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Anderson-Butcher Named AASWSSW Fellow–A College First

Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Anderson-Butcher who has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSSW). Anderson-Butcher is the first faculty member in the college’s history to be inducted into this honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners.

Anderson-Butcher joins an esteemed selection of over 140 Fellows dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high-impact work that advances social good. AASWSSW Fellows consist of prominent scholars, top researchers and practitioners with unparalleled insight and professional experience who make exceptional contributions to the field and beyond. This coveted achievement acknowledges Anderson-Butcher’s considerable contributions to the profession as a scholar.

Anderson-Butcher serves as a professor at Ohio State’s College of Social Work as well as executive director for teaching/learning and research for its LiFEsports initiative.

For more information about Anderson-Butcher, click here.

To see the AASWSSW announcement, click here.

Governor Mike DeWine Appoints Gregoire to Ohio Recovery Board

Congratulations to Dean Tom Gregoire on his appointment by Governor Mike DeWine to the OneOhio Recovery Foundation governing board. Gregoire was one of only five people appointed by Governor DeWine for this exemplary honor and will be a tremendous asset to the foundation board. The Foundation will distribute a portion of the settlement funds from the drug manufacturers and distributors of opioids to communities in Ohio. To read more about this significant accomplishment, click here.

Additionally, Gregoire, Lisa Durham and Steve David were also one of seven Ohio State research teams awarded nearly $1.4 million through the President’s Research Excellence Catalyst Grant Program. Both from the College of Social Work, Durham serves as assistant dean of strategic initiatives and community engagement and David as advocacy director. The research team will address societal challenges related to food, water, health, racial equity and inclusion and national security. For more information, click here.

For more information about Gregoire, click here.

2020, 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees Honored Homecoming Weekend

Each year, the College of Social Work honors alumni who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the world. These leaders were nominated by our alumni—more than 13,500 social workers living in the United States and abroad. Please join us in honoring these inspiring ambassadors.

2020 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

2020 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

2021 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

2021 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

This fall, due to COVID-19 in 2020, the college recognized honorees from both 2020 and 2021. The luncheon was held Friday, October 8, 2021 at the Fawcett Center.

Dr. Shannon Jarrott Receives USDA Grant!

Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Jarrott!

Dr. Jarrott recently received a USDA grant entitled, “Building Relationships Intergenerationally through Guided Mentoring – BRIDGE2Health: An intergenerational mentoring program.”

This five-year $1.28M project takes an intergenerational community-based participatory research approach to programming in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and Amherst County, Virginia.

The focal population will be teenagers, approximately half of whom are in foster and kinship (e.g., grandparent) care, and older adult participants, including volunteers affiliated with a local partner. Annual cohorts of paired teen and older adult mentors will engage in a train-the-trainer model by which participants build skills with age peers and then with intergenerational partners before engaging in community outreach.

By engaging teens and older adults as partners in evidence-based curricula to identify needs and assets to which they can jointly respond through bi-directional mentoring, we anticipate achievement of short-term goals that include formation of trusting, supportive relationships, positive social norms, and belonging. Long-term goals include teen skill building and resilience and older adults’ generative achievement. The two communities, working with OSU Extension, and VCE, will have better coordinated, sustainable services reflecting community needs.

Dr. Nancy Mendoza Receives NIDCD Award Funding

Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Mendoza!

She recently received a National on Deafness and Other Communication (NIDCD) diversity supplement for parent award, “SES-Related Disparities in Early Language Development and Child Risk for Developmental Language Disorder,” with funding just under $200,000!

The two-year project will focus on understanding how the COVID-19 crisis, and related changes in caregiver distress and interactions with infants, affects infant language development over a 12-month period.

Innovative aspects of this supplemental grant include collecting multiple caregiver-infant interactions, including secondary caregiver-infant interactions, and using smartphone technology to conduct in-home assessments among vulnerable groups who are often left out of digital data collection studies, including COVID-19 studies. This supplemental award will provide Nancy the opportunity to be part of an experienced research team under the mentorship of Dr. Laura Justice, OSU College of Education and Human Ecology.