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Wednesday October 14, 2015

Robeson Campus Center - Bergen Room

Open House

Saturday October 10, 2015

Robeson Campus Center - Bergen Room

September 19, 2015

Rutgers Field Education program turns students into practicing social work professionals

As a first-year MSW student, Lauren Wilson was assigned an internship by the School of Social Work Field Education Program. Although the internship at Trinity Counseling Service in Princeton wasn’t something Wilson had picked, she had a memorable experience and got hired for the summer as a development assistant.

“I love it at Trinity Counseling Service,” Wilson said. “Just that one placement set my roots and helped me make a lot of connections. I feel very lucky that I happened to be placed there.”

September 19, 2015

11 strategies for change in the war on drugs

We’re experiencing the worst drug problem the U.S. has seen in some time and quite possibly of all time, said Frank Greenagel, LCSW, LCADC, adjunct professor with the Rutgers School of Social Work and first lieutenant of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, to a packed session at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) in St. Louis one Sunday morning.

Beth Angell

Associate Professor and Chair of the Faculty, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Angell's research interests include mental health services and severe mental illness.

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Beth Angell is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Faculty in the School of Social Work and a Core Faculty member at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. As Chair of the Faculty, Dr. Angell oversees faculty affairs for the School of Social Work, managing promotion, tenure, and annual reviews and developing and implementing faculty development and mentoring programs. She teaches courses in both clinical social work practice and research and offers instruction across all levels (undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral) and in a variety of delivery formats (traditional, online, and intensive weekend).

Dr. Angell’s scholarship focuses on mental health and substance abuse treatment, particularly on issues of engagement in and adherence to treatment among persons with mental illness and co-occurring legal and criminal justice involvement. Over the past two decades, she has also collaborated on research projects related to police interactions with people who have psychiatric conditions, the stigma attached to behavioral health conditions, and strategies to improve the safety of dementia care in nursing homes. Dr. Angell’s expertise in the areas of behavioral health stigma and help-seeking was recognized in an invitation to serve on a consensus study, the Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms, convened by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD), Chicago Community Trust, Agency for Research on Health Care Quality, and the New Jersey Department of Health, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She is a Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research and serves on the leadership team of the Smart Decarceration Grand Challenge of the Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Dr. Angell holds a BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received both an MSW and PhD from the School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to her Rutgers appointment in 2008, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Policy and Practice and served for eight years on the faculty at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Courses Taught: 

Direct Practice: Theories and Models

Clinical Social Work: Mental Health

Theory Development in Social Work (PhD Seminar)

Dissertation Seminar (PhD Program)

Stigmata Non Grata: Can We End the Stereotypes of Mental Illness (Byrne First Year Seminar)


Angell, B., Stanhope, V., Matthews, E., Davidson, L. (in press). Shared Decision Making.  In P. Corrigan (ed.),A New Orientation to Adherence and Self-Determination for People with Mental Illness.  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

Angell, B., Matthews, E.B., Barrenger, S., Watson, A.C., & Draine, J. (2014). Engagement in model programs for community reentry from prison for persons with serious mental illness.  International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 37, 490-500.

Watson, A.C., & Angell, B. (2013). The role of stigma and uncertainty in moderating the effect of procedural justice on cooperation and resistance in police encounters with persons with mental illnesses.  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 19(1), 30-39. 10.1037/a0027931.

Marsh, J.C., Angell, B, Andrews, C., & Curry, A. (2012).  Client-provider relationship
and treatment outcome: A systematic review of substance abuse, child welfare, and mental health services research. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 3(4), 233-267.

Canada, K.E., Angell, B., & Watson, A.C. (2012). Intervening at the entry point:  How CIT and non-CIT officers describe responding to mental health related calls.  Community Mental Health Journal, 48(6), 746-755.

Corrigan, P.W., Angell, B., Davidson, L., Marcus, S., Salzer, M., Kottsieper, P., Larson, J., Mahoney, C., O’Connell, M., & Stanhope, V. (2012). From adherence to self-determination: evolution of a treatment paradigm for people with serious mental illness.  Psychiatric Services, 63(2), 169-173.

Edward Alessi

Associate Professor, and Chancellor’s Scholar of LGBTQ Mental Health, Trauma, and Resilience , MSW, Columbia; Ph.D., New York University

Dr. Alessi's research and scholarly interests include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) mental health issues and clinical social work practice.

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Dr. Alessi’s research aims to improve understanding of stress and trauma among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations and enhance clinical practice with LGBT and other marginalized populations. In June 2017, he was named Rutgers Chancellor’s Scholar, an award created to support faculty excellence at the Associate Professor level. His research has been published in journals such as Psychological Trauma, Child Abuse & Neglect, Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Research, and The Journal of Sex Research. Dr. Alessi’s current projects examine how stress and trauma influence the integration experiences of LGBT immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He served as guest editor for the Clinical Social Work Journal’s first special issue on Clinical Practice with LGBTQ Populations. Dr. Alessi has also been recognized for his teaching. He was awarded the Rutgers University Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2017. In addition, he received the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award four years in a row (2013-16). A clinical social worker since 2001, he has worked primarily in outpatient mental health and has been an independent practitioner since 2004.

