Faculty/Staff News

Professor Philip McCallion Appointed Distinguished Professor by SUNY Board of Trustees and also Received 2014 UAlbany Rockefeller College Distinguished Award

Dr. Philip McCallionDr. Philip McCallion, Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness in the School of Social Welfare, received SUNY’s highest faculty honor – Distinguished Professor – conferred by SUNY’s Board of Trustees for his national and international prominence, significant contributions to research, and distinguished reputation in his field.

He also received the 2014 Rockefeller College Distinguished Continuing Professional Education Leadership Award of Excellence. For more information about the Alumni Dinner & Awards Ceremony, celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of Dr. McCallion and other distinguished awardees, please visit www.albany.edu/rockefeller/alumniawards

Dr. Wonhyung Lee Joins SSW Faculty

Wonhyung LeeDr. Wonhyung Lee has been recruited as the first faculty member with a social entrepreneurial focus. She is from the University of Michigan and has an MSW and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning. She will work with the School’s SEED program (in collaboration with the Small Business Development Center) involving micro lending for low-income populations. Her research interests include community development and organizing, with an emphasis on the improvement of local businesses in low-income multiethnic neighborhoods. Her recent research includes case studies of business improvement districts (BIDs) in Los Angeles and Detroit as well as geographical analyses that measure the effects of various neighborhood characteristics on social and health outcomes.

Dr. John Yu Appointed Director of New Addictions Research Center

Jiang YuDr. John Yu was recently appointed as a faculty member and the Director of our new Addictions Research Center. Dr. Yu came to the School from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, where he was the Director of Research. He headed the agency’s efforts in research and development, grants management, criminal justice and policy studies, and many other functions. Dr. Yu has conducted research and published in a wide range of areas including crime and crime control, substance abuse and addictions, driving under the influence of alcohol and its recidivism, substance use among youth and college students, treatment service utilization among ethnic groups, and substance abuse early intervention for at-risk populations. He has more than 25 years of experience in the addictions field and has been Principal Investigator for numerous federally and foundation-funded projects working with the LGBT population, STD clinics, veterans, youth, the criminal justice population, and the Asian American community. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University at Albany.

Dr. Robert Miller Invited to The White House Office of National AIDS Policy Meeting

Dr. Miller, left, with Douglas M. Brooks, Director of White House Office of National AIDS Policy.

Dr. Robert L. Miller, Jr. returned from the first White House Summit on “HIV Among Gay and Bisexual Men: Focus, Action, Impact.” The invitational meeting, held on September 26, 2014, was the first such meeting sponsored by the White House in the history of the HIV epidemic in the United States. Professor Miller was a member of the Mental Health Subcommittee discussing the intersection of spirituality and mental health in primary and secondary HIV prevention efforts. The subcommittee was among eight others to develop recommendations for the Office of National AIDS Policy to strategically support the President’s initiative to Stop AIDS.  

The White House event followed a deeply troubling release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on September 25, 2014 that shows that nationally, only 49.5% of gay men who are diagnosed with HIV are in treatment for their disease. Of that group, only 42% are reaching viral suppression which reduces their ability to transmit the virus to others. The CDC numbers also vary by race and age with 13-24 year olds having only 30.5% on treatment and 25.9% of that number virally suppressed. Black men are 72% of those infected linked to care but only 46% of that number stay in care. Of the 46% who stay in care only 47.1% are on treatment and of that number only 37% are virally suppressed. For comparison, 44% of white gay men on treatment are virally suppressed and 42% of Latino gay men on treatment are virally suppressed.

Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness Co-Director Lisa A. Ferretti Tapped as Expert for New Report on Patient Engagement

Lisa A. FerrettiLisa A. Ferretti, Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness (CEACW) and the Quality & Technical Assistance Center (QTAC), lent her expertise for “Here to Stay: What Health Care Leaders Say About Patient Engagement,” a new report released by the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH). In her announcement about the report, CFAH President Jessie Gruman noted, “As a person long concerned with the practical and policy priorities of promoting patient engagement, the level of commitment I found in these interviews is exceptional. As a patient, I am profoundly grateful for the creativity, energy and drive I see devoted to transforming health care delivery into an enterprise that serves us all well.” Download the report, “Here to Stay: What Health Care Leaders Say About Patient Engagement”.

Community and Public Service Program receives Cesar Chavez Award

Community and Public Services Program IconUAlbany’s Community and Public Service Program, administered by the School of Social Welfare, was honored with the Cesar Chavez Award for Servicio by UAlbany’s Fuerza Latina organization at the National Latino Collegiate Conference. Sheri Stevens, Interim Director, accepted the award in recognition of the program’s hard work, strong leadership and commitment to helping the organization fulfill their community service mission. Read more

Dr. Lara Kaye receives Terra Award

Dr. Lara KayeDr. Lara Kaye, Research Scientist, Center for Human Services Research, is the recipient of one of UAlbany’s three Terra Awards, recognizing innovation and initiative with regards to promoting sustainability at UAlbany.

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ACEs Recognized by NYS in Celebration of Children’s Mental Health Week

Dr. Heather LarkinSSW’s ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Think Tank, led by Dr. Heather Larkin, was recognized during the NYS ‘What’s Great in our State’ celebration of children’s mental health week. Read more at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e93rtvlt7241bc8e&llr=zga6rzjab and http://www.aceresponse.org/.


School of Social Welfare Faculty and Programs Received President’s Awards for Exemplary Community Engagement

Center for Human Services Research (CHSR), Education Team
Led by Rose Greene, Director, and Ken Robin, Melissa King, Sandra McGinnis, Chris Rees and Camille Barnes, research scientists in the School of Social Welfare, the Center for Human Services Research’s Education Team has been integral to the City School District of Albany’s efforts to improve student achievement through the use of data-based decision making and evaluation of best practices.

Healthy Environments and Relationships that Support (HEARTS) Initiative
The HEARTS Initiative, a partnership of 15 organizations led by Dr. Heather Larkin, Associate Professor, School of Social Welfare, reflects aspects of community-engaged scholarship and service, directly connecting practitioners in the community with emerging research and bringing emerging practices to research.

Dr. Hl LawsonDr. Hal Lawson – Professor, School of Social Welfare, School of Education
Dr. Lawson’s long career in academia has focused on “academically based community scholarship” in which he contributes to knowledge generation and theory development as he collaborates with others to address urgent, complex problems and needs. His scholarly work focuses on improving outcomes for vulnerable people who live and work in challenging places, and it is action-oriented, targeting more expansive interventions, new organizational designs, and policy change.

Arlene Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC – Lecturer, School of Social Welfare
For almost 30 years, Ms. Lev has provided services to the region’s LGBTQ community, including clinical mental health services, educational programs and training for community and University audiences, advocacy on issues of health and welfare, and community development.