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The University of Alabama School of Social Work is the only university in the state that offers degrees in all three levels of social work education: BSW, MSW and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The BSW and MSW programs of the School were reaffirmed for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education in February 2011. The PhD program is a member of the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education and consistently receives high marks from internal and external reviewers following each program review. The Council on Social Work Education is a national accrediting body that is comprised of social work faculty and administrators from across the country.

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I am pleased to share with you the 2012 Annual Report of The University of Alabama School of Social Work. The theme of this year’s annual report is “In Touch: Innovation in Social Work Education,” and we focus on new programs and initiatives that expand our reach though innovative approaches. One of our primary responsibilities is making social work education accessible to those who live outside the major metropolitan areas of Alabama. The use of distance education has made this possible as now the full curriculum of the MSW program is available through our primarily online program. The student response has been outstanding, and currently half of our MSW students participate in the primarily online program. Our longstanding affiliation with the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center is taking on new dimensions as we add internships in conjunction with the recent VA focus on programs in rural health. Through a new VA initiative, our students will be educated in interprofessional teams to serve the needs of veterans residing in rural areas of the state. In addition, four

VA social workers are serving as adjunct faculty members teaching courses in the MSW curriculum. Consistent with increases in overall University enrollment, the School has grown substantially. Total enrollment for fall 2011 was approximately 591, up from 456 in 2007. The faculty has grown as well, as we added five new full-time faculty members since last year. The faculty come from highly diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of expertise to our growing student body. This year marked the beginning of our partnership with the UA School of Law with the establishment of a dualenrollment program. Social workers and lawyers share similar goals in promoting social justice and individual well-being through advocacy, organizational management, and public policy. The dual-enrollment program should result in productive synergies in areas that include human rights, protection of seniors, domestic violence, and child welfare. Throughout its history the School’s reach has been both local to Alabama and global, with our involvement in Hong

Dr. Lucinda Roff Kong, Lithuania and Ghana. Most recently our faculty members have extended their efforts in social work education and research to Hungary and the United Arab Emirates, as discussed in this report. We are also in the beginning stages of a new initiative with Yunnan University in China. On the following pages, you will see numbers that represent the School’s strengths. Behind those numbers are many people who work together to make the School of Social Work’s programs a success—our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. I hope you enjoy learning about what we accomplished during the 2011-2012 academic year. Thank you again for your support. You can take great pride in what we are accomplishing together as a School. Sincerely,

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• We had an increase in the number of students who are participating in research activities. There were 17 BSW students who participated in the 2012 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference. Nine BSW students presented at the Alabama/Mississippi Social Work Education Conference in the Fall of 2011.


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• Fall enrollment for the BSW Program was 234 (an increase of approximately 13% since the 2010-2011 academic year). This increase in enrollment has also increased the number of BSW graduates from 50 graduates last year to 59 (an increase of more than 18%). • To better accommodate our students, we now offer a spring cohort for the professional BSW Program. This new schedule increases the opportunity for flexibility of course enrollment



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It’s easy to see that James Smith takes the social work profession very seriously, as he embraces the mandate for professional social workers to promote social justice and fight discrimination. He believes the Social Work Code of Ethics is the heart and soul of the profession. Last October, Smith and students with the Social Work Association for Cultural Awareness (SWACA) led a peaceful march to draw campus-wide attention to incidents of intolerance and discrimination. The march was part of an ongoing campaign to promote inclusiveness and respect for differences on campus. Additionally, Smith shows strong dedication to high academic standards. Serving as president of the Phi Alpha Honorary Society last year, he led the organization to one of its most productive years in recent history including two induction ceremonies, creation of the Phi Alpha Facebook page, and providing assistance with the National Social Work Enrichment Camp.

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Academic Programs

MSW The MSW program prepares students for evidence-informed advanced social work practice and leadership roles.

PhD Highlights 2011-2012: • The MSW Primarily Online Advanced Standing Program, with skills labs at regionally convenient locations throughout the state, has been successful and well received by students. Students reported that course instructors were very responsive to their needs and concerns.

developed by our faculty teams. The Primarily Online 60-hour Program was launched May 2012. • All MSW students, distancelearning or on-campus, were offered the opportunity to gain online access to licensure exam practice tests.

• Adult concentration courses and a 60-hour curriculum have been

The PhD program prepares students for research careers in social work by advancing their knowledge and increasing their skills in theory-building research methods, and the critical evaluation of social work policies and practice.

Highlights 2011-2012: • Gina McCaskill was among 12 outstanding doctoral students chosen as the newest participants in the Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program in geriatric social work. This two-year fellowship supports students whose dissertations focus on improving the health and well-being of older people, their families and caretakers. McCaskill plans to study diabetes self-care practices of older AfricanAmericans.

• Conducted annual reviews of all doctoral students’ progress in order to identify problems and encourage timely and sucessful degree completion. • Modified the policies and procedures for the joint MSW-PhD program, making it easier for students to successfully complete both programs.

MSW STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Megan Knauss Chattanooga, TN

“I remember the excitement I felt when, late in my junior year as a psychology major, I discovered social work, a field of study that prepares students to make a measurable, positive difference in the lives of others. I was thrilled to discover a field that values research and continuing education, and utilizes the interpersonal skills inherent in students committed to a career in social work. When I pondered the next step in my education, I initially gravitated to cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and clinical psychology, particularly because of their academic nature. However, I realized that for me, an essential component was absent in each of these areas of study: passion. I found this missing component while taking a course in contemporary social problems. When I was introduced to social work, I knew I couldn’t have imagined a field of study more in line with my passions, my personal characteristics, or my worldview.” Last year, a group of students from the UA School of Social Work organized a campus-wide effort to form a student group that will affiliate with Alabama Arise, a nonprofit coalition that promotes state policies to improve the lives of low-income individuals. Knauss currently serves as president of the group and hopes to educate UA students about poverty issues and related social problems in Alabama.


