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Good News: SSW Faculty and Staff Bulletin, November 2014
November 18, 2014

Beth Angell, Allison Zippay and Bill Waldman received a grant from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services for $491,000, to conduct an evaluation of New Jersey's Involuntary Outpatient Commitment (IOC) program. Other key personnel for the project include Tina Marie Gajda, project coordinator, Elizabeth Matthews, SSW Ph.D. student and Gina Pearson, MSW intern.

Beth Angell has been asked to serve as a member of the newly created Standing Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms at the National Research Council for the coming year. This committee will provide guidance to The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration regarding strategies for improving attitudes beliefs about mental health and substance abuse disorders in order to increase help seeking.

Beth Angell was an invited plenary speaker for the Mental Health and Recovery Conference at the University of Luxembourg on October 23-24.


Colleen Beach and Sharon Zucker co-presented a workshop titled “Older Adults and Abuse—Where are the Boundaries?” at the Monmouth University School of Social Work and Social Work Society’s 10th Annual Teach-In on Boundaries on November 4.


Diana Bravo, a MSW student, received one of the $500 scholarships given out by the Association of Latino Social Work Educators.


Congratulations to all faculty and staff who presented at the CSWE:

Ayse Akincigil

Edward Alessi

Douglas Behan

Danielle Chirco

Fiona Conway

Laura Curran

Ericka Deglau

Antoinette Farmer

Emily Greenfield

Laura Johnson

Shuang Lu

Cathryn Potter

Kathleen Pottick

Anasuya Ray

Rachel Schwartz

Carl Siebert

Darcy Siebert

Samantha Winter


Patricia Findley has been asked to serve as a consulting editor on the board of Health & Social Work for a three-year term.

Patricia Findley was promoted to a senior associate editor for the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, an international and interdisciplinary journal that focused on the rehabilitation of workers with disabilities.

Patricia Findley has an oral presentation at the American Public Health annual meeting on November 18. The presentation is titled “Interprofessional medical and behavioral health clinic in an urban setting: The role of social work.”

Patricia Findley was invited to present at the Newark Law School's Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity (CLiME) in the pilot launch of the Fellowship in Equity and Opportunity Studies. The presentation is titled "How Social Work Mitigates or Perpetuates Social Inequities in Newark."


Andy Germak authored an article with a colleague from Oxford University that was accepted for publication in theInternational Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Lehner, O. M., & Germak, A. J. (in press). Antecedents of social entrepreneurship: Between public service motivation and the need for achievement.International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Emily Greenfield was selected as one of eight experts to serve on a panel of researchers as part of an official listening session at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. The panel took place on November 7, in anticipation of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. Dr. Greenfield was asked to share “actionable ideas” for the Obama administration to promote healthy aging. Drawing on her research on age-friendly community initiatives, she discussed how the federal “Promise Zones” initiative, which focuses on supporting local leaders to create economic opportunities, could serve as a model for a similar federally led initiative in aging.


Chien- Chung Huang, Hongwei Hu, a visiting scholar of Huamin Research Center, and Shuang Lu, Huamin Doctoral Research Fellow, co-published an article titled “The psychological and behavioral outcomes of migrant and left-behind children in China,” in the 2014 November issue of Children and Youth Services Review (46: 1–10). The findings provided implications on improving psychological and behavioral outcomes of migrant and left-behind children through family intervention and education policy reform.


Jeounghee Kim and Myungkook Joo will conduct a 2014 NJ Child Care Market Price study on behalf of the Division of Family Development, NJ Department of Human Services. The study is designed to (1) collect accurate, up-to-date child care prices, (2) calculate geographic variations in the prices, and (3) develop a methodology that helps identify the price variations. The results will be used to inform the State child care subsidy program for low-income families with children. The funding awarded is $200,000 between September 2014 through July 2015.


Michael LaSala’s study had received extensive coverage in national and international news.

· U.S. News & World Report: Family Support Tied to Safer Sex for Young Gay Males: Study

· Psych Central,

· Family Support Tied to Safer Sex for Young Gay Males: Study

· HealthDay: Family Support Tied to Safer Sex for Young Gay Males: Study


· Family Support Tied to Safer Sex for Young Gay Males: Study

· PinkSixty News (TV)

· The Washington Blade,


Judith McCoyd and Toba Kerson recently participated in a podcast series. Episode 154 - Dr. Toba Kerson and Dr. Judith McCoyd: In Response to Need: An Analysis of Social Work Roles Over Time. (2014, October 27) inSocialWork® Podcast Series. [Audio Podcast]

Judie McCoyd is currently on sabbatical working on the second edition of two textbooks. She is integrating new grief theory, neurobiology and mindfulness, as well as new research into Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan (Springer). She is also working with Toba Kerson to do a fourth edition of Social Work in Health Settings (Routledge) with over a third new (edited) chapters and some new pedagogical chapters.


