The College community is invited to attend the 21st National Symposium for Doctoral Research in Social Work on April 18, 2009 from 8:30-12:30 in Stillman Hall. OSU President Dr. E. Gordon Gee will be on hand to welcome our distinguished speakers, students, alumni and faculty.
The keynote address, “Prevention Science and Adolescent Problem Behavior: Advances and Opportunities” is to be delivered by Dr. Jeffrey Jenson, the Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth at Risk and Associate Dean for Research at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Dr. Jenson states: “The individual and social costs of adolescent problem behaviors like aggression, substance abuse and school failure are too high in our country. I have a personal goal to see more social work practitioners and researchers involved in efforts to promote healthy behaviors and prevent problems among young people.”
The National Symposium for Doctoral Research in Social Work was founded in 1985 as a peer-reviewed forum for the presentation of recent doctoral dissertation research. Past presenters are among the top researchers in the field of social work.
The Symposium will include presentations by eight recent social work doctoral degree recipients from some of the best programs in the country on topics including schools, adolescents, mental health, substance abuse and health, in four concurrent morning sessions. Attendees can earn CEUs for licensure and credit/extra credit for social work classes. The events are free of charge and open to students, field instructors, social work practitioners and other interested parties.
Dr. Jenson is the editor-in-chief of one of social work’s major journals, Social Work Research. He specializes in research on adolescent problem behavior, including interventions and prevention efforts in school, community and agency settings. He is the author of several books, numerous articles and book chapters and is currently principal investigator of the Youth Empowerment Project, an investigation aimed at improving academic and behavioral outcomes among youth in three Denver public housing communities. He was recently principal investigator of the Youth Matters Denver Public Schools Prevention Project, which assessed the effects of a structured curriculum on aggression and substance use among students in 28 elementary schools. Dr. Jenson has received university and state awards for his research, and delivered the Aaron Rosen Endowed lecture at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in January.