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The Social Work Program at The University of Alabama is the perfect match for Freda Coleman, a second-year doctoral student. Coleman notes that the program emphasizes the practice aspects of research. “It is not just about book learning here,” Coleman said. “As a profession, social work acknowledges the power of the vulnerable, marginalized and oppressed for self-actualization.” Coleman relates the power of the social work profession to a quote by Helen Keller: “The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.” When she considers the course of her career in social work, thus far, she is impressed by the responsibility, privilege and tremendous rewards of being amongst those individuals who assist others to see opportunities for change, to create pathways to affect change, and to offer hope. “I believe it is an honorable and rewarding profession; and, I am proud to be a member.” Coleman holds a MSW from the UA School of Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with almost 20 years of experience in the field. While pursuing her doctorate, Coleman continues serving as an assistant professor at the social work program at the University of North Alabama.

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Community Engagement

School of Social Work, Tuscaloosa VA Strengthen Ties By David Miller While the University of Alabama’s School of Social Work and Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center have always enjoyed a strong relationship, leaders at both ends of the table knew the increasing needs of military veterans would create challenges and opportunities in the future. The VA’s Tuscaloosa facility has undergone tremendous renovation in the last five years; UA’s enrollment has boomed to the largest in the state during that period. Students in the School of Social Work, particularly master’s level students, have annually enjoyed field placements at the VA. Additionally, the VA employs many UA School of Social Work graduates. More was on the horizon, however, when leaders began searching for ways to strengthen research partnerships and boost VA programs. Since the reorganization of the VA, which saw Alan Tyler become Medical Center Director five years ago, the School of Social Work’s research and outreach opportunities have blossomed.

Scott Martin, a UA alumnus and current Tuscaloosa VA Chief of Social Work Service, has helped lead the VA’s focus on patient and family-centered care. The most touted program to stem from the partnership is the Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative, the primary goal of which is to reach out into rural counties and help eliminate the health care disparities among rural veterans in medically underserved areas. “We’ve got master’s level positions funded that will put more students in rural settings so they get exposed to the needs of rural veterans,” said Dr. Karl Hamner, Assistant Dean of Scholarly Affairs for Nursing and Social Work. “Now that the VA has a Mobile Health Clinic that they’re taking out to rural areas, we want social work students to be part of those teams.” School of Social Work faculty members Dr. Mike Parker, Dr. Jo Pryce and Hamner, along with the VA’s Dr. Velda Pugh, Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health Services,

Standing L to R: MSW alums, Kristin Pettey and Scott Martin

and Ms. Lawanda Vanhorn, LGSW, have been instrumental in developing programs which help veterans transition back into civilian and academic life.

On the Horizon While the past three years have seen the UA-VA partnership spark more internships and research and outreach opportunities, UA faculty and students will be part of even greater innovations over the next year. Martin said the VA worked with UA to develop the Rural Health Training Initiative, funded by the VA for $292,225 for FY2013. The Initiative is a joint partnership with the School of Social Work, the Capstone College of Nursing, the College of Community Health Sciences and the Department of Psychology intended to develop an inter-professional curriculum to better prepare health care professionals to meet the needs of rural veterans. The program is approved for three years contingent on continued funding by the VA. “I’ve increased the VA-funded stipends from four to six,” Martin said, “and I’m looking at adding two more for eight MSW field placements. Increasing those stipends has enhanced our relationship (with UA). We’re talking about opening opportunities for BSW students for field placements and looking at opportunities to have bachelor level case managers hired on.” Parker, an Army veteran, is working to launch an elder care research project that will help prepare families that care for older veterans. Hamner said Parker has created an innovative online portal with teaching aids that will likely be implemented in a year. “Caring for veterans is such a huge issue and very few people are properly prepared for it,” Hamner said. “Parker’s Program will look at all your needs and you’ll get a tailored program that meets your needs. “It ends up being much more costly if you’re not prepared,” Hamner added. “Parker’s program is very innovative in that area.”

The Roll Call, Recruiting Tools

From Martin, to Kristin Pettey, the VA Southeast Network’s Director of Rural Health Programs – both MSW alumni – the School of Social Work’s impact on the Tuscaloosa VA and regional network is tremendous. Martin is also one of four VA social work employees who serve as adjunct instructors for the School of Social Work. “We also have more than 10 MSWs who are prepared and do offer field instructors for field placement,” Martin said. “The plans are to continue to foster the relationship and creatively enhance our partnership to increase the quality of MSW students graduating. And for us, better the services our veterans receive from social work graduates at UA.” For master’s level graduates looking for top-notch internships and the opportunity to work in a major college town, the University of Alabama offers both. The dual perks have benefitted both the VA and the University of Alabama, said Dr. Lucinda Roff, Dean of the School of Social Work. “(The VA) is one of the largest single employers of master’s level social workers in Tuscaloosa County … maybe the largest,” said Roff. “People who are interested in staying in Tuscaloosa and living here permanently would do well to consider the VA as an internship opportunity because they hire the best ones and tend to retain them.” Roff said the VA is well known throughout the country for giving excellent clinical experiences for students. Additionally, the VA’s eagerness to pay stipends to students – whom they try to fold into their workforce over time – is another draw. “For students who are interested in working with adult populations and interested in mental health and primary care issues, it’s just a fantastic career opportunity,” Roff said. “So knowing a lot of our students go into VA work, both in Alabama and elsewhere, it’s a good recruitment tool to help us get strong students.”

