School of Social Work

UConn Law, Social Work Contingent Devotes Spring Break to Helping Asylum Seekers

Ten UConn Law students spent spring break interviewing immigrant detainees behind the walls of the York County Prison in Pennsylvania and working late into the night to help prepare their asylum applications.

Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD

Two Social Work Faculty Receive Prestigious InCHIP Seed Grants

Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD, Associate Professor, and Caitlin Elsaesser, PhD, Assistant Professor, were each recently awarded prestigious InCHIP Seed Grant Awards from the UConn Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy. Dr. Werkmeister Rozas received a $15,000 faculty seed grant for her study “Innovative Diabetes Prevention & Disease Self-Management Intervention for Latino Families.” This […]

Woman in detention center. (iStock Photo)

Helping Asylum-Seekers Prepare for the Courts

A group of UConn law and social work students will spend Spring Break assisting women asylum-seekers detained at a federal immigration center.

A group of social work students are in D.C. for two days to learn about and lobby for issues related to the well-being of the clients and communities they serve. (iStock Photo)

Social Work Students Head to Capitol Hill

The students went to D.C. to learn about and lobby for issues related to the well-being of the clients and communities they serve.

Precious Price MSW '16

MSW Student Overcomes Obstacles to Find Success

Precious Price’s early years were tough. She was born to a single mother, the fourth of six children. “I grew up in and out of foster care placements.” At 12, she was placed in foster care until she aged out at 22. “I ended up in several different placements while in care, but remained in […]

Dr. Ann Marie Garran

Three SSW Faculty Receive Scholarship Facilitation Fund Grants

The UConn Vice President for Research awarded three Scholarship Facilitation Fund (SFF) grants to School of Social Work faculty for the spring 2016 semester. The grants will facilitate the growth of extramural research and increase scholarly publications produced by faculty. This builds on the School’s success in receiving these awards. In 2015, the VPR awarded grants […]

Collaborations with State Agencies Yields High-Impact Research

The School of Social Work maintains robust partnerships with the State of Connecticut, linking social work researchers with state agencies, such as DMHAS and DCF. “These are important collaborations because social work is a research discipline and profession, and it’s also a practice profession,” says Dr. Nina Rovinelli Heller, dean of the School of Social […]

Father and son being interviewed by a professional. (iStock image)

UConn Partners with State on Child Welfare Project

The federally funded program seeks to prepare an ethnically and linguistically diverse group of social workers to work with vulnerable children and families.

SSW Hires Three Tenure Track Faculty

Dean Nina Rovinelli Heller announced the appointments of three new tenure-track assistant professors to begin in Fall 2016. “Together, these three candidates bring excellent research and scholarship achievement and potential as well as teaching, practice and community engagement skills”, she said. “Their focus on violence prevention in child welfare, interpersonal violence and corrections will significantly […]

Michael Fendrich

Friends are Unreliable Sources for Drinking Study

Dr. Michael Fendrich’s research was featured in the inaugural issue of the UConn Health Journal In recent years, researchers have turned to friends of people in alcohol studies to verify what the subjects report about their drinking habits. People in the same social situations are sought out, in part, because of the inherent impairment caused […]