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School of Social Work News

The School of Social Work strives to instill the values of social and economic justice, respect and worth of others, cultural diversity, and self-determination. In addition, it fosters a strengths-based environment that emphasizes openness, collaboration, and engagement striving towards individual and community resiliency.

Current Social Work News

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Campus News | August 25, 2021

From the pandemic to economic woes to social justice and beyond, the return to campus this semester is fraught with outside issues. Here's how faculty, staff, and students can help work through a year of trauma.

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

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Business and Community | July 1, 2021

UNLV School of Social Work expert on moving forward after a year of lockdowns and stress.

Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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Campus News | April 6, 2021

Here's why members of the campus community are excited to receive the new vaccine.

Social Work In The News

July 29, 2021

The pandemic has taken a toll even on those untouched by the coronavirus.

Las Vegas Sun
July 3, 2021

Today, as Vice President Kamala Harris touches down at McCarran International Airport and kicks off her Las Vegas visit, she will walk by hundreds of TPS holders who keep the airport going.

July 2, 2021

Anxiety about re-entering society as the world continues to grapple with the pandemic is real. How, then, do we move forward from the collective trauma of COVID-19?

The Cowboy Channel
May 28, 2021

Vegas Stronger, the Las Vegas Nonprofit, has partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to provide tracking of outcomes for clients that are treated by the organization for opioid-use disorders.

EIN Presswire
May 26, 2021

Vegas Stronger, the Las Vegas Nonprofit, has partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to provide tracking of outcomes for clients that are treated by the organization for opioid-use disorders.

May 19, 2021

Las Vegas-area health experts hosted a discussion on mental health in BIPOC communities. Newly-signed Raiders defensive tackle Solomon Thomas joined the discussion at the Pearson Community Center Tuesday evening.

Social Work Experts

An expert on child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and sexual violence.
An expert in child welfare and foster care systems, family homelessness, and child mental health.
An expert in mental and behavioral health, youth and veteran homelessness, and social work.
A licensed clinical social worker specializing in trauma treatment.
An expert in addictions and social work.
An expert in welfare policies and programs.

Recent Social Work Accomplishments

September 20, 2021
Katherine Marcal (Social Work) published an article in Journal of Interpersonal Violence. The study applied strucutral equation modeling with latent variables to investigate whether housing insecurity mediated the link from intimate partner violence exposure in childhood to behavior problems in adolescence in a sample of at-risk children. Findings...
May 20, 2021
Gabriela Buccini (Environmental & Occupational Health), Katherine Marcal (Social Work), and Krystyna A. Stave (Public Policy and Leadership) recently received a R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health. As part of the award, the collaborators will...
March 2, 2021
Katherine E. Marçal (Social Work) published an article, "Housing Insecurity and adolescent Well-being: Relationships with Child Welfare and Criminal Justice Involvement" in Child Abuse & Neglect. With co-author Kathryn Maguire-Jack (University of Michigan), Marçal investigated the roles of contact with the child welfare and criminal justice...
January 15, 2021
Katherine E. Marcal (Social Work) published an article, "Pathways to Adolescent Emotional and Behavioral Problems: An Examination of Maternal Depression and Harsh Parenting," in Child Abuse & Neglect. The study leveraged a large, longitudinal survey of families across the U.S. to investigate whether harsh parenting mediated the links between...
December 2, 2020
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work), Lawrence J. Mullen (Public Policy and Leadership), along with Hilarie Cash and Cosette Rae of the reSTART Life program, recently published an article, "Internet Addiction, Identity Distress, and Depression among Male Adolescents Transitioning to Young Adults: A Qualitative Study," in Future Review: International Journal...
November 6, 2020
Melva Thompson-Robinson, Jennifer Pharr, Marya Shegog (all Public Health) and Sandra Owens, along with Philip Danquah (Public Health alumni) presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo on the topic: HIV risk behaviors associated with the willingness to take PrEP among young university students in the United States