One stroll around the Tuscaloosa VA and it’s clear: There’s an abundance of University of Alabama graduates working in different departments.


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School Highlights

African-American Heritage Month

“How Women Shaped Southern Rural Social Settlements during the 19th Century.”

His professional interests include interracial group dynamics, the impact of race, gender, and class on interpersonal interactions, African-American family formation, and youth.

UA School of Social Work Celebrated Women’s History, Social Work Month In celebration of Women’s History and Social Work Months, The University of Alabama School of Social Work presented a colloquium on Monday, March 5. Dr. Harriett Means, recently retired associate professor of social work at Troy University, was the guest speaker. Means discussed Dr. Harriet Means

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The University of Alabama School of Social Work hosted its eleventh annual Fall Social Work Conference, with the theme “Moments That Last Forever: Helping Children Waiting for Families,” on August 23-24 at the Paul Bryant Conference Center on the UA campus. The keynote speaker for the conference was Twila Ross, Twila Ross Permanency Team Manager for the Children’s Crisis Care Center in Houston, Texas. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Ross has more than 42 years experience in the field of child welfare and permanency planning. She began a home-based therapy program in the 80’s for Depelchin Children’s Center that was adopted by the State of Texas and is now functioning as the Family Based Safety Services program. During her career, Ross has served as the executive director for agencies working with homeless, pregnant women, women who have just been released from prison and women who are aging out of foster care. Ross has served on the board of directors for Healthcare for the Homeless, The Family Preservation Institute, and is currently on the board of directors for the Albert Schweitzer Foundation and the University of Houston Downtown Center for Family Strengths. The eleventh annual fall social work conference was sponsored jointly by the University of Alabama School of Social Work and the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Allison Curington

Hyunjin Noh

Education: MSW, Valdosta State

Education: MSSW and PhD, Wisconsin-Madison

Joins the faculty as the School’s new Coordinator of Field Education. Her areas of expertise are child welfare and social work ethics, and she comes to UA with 10 years of previous experience as a field education coordinator.

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Davis has served as Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of PittsDr. Larry E. Davis burgh since 2001, where he is also the Donald M. Henderson Professor and Director of the Center on Race and Social Problems.

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Means received her doctorate in social work from UA and taught courses in social work practice with communities and organizations, social welfare policy and cultural diversity.

Dr. Larry E. Davis was the featured speaker for the School of Social Work’s 24th Annual African American Heritage Program this past February. His speech was entitled, “A History of Racial Inequality: A Social Work Response.”


Faculty Notes

Allison Curington

Is an expert in aging and healthcare utilization, minority groups’ use of hospice, end-oflife care, and health disparities. She joins the UA faculty as an assistant professor. Dr. Hyunjin Noh

Laura Hopson

Gaynell M. Simpson

Education: MSW, Columbia and PhD, Texas-Austin

Education: MSW, MissouriColumbia and PhD, Maryland

Joins the faculty as an assistant professor from the University of Albany. Her areas of specialization are evidence-based practice, school social work, school climate and risk behavior among adolescents.

Specializes in minority aging and health disparities, chronic health conditions and caregiving, caregiving and health outcomes, and women’s health. She joins the UA faculty as an assistant professor, with previous faculty experience at Morgan State University.

Dr. Gaynell M. Simpson

Dr. Laura Hopson

Angela Lockhart Education: MSW, Alabama Served at UA’s Brewer Porch Children’s Center before joining the faculty as an instructor. Her areas of specialization are mental health, children and youth, and learning disorders.

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Dr. Avani Shah Named Hartford Faculty Scholar Dr. Avani Shah, assistant professor of social work at The University of Alabama, is one of eight geriatric social work professionals nationally to be named a 2012 Hartford Faculty Scholar by the Gerontological Dr. Avani Shah Society of America. The Faculty Scholars Program aims to improve the lives of older adults by increasing the number of adequately trained geriatric social workers. This program provides Dr. Shah with the benefits and guidance aimed to foster her professional development and $100,000 to fund her two-year research project titled “Motivational Interviewing and Self-Administered CBT to Address Depressive Symptoms and Medical Compliance in Older Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients.” In spring 2011, Dr. Shah joined the faculty at The University of Alabama School of Social Work as an assistant professor. She holds a PhD in clinical psychology from The University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in psychology and a Master of Social Work from The University of Alabama. The Gerontological Society of America is the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging. The John A. Hartford Foundation, founded in 1929, is a committed champion of training, research and service system innovations that promote the health and independence of America’s older adults.

Pryce Receives Dean’s Faculty Award Dr. Jo Pryce, associate professor of social work, received the 2012 Dean’s Faculty Award. This award recognizes


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excellence in research, teaching and service and commitment to the ideals of social work and to the UA School of Social Work. Pryce, who specializes in issues affecting veterans of military service, serves as faculty advisor to the student veterans organization at UA, the Campus Veterans Association. She also specializes in social work practice, HIV, and traumatic Dr. Jo Pryce stress and self-care among helping professionals. She is co-author of the book, “The Cost of Courage: Combat Stress, Warriors & Family Survival.” In 2010, Pryce received a certificate of appreciation from the Campus Veterans Association for her dedication and commitment in serving the needs of student veterans at the Capstone.

Rita Doughty Wins Crimson Spirit Award Rita Doughty, program assistant with the Office of Scholarly Affairs for Capstone College of Nursing and the School of Social Work, was an award winner for contributing greatly to the scholarly output of faculty and students. In his nomination, Dr. Karl Hamner, assistant dean of scholarly Rita Doughty affairs, said, “Ms. Doughty is an exceptional employee enabling the Office of Scholarly Affairs to function in an effective and efficient manner. Her communication style is exemplary, both written and verbal, and improves the working relationships between the office and its internal and external partners.” Doughty was praised for her dedication to the University and her high level of professionalism and skill in her work. With a strong skill set in both grant administration

and professional writing, Doughty’s efforts have been instrumental in recent successes for the Office of Scholarly Affairs, including the submission of several external grant proposals.

