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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Dr. Cynthia Fontanella’s Research Featured in Medscape Today

Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Fontanella and Danielle Hiance, Social Work, who presented “Suicidal Adolescent Inpatients at Risk for Early Readmission: The Effect of Psychotropic Medication Changes and Polypharmacy” with Jeffrey A. Bridge and John V. Campo, at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s 56th Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI, October 27-November 1. The research is featured in Medscape Today (from WebMD). Simply log in to read the entire story.


College of Social Work Wins Outstanding Alumni Society Award

Society Award 2009The Ohio State University College of Social Work Alumni Society recently received the  2009 Outstanding Alumni Society Award at the OSU Alumni Association Leadership Conference, held October 30.  This is the third award it has received since 2005!

The Executive Committee sends a special thanks to society members for being a part of this award through event attendance and membership in the society. 

"We might be a small society, but we are ‘mighty’ in all that we do to ‘Be the Link’ with the college, university, students, and fellow alumni,” says Pamela Robinson Mayor, society president.



NASW Awards Shawn King, PhD Candidate, Aron Fellowship

PhD Candidate Shawn King (‘09) is the recipient of the National Association of Social Workers Foundation’s 2009-10 Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation, Midlife and Older Gay Men and their use of Physical and Mental Health Services: Exploring the Effects of Health Enablers, Health Need, Psychosocial Stress and Individual Health Coping. The fellowship provides partial support for doctoral dissertation work in health care policy and practice.

King says, “My career in gerontology social work has been enhanced through the funding provided and by the recognition and credibility that has been given to the importance of my research which addresses access barriers to physical and mental services for midlife and older gay men."

Focusing on important, but often ignored questions about health care access and barriers for older gay men, King’s research provides policy makers and practitioners with information needed to better address the needs of this population. 

“My research has been able to identify certain biopsychosocial barriers surrounding access to health care,” he adds. “ It addresses important policy and practice intervention needs which will hopefully enhance service use and lead to better health and well-being for this population.”

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