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social work Accomplishments

May 3, 2017
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) received the Centennial Alumni Award from Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary last October, the Mandel School recognized 100 alumni for their exceptional work toward "inspiring hope and shaping the future."

Mar 9, 2017
Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work, and departments of Physical Therapy and Psychology hosted the third annual Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Day during the first week of March. The day-long event provided students with group interactions such as a poverty simulation designed to encourage collaborative, positive patient outcomes when they begin working in clinical settings. Nearly 50 faculty and staff volunteers made the day possible for more than 180 students. The next IPE Day is tentatively scheduled for spring semester 2018.

Jul 22, 2016
Jay Shen (Healthcare Administration and Policy), Abbie Kirkendall (Social Work), and Catherine Dingley (Nursing) recently received the Tier 2 funding from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) to continue their project “Engaging Patients with Life-Limiting Illnesses on Receiving Palliative Care“. They completed the project’s Tier 1 stage in February 2016. The Tier 2 will last 12 months, starting May 2016. The project’s current community partners include the Dignity Health System, Nevada Palliative Care/Infinity Hospice, Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program/Nathan Adelson Hospice, and Sunrise Hospital. 

Nov 5, 2015
Professors Jay Shen (Community Health Sciences) and Abbie Kirkendall (Social Work) are conducting a project with nearly $15,000 funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to form a Palliative Care Research Network in Nevada through a variety of community engagement activities. The project will help build partnerships with the Dignity Health System, Nevada Palliative Care/Infinity Hospice, Elaine Wynn Palliative Care/Nathan Adelson Hospice, and other stakeholders focused on advancing patient-centered outcomes research in the area of palliative care. Palliative care is considered a new specialty across the country, particularly in Nevada. Research into patient outcomes and satisfaction would serve to improve the level of care for residents with life-limiting illnesses in the Silver State. Shen and Kirkendall, along with  professor Catherine Dingley (Nursing), who recently joined the research team, intend to expand the initial nine-month project and secure additional funding that could lead to palliative care interventions benefiting patients and care-givers throughout the state.   

Oct 27, 2015
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) conducted field studies in Taiwan and mainland China. Based on the data collected, she was lead author for the article "Trauma and Chinese Heroin Users" in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, and presented her work at the College of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, in April, and in October at the Council on Social Work Education's annual program meeting in Denver. In addition, her video, "Treatment of Addictions: The ACQS Model," was included in the SAGE video collections. In the video, she explained her ACQS treatment model for addiction therapy. Also, Routledge has recently accepted her book proposal for Treating Addictions: The Four Components.

Aug 10, 2015
Vicky Albert (Social Work) conducted a seminar at the London School of Economics in June. She presented some key findings from her project with the Brookings Institution on the Great Recession and some findings from her own recent research.

May 1, 2015
Leroy Pelton (Social Work) wrote an article, "The Continuing Role of Material Factors in Child Maltreatment and Placement," that was published in the March issue of Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal. It is a 20-year follow-up to the paper he was commissioned to write for the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect in the early 1990s.

Nov 1, 2014
Vicky Albert (Social Work) was invited to present her co-authored paper with Ron Haskins (Brookings) on the "Responsiveness of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program during the Great Recession" at the London School of Economics in May 2015. She also will be presenting some of the empirical research she performed on her own in this area.

Feb 1, 2013
Satish Sharma (Social Work) has written a new book, Gandhi's Teachers: Henry David Thoreau (2012). His earlier books written for the series are Gandhi's Teachers: Rajchandra Ravjibhai Mehta (2005), Gandhi's Teachers: Leo Tolstoy (2009), and Gandhi's Teachers: John Ruskin (2011). All were published by Gujarat Viidyapith, Ahmedabad, India.

Oct 1, 2012
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) published a peer-reviewed article, "Helping Homeless Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders: The Four Components," in Social Work, a premium journal in the social work field. She also wrote a chapter, "Gender, Substance Use, and Substance Use Disorders," for Chemical Dependency: A Systems Approach (2012). Additionally, she presented preliminary findings of the study "Substance Abuse among the Chinese in Taiwan: An Examination of Risk Factors and Treatment Strategies" at a conference sponsored by the Taiwan Society of Mental Health Social Work, the Taipei city department of health, the Bali Psychiatric Center, and Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan, in June.