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Congratulations to Dr. LeaAnne DeRigne who was invited to present her most recent research on paid sick leave to the US House and Senate in a Congressional Briefing on June 22nd in DC.

Dr. Naelys Luna has been appointed as the Director of the School of Social Work.

Dr. Luna and Dr. Gail Horton recently published: Spirituality in the treatment of substance use disorders: Introducing the three-legged stool as a model for intervention. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work.

Dr. Woody Hamlin will be retiring at the end of July. Dr. Hamlin has served as MSW Program Coordinator since its inception in 2000. Under his guidance, the program has grown from 20 to approximately 280 MSW students and the School has graduated 985 MSW students. We wish Dr. Hamlin all the best in his retirement. The School of Social Work has appointed Ms. Joy McClellan, LCSW as the new MSW Coordinator.

Dr. Hamlin also served as Associate Director of the University’s Interprofessional Education program with the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing. The program’s team published the following article: An innovative interprofessional education program for university medical, nursing and social work students learning in teams during sessions and visits with geriatric mentors (2016). Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, Vol 1, Issues 3-4, pages 100-103 with J. Bamdas, M. Jacomino, K. Keller, M. Hawkins, S. Gordon, and J. Ouslander.


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The FAU School of Social Work once again ranked #6 of top Social Work Schools for 2016 according to student reviews from

 Dr. Michele Hawkins will serve as vice provost, assisting the provost with oversight of the Division of Academic Affairs and acting as chief academic officer in the absence of the provost. She will also be responsible for personnel issues including the promotion and tenure process, professional development, collective bargaining, and faculty credentialing.

Dr. John Graham was recruited to be Director and Professor, School of Social Work, University of British Columbia, and he and Susan will be moving to one of the country’s most beautiful settings, in the Okanagan. “I had a wonderful two years at FAU and will genuinely miss colleagues, students, and community collaborators.” The School of Social Work wishes him well in his new endeavors.



Drs. Michael Kane and Diane Sherman are serving as interim DSW Program Co-Coordinators. The first cohort of DSW students will start Fall 2016.

Dr. Juyoung Park and colleagues published a systematic review paper on the effect of yoga on symptoms, physical function and psychosocial outcomes in adults with osteoarthritis in a medical journal.  Cheung, C., Park. J., & Wyman, J. F. (2016). Effects of yoga on symptoms, physical function, and psychosocial outcomes in adults with osteoarthritis: A systematic review. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 95(2), 139-151. Additionally, the first article from the NIH R 15 funding on chair yoga was published where they discussed the benefits of integrating social work and nursing students into the NIH funded research. McCaffrey, R., Weglicki, L., Park, J., Garrido, J. J., Riccio, M. R. (2016). Using the R15 Mechanism to Educate Students as Health Care Research Scholars. Nursing Education Perspectives.  The chair yoga study was presented at the American Holistic Nurses Association Conference in June, 2016. McCaffrey, R., Park. J., & Garrido, J. (2016, June). The effect of a seated chair yoga on older adults who are unable to participate in standing exercise. Paper session presented at American Holistic Nurses Association Conference. Bonita Springs Florida.


The School of Social Work’s Title IV-E child welfare social work education initiative received 40 stipends this year.  New instructor Matt Anderson started in June under the Title IV-E program.

On behalf of the FAU School of Social Work, we congratulate Elyssa Kupferberg on receiving the 2016 Irving Eckhardt Mitzvah Society Award.  Her commitment and dedication to our school and community make us very proud. We are honored to have her as a member of our school advisory committee board.

 Congratulations to MSW and adjunct instructor Vicki Rosenthal on being awarded an undergraduate research grant.  We thank her for her contributions towards expanding undergraduate research and inquiry opportunities in social work.

​Dr. Allan Barsky has been working on a national task force to develop “Practice Standards for Social Work and Technology.” A draft of the practice standards is available for public viewing and comment from a link at In June, Dr. Barsky has presented workshops on technology and social work, as well as restorative justice, at the Social Work and Social Development Conference in Seoul, Korea. In July, Dr. Barsky was one of the featured guest lecturers at the Summer University Program for international social work students in Lausanne, Switzerland.