Lenna Nepomnyaschy’s research is quoted in The New York Times, “Paternity Leave: The Rewards and the Remaining Stigma,”


Lia Nower, professor and director of the Center for Gambling Studies and co-director of the Addiction Counselor Training Certificate Program, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,287,504. The project titled “Impacts of Internet Gaming for the State of New Jersey” is being supported by the Division of Gaming Enforcement in partnership with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Nower has received extensive media coverage on this research:

· The Star-Ledger: Internet gambling and addiction to be investigated by Rutgers researchers in first-of-its-kind study

· NJBiz: Rutgers gets $1.3M in state money to study impact of Internet gaming$13M-in-state-money-to-study-impact-of-Internet-gaming

· CBS (Philadelphia): Rutgers Center to Study Internet Gambling in NJ

· FIOS1: Rutgers to conduct study on online gambling earnings

· What makes online gamblers tick?

· Newscan, Herald Inquirer:

Portal Casino:


Andy Peterson, Antoinette Farmer, Louis Donnelly and Brad Forenza have published an article.


Peterson, N.A., Farmer, A.Y., Donnelly, L. & Forenza, B. (2014). Assessing the implicit curriculum in social work education: Heterogeneity of students’ experiences and impact on professional empowerment. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 34, 5, 460-479, doi: 10.1080/08841233.2014.955943


Kristen Gilmore Powell recently published.


Powell, K.G. & Peterson, N.A. (2014). Pathways to effectiveness in substance abuse prevention: Empowering organizational characteristics of community-based coalitions. Human Service Organizations Management, Leadership & Governance.Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/23303131.2014.935839


Kristen Gilmore Powell has two accepted presentations for the upcoming SSWR:

Powell, K.G., Gold, S., Hallcom, D.K., & Peterson, N.A. (2015, January). Empowerment in substance abuse prevention coalitions: Testing mediating effects of members’ participation and role engagement within a statewide context. Poster session to be presented at the Society for Social Work Research annual conference, New Orleans, LA.

Gold, S. Powell, K.G., Eversman, M.H., & Peterson, N.A. (2015, January). Illegal sources of prescription drugs for illicit use among older adults in New Jersey: An analysis of sociodemographic predictors. Poster session to be presented at the Society for Social Work Research annual conference, New Orleans, LA


Ronald Quincy was one of the speakers at a seminar hosted by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy on November 11. The title of the event was “Protecting the Public in Public Policy: The Growing Privatization of the Public Realm.”

Ronald Quincy was also a speaker at the 2014 National Extension Master Gardener Coordinator Conference “Growing Stronger,” which was held at the Hyatt Hotel, New Brunswick on October 27-29.


La’Tesha Sampson did a presentation on the effects of stigma on African American's access to mental health care at the 9thFaculty Forum on Race and Ethnicity on October 31 at the Center for Race and Ethnicity, New Brunswick.

La’Tesha Sampson was named chief development officer at Someone's Daughter, Inc.

Someone’s Daughter, Inc. is devoted to responding to the needs of adolescent females through public education, advocacy, and volunteer mobilization.


Carl and Darcy Siebert conducted a faculty development institute at the recent CSWE Annual Program meeting. With colleagues, they also conducted a curriculum workshop and presented a paper.


Siebert, C. F. & Siebert, D. C. (2014, October). Data analyses for small samples and non-normal data: nonparametric methods. Faculty Development Institute for the CSWE annual program meeting in Tampa, FL.

Siebert, D. C., Rodrick, H., & Siebert, C. F. (2014, October). Funding, implementing, and integrating addiction counselor licensing training in an MSW program. Curriculum Workshop for the CSWE annual program meeting in Tampa, FL.

Conway, F., Siebert, D. C., & Siebert, C. F. (2014, October). Moral distress in social work practitioners: analysis and educational recommendations. Paper presentation for the CSWE Annual Program Meeting in Tampa FL.

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