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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 »


Immigrant Integration Lab Fellowship Award

OCTOBER 31, 2012

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL) is pleased to announce its first Immigrant Integration Fellow. A $10,000 Fellowship has been awarded to Lyndsey McMahan, MSW '14, who will research the provision of basic needs to asylees in the United States being released from detention centers. McMahan, selected from a competitive pool of applicants, is a former community health worker in Zambia with the Peace Corps and a local social worker who has returned to school after a decade in the field. She is a native of Oklahoma.

McMahan will join the Lutheran Social Services (LSS) immigrant legal services with attorney Erin Frick (Boston College Law School) from their Worcester offices. The two professionals will team up to provide legal services to asylum applicants and find a way to provide essential food and shelter for the clients. As a Fellow, McMahan will combine direct service, along with the larger research project of finding models of intervention and developing a best practice in the field. She will share her findings through a paper and reports.

"My work throughout the fellowship will be to establish a model of aid for asylum seekers who are currently being held in detention centers and do not have access to government assistance," McMahon said. "The goal is to create a system that works here in Massachusetts and can be replicated in other states that have a high volume of immigrants."

The IIL Fellowship is funded through the generous support of a Massachusetts donor who is providing for the larger needs of the community through the faith community, LSS. The partnership was formed to pursue the questions raised by the provision of service as an opportunity to see the impact of combined professional disciplines working in a coordinated fashion for the client's benefit.