REMINDER: Call for Application: SSWR Doctoral Student Committee

The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) is seeking applicants for its Doctoral Student Committee. This committee originated as a task force in 2014 and was created to ensure that doctoral students’ needs, interests, and priorities are accurately reflected in SSWR doctoral student programming. In December 2018, the SSWR Bylaws were amended by a vote of the SSWR membership and the task force became a standing committee of SSWR. We are interested in building a committee that reflects the diversity of social work doctoral students, their research areas, and their institutions. All social work doctoral students are welcome to apply.

Students are eligible to serve on the committee if they are a current doctoral student in social work/social welfare and will be for at least some of the 2019-2020 academic year and can commit to ~5 hours a month of committee work, including one conference call per month. Students must maintain current membership in SSWR if they are selected to serve on the committee, but do not need to be prior to applying. Attendance at the annual conference is not required. 

The current term will be from March 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020. Committee members are afforded opportunities for leadership development, involvement in the planning of conference events and year‐round initiatives for doctoral student members, experience serving on a national committee, and networking with doctoral student colleagues. Committee members will serve on one of three existing subcommittees: Mentoring, conference, or communication. More subcommittees may be added, depending on need and student interest. 

The application will close on February 15, 2019. Selected doctoral students will be notified by March 1, 2019. Questions can be directed to Emma Carpenter, SSWR Board of Directors Doctoral Student Representative, at eccarpenter@wisc.edu. 

Link to application: https://goo.gl/forms/jmE6ZZwQQhCW1OyQ2

SSWR 2019 Conference Reflection

L-R: Catherine Kramer, Kyle Ganson, Kess Ballentine, & Emma Carpenter

L-R: Catherine Kramer, Kyle Ganson, Kess Ballentine, & Emma Carpenter

Wow! I can’t believe that it’s been almost 2 weeks since SSWR! The conference is always such a blur. 

I think we forget sometimes that SSWR is not just a 4-day conference but a whole organization. As the doctoral student representative on the board, my job is to make sure the needs of doctoral students are represented and taken into account. Not just at the conference, but across the year. I take this job seriously and I want to make sure the work I’m doing to the Board benefits SSWR’s doctoral student members. 

At the luncheon this year, I chose to focus on making sure doctoral students knew about the work that I, along with the newly formed doctoral student committee, is doing. My goal with the luncheon was to give doctoral students a space to come together and meet their peers across the country and the world. At the beginning of the luncheon, I asked people to sit with new people and to invite folks they didn't know to join their table. And you all did! It was inspiring to see new connections being made and to hear great conversations about the conference, doctoral student life, and the amazing research you all are doing. 

For those of you who couldn’t be there, I want you to know that there are exciting things happening and ways to get involved in SSWR all year along! And while some amazing work has happened to date, there is still work to do. The doctoral student committee started as a taskforce in 2014, and recently became an official committee of SSWR. I am so glad that the needs of doctoral students are being taken seriously! This year, we will continue to create content designed for doctoral students in Social Work/ Social Welfare programs—like our This is How I Work Series and the Doctoral Student Spotlight. We will also continue to work on mentoring initiatives—like working on Coffee with a Scholar of the 2020 conference to match even more students with mentors and trying to create peer mentoring connections. We have such an amazing network of students, and I’m excited to leverage that network in new and exciting ways. 

I also know there is a lot of work to do to ensure that ALL of the doctoral student members feel included and represented in SSWR. This year, we are making a strong effort to recruit a diverse group of students, to better represent students of color, and to ensure programs reflect their needs. If you have ideas about programs you would like to see, please reach out to myself or other members on the committee. If you are interested in joining this effort, please consider applying for the committee. We truly are the future of SSWR, and we can start building that future now. 

Happy 2019, doctoral students! I hope to be connecting with you all soon! 

Emma Carpenter, MSW
PhD Program in Social Welfare 
School of Social Work
University of Wisconsin, Madison 

 

Call for Applications: SSWR Doctoral Student Committee

The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) is seeking applicants for its Doctoral Student Committee. This committee originated as a task force in 2014 and was created to ensure that doctoral students’ needs, interests, and priorities are accurately reflected in SSWR doctoral student programming. In December 2018, the SSWR Bylaws were amended by a vote of the SSWR membership and the task force became a standing committee of SSWR. We are interested in building a committee that reflects the diversity of social work doctoral students, their research areas, and their institutions. All social work doctoral students are welcome to apply.