Courses Taught: 

•    Clinical Social Work I
•    Clinical Social Work II
•    Psychopathology
•    LGBTQ Issues in Contemporary Society


Alessi, E. J., & Kahn, S. (in press). A framework for clinical practice with sexual and gender minority asylum seekers. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Kahn, S., Alessi, E. J., Kim, H., Olivieri, C., & Woolner, L. (in press). Facilitating mental health support for LGBT forced migrants in Canada: A qualitative inquiry. Journal of Counseling & Development.

Alessi, E. J., Kahn, S., & Van Der Horn, R. (2017). A qualitative exploration of the pre-migration adult victimization experiences of sexual and gender minority refugees and asylees in the United States and Canada. The Journal of Sex Research, 54, 936-948.

Kahn, S., Alessi, E., Kim, H., Olivieri, C., & Woolner, L. (2017). Promoting the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender forced migrants in Canada: Providers’ perspectives. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 19, 1165-1179.

Kahn, S. & Alessi, E. J. (2017). Coming out under the gun: Exploring the psychological dimensions of seeking refugee status for LGBT claimants in Canada. Journal of Refugee Studies. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1093/jrs/fex019

Alessi, E. J. (2016). Resilience in sexual and gender minority forced migrants: A qualitative analysis. Traumatology, 22, 203-213.

Alessi, E. J., Kahn, S., & Chatterji, S. (2016). 'The darkest times of my life': Recollections of child abuse among forced migrants persecuted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Child Abuse & Neglect, 51, 93-105.

Alessi, E. J., Dillon, F. R., & Kim, H. M. (2016). Therapist correlates of attitudes toward sexual minority individuals, affirmative counseling self-efficacy, and beliefs about affirmative practice. Psychotherapy Research, 26, 446-458.

Alessi, E. J., Dillon, F. R., & Kim, H. M. (2015). Determinants of lesbian and gay affirmative practice among heterosexual therapists. Psychotherapy, 52, 298-307.

Alessi, E. J. (2014). A framework for incorporating minority stress theory into treatment with sexual minority clients. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 18, 47-66.

Alessi, E. J. (2013). Acknowledging the impact of social forces on sexual minority clients: Introduction to the special issue on clinical practice with LGBTQ populations. Clinical Social Work Journal, 41, 223-227.

Alessi, E. J., Martin, J. I., Gyamerah, A., & Meyer, I. H. (2013). Prejudice events and traumatic stress among heterosexuals and lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22, 510-526.

Alessi, E. J., Meyer, I. H., & Martin, J. I. (2013). PTSD and sexual orientation: An examination of criterion A1 and non-Criterion A1 events. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5, 149-157.

Alessi, E. J., & Martin, J. I. (2010). Conducting an Internet-based survey: Benefits, pitfalls, and lessons learned. Social Work Research, 34, 122-128.

Ayse Akincigil

Associate Professor, Ph.D., Rutgers University, Department of Economics

Dr. Akincigil's current research interests include aging, mental health, and economics. Download CV (PDF) (306.99 KB)

Ayse Akincigil is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work and Health Economist at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. Her research addresses the problems that lead to inadequate access to health care as well as inferior care quality for traditionally vulnerable populations, including the elderly and individuals with mental illness. She has extensive experience in developing utilization, performance, and quality measures from administrative health care data; analyzing health care systems, with the objective to inform policy and creating incentives to improve health care quality and access. She focuses on the conditions that have the largest burden of disease and societal costs, such as mental illness and addiction. She is experienced in working with large administrative data from Medicare, Medicaid, commercial health plans, and national longitudinal surveys.

Her publications have appeared in journals from various disciplines, including the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Medical Care, Psychiatric Services, and Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Akincigil teaches research design, measurement, and econometrics at the graduate level. Her professional service includes contributing to the peer-review process for federal and state funding agencies, ad-hoc review for academic journals as well as mentoring doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers.

September 14, 2015

Good News: SSW Faculty and Staff Bulletin

Ericka Deglau reports that the Intensive Weekend program held its annual Field Day on August 27th, bringing together new and continuing students.  In the morning, current students had the opportunity to discuss licensing and post-graduation plans with Doug Behan, director of the School’s Continuing Education department, and learned about trauma-informed practice from practitioners in the field - Debbie Ruisard, Timothy Vermillion, and Kim Stolow, all recent graduates of the DSW program.

September 9, 2015

Faculty Profile- Edward Alessi

When Robin Bernstein thinks back to her entire education, the first name that comes to mind is Edward Alessi. She is reminded not only of his commitment to teaching, but also of the passion and sense of humor he brought to his classes. Bernstein is not the only one who regards Alessi as their favorite.

Alessi, assistant professor at Rutgers University School of Social Work, has been awarded “Professor of the Year” through students’ votes, not once but three times in academic years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15.


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