Smith receives Silberman grant for immigration study Inspired by an assignment given to her advanced policy students in the spring, University of Alabama Social Work professor Brenda Smith became curious about the state’s immigration laws’ effects on front-line social work practices. Smith decided to pursue a Silberman Fund Faculty Grant to explore the potential dilemma between the immigration policy and social work’s code of ethics after students interviewed field supervisors. In June, Smith was awarded a $14,541 Silberman grant to study social workers’ practices in the state’s most diverse areas, including central and northeast Alabama. Smith will begin research this fall and hopes to begin writing results in fall 2013. Additionally, she hopes to hire a PhD student to work on a survey with probability samples. “It’s one of the nice times when teaching can inform research” said Smith, “and in turn the research can inform practice and future teaching. I’ve always been very interested in the frontline, everyday routine practice of social workers. A theory of street-level bureaucracy suggests that if you want to understand policy, you have to understand what’s happening on the frontlines.” The Silberman Fund Faculty Grant aims to strengthen social work education through research and requiring full-time faculty to contribute their findings to journals and publications. Smith has contributed numerous articles on the study of in-person Dr. Brenda Smith observations in child welfare

cases and has written about practices being constrained by rules and regulations. One of Smith’s articles featured in Social Service Review, “Child welfare practice in organizational and institutional context” was listed as one of the top 100 most cited articles in disciplinary journals by the British Journal of Social Work.

Social Work Professor’s Article ‘Best Quantitative Empirical Article of 2011’ A recent article by Dr. David Pollio, a faculty member in The University of Alabama School of Social Work, has been chosen by an academic journal as its “best quantitative empirical article of 2011.” The article, “Assessing student perception of practice evaluation knowledge in introductory research methods,” appeared in the fall 2011 issue of the Journal of Social Work Education. The criteria for choosing the best Dr. David Pollio empirical article published in the journal include the originality of thought, sound or innovative conceptualization of the topic, and conclusions and/or recommendations that significantly contribute to the professional knowledge base and to social work education. Pollio joined the faculty at the UA School of Social Work in 2007 as the Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health. Prior to coming to UA, Pollio served as an associate professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, with a joint appointment in the department of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine. Pollio was honored at the Council on Social Work Education’s 2012 Annual Program Meeting in November.

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Martin, Csikai continue to Build international bridges Professors return to campus after research in UAE, Hungary By David Miller A social worker’s heart will often lead him or her to the most underserved areas in their city, state or country. For a pair of social work professors at the University of Alabama, their callings continue to direct them all over the world. Dr. Shadi Martin recently returned from the United Arab Emirates, where she studied breast cancer screenings among Emirati women and the effects of domestic workers on Emirati children. Martin, a Hartford Foundation Scholar and Fulbright Scholar, spent two years in the UAE where she worked as an associate professor at UAE University. Dr. Ellen Csikai returned to campus this summer after a five-month sabbatical in Hungary, where she conducted end-of-life care research with individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families. Csikai worked with the College of Health faculty at the University of Debrecen, in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, and collaborated with a Hungarian colleague and master’s students in health social work help collect data. Csikai also spent five months in Hungary in 2008 as part of her Fulbright lecturer assignment. Part of Csikai’s motivation to continue working abroad is her practice experience in medical social work, including hospital and hospice care. In Hungary, hospice care was virtually non-existent prior to the collapse of communism in the early 1990s. Csikai said citizens in many areas of the country don’t know what hospice or palliative care is, or the benefits it can bring to a family.


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“There is a high death rate from cancer due to late diagnosis and lack of prevention and treatment education and availability of health care services, particularly in rural areas,” said Csikai. “There are also few trained professionals in end-of-life and palliative care.” Martin said, although more women are diagnosed with Dr. Shadi Martin breast cancer in the US and UK, the breast cancer mortality rate in the UAE is significantly higher than rates in the U.S and the UK. It is estimated that 44 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the UAE die from the disease. Another alarming fact is that the average age of Emirati women diagnosed with breast cancer is about 10 years younger (40 to 45) than for European women (50 to 55). Women as young as 17 have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the UAE. “I did not sense any surprise on the part of the Emirati people I met--locals or non-locals—about the level of research on breast cancer in the U.S,” Martin said. “What I encountered, particularly by the Emirati women, is a surprise with the slow and limited attention given to the issue in UAE and Gulf Region.”

Dr. Shadi Martin (4th from right) with social work students at UAE.

Research, outreach During Martin’s stay in in the UAE, she conducted two studies, both of which were supported by sizable grants from the UAE University and UAE government. The UAE’s increasing interest to make social work a national priority is reflected in the research grants Martin and her colleagues received. One of the major hurdles with breast cancer screening is changing the perception that the disease will bring shame to a woman’s family. Raising breast cancer awareness is a global push, and what separates many countries is when the push started. Similar to Martin’s breast cancer screening research, Csikai’s efforts to increase awareness of hospice and palliative care face the same issue: catching up with other nations. Csikai said poor government funding also plays a major role. “The government reimbursement for hospice/palliative care services only covers about 40 percent of costs, according to one large hospice service director in Budapest,” she said. “Cancer is the diagnosis for 99 percent of patients receiving hospice/palliative care in Hungary

