understanding Child Sexual Maltreatment (Sage, 1990), Child Sexual Abuse: Intervention and Treatment (DHHS, 1993) the APSAC Study Guide: Interviewing Children Suspected of Having Been Sexually Abused (Sage, 1996), Maltreatment in Early Childhood: Tools for Research-based Intervention (Haworth Press, 2000), Understanding and Assessing Child Sexual Maltreatment, Second Edition (Sage, 2003), Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse: Controversies and Best Practice (Oxford, 2007), and Seeking Justice in Child Sexual Abuse: Shifting Burdens and Sharing Responsibilities (Columbia, 2010) as well as approximately 80 research and clinical articles.

Invited Symposium I: Research and Career Development: Stories from Mid-Career Scholars

Invited Symposium I Moderator

Yoonsun Choi, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. She currently serves as the Immediate Past Vice President/Immediate Past Program Chair for SSWR. Professor Choi's research seeks to understand the familial and environmental processes that influence and impact ethnic minority children and their development and serves to inform the development of age- and culturally appropriate preventive interventions. Professor Choi was a recipient of the Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), with which she has begun a series of interrelated research projects to identify the multiple developmental trajectories of Asian American youth and the factors that predominate in the determination of these outcomes. One of her current research projects includes the Korean American Families (KAF) Project. This survey research is particularly interested in racial prejudice and discrimination, ethnic identity, parent-child cultural conflicts, culturally unique family socialization processes, and culture change and formation (acculturation) that may all be unique issues of adolescent behavior for this target group as well as other ethnic and immigrant youth.

Invited Symposium I Speaker

Ellen DeVoe, Ph.D., LICSW is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) where she teaches in the clinical practice department. She is founding director of the BUSSW Trauma Certificate Program for advanced clinical students specializing in trauma-informed practice, and was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. Prior to joining BUSSW, she was on the faculty at Columbia University. Her research interests include the effects of violence and traumatic experiences upon children, parents, and parenting processes, and the development of evidence-based interventions to address these effects. Dr. DeVoe’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Currently, she is completing the Strong Families Strong Forces intervention project, funded by the Department of Defense, in which her team developed and is evaluating the efficacy of a home-based reintegration program for military service members and their families with young children. Dr. DeVoe received her BA from Princeton University and PhD in Social Work and Psychology at the University of Michigan. She lives with her husband and three children, ages 12, 11, and 8.

Invited Symposium I Speaker

Dr. Diwan is a Professor in the School of Social Work at San Jose State University and is the Director of the Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP). Dr. Diwan’s research focuses on understanding the use of home and community based services and case management among older adults with dementia, depression, and chronic illnesses, and on understanding factors related to the physical and psychological well-being of older immigrants. Her research has been funded by a variety of sources including the National Institute on Aging, John A. Hartford Foundation, California Endowment, Janssen Pharmaceutica Research Foundation, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Georgia Department of Human Resources. Dr. Diwan served as the Project Principal Investigator of the Master’s Advanced Curriculum (MAC) Project, funded by a $1.5 million grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation. The MAC Project is designed to enhance three advanced social work specialty practice areas - mental health, substance use, and health - with aging-related competencies. She is a member of the Council of Ethnogeriatric Specialists at the Stanford Geriatric Education Center, Stanford University and is on the Executive Committee of the Aging Services Collaborative in Santa Clara County, CA.

Invited Symposium I Speaker

Rebecca J. Macy, PhD, ACSW, LCSW is the L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UNC at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She has taught courses in social work practice, family violence, mental health, and statistics. Rebecca joined the faculty in 2002, after receiving her doctoral degree in social welfare from the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1993, she received her MSW from Tulane University in New Orleans. She has practice experience in community mental health where she worked with violence survivors. Her research in concerned with multiple forms of violent victimization, including child maltreatment, partner violence, sexual violence and human trafficking. Her research activities focus on the health consequences of victimization, repeated victimizations across the life span, and the development of community-based preventions and interventions to promote violence survivors’ resilience and well-being.

