Annual Conference 2014
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..Research for Social Change: Addressing Local and Global Challenges
..January 15-19, 2014, Grand Hyatt San Antonio
..San Antonio, TX, USA


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About the SSWR Annual Conference

Research for Social Change: Addressing Local and Global Challenges
January 15-19, 2014
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

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. Read more

Questions? Please contact:
Program Director

DeeJay Garringo, 703-352-7797, ext. 218


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Conference Venue

The Grand Hyatt San Antonio is the official headquarters hotel for the SSWR 18th Annual Conference.

Grand Hyatt San Antonio
600 East Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Tel: +1 210 224 1234
Fax: +1 210 271 8019


Address for Communications

Please contact SSWR at the address below for further information.

DeeJay Garringo, Program Director
Society for Social Work and Research
11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tel: (703) 352-7797
Fax: (703) 359-7562


Program Highlights

“Meet the Scientist” Luncheon
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Registration fee is $20. Register early as space is limited.

HBG Convention Center, Room 007A River Level

Barbara J. Berkman, PhD, DSW
Columbia University
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Jorge Delva, PhD, MSW
University of Michigan
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Cynthia G. S. Franklin., PhD, LCSW
University of Texas at Austin
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J. David Hawkins, PhD
University of Washington
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Flavio F. Marsiglia, PhD, MSW
Arizona State University
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Mary Katherine O’Connor, PhD, MSW
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Michael Reisch, Ph.D., MSW
University of Maryland
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Michael S. Spencer, PhD, MSSW
University of Michigan
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The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) is launching a new event to be held at the SSWR 18th Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. This special session will provide a forum for early career scholars and doctoral students to talk and interact with established senior scholars who are leaders in social work research and the Society. Early career scholars and doctoral students will have the opportunity to ask questions about career development, challenges in the field, research initiatives, and where the field might be heading. Each senior scholar will be seated at a table with up to 6 early career scholars and doctoral students.

Opening Plenary Session
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Ballroom C & D, 2nd Floor Elevator Level BR

Welcome and Introductions:
Jeanne Marsh, PhD, SSWR President, University of Chicago
Wynne Korr, PhD, SSWR Vice President & Conference Chair, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Opening Plenary: “Moving Beyond Disparities: Social Work’s Contributions to Health Equity Research”

Karina Walters, PhD
University of Washington
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Flavio Marsiglia, PhD
Arizona State University
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Health disparities research typically compares ethnic/racial minorities’ mortality and morbidity rates with those of Whites. Scant attention has been given to outcomes that indicate good health among ethnicminority communities. This approach misses valuable opportunities to generate useful knowledge on when to intervene and on how to strengthen what works before it stops working. With its historical roots and mission in social justice, social work is perfectly poised to be the scientific field driving health equity research particularly with its research emphasis on the design of culturally-derived and communitybased research; its emphasis on holistic, cultural protective factors, strengths, and resiliency; and the development of novel culturallygrounded and theory-driven health interventions that deeply address socio-cultural context. The speakers will highlight how social work health equity research is poised to generate a more accurate and culturally-grounded health equity story. Intervention studies conducted in partnership with Latino/a and First Nations communities and addressing specific social and cultural determinants of health will be showcased. Social work contributions to the field and allied health disciplines, opportunities for future research, and the importance of training researchers, educators, and leaders in the field of health equity will be highlighted throughout the presentation.

Presidential Plenary and Awards Presentation
Friday, January 17, 2014, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Ballroom C & D, 2nd Floor Elevator Level BR

Jeanne Marsh, PhD, SSWR President, University of Chicago

Presidential Plenary: “Quasi-Experimental Design and Analysis Practices that Usually Reproduce the Results of Randomized Experiments”

Thomas Cook , PhD
Northwestern University

Thomas Cook is Professor of Sociology, Psychology, Education, and Social Policy and the Joan and Sarepta Harrison Chair in Ethics and Justice at Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research. He is interested in social science research methodology, program evaluation, whole school reform, and contextual factors that influence adolescent development, particularly for urban minorities. He is best known for his work on the theory and practice of the design and analysis of various forms of quasi-experiment. He has published heavily on threats to validity, and enumerating threats to internal validity and external validity in particular, on regression discontinuity studies, on interrupted time series work and on various forms of individual and group-level matching. He has authored or co-authored ten books and about one hundred articles on these topics, including Cook & Campbell, Quasi-Experimentation: Design and Analysis Issues for Field Settings (1979) and Shadish, Cook & Campbell, Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Generalized Causal Inference (2002).



