School of Social Work


SSW Hires Three Tenure Track Faculty

January 6, 2016

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 […]

Friends are Unreliable Sources for Drinking Study

December 22, 2015

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 […]

Preparing Graduates for the Child Welfare Workforce

December 14, 2015

The UConn School of Social Work and the CT Department of Children and Families (DCF) have established theConnecticut Partnership for Child Welfare Excellence. The SSW is one of only eleven schools of social work in the U.S. to be selected to participate in this five year federal grant funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration for […]

School of Social Work Preparing Graduates to Work With At Risk Youth

December 7, 2015

Eighteen second year Casework and Group Work students are engaged in a program at the School of Social Work, in partnership with the Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services (DMHAS). The focus of this three year grant is to train MSW students to work effectively with the young adult population, ages 18-25, with serious […]

Doctoral Student Jason Ostrander Receives Award

December 7, 2015

Jason Ostrander is the recipient of the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA) Outstanding Student award. The award recognizes the contributions of a BSW or MSW student who has been involved in community or organizational practice. Dr. Louise Simmons, his dissertation advisor, nominated Jason because of his “amazing career and academic record related […]

SSW Welcomes Dr. Caitlin Elsaesser to the Faculty

December 7, 2015

Dr. Elsaesser joined the School of Social Work faculty in August. She teaches research in the MSW and doctoral programs.  Her research agenda focuses on evaluating the developmental impact of childhood violence exposure and victimization over the life course. She is examining and contributing much needed insight into how specific forms of violence exposure and/or […]

Provost Appoints Two New Deans

August 12, 2015

Provost Mun Choi has appointed Anne D’Alleva as dean of the School of Fine Arts and Nina Heller as interim dean of the School of Social Work.

Construction to Begin at Downtown Hartford Campus

April 30, 2015

The Board of Trustees has approved a $115 million design budget to begin construction work at the main building that will anchor UConn Hartford.

Social Work Professor Catherine Havens Dies

March 31, 2015

A faculty member in Social Work for 38 years, Havens also was longtime associate dean for academic affairs and director of the MSW program.

Social Work Practice and the Ongoing Impact of History

November 19, 2014

UConn social work students explore the continuing effects of the Holocaust in Germany, while students from Merseburg learn about the history of race and its legacy in the U.S.

In Social Work Practice, One Size Doesn’t Fit All

September 14, 2014

Social work professor Alex Gitterman argues that an ‘evidence-based’ approach is not sufficient to address complex social problems.