• “The School of Social Welfare consists of excellent students, passionate faculty, and an outstanding staff. My experience in the baccalaureate program has been exceptional.”

    Christie Allen, Baccalaureate Program Class of 2014

  • “As a student, I have been able to organize a conference, help to develop a curriculum and participate in an independent study on Human Trafficking.”

    Lima James, MSW Class of 2014

  • “The School of Social Welfare is an excellent choice for returning students, whether you have been out of school for a decade or several you will feel welcomed by students and staff.”

    Samantha Fletcher, MSW Class of 2014

  • “The classes that I am taking combined with my field experience have intensified my passion for wanting to work with and help others.”

    Maria Mastroianni, MSW Class of 2015

  • “I am continuously impressed by the School of Social Welfare. I have enjoyed participating in a variety of diverse learning experiences that have helped shape my professional and personal goals.”

    Kate Kowalski, MSW Class of 2015


Special Announcement

The School of Social Welfare Welcomes the New Dean Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler

Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler The School of Social Welfare is pleased to welcome our new Dean Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler who joined the University as Dean and Professor of the School of Social Welfare on July 1, 2015.

In addition, Dr. Wheeler also serves as Vice Provost for Public Engagement. In this new University-wide academic leadership role, he will transition the University’s public engagement portfolio from a presidential initiative to a permanent component of the academic affairs portfolio in the Office of the Provost. Under Dr. Wheeler’s leadership, the team of Miriam Trementozzi and Dan Butterworth, along with the President's Public Engagement Council, will continue to provide invaluable professional service in advancing the University’s commitment to public engagement.

Dr. Wheeler comes to UAlbany from Loyola University Chicago where he served as dean and professor of the School of Social Work. He also has served in various appointments at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, Columbia University, the University of California, San Francisco and the University of North Carolina.

In addition to his leadership and teaching experience, Darrell is an active scholar with interests including the identification and exploration of individual and communal resiliency in HIV prevention and intervention among African American and Black gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. He also is active in the professional community and is the current President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers.

Dr. Wheeler earned his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992, a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990, a Master of Social Work from Howard University in 1988, and a B.A. in Sociology from Cornell College in 1981.



  • NSF Study Report on Participatory, Sustainable Recovery Released

    Loretta Pyles, Ph.D., Associate Professor, and recent School of Social Welfare graduate, Juliana Svistova, Ph.D., just completed a report that details findings of a 3-year study of participatory, sustainable disaster recovery in rural Haiti. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation’s “Disaster Resilience in Rural Communities Program,” and also made comparisons to disaster recovery in the rural U.S. Gulf Coast.
  • Director of Center for Addictions Research featured in Wallet Hub's Study

    School of Social Welfare Director of the Center for Addictions Research, Jiang Yu was recently featured in Wallet Hub’s recent study about driving under the influence reduction in rates, effective policies and the steps that can be taken to prevent people from driving under the influence.
  • SSW Faculty Receives Prestigious Award

    Dr. Blanca Ramos has been selected to receive this year’s University Award for Excellence in Teaching.


  • University at Albany Seal

    UAlbany Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

    UAlbany continues to enhance its academic footprint, welcoming 64 new full-time faculty members, including both tenure-track and full-time lecturers. New deans and provosts will lead efforts in the areas of criminal justice, engineering and applied sciences, social welfare, and international education. Several administrative professionals are added as well.

  • Life Science funded by Presidential Research Initiative at UAlbany

    University Awards 14 Research Projects Driving Innovation

    Fourteen research projects directed by University at Albany faculty, whose expertise encompasses a wide range of academic disciplines, are awarded the first grants of the University’s Presidential Initiatives Fund for Research and Scholarship to support new and innovative research that may lead to large-scale investigator awards.

School Announcements

  • 2015 Research Guide

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    2015 School of Social Welfare Research Guide

  • Dean's Announcements

    SSW partners with DREAM (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring)

    A new partnership between the UAlbany SSW, the DREAM (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring) Project and GMHI (Global Mental Health Initiatives) brought MSW students Rosanna Garcia and Laila Wahdani to the Dominican Republic this Spring Break.

    Program Highlights

  • Navigator Program

    MSW Student NYSDOH Certified Navigators help with enrollment in health insurance.Open Enrollment begins November 15 for enrollment in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP).

  • Seed Program

    SEED program

    See how the Small Enterprise Economic Development Program can help you.

  • SSW on the AIR

    The Social WorkersWeekly Radio Talk Show

    ...a pioneering weekly radio talk show.

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    University at Albany
    State University of New York

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