• “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

Presentations by Faculty, Staff, and Students at the Council on Social Work Education's 61st Annual Conference

October 15th-18th, Denver, Colorado

      Friday, October 16

11:00-12:00pm– Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Plaza Ballroom, Plaza Building
86. Predictors of Job Satisfaction of MSW Graduate at an Early Career Stage
Mi Jin Choi, Jinhee Koo, Ricky Fortune; University at Albany

11:00-12:00pm– Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Terrace, Tower Building
106. Breaking Through the Misconceptions: Teaching About Modern Day Slavery
Juliana Svistova, UAlbany; Sarah P. Maynard ,Richard Stockton College New Jersey

1:45-2:45pm– Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Terrace, Tower Building
161. Deal Breakers for Field Instructors: Why They Stay and Why They Go
Lara Bowen, Meera Bhat, Anne E. Fortune; University at Albany

1:45-2:45pm– Crowne Plaza Denver, The Museum
167. Racial Differences in Use of Assistive Devices for Older Disabled Americans
Keith Chan, Sang Ah Chun; University at Albany

167b. The Effects of Childlessness on Psychological Well-Being of Chinese Elderly With Disabilities
Junrong Shi, Philip McCallion, Keith Chan; University at Albany

Saturday, October 17

10:30-11:30am– Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Section 2, Tower Building
366a. Effects of an Integrative Field Seminar for MSW Students
Anne E, Fortune, Crystal Rogers-Freidenberg, Estella Williamson; University at Albany

12:45-1:45pm– Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Plaza Ballroom, Plaza Building
451. Impact of Health and Social Determinants of Disability Among Older Asian Americans
Sang Ah Chun, Junrong Shi; University at Albany

12:45-1:45pm– Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Plaza Court 7, Plaza Building
451. Peer Support as a Coping Strategy for Veterans in Social Work Practice
Samantha Fletcher; University at Albany

2:00-3:00pm– Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Century, Tower Building Group: Council on Conferences and Faculty

517. The National Homelessness Social Work Initiative: Partnerships for Workplace Development

Robert Weiler, Indiana University; Heather Larkin, University at Albany; Katharine Briar-Lawson,
University at Albany; Daniel Herman, Hunter College; Michael Patchner, Indiana University;
Will Rainford, Catholic University of America; Nancy Meyer-Adams, California State University Long
Beach; Wonhyung Lee, University at Albany

3:00-4:15pm– Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Silver, Tower Building Group: Council on Field Education
576. Connecting With Field Education: Sharing Best Practices

Estella Williamson, University at Albany; Lisa Richardson, St. Catherine University and University
of Saint Thomas Collaborative; Saundra Ealy, Arizona State University; Ann Petrila, University of
Denver; Lynda Sowbel, Hood College; Riva Zeff, Seattle University; Rebecca Briigham, University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sunday, October 18

7:30-8:30am – Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Director’s Row J, Plaza Building
652a. Microfinance in India, Indonesia, and the United States: Implications for Social Work
Wonhyung Lee, Meera Bhat, Nurul Widyaningrum; University at Albany

9:00-10:00am – Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Majestic Ballroom, Tower Building
167. The Gathering: Promoting Social Justice in Social Work Education and Practice
Samantha Fletcher, Dawn Knight-Thomas, Keith Chan; University at Albany

10:30-11:30am-Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Plaza Court 3, Plaza Building
747. Queerness and Gender Diversity: Social Work Practice and Justice Beyond the Binary
Darren Cosgrove; University at Albany


  • 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

    School of Social Work Research Guide CoverDownload your copy of the
    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.

    See the Video
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    University at Albany
    State University of New York

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