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Boston College School of Social Work


In Quiet Desperation: Men's Mental Health and the Role of Social Work

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
12:30–2:00 p.m.
McGuinn 521
RSVP to by 9/22
1.5 CEUs
Lunch Provided

Since 2011, Dr. Kevin Shafer has been an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He received his PhD from The Ohio State University in 2009. He has three research foci: (1) father involvement and its effects on men, women, and children; (2) gender differences in mental health and help-seeking; and (3) the influence of stepfather-child and father-child relationships on the stepchild’s well-being. Dr. Shafer conducts this research in both the United States and Brazil. He is the principal investigator of the Survey of Contemporary Fatherhood and the BYU Men's Studies Research Lab, a multidisciplinary research group addressing men's health, well-being, and fathering.

PhD Information Session Webinar

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
12:00–1:00 p.m.

Boston College School of Social Work invites you to participate in an interactive PhD Information Session Webinar to learn about our PhD programs and ask questions. The program director and current Boston College PhD students will give an overview about the program. If you are interested in participating, please register for the 2015 Webinar »


Conference Spotlights PhD Research

Photos from the Boston College Multidisciplinary PhD Research Development Day on March 4, 2011.

MARCH 4, 2011

"The Multidisciplinary Research Day is a wonderful opportunity to showcase doctoral student scholarship from the three schools. The event creates an intellectual space and time for students and faculty to make new acquaintances, share ideas through dialogue, and raise questions about a variety of research topics."
—Danny G. Willis, PhD, Multidisciplinary Research Day co-chair, Connell School of Nursing

Boston College's doctoral students were in the spotlight at the University's Annual Multidisciplinary PhD Research Development Day on March 4, 2011, in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons.

The event featured PhD research from the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), Lynch School of Education (LSOE), and Connell School of Nursing (CSON), in paper and poster formats. Projects presented included:

  • "Development of an Agitation Scale for Use with Acute Presentation Behavioral Management Patients" by Tania Strout (CSON)
  • "Exploring the Development of Self-Efficacy Beliefs of Widowed and Deserted Women through Self-Help Microcredit Groups: The Case of Rural South India" by Chrisann Newransky (GSSW)
  • "Parent Educational Involvement and Student Achievement: Disentangling Models of Parent Socialization and Child Evocative Efforts Across Development" by Christine Ciprano (LSOE, CDEP)
  • "Early Maternal Employment and Childhood Obesity: Long-term Effects of Timing and Child Care" by Caitlin McPherran (LSOE, CDEP).

Kicking off the event was a keynote address by Rocio Calvo, PhD, GSSW doctoral program graduate and adjunct faculty member. Dr. Calvo has extensive experience in Ecuador working with migrant and refugee populations, and her research focuses on how social welfare policy influences the integration of immigrants into host populations. She completed her dissertation in 2009, entitled: "A Cross-National Examination of the Welfare State as an Agent of Immigrant Incorporation." She is currently doing post-doc work at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Dr. Calvo will join the GSSW as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2011.

Abby Schwartz, MGS, MSW from the Graduate School of Social work said, "The conference allows us to learn about other students' work but also just to meet other graduate students outside of our own school, which doesn’t happen frequently. By meeting other students in different disciplines, not only do we share our ideas, but also learn how to expand them in an interdisciplinary manner."