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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 »


2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Presentation

JANUARY 20, 2012

Brian Toomey, MSW '80, was selected as the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient by the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in recognition of his 30+ years of leadership, achieving positive results on behalf of low-income, chronically ill, and disabled populations. Throughout much of his career, Brian has been at the helm, developing and managing community health care systems to meet unmet community needs. A tireless advocate, he works with political and community coalitions and volunteers on State and National Boards. His thoughtfulness as a colleague, friend, and family member make him loved by many. His integrity and intelligence make him respected by all.

Brian accepted his distinguished alumni award on January 13, 2012, at this year's GSSW Spirituality Conference and Alumni Event.


"Seek Out Love and Embrace Differences" Brian Toomey, MSW '80, the 2012 Graduate School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, shares with fellow alumni, students, faculty, and staff the key lessons he has learned as a social worker.