Accomplishments: School of Social Work

October 5, 2021
Katherine Marcal (Social Work) was awarded a one-year "Research to Action" grant by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with Co-PI Jennifer Mortensen of UNR. The project partners with the Nevada Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families to conduct a statewide investigation of the impacts of homelessness and COVID-19 on Nevada families in Early Head Start programs. Mixed effects analyses using individual-, family-, and...
September 28, 2021
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) was recently appointed by the National Association of Social Workers to be a member of its Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Specialty Practice Section Committee. The group is the largest association of professional social workers in the United States. The appointment is a two-year term.
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 point to the long-term consequences of exposure to intimate partner violence in childhood, highlighting pathways to mental disorder in adolescence....
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 receive $250,000 per year for a three-year period. Project abstract summary: Investments in Integrated Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs are...
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 systems in links between housing insecurity and adverse adolescent outcomes. Structural equation modeling estimated a measurement model using...
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 maternal depression and adolescent delinquency and depression. Structural equation modeling with latent variables estimated a measurement model using...
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 of Transition, College, and Career Success. One of the few qualitative studies on the subject, this article offers a new perspective in understanding...
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 
October 29, 2020
Katherine E. Marçal (Social Work) published an article, "Understanding Mechanisms Driving Family Homeless Shelter Use and Child Mental Health," in Journal of Social Service Research. This community-based system dynamics study explored barriers to timely, successful shelter exit and feedback mechanisms driving length of stay and child mental health risk. Group model building — a participatory systems science tool — and key informant interviews were conducted with clients (N = 37) and staff (N = ...
October 9, 2020
Katherine Marcal (Social Work) published an article, "Demographic and Socioeconomic Predictors of Behavioral Trajectories from Age 3 to 15: A Longitudinal Mixed Effects Approach," in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. This study used a large, nationally representative sample of at-risk families to investigate the effects of a range of socioeconomic factors and behavioral trajectories across childhood. Linear mixed effects models compared behavioral trajectories by gender, as well as the...
September 8, 2020
Esther Langston (Social Work) has been elected by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation as an NASW Social Work Pioneer, one of the profession’s highest honors. Those chosen have explored new territories and built outposts for human services around the country and have made important contributions to the social work profession. Pioneers have paved the way for thousands of other social workers to make their own contributions to the health and welfare of individuals and...
May 18, 2020
While we can't be together for the annual Campus Life Top Tier Awards this year, please join us in recognizing this year's nominees and winners. These awards span the different values of the Campus Life cluster including social justice, student and staff development, student engagement, economic viability, infrastructure, academic impact, assessment, and recognition. "Biggest Fan"/Excellence in Recognition — The Student Diversity & Social Justice Latinx Team of Alex Romero, Nicole...