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Faculty in the News

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work faculty are frequently asked to contribute their expertise and thought leadership across multiple media platforms. The excellence of their teaching, scholarship, and research is reflected in their awards, appointments, and distinctions.

Below, chronologically, we list news story links to where our faculty have provided expert commentary or been recognized for their contributions and expertise in their field.

2014

Assistant Professor Jessica Black secured a grant through Boston College's new "Ignite" grant program to support her neuroscience research on protective factors in youth with learning disabilities.  »

Associate Professor Paul Kline wrote about "unaccompanied alien minors" in America in The Pilot.  »

Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes spoke with St. Louis Today about the importance of attracting and retaining older workers in the context of an aging workforce and shared strategies for recruitment. »

Professor and Associate Dean for Research David Takeuchi discussed the potential negative implications of the FIRST Act on scientific integrity in The London School of Economics and Political Science - "The Impact Blog."  »

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing discussed protecting our most vulnerable children and families in WBUR 90.9 Cognoscenti.  »

Associate Professor Marylou Sudders commented in the Boston Globe on the recent developments in the 16-month medical custody battle over a Connecticut teenager.  »

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing discussed Americans' perspectives on taxation for the nation's highest earners in an interview with WRKO Financial Exchange.  »

Associate Professor Marylou Sudders spoke to the Boston Globe about the accreditation risk at a troubled medium-security prison and behavioral health care provider.  »

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing spoke to WGBH Radio about the vanishing middle class.  »

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing wrote in the Huffington Post about the need to drive technology innovation to drive social mobility.  »

Professor and Associate Dean for Research David Takeuchi wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe about keeping politics out of scientific research.  »

Associate Professor Stephanie Berzin won an award for "Outstanding Use of Technology in Teaching."  »

Associate Professor Marylou Sudders spoke to 89.7 WGBH News about Cambridge Health Alliance's move to integrate the psychiatric and medical emergency rooms.  »

Professor and Associate Dean for Research David Takeuchi discusses the role of research in the field of social work and the need for enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration.  »

Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes commented in the New York Times about employers going the extra mile to assure older employees that they are valued and that management is eager for them to stay.  »

Assistant Professor Jessica Black presented a neuroscience perspective of the regions of the brain that work together to shape a child's sense of humor at the 2014 annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.  »

Professor Ruth McRoy was chosen to receive a Child Advocate of the Year Award by the North American Council on Adoptable Children, which provides support and services to waiting children and adoptive families.  »

Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, director of the Sloan Center for Aging & Work at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, spoke to Forbes magazine about what older workers want in the workplace.  »

Professor Ruth McRoy was selected as the recipient of the Charles I. Wright Distinguished Alumna Award by the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.  »

Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, director of the Sloan Center for Aging & Work at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, spoke to Forbes magazine and the Boston College Chronicle about workplace flexibility.  »

Associate Professor Marylou Sudders spoke to State House News Service about the need for sustained public support for those who work in child safety and welfare.  »

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing wrote in the Huffington Post, "On George Will, Paul Ryan and Assumptions About Urban Poverty.  »

Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, co-director of the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, co-authored a study featured in Business Standard that shows that workplace flexibility is a myth for most people.  »

Professor Jim Lubben, Director of the PhD Program, directs the international doctoral program in social welfare, built around a partnership arrangement with Jesuit universities in Mexico and South America, that has generated high interest and recognition.  »

Research Professor Westy Egmont, director of the Immigrant Integration Lab at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, presented at the online workshop "Talking to America About Immigrants and Immigration."  »

Associate Professor Marylou Sudders organized a health care reform forum featuring keynote speaker Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker, Jr. and a panel discussion moderated by National Association of Social Workers CEO Angelo McClain PhD ’01, former commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families.  »

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing spoke with WBUR 90.9 FM about Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and his efforts to target inequality and poverty.  »

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing wrote in the Huffington Post that Pope Francis is currently the world's greatest social innovator.   »

 

2013

Professor Ruth McRoy received an Adoption Excellence Award from Children's Bureau in recognition of her contributions to helping promote adoptions from foster care.  »

Assistant Professor Scott Easton was appointed to a Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Review Board to advise on matters related to the Essential Norms and Protection of Children.  »

Associate Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes was a panelist on the "50 Years Later: Women, Work & The Work Ahead" webcast.  »

Professor Kevin Mahoney directs a center that has been recognized for playing a key role in social work education.  »

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing was asked by the Boston Globe to share her ideas on what a visionary new mayor could do for the city of Boston.  »

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing facilitated the Human Services session at a town hall meeting for Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh.  »

Associate Professor Marylou Sudders gave an update to Fox News Boston about the final meeting of the state Gun Violence Task Force.  »

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing wrote "A Guide To Alternative Charitable Giving This Holiday Season" in WBUR 90.9 FM Cognoscenti.  »

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing wrote "Restoring the American Dream" for WBUR 90.9 FM Cognoscenti on how the government shutdown is hitting the nation's poor disproportionately hard.  »

Professor James Lubben, Professor Ruth McRoy, and Associate Professor Marylou Sudders attended the White House briefing, "Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education," as representatives of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.  »

Associate Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes and Associate Professor Stephanie Berzin, directors of the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and their co-author Luis de Zengtita wrote the study, "Leading the Way," about achieving success in social innovation.  »

Associate Professor Tiziana Dearing was interviewed by WBUR 90.9 FM about the Boston area's surprisingly strong economic mobility.  »

Associate Professor Stephanie Berzin co-organized a forum of model programs to discuss the issue of housing for vulnerable young adults aging out of the foster care system.  »

Associate Professor Marylou Sudders was a panelist at a forum on health care reform moderated by former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.  »

Adjunct Professor Vincent Lynch, Director of Continuing Education, coordinates the Graduate School of Social Work's groundbreaking National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS, which marked its 25th anniversary this year.  »

Adjunct Professor Haven Fyfe talked with the Boston Globe after the Boston Marathon bombings about her creation of a wellness refuge for survivors.  »

Associate Professor Marylou Sudders was appointed to a state task force to review current state gun laws and provide legislative recommendations.  »

Professor James Lubben, Director of the PhD Program, will lead one of the first Hartford Academic Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.  »

Professor and Dean Alberto Godenzi spoke about the 94 new American citizens welcomed at a Naturalization Ceremony hosted by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.  »

Associate Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes and Associate Professor Stephanie Berzin completed a major milestone with the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work's social innovation initiative, which blends entrepreneurship and practices from business/management and other disciplines to address social needs.  »

Research Professor Westy Egmont directs the Immigrant Integration Lab at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, which sponsored a colloquium to officially launch its broad-based effort to aid immigrants' transition into American democratic society.  »