Faculty Spotlight

FSU’s Institute for Justice Research and Development Uses Science to Transform Justice System

The numbers are the problem for Associate Professor of Social Work Carrie Pettus at Florida State University.

More than 12,000 people are released from state and federal prisons each week, and 77% of formerly incarcerated individuals return to prison within five years.

“If you can imagine going to a doctor and they say here’s this medical intervention that works 23 percent of the time, would we continue to use that intervention? No,” Pettus said.

FSU Researchers: Family Ties Play Important Role in Mental Health of Asian Americans

Family cohesion and regular religious attendance play a critical role in positive mental health outcomes for Asian Americans, according to new research from Florida State University.

Amy L. Ai, a professor in the College of Social Work, led an interdisciplinary team that found family cohesion reduced the incidence of anxiety disorders among Asian Americans while regular religious attendance lowered their rate of substance use disorder. Family conflict increased instances of both substance use disorder and depression.

Alumna Joins the College of Social Work in New Faculty Role

After graduating with her MSW in 1996 and her Ph.D. in 2006 from the Florida State University College of Social Work, Dr. Lisa Johnson returned in 2018 as an Assistant Teaching Professor and co-Program Coordinator for the College of Social Work at FSU Panama City.  In addition, she served as the area coordinator and faculty field liaison for the online MSW program. She returned to the College of Social Work in Tallahassee in 2020 as a Visiting Teaching Professor where she taught courses remotely due to the Pandemic.

FSU-Created, Dyslexia-Focused Comic Book to be Available Nationwide as Graphic Novel

“The Uncanny Chronicles,” a comic book focused on the realities of dyslexia will soon be available nationwide as a graphic novel thanks to an agreement between Florida State University and Ventris Learning.

“The Uncanny Chronicles” is an eight-issue comic book series created by faculty from the Florida Center for Reading Research and the FSU College of Social Work. The story follows Kayla, a young reader who confronts issues related to reading difficulties and illustrates how she interacts with the world and how the world interacts with her.