Spotlight on research at exposition

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.

Victimization & women prisoners

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.

Mindfulness research can combat addiction & pain

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.

Multidisciplinary Center grant to address childhood obesity

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.

Verizon Foundation funds development of a national violence prevention toolkit

The Verizon Foundation has long supported projects that address vital community issues, including domestic violence.  This month, Verizon increased its support of the Institute for Family Violence Studies (IFVS) at the College of Social Work, awarding the IFVS a grant of $140,000 to create the first stage of a national Prevention Toolkit on Officer-Involved Domestic Violence.  Recognizing that domestic violence can occur in all occupations and is present in all socio-economic groups, the toolkit is designed to help criminal justice officers keep their own families healthy.