An article published by “Washington Monthly” magazine highlighted the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus as one of the nation’s “Best Bang for the Buck,” rating the campus in the top spot in the “Southeast” category.  “In the Southeast, the University of South Florida’s Sarasota-Manatee campus edges out the University of Florida and James Madison University for top billing,” the magazine wrote in its September/October issue. In the selection process for its Best Bang for the Buck category, the magazine examined overall affordability, graduation rates over eight years, the number of students receiving Pell grants and the graduation rates of Pell recipients, among other criteria. The rankings were also featured in Forbes, in addition to Washington Monthly. The article can be found here:

Recent publications by faculty members in the social work department:

Brown, Leslie Lauren; Perkins, Jessica Mayson ; Hargrove, Jami Lynn ; Pahl, Kathryn Elenor ; Mogoba, Phepo ; van Zyl, Michiel Adriaan. “Correlates of Safety Strategy Use Among South African Women Living With HIV and at Risk of Intimate Partner Violence.” Violence against women (2021): 107780122110211–10778012211021108.  

Congratulations to Dr. Vickie Lynn, co-author of the following book chapter that is hot of the press: Conyers, L., Chiu, J. Y. C., Rueda, S., Misrok, M., Lynn, V., & McKinney-Prupis, E. (2021). Employment as a Social Determinant of HIV Care and Prevention Outcomes. In AIDS Updates-Recent Advances and New Perspectives. IntechOpen. 
doi: 10.5772/intechopen.98418

Congratulations to Dr. Maayan Lawental and a previous doctoral student in our School, Dana Williams, who are co-authors of the following recent publication:

Pang T, Murn L, Williams D, Lawental M, Abhayakumar A, Kip KE. Comparison of Accelerated Resolution Therapy for PTSD between veterans with and without prior PTSD treatment. Military Medicine, 2021 Aug 12:usab335. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usab335. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34383937. 

 Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Moore who co-authored two recent publications:

Moore, M. R., Davis, C., Cadet, T., Harralson, T., & Dietzen, L. (2021). Understanding the factors related to trauma-induced stress in cancer patients: A national study of 17 cancer centers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(14), 7600.  

Mason, M. J., Coatsworth, J. D., Russell, M., Khatri, P., Bailey, S., Moore, M., Brown, A., Zaharakis, N., Trussell, M., Stephens, C.J., Wallis, D., & Hale, C. (2021). Reducing Risk for Adolescent Substance Misuse with Text-Delivered Counseling to Adolescents and Parents. Substance Use & Misuse, 1-11.

Student Accomplishments:

Joseph Heger, an undergraduate student in our School has been awarded a CBCS Research Assistantship, through the Dean’s office. The program is established to enable students who are pursuing a major in CBCS to gain more research experience. Mr. Heger is assigned to Dr. Guitele Rahill, Director of the Social Work Interdisciplinary Lab (SWIRL). His assignment to Dr. Rahill is based on their shared interests in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). This Research Assistantship was was obtained through a rigorous and competitive process. So far, Mr. Heger has been entering data and developing research questions from the first ACE study completed in Haiti, Associations of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) with Substance Use, Health access, Non-intimate Partner Sexual Violence, HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, in Urban Haiti.

Michael Chartier, an undergraduate student assigned as a BSW intern to the Volunteer Wilderness Alliance (Swamp Apes) non-profit organization is a Veteran who has been working tremendously hard to set up and co-facilitate confidential virtual Listening Sessions for Veterans with Dr. Rahill.  We were greatly encouraged to also learn of post-traumatic growth in our Listening session participants and of the tremendous work they are doing to regulate their own emotions, help their buddies do the same, and foster collaborations in their networks! We are also establishing connections with other Clinical social workers, case managers and veterans around the country, to facilitate additional Listening sessions for Veterans.

Michael has always been personally involved in preparing documents geared at obtaining humanitarian visas for Afghanistan interpreters and their families who are still in Afghanistan.

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Congratulations to Dr. Doris Boateng, a School of Social Work courtesy faculty and former post-doctoral fellow to USF from the University of Ghana has just been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Work, University of Ghana, Legon. Dr. Boateng's promotion is the direct result of her three-month stay for post-doctoral fellowship in May, 2018 at USF. As an early career faculty at the University of Ghana, Dr. Boateng won a BANGA-Africa grant to spend three months at the School of Social Work, USF, under the mentorship of Dr. Sondra Fogel to prepare manuscripts for publication in top-tier international journals. These publications and other lessons learned from the mentoring relationship were the basis for Dr. Boateng's assessment and subsequent promotion.

Congratulations to Dr. Dasha Rhodes who was informed that the following manuscript she co-authored was accepted for publication: Slay, Z.M., Robinson, D.L., & Rhodes, D.J. (TBD). Shared perspectives of strength among Black women social work educators in a global pandemic. Journal of Social Work Educators.


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