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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 »


New Faculty Appointment in Health & Mental Health Concentration

Summer Sherburne Hawkins
Summer Sherburne Hawkins

JUNE 29, 2012

"There are many parallels between public health and social work and I look forward to bringing an epidemiological perspective to the School."
—Summer Sherburne Hawkins, PhD

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is pleased to announce that Summer Sherburne Hawkins will join the Health & Mental Health Concentration as an assistant professor this fall. Hawkins is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on examining the impact of policies on disparities in maternal and child health. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of London, her MS in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University, and her bachelor's degree in Biopsychology from Vassar College.

Last September, Hawkins started a K99/R00 award through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development based at the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2009 through 2011, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at Harvard. Hawkins is the author or co-author of more than 20 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Preventive Medicine, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.