Shairi Turner, MD, MPH, a Harvard-trained internist, and pediatrician will join the FSU College of Social Work as a research faculty member, and a key member of the College’s leadership traveling to Shanghai, China in May 2017. The College's international delegation, consisting of Dr. Amy Ai, Dean Jim Clark, Dr. Turner, Dr. Neil Abell and Dr.
By Karen Oehme, J.D.
Director, Institute for Family Violence Studies
On March 30, Mark Courtney visited the FSU College of Social Work and gave two well received presentations on the area of child welfare, including:
“Trends in Child Welfare: The Emerging Focus on Child Well Being” presented in the morning as a continuing education presention at the Leon Human Services Center co-sponsored by Big Ben Community Based Care.
The FSU College of Social Work hosted its inaugural Research Exposition, April 10, 2012 in the University Center’s Futch Ballroom. The College shared a rich array of research topics with professors and students of the broader Florida State campus and members of the Tallahassee social services community. The Exhibition, spearheaded by Professors Jean Munn, Stephen Tripodi, and the College’s Research Committee, renamed and restructured the College’s Research Showcase into a larger, broader annual public event.
Women are the fastest growing prison population in the United States. Thus, women prisoners are increasingly contributing to the societal and financial costs of incarceration and recidivism. Although research on women in prison is emerging, very little is known about women in prison compared to their male counterparts. Women in prison have high rates of mental health and substance use problems, which are often related to their trauma histories, including childhood physical victimization and childhood sexual victimization.
Prescription drug abuse is a hot button issue and frequent headliner in Florida’s news media. Likewise, addiction and chronic pain remain at the forefront of the latest public health concerns as the U.S. struggles to address the needs of a rising veteran population. Through a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), Dr. Eric Garland is investigating an innovative way to combat chronic pain and problems related to prescription painkiller use through a mental training program he developed called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement.
Around one in eight Americans are elderly (65 years old or over), according to the U.S. Census Bureau; but, by the year 2030 about one in five Americans will be elderly. As the elderly population exceeds the growth population of the U.S., it is increasingly a concern for the country that the needs of the elderly are addressed and met.
Doctoral Candidate Judith Hefren has set herself apart with her dedication to teaching. For the 2012-2013 academic year, Judy was nominated and selected to act as a representative of pedagogical excellence to the greater University as a Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) Teaching Associate.
With the help of grant funding from the Tallahassee COPE Coalition, the College of Social Work’s Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center (MDC) is partnering with the PACE Center for Girls to provide a curriculum-based intervention for treating and preventing obesity that will include: nutrition education, physical activity and a behavioral activation treatment program. Collaborating with the Coalition and community partners, the MDC will introduce PACE’s students to a variety of wellness activities that can be practically integrated into their daily lives.