Invited Symposium II: Immigration: Political, Economic, and Sociocultural Factors Affecting Immigrants and Refugees

Invited Symposium II Moderator

Rowena Fong, Ed.D., is the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor in Services to Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently the Immediate Past President of the Society for Society Work and Research and has served as a SSWR Board member in 2004-2007. Dr. Fong received her B.A. in Chinese Studies and Psychology from Wellesley College, her M.S.W. in Children and Families from UC Berkeley, and her Ed.D. in Human Development from Harvard University. Her areas of research are focused on adoptions and child welfare, parental socialization and ethnic identify formation of Chinese adoptive children and families, domestic and international victims of human trafficking, and disproportionality in public child welfare. She has received research and training grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Department of Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement; Texas Department of Family Protective Services; and Texas Health and Human Services. She is currently researching the ethnic identity formation of transracial adopted children from China; the availability of child welfare and social services for victims of human trafficking, and community engagement in dealing with disproportionality in the public child welfare system. She has numerous publications, including seven books: A. Detlaff & R. Fong (Eds.) (in press). Child Welfare Practice with Immigrant Children and Families. New York: Taylor and Francis; C. Franklin & R. Fong, (Eds.) (2011). The Church Leader’s Counseling Resource Book. New York: Oxford University Press.; R. Fong, R. McRoy, & C. Ortiz Hendricks, (Eds.). (2006). Intersecting child welfare, substance abuse, and family violence: Culturally competent approaches. Washington, D.C.: Council on Social Work Education; R. Fong, (Ed.). (2004). Culturally competent practice with immigrant and refugee children and families. New York: Guilford Press; M. Smith & R. Fong (2004). Children of neglect: When no one cares. New York: Brunner-Routledge Press; R. Fong, & S. Furuto (Eds.). (2001). Culturally competent social work practice: Skills, interventions and evaluation. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon; and E. Freeman, C. Franklin, R. Fong, G. Shaffer, & E. Timberlake (Eds.). (1998). Multisystem skills and interventions in school social work practice. Washington, D.C.: NASW Press. Dr. Fong received the 2008 Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award of the Council on Social Work Education; the 2007 Texas Exes Teaching Award of the University of Texas at Austin; the 2001 Regent's Teaching Award of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the 2001 Social Worker of the Year in Education and Training of the National Association of Social Work, Honolulu Chapter. She has served on the editorial boards of Social Work, Journal of Social Work Education, Research and Social Work Practice, Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work and is currently serving on Child Welfare, Journal of Public Child Welfare, and Religion and Childhood, Journal of Social Work Education.

Invited Symposium II Speaker

LUIS H. ZAYAS, Ph.D., is the Dean of the School of Social Work and Centennial Professor in Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he was the Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor of Social Work, Professor of Psychiatry, and founding director of the Center for Latino Family Research at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Zayas holds a master’s in social work degree and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Columbia University. His clinical and research experiences have focused on Hispanic and other minority families and their children, and the cultural basis of parenting and improving parenting practices. His book, Latinas Attempting Suicide: When Cultures, Families, and Daughters Collide (Oxford, 2011), presents original findings from his research. Presently, Dr. Zayas is conducting a study, funded by NICHD, on the mental health of U.S. citizen-children whose parents are deported to Mexico. He is involved in advocacy for citizen-children and has testified extensively in immigration court. Dr. Zayas is the recipient of the Economic and Cultural Diversity Award from the American Family Therapy Academy (1993) and the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Washington University (2004-2005).