2014 Awards Presentation
Jeanne Marsh, PhD, SSWR President, University of Chicago
Distinguished Career Achievement Award

Karen Lincoln, PhD, SSWR Awards Co-Chair, University of Southern California
Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award
Doctoral Fellows Award

Lela Rankin Williams, PhD, SSWR Awards Co-Chair, Arizona State University
Excellence in Research Award
Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award

Aaron Rosen Lecture
Friday, January 17, 2014, 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Translating Research to Practice: Social Work as Leaders in Behavioral Health and Addiction Treatment in the 21st Century

Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Ballroom Salon C, 2nd Floor Elevator Level BR

Lena Lundgren, PhD
Boston University

Lena Lundgren, the Director of the Center for Addictions Research and Services, is also a Professor of Welfare Policy and the Associate Dean of Research at Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW). Dr. Lundgren has taught and conducted research at BUSSW since 1994. Although born and raised in Sweden, she came to the United States to complete her graduate work, receiving a doctorate from the University of Chicago. Dr. Lundgren’s doctoral training at the University of Chicago was specifically constructed to produce quantitative researchers with the capacity to design large-scale research efforts. To further hone these skills, she participated in a one year program with the National Opinion Research Center. This allowed Dr. Lundgren to design and direct large-scale longitudinal research efforts at a relatively early stage of her career. In recent years Dr. Lundgren’s research agenda focuses on large-scale longitudinal research efforts examining the relationships between drug use-HIV and substance abuse treatment utilization. Currently, Dr. Lundgren is the Principal Investigator of 4 multi-year efforts, totaling $1,600,000 in study funds. Dr. Lundgren’s collaborations to with community based organizations has helped provide more than $10 million for service development in the areas of HIV and substance abuse treatment.


Invited Symposium I
Friday, January 17, 2014, 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Research and Career Development: Stories from Mid-Career Scholars

Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Ballroom Salon D, 2nd Floor Elevator Level BR

Wynne Korr, PhD (Moderator)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Lori Holleran Steiker, PhD, ACSW
University of Texas at Austin
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Sean Joe, PhD
University of Michigan
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Rogério Meireles Pinto, PhD
Columbia University
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Back by demand, this invited session featuring three mid-career faculty is organized to address the needs of early to mid-career SSWR members in their efforts to develop successful research and academic careers that make an impact on the profession in which we work and the society in which we live. The three invited panelists, all previous recipients of the SSWR Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award, represent diverse and successful career trajectories. The panelists share a common goal of conducting research that strives to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable populations and contributes to social change. The panelists will answer a series of questions on their careers and career strategies, including making transitions in career (e.g. from doctoral student to academic job, tenure and post-tenure and changing institutions), seeking support for research (e.g. mentors, collaboration, network, and institutional support), and balancing (e.g. academic research – publishing and grant writing, work and life (and/or family) and establishing an independent line of research that makes significant contributions to our field.

Invited Symposium II
Friday, January 17, 2014, 2:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Science in Social Work Doctoral Education

Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Ballroom Salon C, 2nd Floor Elevator Level BR

James Lubben, PhD (Moderator)
Boston College [view bio]
Ruth E. Dunkle, PhD
University of Michigan
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Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, PhD
University of Michigan
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John Brekke, PhD
University of Southern California
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Michàlle Mor Barak, PhD
University of Southern California
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Today’s doctoral students are tomorrow’s faculty and scholars. Thus social work doctoral education is central to cultivating rigorous science in social work. During the summer of 2013 an invited roundtable examined special challenges facing social work doctoral education. Participants developed working papers on a series of challenges to nurturing social work doctoral students as future scientists. Two of those papers are the basis of this invited symposium. In the first paper, Dr. Dunkle and Dr. Grogan-Kaylor examine promises and perils of Big Data for building the science of social work. Their presentation will particularly examine challenges to social work doctoral education to train scholars adept at exploiting the potential for new knowledge presented by massive data accumulation. The second paper examines identity formation and transformation in social work doctoral education. In particular, Dr. Mor-Barak and Dr. Brekke detail processes by which social work doctoral students come to self-identify as scientists. This new identity may be in addition to or in place of other self-identities the doctoral student may have previously owned including that of social work practitioner. Both papers address important facets of cultivating the next generation of faculty and scholars for social work.

