Faculty News

Lani Jones Invited to Participate in Roundtable on Serving Survivors of Black Domestic Violence

SSW Associate Professor Lani Jones has been invited to participate in a roundtable on “Shelter Policies and Services: Implications for Black Domestic Violence Survivors of African Descent” sponsored by the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community. The Institute’s aim is to develop culturally specific, shelter policies and services recommendations which will assist domestic violence shelter programs, community-based housing organizations and local and national policymakers in developing strategies to effectively serve black domestic violence survivors of African descent. Using the roundtable format, participants will engage in interactive storytelling to share experiences and explore the needs of black women as they seek safety, healing and services from community-based programs.

SSW Assistant Research Professor Catherine Lawrence Appointed Deputy Director of Social Work Education Consortium

Catherine Lawrence has been appointed deputy director of SSW’s Social Work Education Consortium addressing public child welfare. She will work closely with the Consortium's regional planning groups, developing and implementing training and tuition support for child welfare staff statewide, and take the lead on advancing curriculum partnerships with the schools of social work in New York State which are responsive to the practice changes underway in child welfare. The Consortium welcomes her extensive experience in the area of workforce development and organization change practice.

Hastings to Serve in Leadership Position with APHA

School of Social Welfare and School of Public Health Assistant Professor Julia Hastings has been elected chair of the Public Health Social Work Section of the American Public Health Association.

SSW Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

We are pleased to have three new faculty members, Dr. Catherine Lawrence, Dr. Keith Chan, and Dr. Mansoor Kazi who join the faculty as assistant professors.

Dr. Catherine Lawrence Catherine Lawrence is a poverty researcher with a social justice framework for scholarship. She is interested in the distribution of social goods and the causes and consequences of inequitable distribution. Her work has focused on U.S. income maintenance policy and changes to economic support for families with children since passage of the 1996 welfare legislation. This research includes exploration of the family formation and sexual reproduction agenda in the Personal Responsibility Act of 1996 and the subsequent marriage initiatives of the Bush Administration. She currently directs a Children’s Bureau Training grant project to develop training for culturally competency family-centered child welfare practice. Dr. Lawrence’s research perspective reflects a pragmatic approach to social science. She is committed to exploring useful ways to apply mixed methodologies to research questions when appropriate.

Dr. Keith ChanKeith Chan is a Hartford Geriatric Doctoral Fellow, and an alumnus from the CSWE Minority Fellowship Program. His research examines the racial and ethnic differences in health and mental health for minority populations, in particular older Asian Americans. His recent publications include quantitative studies on the relationship of health outcomes with various individual and structural measures of acculturation for nationally representative samples of Asian American elderly and other minority populations. With changing demographic profiles, intense debates on immigration, and major health care reforms on the horizon, social workers can play a key role in guiding how research, policy and practice can improve health outcomes for the growing diversity of immigrant elderly in the US.

Dr. Chan’s current projects examine discrimination, disability, psychological distress, and chronic health conditions, and builds upon his earlier work in looking at health disparities for elderly Asians, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations.

Dr. Manoor KaziBefore moving to University at Albany School of Social Welfare in September 2013, Mansoor Kazi was Research Associate Professor and Director of Program Evaluation Center at the School of Social Work, University at Buffalo (The State University of New York), having moved from the United Kingdom in September 2005 where he held a similar position at the School of Human & Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield for 14 years. Dr. Kazi has extensive experience of evaluation of human services in USA, United Kingdom and in Finland. He is lead evaluator of Chautauqua Tapestry System of Care and received SAMHSA’s Gold Award for Outstanding Local Evaluation in July 2010. His books include ‘Realist Evaluation in Practice’ (2003, Sage) and ‘International Perspectives on Evidence-based Practice in Social Work’ (with Bruce Thyer, 2004, Venture Press). At present, this realist evaluation approach is used in the evaluation of the SAMHSA System of Care Grant in Chautauqua County ($9 million, 2008-2014), and in 24 other New York State counties that have been awarded a System of Care Extension Grant ($4 million, 2012-2016). In all NY counties with the SOC expansion grant to date, he helps agencies to use the data on ALL service users in a realist evaluation, to inform what works and for whom in a system of care. Data from schools, mental health and other services is analyzed quarterly in each county, and data analysis methods drawn from a combination of epidemiology and effectiveness research are used in naturally occurring quasi-experimental designs (e.g. including all school youth) to investigate if the comprehensive array of services and supports are working to provide better outcomes for youth and families.