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May 2019 Faculty & Staff News
May 13, 2019

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Jerald Floersch has been named a 2019 Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). SSWR Fellows are members who have served with distinction to advance the mission of the Society – to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable, and just society. The SSWR Fellowship has been established by the Society to honor and to recognize current SSWR members for their individual accomplishments, leadership and contributions to SSWR as a scientific society.

Erica Goldblatt Hyatt has been awarded a research stipend to participate in the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (RCHA)'s Life and Death project for the 2019-2020 academic year as a faculty fellow. According to the project website, the seminar unites interdisciplinary faculty and researchers to explore “what it means to be alive or dead. It will consider the legal, social, political, religious, and ethical ramifications of medical and scientific developments as they relate to the creation of life and the end of it.”

Goldblatt Hyatt proposes a qualitative exploration of maternal-fetal medicine specialists (MFMs) and later abortion patients to understand how the diagnosis of fetal anomaly after 24 weeks’ gestation, also known as the age of viability, influences whether providers are likely to recommend abortion. The implications of these findings on the field of reproductive health, rights, and social justice can inform policy and practice with women and their families.

Emily A. Greenfield, in partnership with collaborators at the Bloustein School of Public Policy and Planning, was awarded a grant through the Rutgers Community Design for Health and Wellness Interdisciplinary Research Group. This competitive program provides seed funding for interdisciplinary groups of scholars to partner with community leaders on innovative, community-rooted opportunities to address upstream determinants of health. Their project will support the development and study of interactive, web-based mapping tools within two County government structures; these mapping tools are intended to aid in county-level age-friendly planning, policy, and programs, as well as inter-departmental collaboration around aging.

Lia Nower and the Center for Gambling Studies have received two grants:

  • Developing GBIRT for Ohio, funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. $115,496 [Nower, L, PI; Stanmyre, J. & Li, W. (Vivien), co-PI).
  • Sports Wagering in New Jersey. Division of Gaming Enforcement, $2.6 million [Nower, L, PI].           

Kristen Powell and Andrew Peterson recently launched the Northeast & Caribbean Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NeC-PTTC) for HHS Region 2, which serves New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powell (Director) and Peterson (Co-Director) received a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration to operate the NeC-PTTC for five years. Its purpose is to strengthen the substance abuse prevention workforce in the region through research and dissemination of knowledge through technology transfer activities, including the delivery of multifaceted training and technical assistance to improve knowledge and skills in prevention science and evidence-based prevention practices.

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Transferring Prevention Technology to Community Organizations in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Principal Investigator ($3,000,000), October 2018 – September 2023.

Jackie Stanmyre has been awarded $2,850 from the Rutgers Research Council for the New Jersey Gam-SBIRT project with the Center for Gambling Studies.


Publications & Articles

Vivien (Wen Li) Anthony has the following publication with Lia Nower and postdoc Devin Mills:

  • Li, W., Mill, D., Nower, L. (2019). The relationship of loot box purchases to problem video gaming and problem gambling. Addictive Behaviors. Published online first. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.05.016

Anthony also has the following publication:

  • Li, W., Diez, S. L., & Zhao, Q. (2019). Exploring Problematic Internet Use Among Non-Latinx Black and Latinx Youth Using the Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire-Short Form (PIUQ-SF). Psychiatry Research, 274, 322-329. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2019.02.048

Nower and Mills also have the following refereed publication, which was featured in BBC UK radio, Yahoo Finance, Casino Times, Bitcoin ERX, Coin Republic, and Coin Spectator:

  • Mills, D. J., & Nower, L. (2019). Preliminary findings on cryptocurrency trading among regular gamblers: A new risk for problem gambling? Addictive Behaviors, 92, 136-140.

Emily Bosk had the following articles published:

“Psychological Concerns of Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom,” a paper by Patricia Findley and SSW graduates Richard Byrne, Kathleen Ray, and Jessica Strong, will be published in the anthology Grand Challenges for Society: Evidence-Based Social Work Practice by NASW press. It had been previously published in Health & Social Work Journal.