Invited Symposium III
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Invigorating the Social Work Research Pipeline: The Importance of Engaging Undergraduate Scholars

MR, Alamo Ballroom Salon D, 2nd Floor Elevator Level BR

Eddie Uehara, PhD (Moderator)
University of Washington
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Karen Tabb, PhD
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Maria Pineros, MSW
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Heather Sears
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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This symposium is a first step in SSWR’s commitment to invigorating the pipeline by highlighting the engagement of undergraduate and MSW students in research. Engaging young scholars in the science of social work is critical to the future of social work research. Research finds that undergraduates who engage in research are more likely to graduate and to be prepared for and gain acceptance to graduate school. Dean Edwina Uehara, SSWR President-elect, will review the context of higher education and federal research priorities that promote early engagement of students in research. Assistant Professor Karen Tabb will draw on her experience doing research as an undergraduate as well as models she saw as a doctoral student at the University of Washington and describe how she is integrating BSW and MSW students in her own lab. Heather Sears, BSW student, will present her research and how she became involved in social work research. Maria Pineros, MSW, and PhD student, will describe her path from undergraduate McNair scholar to doctoral student and highlight her current research. Implications for continued enhancement of the social work research pipeline will be examined.

Doctoral Student Panel and Luncheon
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Covering All the Bases: Milestones, Mentoring, and Mental Health

MR, Alamo Ballroom Salon D, 2nd Floor Elevator Level BR

Theresa Early, PhD, Ohio State University and Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE)

Doctoral Student Panel:
Syndney Hans, PhD, University of Chicago
Bethany Lee, PhD, University of Maryland
Tamika Gilreath, PhD, University of Southern California

Please join us for food and conversation. This year’s doctoral student panel will include a discussion of doctoral program milestones, advisor- student mentor relationships and how to stay sane in a PhD program. Our first speaker, Tamika D. Gilreath is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. She received her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007 and completed a NIDA-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine in 2009. Dr. Gilreath studies the patterns of co-occurrence of behavioral health indicators (e.g., substance use, sexual risk, mental health) of vulnerable school-based adolescent populations in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. Overall, her work contributes to our understanding of the epidemiology and correlates of differential behavioral health outcomes by race, ethnicity and other social identities using latent variable modeling. Our next speaker, Sydney Hans, research focuses on early child development and parenting under conditions of poverty and social risk. She has conducted a variety of studies on how parent substance use and parent mental illness impact children’s development and the relationships between children and parents. She is currently involved in the design and evaluation of an intervention that utilizes community doulas to provide health education and social support for adolescent parents. Our final speaker, Bethany Lee is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She completed her PhD at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. Her research interests include improving the quality of services provided to youth with child welfare involvement and mental health needs. She teaches courses on research and methods to MSW and PhD students.

Special Session
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 2:30 pm – 4:15 pm
The Science of Social Work

HBG Convention Center, Room 102A Street Level

John Brekke, PhD, University of Southern California
Jeanne Marsh, PhD, MSW, University of Chicago
Katherine Briar-Lawson, PhD, SUNY-Albany

The purpose of this roundtable is to summarize the growing intellectual foundations of a science of social work, and to review new developments such as defining social work as an integrative scientific discipline and renewing our capacity to consistently review what works in social work practice. Critical discussion of these issues will be featured and plans for future efforts will be addressed.

Special Session
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 2:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Social Work Practice in Light of America’s Changing Demographics

MR, Alamo Ballroom Salon D, 2nd Floor Elevator Level BR

Edith G. Arrington, PhD, New Connections/OMG Center
Tia Burroughs, MSS/MLSP, New Connections/OMG Center
Raphael Travis, PhD, Texas State University at San Marcos
Adrian Aguilera, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Henrika McCoy, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
Sunny Shin, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

The diversity of the racial and ethnic makeup of the United States provides both a rich cultural asset and a complex set of needs. This diversity and the various needs of different groups has important implications for social work practice and research. This panel of grantees and alumni scholars of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Connections program will discuss current social, racial and economic issues that Americans face, the needs presenter from these issues and how the field of social work provides services in light of them. The panelists will also discuss how the New Connections program has impacted their career and research perspective.