“I would like to see less export of American fast foods and more export of American ideas of equality and social injustice around the world...” – Dr. Shadi Martin because of the structure of reimbursement from the government, whereas in the U.S. a range of diagnoses are treated.” Though Csikai doesn’t yet have any findings from her research study, she said significant progress has been made in educating the public. She credits the Hungarian Hospice Foundation in Budapest – startup money was provided by George Soros and the Open Society Institute – for its role in raising awareness. “Training for professionals – both health and mental health – to prepare to work with patients at the end of life is also increasing,” said Csikai. “I learned more about the challenges they faced with cancer mortality during my time there as a Fulbright Scholar in 2008 and made many connections with the health care professionals in the area (Northeastern Hungary) and in Budapest. Practitioners have little time available to conduct research, so that is why I am interested in helping with this aspect. Hopefully, I can do a small part to increase quality of life of people faced with cancer in Hungary through my research.” The second part of Martin’s research in the UAE is titled:

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“Hopefully, I can do a small part to increase quality of life of people faced with cancer in Hungary through my research.” – Dr. Ellen Csikai “Exploring the Influence of Expatriate Domestic Workers on the Physical, Emotional and Behavioral Well-being of Emirati Children.” Martin said 98 percent of Emirati families have at least one domestic worker, and some have as many as four per child. “So I was interested to explore, what influence, if any, raising children by housemaids may have on the children’s well-being, particularly as I did not find any other similar studies,” Martin said. “We are in the process of transcribing and translating the data. I have begun initial review of the data as they come in and I am very intrigued by what we are beginning to see. We have been conducting in-depth interviews with the domestic workers, parents (mothers and fathers), children (ages 7 to 12), school teachers and health care workers in an effort to get as complete of a picture as we can.”

of Medicine until research for both projects is complete. “One of the great things about living in UAE is that you meet and work with people from all over the world,” Martin said. “In fact, Emiratis are a very small minority in their own country, where most workers come from other countries in the world.” Csikai’s heritage – her paternal grandfather came to the U.S. from Hungary in 1923 – is the heart of her connection with Hungarian social work. Also, as a Fulbright Scholar in 2008, Csikai discovered Hungarian relatives she’d never known. “I have kept in contact with them and visit when I go back each year,” Csikai said.

“I would like to see less export of American fast foods and more export of American ideas of equality and social injustice around the world,” she said. “Before I came to UAE, I wondered how one of the richest countries in the world could best benefit from the skills and services of social workers. This was important to me both in terms of my teaching and research. One of the most fascinating things that I discovered after living in the UAE was that there are amazing parallels between problems of poverty and problems of wealth, such as crime, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, drugs, alcohol and

domestic abuse. This is a phenomenon that I refer to as the problems of the wealth-fare state.” Dr. Lucinda Roff, dean of the UA School of Social Work, said the school’s faculty have always had international interests, particularly in Hong Kong and Lithuania. “We also had a faculty member who took students to Ghana and Nigeria,” Roff said, “so it’s not particularly new. But as you get new and different faculty members with different contacts and interests, you see a new range of opportunities.”

Enriching UA students Martin and Csikai are adamant that international research is valuable for social workers to not only gain practical experience, but to widen their perspectives. From her time abroad, Martin said she’s gained an appreciation for the “ethical and professional standards” required by American academic institutions and how far the country’s progressive principles of human rights and social justice have come.

Skyline of Kunming China.

Personal ties Ancestry and heritage continued to drive the international research efforts of Martin and Csikai. Martin was born in Iran before moving to the United States, but she has extensive experience working in the Middle East and Africa. Through her Fulbright assignments and work with the World Health Organization, she has been involved in research in Syria, Egypt and Morocco. Similar to her work in the UAE, her previous international research dealt with women and the elderly. Martin continues to work with the UAE University, where she’ll remain an adjunct instructor in the School


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UA Selected for China Collaborative

Dr. Ellen Csikai (front row, second from left) gave a talk at a student research conference in Koloszvar (Cluj-Napoca). Csikai, along with colleagues also visited the Diakonia Foundation, a nursing home and home health/palliative care services center, while there.

The School is one of seven schools of social work nationally chosen as part of the Council on Social Work Education’s China Collaborative Educational Program. The aim of the China Collaborative is to help universities in mainland China build graduate social work education to meet China’s 21st century needs for social work professionals. Alabama faculty members will work with social work faculty at Yunnan University in the city of Kunming and with neighboring universities in southwest China. The Collaborative’s work begins at the 2012 Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education and continues with a study tour that brings US faculty members to China early in December, 2012. Additional exchanges of faculty and students are expected over a five year period.

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New Major Gifts Officer Joins UA School of Social Work The University of Alabama School of Social Work is pleased to announce Allison Leitner as its new Major Gifts Officer. Leitner has Allison Leitner over seven years of experience in advancement at The University of Alabama. In this position, Leitner will lead the School’s fundraising efforts for major gifts. Leitner holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Alabama and will receive a master’s degree in family financial planning from UA this December.

Dr. Gerald Eure Among Hall of Fame Inductees The Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame inducted three leaders from across the state during a Sept. 14 ceremony at The Club in Birmingham. Founded by the Social Work Society at The University of Alabama School


of Social Work, the state of Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame honors the accomplishments of some of the state’s most distinguished leaders in the field of social work.

The 2012 inductees are:

administrator. She began her career with the Jefferson County Department of Pensions and Security and later joined the staff of Dorothy J. Underwood Children’s Aid Society, where she worked until her retirement in 1997. She has exhibited an exemplary commitment to training and equipping social workers to do the best job possible in serving their constituent populations.

