Accomplishments: School of Social Work

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...
May 14, 2020
Vicky Albert (Social Work) and Jaewon Lim (Public Policy and Leadership) recently published an article in the Sustainability Journal. In their article "Spatial Analyses of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Its Responsiveness to Labor Market Performance and Policies during the 2008 Recession," they developed a responsiveness index which revealed that many of the western and midwestern states were quite responsive to the recession. Using exploratory spatial data analysis tools, they found...
May 1, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 Graduate College Medallion recipients. Graduate College Medallion recipients are exceptionally involved during their time as graduate students at UNLV. Medallions are given in the semester students graduate.  This semester's recipients are: Austin McKenna, Biological Sciences Ph.D.  Monia Kazemeini, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Johanna Andrews, Public Health Ph.D. Jessica Nave-Blodgett, Psychology Ph.D. John...
November 26, 2019
Vanessa Núñez, Esmeralda C. Cruz Lopez (both Sociology), and Mariana Sarmiento Hernández (Social Work), along with former sociology faculty-in-residence Anna C. Smedley, published an article in the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal titled, “La Lucha Sigue: Making the Case for Institutional Support of Undocumented and DACAmented Students in Higher Education.” Núñez, Lopez, and Hernández are graduate students.