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Marylou Sudders Appointed State Health and Human Services Secretary

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has appointed Associate Professor Marylou Sudders to head the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the largest state agency in Massachusetts.

The appointment will mark a return to public service for Sudders, who was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003. She also served as New Hampshire's Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. Sudders joined the Boston College School of Social Work in 2012.

"Leaving teaching is one of the few regrets I have," Sudders said. "I love teaching at the Boston College School of Social Work, I love the students, I love the opportunity to engage them in both public policy and a commitment to public service, but the honor to serve the commonwealth is too great an honor to refuse. You don't apply to be a Secretary of Health and Human Services, a governor asks you to serve."  More about Marylou Sudders's appointment »

BCSSW in the News
Westy Egmont on CNN to Discuss Obama's Immigration Executive Order

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Following Barack Obama's announcement that he would use executive authority on immigration policy, BC Social Work Professor Westy Egmont went on CNN to discuss what the order means for the millions of immigrants affected by the president's decision.

"I'm sure that tonight, there's a lot of weeping and joy in millions of homes across the United States," Egmont told CNN International anchor Errol Barnett. "This is a profound opportunity for people to come out of the shadows…It means for some people the ability to go to work legally. It means for many people the ability to stay with their children who have already been given under DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] the opportunity to stay in the country. It certainly is going to mean an emotional opportunity to breathe deeper, to feel cohesively a part of the community in which in they live, and to take hope for the future."  More about Westy Egmont on CNN »

Events

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Stephen Seiner, Director of Neurotherapeutics at McLean Hospital

Stephen Seiner

JANUARY 31, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. The program is designed to introduce Macro-SIL students and other BC Social Work students interested in leadership skills and to the practical experiences of leaders in social-justice-oriented careers. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

Stephen J. Seiner is the Director of Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics and a Geriatric Psychiatrist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Seiner joined McLean Hospital, named the #1 psychiatric hospital in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, as a resident in the Harvard University program in 1994. His sub-speciality is geriatric psychiatry. During his career at McLean, Seiner has held a number of roles, such as Chief Resident of the Clinical Evaluation Center, Clinical Director of the Outpatient Geriatric Clinic, and primary supervisor for the McLean/Massachusetts General Hospital psychiatry residency program.

For nearly a decade, Seiner has led the Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program at McLean Hospital. The Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program (PNP) specializes in the neuromodulatory and neurostimulatory treatment of psychiatric disorders. It offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a new therapy for treating severe depression, as well as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), an effective conventional therapy for chronic depression, mania, catatonia, and schizophrenia. TMS and ECT are the first in a line of clinical neurotherapeutic services to be offered through the program. In addition, Seiner speaks regularly on subjects such as depression and heart disease, the link between dementia and depression, and treatment-resistant depression. He has published a number of scholarly papers and book chapters.

Seiner has an MD from Washington University in St. Louis and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.