Students are eligible to serve on the committee if they are a current doctoral student in social work/social welfare and will be for at least some of the 2019-2020 academic year and can commit to ~5 hours a month of committee work, including one conference call per month. Students must maintain current membership in SSWR if they are selected to serve on the committee, but do not need to be prior to applying. Attendance at the annual conference is not required. 

The current term will be from March 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020. Committee members are afforded opportunities for leadership development, involvement in the planning of conference events and year‐round initiatives for doctoral student members, experience serving on a national committee, and networking with doctoral student colleagues. Committee members will serve on one of three existing subcommittees: Mentoring, conference, or communication. More subcommittees may be added, depending on need and student interest. 

The application will close on February 15, 2019. Selected doctoral students will be notified by March 1, 2019. Questions can be directed to Emma Carpenter, SSWR Board of Directors Doctoral Student Representative, at eccarpenter@wisc.edu. 

Link to application: https://goo.gl/forms/jmE6ZZwQQhCW1OyQ2

Introducing the SSWR Doctoral Student Members: Mentoring Committee!

Hello from the Mentoring Committee of the SSWR Doctoral Task Force. Our team includes five doctoral students from across the country. Last year we launched the Coffee with a Scholar Program, a mentor matching program that matches doctoral students and faculty members for one-hour coffee meetings at SSWR’s annual conference. We matched 40 mentors and students this past year and will be hosting the program again this year. When you register for SSWR, indicate your interest in this program so you can meet a mentor with expertise in your content area or in a research method of interest. We hope to match up to 75 students this year! We look forward to providing mentoring information and opportunity to doctoral student members of SSWR. 


Kess Ballentine, Doctoral Student, University of Pittsburgh 
I'm Kess Ballentine, a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh. I study the effect of work on family life and parenting. Currently I am examining the potential relationships between low-wage work environments and poor child well-being and how these relationships may differ by race and culture viewpoints on parenthood. I am serving as the Chair of the Mentoring Subcommittee and feel strongly that effective mentoring can improve individual academic careers and promote more women and people of color in academia and social work leadership. Keep a look out here for materials to help you improve your relationships with your mentors! Also, sign up for Coffee with a Scholar when you register for SSWR to start building relationships outside your school!  

Abha Rai, PhD Candidate, University of Georgia
My name is Abha Rai and I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia, Athens. I am currently in my third year of my doctoral journey as well as in the SSWR Doctoral Student Taskforce. My area of research interest pertains to issues of domestic violence among the South Asian immigrant community residing in the United States. I am currently serving as the communications lead of the Mentoring Committee. I am really excited about our plans for the committee this year and also about the resources that we hope to create for doctoral students. Our flagship program-Coffee with a Scholar will be rolled out again at SSWR this year. Be sure to keep an eye out while registering for SSWR and allow yourself an opportunity to engage with an academic mentor. 

Thomas Bane, Doctoral Student, CUNY Graduate Center 
I'm Thomas Bane, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center. My area of focus is the intersection of health systems transformation and health equity. This is my second year on the Task force. I hope to see more opportunities created for PhD students to meet and interact with leading SW scholars in their field of interest. Coffee with a Scholar is a unique opportunity for both faculty and PhD Students to interact, so I hope you will take advantage of it! Sign up when you register for SSWR!

Stephenie Howard, Doctoral Student, Howard University 
Hi, my name is Stephenie Howard. I am a doctoral student at Howard University with the School of Social Work. I have been a member of the SSWR Doctoral Student Taskforce for three years. My area of research is trauma, and my dissertation explores the impact of vicarious trauma on children. I hope that this information will enhance the ability of social workers to respond to and protect vulnerable populations. As one of the founding members of the mentorship subcommittee, I am excited that we have been able to create new opportunities for doctoral students to receive assistance and support from scholars outside of their university. I look forward to continuing these efforts, and I hope that you will join us next year for Coffee with a Scholarly at SSWR’s Annual Conference.

Grace Gowdy, Doctoral Candidate, Boston University 
Hi all! I am a doctoral candidate in Boston University’s School of Social Work. My research interests include community and family influence on individual upward mobility, with a focus on the adolescent stage. My dissertation is on informal mentors and their ability to promote economic upward mobility for low-income youth. I have been a part of this mentoring group for a few years and am excited for watch the Coffee with a Scholar program grow. I hope you take part this year and have a great time connecting!

