Faculty Awards and Announcements

Dean Honored with 2012 UAlbany Foundation Citizen Laureate Award
Katharine Briar-Lawson, dean of the School of Social Welfare, was named a 2012 Academic Laureate by The University at Albany Foundation. The Citizen Laureate Awards recognize outstanding leaders in business and industry, government and academia.

For more than 30 years, Briar Lawson has been a leader in child welfare, social welfare, and social work education, advocating for vulnerable and oppressed persons and those who serve them. She has been influential in improving university-community relationships, establishing innovative social service collaborations, and developing international partnerships. Read More

Phil McCallion Presented the AGE-SW Career Achievement Award
Phil McCallion, SSW Professor and director of UAlbany's Center for Excellence in Aging Services, received the AGE-SW Career Achievement Award for his outstanding work in gerontology at the Gerontological Society of America meetings in November 2012. McCallion was honored for his many years of rigorous work to generate first-rate scholarly contributions to advance the field. He is an engaged scholar whose work including the translational research of his Center, has impacted the lives of vulnerable elders locally, nationally and internationally.

Doctoral Candidate Patricia Weldon Given the 2013 Society for Social Work and Research Doctoral Fellows Award
Doctoral Candidate Patricia Weldon is the recipient of the 2013 Society for Social Work and Research Doctoral Fellows Award for her dissertation, "An Exploration of the Influence of Social Supports and Culture on the Development of Post-Traumatic Growth in Adult Haitian Immigrants.” The award, presented at January’s Society for Social Work and Research Conference, is in recognition of the significance of the problem addressed in her research, the rigor of the analysis, and its contribution to knowledge in social work and social welfare.

Doctoral Candidate Megan Brophy-McLean Receives Dissertation Award
Megan Brophy-McLean, a SSW Ph.D. candidate, has received a dissertation award from the New York Foundling/Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection for her dissertation on research in the field of child welfare.

SSW Alum Evelyn Bautista-Miller, MSW '97, Honored by Rockland Economic Development
Evelyn Bautista-Miller, MSW '97, was honored in October as a 2012 Forty Under 40 Honoree by the Rockland Economic Development Corporation. The recognition honors forty dynamic individuals who are under the age of 40 and making their mark on Rockland County in positive ways through their commitment to growth, development, professional excellence and the community-at-large.

Carmen Duncan, MSW ’12, Received Fabulous Feminists Award
Carmen Duncan, MSW '12, received a Fabulous Feminists Award as a Bridge Builder from Holding Our Own and the Women's Building. The Fabulous Feminists Awards recognize women’s contributions to the Capital Region community.

Duncan established Mission Accomplished Transition Services (MATS) to coach and train adolescents to become self-sufficient, responsible adults who make positive life choices. MATS offers workshops and trainings that encourages positive youth development and psychosocial development; and individual consultations that encourages teens and young adults to develop an individualized academic and/or self-sufficiency transition plan that will assist clients with developing short-term goals. 

Dr. Julia Hastings Featured Speaker at the Schuyler Center’s Forum on Poverty
Julia Hastings, Ph.D, was a speaker featured at the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy's Inaugural Forum on Poverty. Coverage of the event and her remarks can be found at Poverty forum at the Egg. Hastings has a joint faculty appointment in both the Schools of Public Health and the School of Social Welfare.