Dr. Gerald Eure Associate Professor Emeritus, The University of Alabama School of Social Work Dr. Eure received his MSW from Tulane UniverDr. Gerald Eure sity in 1959. He worked in child welfare and family counseling for several years before joining the faculty at the University of Alabama in 1968. He received the EdD from the University of Alabama in 1975. During his tenure with the School of Social Work, he served as director of field education and BSW program chair. He retired in 1996. Dr. Eure devoted his career to the practice of social work and the quality education of future social workers.

Dr. Susan Vaughn Professor Emerita, University of Montevallo, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dr. Vaughn joined the Dr. Susan Vaughn faculty at the University of Montevallo in 1975. She received a PhD in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University in 1986 and continued to serve at Montevallo until her retirement in 2009. Dr. Vaughn chaired the social work program at Montevallo and demonstrated a constant, strong commitment to mentoring students and preparing them for the profession of social work.

Inductees into the Hall of Fame are acclaimed by their peers and colleagues for their professional status and exemplary leadership. They are also recognized for their creativity and contributions to the knowledge base and practice of social work. All inductees have influenced communities throughout the state.

Ms. Dorothy J. Underwood Retired Director of Social Services at Children’s Aid Society Ms. Underwood has had a long career as a social worker, supervisor and

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Buford Peace Award Winner Named Dr. Bronwen Lichtenstein, associate professor and graduate director in the Department of Criminal Justice at The University of Dr. Bronwen Alabama, was Lichtenstein selected the winner of the 2012 Lahoma Adams Buford Peace Award. This award, established in 2002 by Social Work alumnus Mr. Tony D. Walker to honor Lahoma Adams Buford, is given annually to a faculty member at The University of Alabama who in his or her teaching, research, professional practice and personal life has demonstrated exceptional levels of involvement in mediating human disputes, helping overcome prejudice, promoting justice and establishing peace. Lichtenstein is an advocate who has pioneered efforts to destigmatize HIV/AIDS, improve the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS, and change laws disproportionately affecting people of color. Lichtenstein was nominated for the Lahoma Adams Buford Peace Award because of her “commitment to justice and to the rights of neglected and underserved people in the United States.”

New Retirees Dr. Ginny T. Raymond, associate professor, retired from the UA School of Social Work in June after 39 years of Dr. Ginny T. Raymond service. Her career included serving as associate dean of the School of Social Work, coordinator of the school’s Continuing Education Program, and chair of the Baccalaureate Program. Raymond faithfully and honorably served The University of Alabama through insightful planning and service. She was elected to the UA Faculty Senate and served as chair of its Students Affairs

Committee, selected as chair of the Student Development Committee for the SACS Accreditation of The University of Alabama, and selected to be a member of the SACS Compliance Certification Team for the reaccreditation of The University of Alabama. Jerys Rucker served as office associate in the Office of Field Education until her retirement in November 2011. BeJerys Rucker fore coming to the School of Social Work, Rucker worked for the City of Tuscaloosa and the UA College of Arts and Sciences.

In Memoriam Dr. Ben Avis Adams Orcutt, 97, died in Andalusia, AL, on June 1, 2012. Orcutt was the founding chair of the doctoral program at The University of Alabama School of Social Work where she taught from 1976-1983. She was an active member of the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE), an international association of Dr. Ben Avis social work doctoral programs. During her prestigious Adams Orcutt career, she held academic appointments in the Schools of Social Work at Louisiana State University, Columbia University, and The University of Alabama. She was recognized internationally for her consulting and teaching of research at two programs in London, England. To bring recognition to some of Alabama’s most distinguished leaders in the field of social work, she initiated efforts to establish the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame. It was successfully established in 1997. Additionally, her professional status and exemplary leadership, and contribution to social work garnered her induction into the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame in 1999. In 1984, the Ben Avis Orcutt Endowed Doctoral Fellowship was established by Orcutt and others to promote doctoral education at The University of Alabama School of Social Work. OutReach • Fall 2012

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Social Work Faculty Publications Kathleen A. Bolland co-authored, “Practitioner perspectives of evidence-based practice.” Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.

burnout and professional quality of life in clinical mental health providers and health care administrators.” Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health.

“Correlates of street-survival behaviors in homeless young adults in four U.S. cities.” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

“Positive traits versus previous trauma: Racially different correlates with PTSD symptoms among Hurricane Katrina-Rita volunteers.” Journal of Community Psychology.

Tyrone C. Cheng coauthored, “Maltreatment and families’ receipt of services: Associations with reunification, kinship care, and adoption.” Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.

“Professional burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue: A review of theoretical terms, risk factors, and preventive methods for clinicians.” Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal.

“Trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder among employees of New York City companies affected by the September 11, 2011 attacks on the World Trade Center.” Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

Brenda D. Smith coauthored, “Frontline counselors in organizational contexts: A study of treatment practices in community settings.” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Tyrone C. Cheng, Celia C. Lo coauthored three articles in Children and Youth Services Review, “Nonmedical use of prescription medications: A longitudinal analysis with adolescents involved in child welfare.” “A longitudinal analysis of some risk and protective factors in marijuana use by adolescents receiving child welfare services.” “Drug use among maltreated adolescents receiving child welfare services.” Wesley T. Church, and colleagues, “Neighborhood, poverty, and negative behaviors: An examination of differential association and social control theory.” Children and Youth Services Review. “Assessing probation and community corrections workers’ attitudes toward sex offenders using the community attitudes toward sex offenders (CATSO) scale in a rural state.” Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity. Celia C. Lo, Tyrone C. Cheng, “Discrimination’s role in minority groups’ rates of substance-use disorder.” The American Journal on Addictions. “Racial/ethnic differences in access to substance abuse treatment.” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Cecia C. Lo, Tyrone C. Cheng, and colleague, “Racial differences in co-occurring substance use and serious psychological distress: The roles of marriage and religiosity.” Substance Use & Misuse, 47, 734-744. Gordon MacNeil co-authored, “A comparative analysis of


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Shadi S. Martin, “Exploring discrimination in American health care system: Perceptions/Experiences of older Iranian immigrants.” Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology.