Invited Symposium II Speaker

Jini Roby, JD, MSW, MS is professor at the School of Social Work at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Her interest in human trafficking began with her research on human rights violations in the intercountry adoption arena over a decade ago and expanded to trafficking in children and women. She has published in both peer reviewed and invited venues on the topic, with an emphasis on policies related to identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking, including a critical analysis of the U.S. policy. She is the author of the chapter on human trafficking in Healy and Link’s (2012) Handbook of International Social Work, and the cover article for the January 2012 issue of Social Dialogue, an international e-magazine of the International Association of Schools of Social Work. In late 2010 she convened an international conference on human trafficking at Brigham Young University, bringing together top experts from around the world to focus on policies and programming to assist victims. She currently serves as co-guest editor on a special issue of International Social Work dedicated to exploring policies and programs for victims of human trafficking.

Invited Symposium II Speaker

Altaf Husain is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Howard University with research interests in the mental health of displaced populations; immigration policy and its impact on the family; cultural and spiritual competence; and the development of faith-based social services. Dr. Husain holds a joint appointment as a research fellow at the Center for Global Health and the Center for the Study of American Muslims of the DC-based think-thank, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU). He co-edited a thematic issue of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health on the topic of refugees and forced migrants and has co-authored three chapters on culturally competent social work practice with Muslims. An invited lecturer in North America and Europe on the integration and community development experiences of Muslims in the United States, Dr. Husain was also invited by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to provide insights on Islam in general and specifically on the Somali Diaspora. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife Mona and their children 'Omar, Ahmed and Asmaa.

Invited Symposium III: Neighborhood Environments Across the Life Course

Invited Symposium III Moderator

Amanda Lehning is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MSW from Bryn Mawr College. Her research focuses on the effects of policies, programs, and neighborhood infrastructure on elder health, well-being, and the ability to age in place. Current research projects include a national survey of Villages and NORCs, two community-based programs that aim to help older adults remain in their homes and communities; examining the impact of “age-friendly” environments on Detroit elders’ health; and the development of community-level indicators for aging in place. Her research has been supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Institute on Aging, and the MetLife Mature Markets Institute.

Invited Symposium III Speaker

Michael E. Woolley is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Maryland. Dr. Woolley’s research focuses on how the social environments of home, school, and community impact student educational outcomes, especially for urban youth. For example, how relationships with adults across those key settings impact student emotional and behavioral engagement in school, and ultimately academic achievement. Also, how student perceptions of the relevance of what they are learning in school to their lives, present and future, stimulate student motivation and engagement in school. Dr. Woolley has published more than 30 articles and chapters and is on the editorial board of several journals including Family Relations, Children & Schools, Social Work Research, and Journal of SSWR. Dr. Woolley teaches courses on foundation practice, practice in schools, and clinical practice with children. He has been on the faculty at the University of Maryland for two years, during which he received two Dean’s Teaching Awards and was chosen by the students to receive the Exemplary Faculty Award. Dr. Woolley received his doctorate from the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina, where he was a Weiss Fellow, Senior Weiss Fellow, and Doctoral Student on the Year.

Invited Symposium III Speaker

Trina Shanks is Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work. She completed her Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis and is a faculty associate with its Center for Social Development. She earned a Masters degree in Comparative Social Research from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her research interests include asset-building policy and practice across the life course; the impact of poverty and wealth on child well-being; and community and economic development in urban areas. She has several active research projects, including serving as investigator for the SEED Impact Assessment study which has established a quasi-experimental research design to test the impact of offering 529 college education plans to Head Start families, funding by NICHD to study to conduct secondary data analysis examining how the financial situation of households influences child outcomes from early childhood into adulthood, and is overseeing the evaluation for Detroit’s Summer Youth Employment Program. From 2010-2012 Dr. Shanks served on the Michigan state Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity.

Invited Symposium III Speaker

Tam Perry is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University. She recently received her PhD in Social Work and Anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her ethnographic research addresses housing transitions of older adults from a network perspective. As health, mobility and kin and peer networks alter, she explores how older adults contemplate their homes and its contents. She studies housing transitions because, while aging in place is often preferred and cost-effective, inevitably some older adults will undertake the emotional and physical labor, as well as the negotiation of medical, financial and long-term care infrastructures, involved in relocation. Her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging, the John A. Hartford Foundation and the University of Michigan.

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