(October 11, 2006)
Lynn Videka to Serve as Vice President for Research for 2006-07
Provost Susan Herbst has announced that Lynn Videka will serve as vice president for research for the 2006-07 academic year, a post she has held as an interim appointment since 2004. This appointment, made in consultation with SUNY Chancellor John Ryan, follows the decision by the University to suspend the national search for a vice president for research, due to the death of President Kermit L. Hall.
"We are so pleased that Dr. Videka has agreed to serve in this role," Provost Herbst stated. "Lynn's continued leadership will assure the continuity our research enterprise needs to prosper. During the past several years, Lynn has worked tirelessly to serve and support our faculty and students who are engaged in research. She has made great strides in establishing a research enterprise that meets the needs of our active scholars, and we anticipate that she will continue to move the office forward during the coming year."
Videka's tenured appointment is as Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Social Welfare. Videka joined the UAlbany faculty in 1981 and served as dean of the School of Social Welfare from 1989 to 2000. She also served as director of the Center for Social Work Practice Research from 1987 to 1989, and director of the Center for Human Services Research from 1996 to 2004. Her previous experience includes service as a public health nurse and clinical social worker.
Videka earned a B.S. degree in nursing from the University of Illinois, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in social work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She has edited two books and has published more than 40 research articles, chapters and reports. Her research focuses on the scientific bases for mental health and social services in a family context. She has published articles on such issues as widowhood and parental bereavement, self-help services for persons with serious and persistent mental illness, child maltreatment prevention, and evidence-based social work practice. She has served as principal investigator for research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Children's Bureau, and other funders. She has also held several national leadership positions including president of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research and commissioner of accreditation for the Council on Social Work Education.