RWJF New Connections Networking Reception
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Ballroom Salon D, 2nd Floor Elevator Level BR

Invited Journal Editors' Workshop I
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 3:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Publishing Research in Peer-Reviewed Journals: Talk with the Editors

HBG Convention Center, Room 102A Street Level

Chair and presenter:
Bruce Thyer, PhD, Editor, Research on Social Work Practice, Florida State University

Matthew O. Howard, PhD, U.S. Associate Editor, British Journal of Social Work, University of North Carolina
Susan Lambert, PhD, Editor, Social Service Review, University of Chicago
Mark W. Fraser, PhD, Editor, Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, University of North Carolina
James Herbert Williams, PhD, Editor, Social Work Research, University of Denver

This symposium brings together a panel of editors from five generalist research journals in social work: British Journal of Social Work, Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, Research on Social Work Practice, Social Service Review, and Social Work Research. The editors will describe their respective journals, offer guidance on submissions, explain the editorial decision-making process, and advise on the process of creating publishable articles. Time will be provided for questions, comments, and suggestions from the audience and responses from the Editors.

Invited Journal Editors' Workshop II
Saturday – January 18, 2014, 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Journal Editors' Forum on Publishing Qualitative Research

HBG Convention Center, Room 102A Street Level

Chair and presenter:
Jane Gilgun, PhD (University of Minnesota)

Susan Robbins, PhD, LCSW (University of Houston), Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Social Work Education
Karen Staller, PhD (University of Michigan), Editor-in-Chief, Qualitative Social Work
Noel Busch-Armendariz, PhD (University of Texas at Austin), Editor-in-Chief, AFFILIA: The Journal of Women and Social Work

This workshop is for new and seasoned researchers seeking to publish qualitative research and scholarly work in social work journals. The workshop brings together a distinguished panel of editors and researchers from four journals: Qualitative Social Work, Journal of Social Work Education, Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, and AFFILIA: The Journal of Women and Social Work. These journals are highly regarded in the profession and share commitments to excellence in social work research and publication. Panel members will first describe the aim of their respective journals and the editorial decision-making process. Then they will encourage discussion with participants about what constitutes a publishable qualitative study that has the promise of influencing practice and policy. Both editors and researchers on the panel will contribute to this discussion. Before the program starts, participants will be asked to write their publishing questions on 3x5 cards; the chair will collect the cards and sort them during the presentation, and use these to facilitate discussion. In this workshop, the editors contribute to the scholarly development of the participants by building skills related to successful publication. First, discussion will identify how to match the topic to a specific journal. Second, editors will describe their particular review process: 1) how are reviewers selected; and 2) how do they manage the author’s response to reviewer comments (or what does revise and resubmit mean?). Third, editors will discuss the key features of successful articles they have published: aims, questions, methods, and discussion sections. Fourth, editors discuss how authors should specifically address the implications of their research for practice and policy.

National Research Capacity Building Initiative (NRCBI) Roundtable
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Grand Challenges for Social Work: Creating and Determining a National Initiative

Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Ballroom Salon C, 2nd Floor Elevator Level BR

John Brekke, PhD, University of Southern California
Rowena Fong, EdD, University of Texas at Austin
Edwina Uehara, PhD, University of Washington
Richard Barth, PhD, University of Maryland at Baltimore

Grand Challenges are ambitious yet achievable goals that mobilize the profession, capture the public’s imagination, and require innovation and breakthroughs in science and practice to achieve. The “Grand Challenges for Social Work” initiative (GCSWI), coordinated by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, has launched.

The AASWSW Grand Challenges Executive Committee convened for the first time in May, 2013 to grapple with three key components of the initiative:
• How to encourage participation and input in defining “grand challenges for social work” from wide and diverse groups;
• How to foster strong collaboration with social work’s organizations, groups, and campuses; and
• How to define bold but achievable goals, products, and timelines for the Grand Challenges Initiative.

In this session, we will review the history and evolution of (GCSWI) but a significant purpose of the session is to get feedback from the attendees on critical aspects of the GC initiative for social work.


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