A poet and a writer since adolescence, Dr. Nick Mazza was working in the maintenance department of a hospital in New Jersey putting himself through college when he noticed an article in Time magazine on poetry therapy. His curiosity piqued, he wrote to one of the national leaders in poetry therapy, attended a national conference in Brooklyn and found himself hooked. He approached the medical director of the hospital about reading poetry to patients, and the director introduced him to the hospital’s social services department. The rest is history.
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.
This distinction recognizes members of the society who have furthered its mission – to advance, disseminate and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable and just society.
Dr. Eyitayo Onifade joined the College of Social Work at Florida State University in fall 2010. Dr. Onifade has experience as a victim-witness advocate, juvenile probation officer, and policy analyst/evaluator for child welfare and juvenile justice systems. He earned his MSW from the University of Georgia, where he also worked with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government as an analyst. Dr. Onifade completed his Ph.D. at Michigan State University in the field of Ecological-Community Psychology.
Dr. Eric Garland came to FSU in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to that, he worked as an LCSW psychotherapist and clinical supervisor at a wilderness therapy program near Asheville, NC. He holds more than a decade of clinical experience working in mental health and integrative medicine settings, and he has been trained in the conduct of clinical research through a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.
The College of Social Work recently named Pam Graham its Jeanene M. Janes Child Welfare Fellow. The fellowship is awarded to a College of Social Work faculty member who places a special emphasis on child welfare issues. Graham is the director of the College’s Bachelor of Social Work Program and Professional Development Program.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Florida State university professor is spearheading a new outreach program to mentor disadvantaged youth in the Big Bend on careers in residential construction.
Florida State University College of Social Work Professor Eyitayo Onifade is the leader of the new program, which is called Construction-Coaching Opportunities to Reach Employment (C-CORE).
The program, which is a partnership between the college and the Home Builders Institute, is set to launch in mid-March.
Over the past several decades, there has been an explosion of research demonstrating that our feelings and thoughts are closely tied to the function of our brains, so much so that the 1990s were heralded as the “Decade of the Brain” by the Library of Congress and the National Institutes of Health.