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DIRECTOR OF THE 
DOCTORAL PROGRAM IN SOCIAL WORK
Professor Thanh Tran

Associate Professor Stephanie Cosner Berzin is the Director of the BCSSW Doctoral Program in Social Work. Check out our blog to read more about about Stephanie Berzin discussing how intrapreneurship creates social impact.

Director of the
Doctoral Program in Social Welfare

James Lubben

Meet the Director of the BCSSW Doctoral Program in Social Welfare, Professor James Lubben. Watch video »

 

PhD Features

Anne Leong
Video: Anne Leong, PhD '17

Anne describes how her Masters program and her work with Head Start led to her decision to pursue her PhD at Boston College. She offers helpful advice to prospective students.  Watch video »

 

 

Adeline Wyman Battalen, Ruth McRoy and Christina Sellers.

The 2017 recipients of the Carolyn B. Thomas fellowship, named for the longtime BCSSW professor and PhD chair, are doctoral candidates Adeline Wyman Battalen and Christina Sellers.

Sarah Dow-Fleisner + Anne Day Leong - 2016 Carolyn B. Thomas Fellowship Recipients
Summer Hawkins and Sarah Dow-FleisnerAnne Day Leong and Stephanie Berezin

In 1989, Carolyn Thomas, a longtime BC Social Work Professor and PhD Program Chair, established a fellowship fund for doctoral students at the school, providing financial support to help encourage them to successfully complete their studies. This year, Sarah Dow-Fleisner and Anne Day Leong are the 2016 recipients of the Carolyn B. Thomas Fellowship.

Kareemah and Elaine Pinderhughes

Second-year MSW/PhD student Kareemah Sabur is the 2016 recipient of the Pinderhughes Fellowship, named for the BC Social Work professor emerita and CSWE lifetime achievement award winner.

Summer Colloquium Group Photo

Assistant Professor Jessica Black is broke new ground with colleagues from across the nation for a new area of inquiry: neuroscience and social work. An educational psychologist with postdoctoral training in neuroscience from the Stanford University School of Medicine, she is one of a small group of pioneers to concentrate her career in this space. Black firmly believes that neuroscience is a critical component of any social work training, and thanks to her leadership, BCSSW offers its students the option to complete a certificate in this cross-disciplinary inquiry.

More than just building a program at BCSSW, however, Black hopes to construct a new field between these spaces. In the fall of 2015, she and the BC School of Social Work hosted a first-of-its-kind research symposium entitled Intersections: Social Work and Neuroscience. The event, The Brain in a Social Context, drew attendees from MIT, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, George Mason University, University of Utah, Columbia University, NYU, University of Connecticut, Smith College, Boston University, Brandeis University, UMass Boston, Wheelock College, University of Pittsburgh, and Boston College.

Read more about the innagural Neuroscience Symposium on the BCSSW Blog »

 
Summer Colloquium Group Photo

In the summer of 2015, BC Social Work convened a colloquium on Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity for PhD students across the country. The event, co-directed by professors Ruth McRoy and David Takeuchi, was initiated to provide advanced social work graduate students from different institutions with a space to engage in discussions about different forms of inequality, especially in relation to race.

PhD candidates came to Boston from all corners of the United States, from the University of Hawaii to the University of Chicago to Howard University. In addition to a diversity of geographic representation, the colloquium featured a variety of topics around inequality. Read more about the Colloquium on the BCSSW Blog »

 
Kat Nielsen, Elaine Pinderhughes, and Ruth McRoy

First-year PhD candidate Kat Nielsen is the 2015 recipient of the Elaine Pinderhughes Fellowship, named for the Boston College School of Social Work professor emerita and Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) lifetime achievement award winner.

Recently, Nielsen sat down with Pinderhughes to express her gratitude for establishing the fellowship and for her trailblazing work in the field. Nielsen's advisor, Professor Ruth McRoy (who is the chair of BC Social Work's Diversity & Justice Committee) also joined the conversation. Here, we share portions of what they talked about. Read the conversation with PhD candidate Kat Nielsen, with Professors Elaine Pinderhughes and Ruth McRoy »

 
Erin Singer and Stephanie Berzin

In 1989, Carolyn Thomas, a longtime BC Social Work Professor and PhD Program Chair, established a fellowship fund for doctoral students at the school, providing financial support to help encourage them to successfully complete their studies.

The 2015 recipient of the fellowship is fifth-year doctoral student Erin Singer, who initially came to Boston College after receiving an MSW from Portland State University. Her research interests include: positive youth development for sexual and gender minority youth, and youth emancipating from long-term foster care. Thomas' own research was also devoted to children and child welfare services. Read more about Erin Singer's fellowship »

 
Kyle Bourque, PhD '12

Kyle discusses the dynamics that steered him towards a career as an Army social worker and eventually to doctoral education at Boston College School of Social Work. He offers sage advice for potential doctoral student candidates. Watch video »

 
Charu Stokes, PhD '12

Charu describes how Boston College School of Social Work gave her extensive support and mentorship, enabling her to take advantage of her rich international experiences and successfully complete her PhD on a related research topic. Watch video »