“The use of psychoeducation for a patient with Hepatitis C and psychiatric illness in preparation for antiviral therapy: A case report and discussion.” Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.

“Patients’ right to not know: Exploring the attitudes of Older Iranian immigrants about medical disclosure of terminal illness.” International Journal of Gerontology.

“Social control correlates of arrest behavior among homeless youth in five U.S. cities.” Violence and Victims.

Shadi S. Martin and colleagues, “Social work professions in an aging world: Opportunities and perspectives.” Educational Gerontology.

“Estrangement factors associated with addiction to alcohol and drugs among homeless youth in three U.S. cities.” Evaluation and Program Planning.

Shadi S. Martin, Ellen Csikai, and colleague, “An assessment of hospice bereavement programs for Hispanics.” Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care.

“Assessing student perception of practice evaluation knowledge in introductory research methods.” Journal of Social Work Education.

Debra Nelson-Gardell, Javonda Williams, and colleagues, “Techniques employed by forensic interviewers conducting extended assessments: Results from a multisite study.” Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.

Josephine G. Pryce, and colleagues, The costs of courage: Combat stress, warriors, and family survival. Published by Chicago, Lyceum Books, Inc.

Michael W. Parker co-edited, A vision for the aging Church: Renewing ministry for and by seniors, published by InterVarsity Press. David E. Pollio, “Training doctoral students to be scientists.” Research on Social Work Practice.

Lucinda L. Roff, and colleagues, “Social engagement in assisted living and implications for practice.” Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Amy C. Traylor, and colleagues, “A feasibility study of virtual reality-based coping skills training for nicotine dependence.” Research on Social Work Practice. “Using virtual reality to investigate complex and contextual cue reactivity in nicotine dependent problem drinkers.” Addictive Behaviors. “Cue reactivity in virtual reality: The role of context.” Addictive Behaviors. Javonda Williams, Debra Nelson-Gardell, “Predicting resilience in sexually abused adolescents.” Child Abuse & Neglect. Javonda Williams, Kathy Bolland, “Mapping our way to success.” The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. Javonda Williams, Debra Nelson-Gardell, “An examination of the contextual environment of families with sexually abused adolescents.” Journal of Family Strengths.

Lucinda L. Roff, Michael W. Parker, and colleagues, “Predicting the trajectories of depressive symptoms among Southern, community-dwelling older adults: The role of religiousness.” Aging and Mental Health.

“The Homeless.” Addiction Medicine. David E. Pollio published an additional seven articles with colleagues, “Psychoeducation responsive to families (PERF): Translation of a multifamily group model.” Psychiatric Annals.

Avani Shah, co-edited, Making evidence-based psychological treatments work with older Adults, published by the American Psychological Association. Cassandra Simon, and colleagues, “Racial identity-related differential attributions of inadequate responses to Hurricane Katrina: A social identity perspective.” Race and Social Problems.

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Social Work Donors The School of Social Work is deeply grateful to the following donors who support our academic programs. The generosity of these individuals and organizations allows us to add value to our ongoing programs to provide a high quality education to our students. This honor roll lists donors who contributed to the School of Social Work between June 18, 2010 and May 31, 2011. The giving levels below are based on total giving during this period. If your name has been omitted or some other error exists, we apologize and ask that you please contact Sandy Wilson at 205-348-3924.

Founder’s Circle

$5,000 to $25,000 to the School of Social Work or any of its academic programs • Amy Beaulieu Mansue • James Wayne Sellers, Sr. • Malenna A. Sumrall

Gundy Circle

$1,000 to $4,999 to the School of Social Work or any of its academic programs • Philip Lee Browning • Phillip E. Crunk • Portis Cunningham • James Dupree, Jr. • Gene Pearson Finley, Jr. • William L. Gormley • E. James Loop • Francis Anthony Loop • Jamie Pearman • Carroll Chandler Phelps • Jim Ray • Harold Douglas Shambley • Coy Albert Stout II • Tony D. Walker

Little Hall Circle

$500 to $999 to the School of Social Work or any of its academic programs • Andrew C. Atherton • Knox Gilmore Jennings • Maurice F. Kahlmus, Jr. • Carolyn Neiswender • Josephine Pryce • James Wayne Sellers, Sr. • Rebecca O. Turner • Mary Louise Whitlow • Jackie Allen Williams • William W. Winternitz


Dean’s Circle

$250 to $499 to the School of Social Work or any of its academic programs • Bonnie Correll Bedics • Sarah Clark Bowers • Barbara Allen Brunson • Bobby James Dunn • Paula A. Emerick • Ronald David Gilbert • Diane Harrison • Brenda S. McCary • Troy Scott Martin • Joyce Parrish O’Neal • Sarah McCollum Osborn • Stephanie R. Peck • Bettye C. Pressley • James A. Slaughter • Raymond O. Sumrall • Karen A. Thompson • Martha Miller Toomb

Social Work Advocate $100 to $249 to the School of Social Work or any of its academic programs • Barry James Ackerson • Aleta Beaver • Derotha Williams Beck • Tarilton Edwards Benton • Sheila Morris Blackshear • Kathleen A. Bolland • Margaret Martin Bonham • Bessy S. Bressman • Julia Burkett Caddell • Teresa S. Costanzo • Richard T. Crow • Nancy Magalin DeVaney • Jeannie A. Duke • Veronica Elder • Gerald Keith Eure • Maryanne TP Fong • Gene Gandy • Betty Glasscock • Vanessa German Graves • Pamela F. Green

