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Good News: SSW Faculty and Staff Bulletin, October 2015
October 19, 2015

Doug Behan reported that the Office of Continuing Education, in conjunction with Prudential, held a conference for over 300 people on September 10th called “Diversity, Power, and the Workplace.” Speakers included Monica McGoldrick and her Multicultural Family Institute, a panel of organizational leaders who shared innovative ways to increase inclusion in the workplace, and an interactive drama featuring professional actors. The event provided a compelling and productive conversation about diversity, power and inclusion.


On October 7, 2015, the Office of Continuing Education co-sponsored an event with the Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ called the Conference on Creating Age-Friendly Communities in Northern NJ. Emily Greenfield was the moderator for the morning session.


On October 9, 2015, the Office of Continuing Education co-sponsored a free film screening of the documentary, King's Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution, featuring a Q&A session with filmmaker Lucy Winer and an expert panel discussion. The event was offered in conjunction with the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, the Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, and the Rutgers Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions. 



Antoinette Farmer was chosen as a Fellow of the Academic Leadership Program (ALP) for the 2015-2016 academic year. She was one of only five faculty members chosen to represent Rutgers University-New Brunswick in this program.  The other four faculty nominated are Prabhas Moghe, School of Engineering,  Susan Lawrence, School of Arts and Sciences, Nancy Wolff, Bloustein School and Adrienne Eaton, School of Management & Labor Relations.  



Patricia Findley has been invited to present at the Institute for Disaster Mental Health Speaker Series at the State University of New York/New Paltz on October 22nd.  She will be presenting findings from the Sandy Child & Family Health (S-CAFH) Study, a project completed in collaboration with NYU and Columbia and funded by the State of New Jersey. Donna Van Alst is the co-principal investigator.  



Michael LaSala was quoted in Yahoo Parenting blog



Sarah McMahon was quoted in CNBC in an article entitled “One of the most dangerous places for women in America”: 


Sarah McMahon was quoted in Newsworks in a story entitled “More than a quarter of Penn women report sexual assault” that came from the interview she did with Philly’s public radio station (WHYY):



Shari Munch had a conference presentation:

Degi, C., O’Malley, D.*, Gilbert, B.**, & Munch, S. (2015, August). Translating research evidence into social work practice in Romania: Cancer care. Poster presented at the 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Prague, Czech Republic.

*RU-SSW Doctoral student; **RU-SSW MSW student



Lenna Nepomnyaschy was quoted in an article entitled “N.J. health rankings:  A look at how wealth and poverty affect well-being” in the blog,



Ron Quincy reported that Rutgers University has been invited to again host the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders for 2016. The funding for year one was $100,000; and 2015 is $150,000.  The funding amount for 2016 will be $150,000.  The 2015 cohort of Fellows played significant and key roles during the Presidential Summit in August.  Dr. Quincy was selected by the State Department (with White House consent) to organize a crisis leadership simulation for all five- hundred fellows. His coordinating role included managing representatives from the 19 other Mandela Washington Fellows host institutions, selecting and training approximately 70 simulation facilitators; coordinating with the Defense Department (National Defense University, and other federal agencies) and serving as the overall convening master facilitator. Ten White House National Security Council officials and over a dozen State Department officials participated in the simulation as representatives of President Obama.  This event took place during the Presidential Summit on Young African Leaders, and was one of the center pieces of the Summit, which was hosted by President Barak Obama.  



On behalf of VAWC, Cassandra Simmel was an invited participant at the World Health Organization’s 7th milestones meeting for their Global Campaign on Violence Prevention. The meeting was held at the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland from September 21-24. On the first day of this 4-day meeting, Cassandra helped organize and moderate a day-long conference for research-practice collaborators from low and middle income countries.   


Cassandra Simmel attended the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) in Bucharest, Romania where she had three presentations.  Two of the presentations were with graduates of the doctoral program.


Simmel, C. & Kim, S. (September 2015). Substantiation of Abuse and Neglect Reports: Developmental stage variation. Poster symposium presentation at the 14th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Bucharest, Romania.

Shpiegel, S. & Simmel, C. (September 2015). Risky Sexual Behaviors among Youth Aging-Out of Foster Care: A gender-based analysis. Poster symposium presentation at the 14th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Bucharest, Romania. 

The third presentation was with Rebecca Davis and two colleagues from Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania.


Iovu, M., Simmel, C., Davis, R., Roth, M. (September 2015). Transition to Adulthood for Youth in Romania: The impact of childhood trauma on preparing for the future. Paper presentation at the 14th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Bucharest, Romania. 



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