School of Social Work

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Peter Papallo: A Full-Circle Career Comes to a Close

Having landed in a social work career by happenstance, School of Social Work instructor Peter Papallo is retiring after decades as a clinician and teacher.

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Q&A: College Success for Foster Youth

"Climbing a Broken Ladder: Contributors of College Success for Youth in Foster Care" author talks better support for foster youth

A social worker visiting with a young family, the type of situation where a common diagnostic tool is most important, but can also be easily misused, according to new research.

Too Hot or Too Cold? UConn Researcher Finds ‘Goldilocks Problem’ in Child Welfare Decision-Making

A major tool widely used in child welfare decision-making - and the way agencies try to implement it - may be hindering social workers.

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Two Social Work Alums Hired to Head Up University Mental Health Efforts

New hires bring decades of experience to carry out UConn's mental health support plans.

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Public Policy, Social Work Researchers: Antipoverty Programs Can Help Reduce Child Neglect

Breaking down policy 'silos' would provide significant benefit to children and families.

An older woman talks with her doctor via computer tablet, illustrating the type of telemedicine being discussed by the research study in the story.

UConn Researcher Offers Lessons Learned from a Pre-Pandemic Study of Telemedicine Use

Looking beyond the numbers to better understand a complex health care question.

An illustration that depicts a woman of color wearing a facemask and cradling a newborn child, also with a facemask, to symbolize the challenges of new motherhood during the pandemic.

An Intimate Reflection on Motherhood, Family, Academia, and Inequality During a Pandemic

How three scholars took an untraditional approach to exploring the experiences of new mothers during the pandemic.

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MSW Students Among UConn Contact Tracers Helping State Fight COVID-19

Nearly 100 UConn students, including 11 students in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program, are doing their part to stem the spread of COVID-19 through working as contact tracers for the state Department of Public Health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), case investigation and contact tracing is key to […]

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New Social Work-DCF Partnership Prepares Students to Work With Latino Families

The School of Social Work has launched a new track for Spanish-speaking Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) students, which prepares them to work with Latino families in child welfare and protection.

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UConn Magazine: Just Folk

Lara Herscovitch ’95 MSW spent nearly two decades leading a dual life. Weekdays, she was a social worker. At night or on weekends she would head to a recording studio, an open mic night, or a scheduled performance.