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• M. Joyce Hanna • Dianne F. Harrison • Kathryn M. Harwood • Judy J. Jackson • Miriam Sue Johnson • Rose McCarthy Johnson • Jule Lawson Lanier • Leah P. Lust • Diana E. McCampbell • Gordon MacNeil • Robert M. Malone, Jr. • Ginger R. Martin • Cathy Higgins Miller • Carola Barrow Pike • Claude Raymond Rayfield • Alvin Jerome Reed • Katie Reich • Brock Clinton Sellers • Caro K. Shanahan • Fern Kleckner Shellhase • George C. Shelton • Hope Rains Skelton • W. Randall Somerville • Adriana Unger Stacey • Jennifer E. Story • Billie Ruth Sudduth • Margo Ellen Swain • Joanne Jeffries Terrell • William A. Tomb • Harris Lynn Turner • Philip Olen Tyler • Helen Gene Varner • Ellen R. Wallace • Daniel Neil Watter • Teresa L. Young • Francis Ki-Oi Yuen

Social Work Supporter Up to $99 to the School of Social Work or any of its academic programs • Eileen Kathryn Ackerman • Connie F. Arnwine • Aline Barfoot • Susan Grace Barfoot • Margaretta Fris Beasley • Dorothy Lovett Bell

• Jessie A. Berkeley • Sue J. Berry • Clarence M. Blue III • Janet Marie Boozer • Patricia Brantley • Deborah Glynis Branyon • Lisa Lessley Briscoe • Phyllis Bragg Brooks • Cynthia Wall Burke • John Galen Cagle • Brenda Sullivan Causey • Leonard Chalk • Davey James Chastang • Carrie E. Clarke • Carol Copeland • Barbara S. Cotter • Ellen Csikai • Diane W. Daffron • Brandon Davis • Jane Carlin Davis • Janet Burton Deagon • Shuryvonne S. Dixon • Daniel W. Durkin • Michael Joseph Dyer • LaShea England • Bess Roberts Estis • Carolyn Woltz Ezell • John Gwyn Faile • Kathryn Lee Farris • Sheryl Flavin • Charlena Moore Freeman • Charles Edward Gleaton • Lucia S. Grantham • Joyce M. Greathouse • Pamela F. Green • Doris Cox Gregory • Bonanza Ann Hale • Susan T. Hardekopf • Claire Paletz Harris • Glenda Sue Hays • Carol T. Heier • Laurel Hitchcock • Bruce Murrell Hopper • Sharon Eloise Hyatt • Mary E. Hyde • Sharon V. Jay • Onya T. Johnson • Linda Kay Kicker

• Gloria Galloway King • Daniel Joseph Kullen • Rita Ellen Levens • Mary Ruth Lewis • John B. McDowell III • Michael Curtis McCray • Ashley Maddox • John G. Marler • Diane Powell Mauldin • Wanda Kay Mayhall • Gerry Allen Meegan • Karolyn Mersmann • Julia Robinson Mitchell • Katrina C. Moore • Jacqueline Moore-Gadson • Debra M. Nelson-Gardell • Jane McIntyre Nichols • Pamela Norred-Kidd • Louise Berkeley Norwood • Mary Jeanette Oberhofer • Margaret S. Odom • Ben Avis Orcutt • Michael W. Parker • Lynn Vickery Patton • Nancy L. Payne • Tina Dothard Peterson • Cary Andrew Picket • Clara Logan Price • Constance J. Randolph • Jean Brewer Rayfield • Ginny T. Raymond • Terrie Reid • Marguerite Johnson Rollins • Shauna G. Schafer • Valerie V. Schroeder • Patricia O. Sipes • Henry F. Small • Claire Parniece Smith • Barry Wayne Snider • Allen Stata • Jacquelyn V. Stephens • April Lynette Stevens • Elizabeth F. Stoll • Hall Ping Tam • Jane Kennemer Thatcher • Barbara Anderson Trammell • Charlotte D. Van Erman • Phillip Eugene Ward • Suzanne Griffith Ward • Jo Ann Ware • Julie E. Ware • Schuessler Ware • Diane Hughes Watson • Cynthia Bunton Welch • Erin R. Wheeler • Kathryn Whitcomb • Sharon Allen Whitfield • Carol Sue Williams

• Wesley D. Willis • Negretta Ware Wilson • Sandy Wilson • Carol J. Woodcock • Kathryn Winkles Wynn • Denise Hutton Yanaura • Manfried K. Zeithammel • Betty R. Ziri

Corporation and Foundation Donors • Aliceville Manor Nursing Home • Camp Foundation, Inc. • Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group • Claude Bennett Family Foundation • Collaborative Solutions, Inc. • Gilead Sciences Foundation • Jean and Saul A. Mintz Foundation • Vulcan Materials Company Foundation

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Lady Portis Cunningham Jeannie A. Duke James Dupree Gene Finley, Jr. Laurie Faulkner Hereford Gill Jennings T. Scott Martin Maxine McCullar Carolyn Neiswender Sarah Osborn Nadine Penaskovic Carroll Phelps, Vice Chair J. Miller Piggott J. Wayne Sellers Dr. Rebecca Turner Tony D. Walker, Chair Mark Wheat Jackie Williams

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Lemeshia M. Agee Phyllis Alston Mary Francis Burnette Vicki Cargile Teresa Costanzo Shuryvonne S. Dixon Veronica J. Elder Blake Gann Ron Gilbert Vanessa Graves, President Pam Green Dollie Hambrick Claire P. Harris Sandra R. Hopkins, Vice President Diana McCampbell Adrienne McCollum Joyce O’Neal Carola Pike Ian H. Reed Brock Sellers Caro Shanahan Teresa Young

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