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(Updated 10/13/20)

Online Program

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Student Accomplishments:

Stephanie Rosado, MSW, a PhD student’s recent accomplishments:

  • Fellow of the month for October in the SAMHSA and CSWE Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) 
  • Co-authored a chapter on sport social work which was accepted for publication in the Social Worker’s Desk Reference. It’s the first time ever that the Social Worker’s Desk Reference will feature a chapter on the unique subspecialty of sport social work. 
    Kratz, S. E. & Rosado, S. E. (2020). Sport social work. In Social Workers’ Desk Reference. Oxford University Press. Accepted for publication. 
  • Awarded the Florida Education Fund’s McKnight Doctoral Fellowship (MDF) and represents the only social work graduate student in her fellowship cohort. 

Caroline Muster, MSW, LCSW, a PhD student wrote a manuscript and was published in Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. The now published article is entitled: "The Silenced Voices of Hidden Survivors: Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Among Women with Disabilities Through a Combined Theoretical Approach". 

The Social Work Society has been working hard throughout the spring and fall semesters during the COVID pandemic.  They’ve continued to have activities, support groups, learning opportunities, etc.  The most recent meeting was a PowerPoint presentation that was developed and presented by SWS president Kimi Alberico about the importance of voting.  There were 24 students present at the Zoom meeting and the discussion was informative and uplifting.  Brande Stow, SWS Vice President, expressed her commitment to making herself available to students to take them to the polls, drop off their ballots, or provide other needed support.  Kudos and congratulations to the Social Work Society officers and leaders including Kimi, Stow, Ciana Redmond, and Scott Lee. 

Sarasota-Manatee MSW Cohort. Our new cohort began their adventure into MSW education this summer, and are now in their second semester of an enthusiastic embrace of the social work profession, mission, and values! We anticipate one or two additional students next summer when Advanced Standing members join in. Our cohort includes a diversity of backgrounds and experience: we have students working full-time in child and elder protective services, medical social work, library services, and parenting programs (as well as parenting their own children of course!) Three of our students have master’s degrees and have found another calling toward social work. With our newfound virtual reality in classroom venues, we’ve also met the significant members of the family who are dogs, cats, and ferrets.

  • Our new representative to the MSW Committee is Lena Tudor. We know that Lena will represent her cohort well and will keep us all connected and informed.

Faculty Accomplishments:

Dr. Kerry Littlewood and her colleagues, presented "National Grand families and COVID 19 Study: Self-Care and Social Support Needs" (virtually, pre-recorded) at the 2020 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research. 

Dr. Jerome Galea and his colleagues were accepted into the Fall 2020 I-Corps cohort. They were recently awarded funding from the USF Pandemic Research Response Network to develop a chatbot to screen and link COVID-19 responders to mental health resources and services. As I-Corps Fellows, they will gain the knowledge and skills to potentially move a successful chatbot beyond the lab and into the commercial marketplace. 

Professor John Zrebiec serves on the Board of Directors, Mental Health Community Centers, Sarasota, Lifescan Diabetes Institute, Philadelphia, Annual Conference Planning Committee, Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, Chicago and Mental Health Advisory Group, American Diabetes Association, Washington, DC.