Faculty News

Philip McCllion with the Taipei delegatoin (top) and the Taiwan Delegation (bottom)Professor Philip McCallion Keynote Speaker at International Conference in Taiwan

Professor Philip McCallion was the keynote speaker at an international conference held in both Taipei and Chai-yi in Taiwan to review over 10 years of work in developing services for people with intellectual disabilities as they age. The title of his speech was “Reducing & Managing Staff Turnover in Intellectual Disability and Aging Services.” Professor McCallion was the keynote speaker in 2002 at the International Forum on Aging and Intellectual Disability held in Taipei that marked the beginning of this work.

Dr. Mansoor Kazi Honored as Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research

Dr. Mansoor KaziAt the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) 2014 Annual Conference in January, Assistant Professor Dr. Mansoor Kazi joined the first cohort of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research are members who have served with distinction to advance the mission of SSWR – to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable, and just society. Only 3% of members were selected as fellows in 2014, and the Fellows will never represent more than 10% of the membership of SSWR.

The SSWR Fellowship has been established by the Society to honor and to recognize current SSWR members for their individual accomplishments, leadership, and contribution to SSWR as a scientific society. It is anticipated that SSWR Fellows will serve as role models and mentors for individuals pursuing careers in social work research and will continue to actively advance the mission of the Society.

Dr. Kazi has worked in the evaluation research community since his 1974 graduation from the London School of Economics. He has conducted research on the effectiveness of human services in the United Kingdom, Finland, and the U.S. To read more about Dr. Kazi, go to: http://www.albany.edu/ssw/Academic/our-faculty.shtml#K.

Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson was a Panelist at U.S. Congressional Briefing on Poverty and Child Abuse and Neglect

As the nation observes the 50th anniversary for the War on Poverty, it is very timely that a congressional briefing was held on poverty and child abuse and neglect. UAlbany School of Social Welfare Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson was among the panelists for the briefing. She was joined by NASW Executive Director Angelo McClain; JooYeun Chang, JD, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Kristen Shook Slack, PhD, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work. Two congressional leaders, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus, and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), co-chair of the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus along with National Association of Social Workers Social Work Policy Institute Director Joan Levy Zlotnik, PhD, ACSW, spearheaded the briefing. For additional information see http://www.naswdc.org/pressroom/2013/121313.asp