 

 

 

Introducing the SSWR Doctoral Student Members: Communications Committee! 

The Communications Committee is responsible for outreach to SSWR doctoral student members including making student members aware of events and opportunities offered through SSWR, as well as providing resources to support student work and development. We maintain a blog located on the SSWR website as well as the Facebook page. Last year we launched a new series, This is How I Work: Social Work Research Edition, which is based on the series from Lifehacker and showcased how social work scholars go about their work. This year we will continue that series and launch a new one to highlight the research done by doctoral student members (SSWR Doctoral Student Research Highlight). If you have an idea of how the Communications Committee can better support you as a student member, please contact the committee co-chairs, Sara Terrana (spilgreen@g.ucla.edu) and Catherine Kramer (ckramer@albany.edu).


Sara Terrana, Doctoral Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles  
I am Sara Terrana, a doctoral candidate at UCLA – Luskin School of Public Affairs in the Department of Social Welfare. My research focuses on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, particularly community-based organizations, neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage, and social inequality. I teach sections and courses at both UCLA and the Columbia School of Social Work. These have included classes in statistics, human behavior and the social environment, social work policy, and advocacy in social work practice. Prior to my doctoral studies, I earned my MSW from UCLA in 2013. During that time, I completed internship placements in Long Beach, California, and Johannesburg, South Africa. I also hold an MA from Teachers College – Columbia University (2011), where I focused on macro practices and urban poverty. In addition, I served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Vanuatu from 2005–07. 

Catherine Kramer, Doctoral Student, University at Albany – SUNY 
I am Catherine Kramer, a doctoral student at the University at Albany - SUNY. My work focuses on young people who experience disadvantage and marginalization due to economic poverty, social isolation, and social exclusion. My research takes me across multiple settings – educational, juvenile justice and child welfare – in pursuit of organizational designs and practices that ensure healthy development and opportunity for young people. Currently I work as a research assistant for the NYKids Project, which studies the practices of schools succeeding at serving marginalized young people, and as a research associate with the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. I am a licensed social worker and have a master's degree in public administration. 

Jonah DeChants, Doctoral Student, University of Denver
I am Jonah DeChants, a doctoral student at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work. I study the experiences of homeless youth, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and approaches to youth empowerment. Prior to coming to GSSW, I worked for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, supervising a federal planning grant which examined risk and protective factors of homelessness among youth aging out of foster care. I have a Masters of Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice.

Kyle T. Ganson, Doctoral Candidate, Simmons University 
I am Kyle T. Ganson, a doctoral candidate at Simmons University School of Social Work. My research focuses on eating disorders, boy's and men's health, mental health care policy and access, and social work education. Along with my doctoral studies, I adjunct teach at Simmons University and the University of New England. I am also a licensed clinical social worker and I have a private practice in Southern Maine.

Kimberly Hogan, Doctoral Student, Arizona State University 
I am Kimberly Hogan, a doctoral student at Arizona State University. My research focuses on domestic sex trafficking and the therapeutic needs for exiting.  I work closely with community groups, including the National Criminal Justice Training Center, AMBER Alert, City of Phoenix Starfish Place, and the Phoenix and Las Vegas Metropolitan VICE Units. My research work spans the prevention, detection, identification, and treatment of minor and adult sex trafficking victims. Along with my doctoral studies and sex trafficking research, I am a faculty associate at Arizona State University and an adjunct instructor at Fordham University in the online MSW program. I am also a therapist at a local behavioral health hospital.

Julia O’Connor, Doctoral Candidate, Rutgers University
I am Julia O’Connor a doctoral candidate and Part Time Lecture at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and a Research Associate at the Center of Violence Against Women and Children. I have many years of experience as a domestic and sexual violence advocate. Additionally, I served in the Peace Corps twice (Uganda 2004-2006; Guyana 2013-2014). I hold a MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work and a MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. My research interests include violence against women focused on primary prevention of interpersonal violence.

Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons, Doctoral Student, University of Utah 
I am Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons, a doctoral student in the University of Utah’s College of Social Work. I study the intersections of health, technology, and gender-based violence.  Prior to coming to the University of Utah, I worked on a federally funded project through the Office of Women’s Health collaborating with social service providers, healthcare professionals, and survivors of intimate partner violence to improve IPV screenings in healthcare settings and support survivors accessing health services. I have a Master of Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center