Jerald Floersch’s work for five years with the Shaping a Science of Social Work Islandwood Project has resulted in an edited volume, which includes three chapters in a new, significant book on social work knowledge. Jeffrey Longhofer, a contributor to the Islandwood conferences, has two chapters in the special volume published by Oxford University Press, 2019.

  • Stone, S. & Floersch, J. (2019). The Science in Social Work Roundtable: Context, Content & Process. In Shaping a Science of Social Work: Professional Knowledge and Identity, John Brekke and Jeanne Anastas (Editors), Pp. 3-21. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Brekke, J.,  Anastas, J., Floersch, J. & Longhofer, J. (2019) The Realist Frame: Scientific Realism and Critical Realism. In Shaping a Science of Social Work: Professional Knowledge and Identity, John Brekke and Jeanne Anastas (Editors), Pp. 22-43. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Longhofer, J. & Floersch, J. (2019) Values-Informed Research and Research-Informed Values. In Shaping a Science of Social Work: Professional Knowledge and Identity, John Brekke and Jeanne Anastas (Editors), Pp. 84-101. New York: Oxford University Press. 

To honor the collaborators in the Shaping a Science of Social Work Islandwood Project, the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration organized a conference on May 23, 2019, where each of the contributors will present on topics related to "Social Work, Science and Knowledge Construction." 

Kristen Powell and Andrew Peterson have the following publications with Ph.D. student Peter Treitler:

  • Powell, K.G., Treitler, P. & Peterson, N.A., Borys, S. & Hallcom, D.K. (2019). Promoting opioid overdose prevention and recovery: An exploratory study of an innovative intervention model to address opioid abuse. International Journal of Drug Policy, 64, 21-29.
  • Peterson, N.A., Powell, K.G., Treitler, P., Litterer, D., Borys, S. & Hallcom, D. (2019). The strategic prevention framework in community-based coalitions: Internal processes and associated impacts on policies affecting adolescent substance abuse. Children and Youth Services Review, 101, 352-362.



Ericka Deglau, Christine Morales, and Amy Strickler presented the following talks and workshops:

  • Deglau, E. & Kahn, C. Social Workers and Writing in Professional Contexts. Workshop presented at the NASW-NJ Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, April 28, 2019.    
  • Deglau, E. & Strickler, A., with invited alumni panelists Amanda Hammond, Florence Racine, Janet Dashio and Melena Anderson. Looking forward, looking back:  MSW education and child welfare reform in New Jersey, 2006-present, Panel presented at Title IV-E Roundtable, Atlantic City, NJ, May 2019.
  • Strickler, A. & Morales, C. School Success for the Adoptee: Meeting the Challenges. Accepted; Workshop for Concerned Persons For Adoptions, The NJ Interagency Adoption Council and the Rutgers School of Social Work's Annual “Let’s Talk Adoption” Conference, May 4, 2019. 

Jeffrey Longhofer presented the keynote address, The Manualization of Everything, at the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work 50th Anniversary Conference in April 2019.

Lia Nower gave the following juried conference presentations:

  • Nower, L & Caler, K. (2019). Characteristics of sports bettors in an epidemiological study. 17th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Li, W. & Nower, L (2019) Loot Box: A nexus of Internet gambling and video gaming. 17th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, Las Vegas, NV
  • Mills, D. & Nower, (2019). Crypto-currency trading among regular gamblers: A new risk for problem gambling? 17th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Primi, C., Nower, L, & Blaszczynski, A. Cross-cultural validation of the Gambling Pathways Questionnaire (GPQ): A collaborative approach to measurement.



The Price Family Fellows program celebrated the graduation of six Price Fellows:

  • Leo Scarano: School of Arts and Sciences, Major: Computer Science
  • Ansly Montero: School of Arts and Sciences, Majors: Communication and Human Resource Management
  • Aya Brea: School of Arts and Sciences, Major: Psychology
  • Diosmiry Rodriguez: School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Major: Landscape Architecture
  • Shantaija Rice: School of Engineering, Major: Applied Science Engineering
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