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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 »


Distinguished Alumni Honored for 2014

Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients
The recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards. First photo: Erin McAleer, MSW '05, center. Second photo: Amy Vosburg-Casey, MSW/JD '01, third from left.

MARCH 4, 2014

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College Graduate School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession.

This year's recipient of the Distinguished Recent Alumni Award is Erin McAleer, MSW '05. McAleer currently serves as Director of Cabinet Affairs in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's office, working on policy issues for his Secretariats. Most recently, she was legislative director for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), providing legislative strategy to the Secretary and the fifteen agencies under the Secretariat. Prior to that, McAleer served as chief of staff to the Department of Transitional Assistance advising the Commissioner in deciding strategic, policy, program, budget, and service provision issues.  See full bio »

This year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award is Amy Vosburg-Casey, MSW/JD '01. Vosburg-Casey works primarily as an advocate for justice for those in the criminal system in Georgia. She currently works as an attorney at the Georgia Appellate and Educational Resource Center in Atlanta. The Georgia Resource Center (GRC), as it is known, is a nonprofit organization charged with assuring that all people sentenced to death in the State of Georgia receive effective legal representation for the duration of their appeals and clemency proceedings.  See full bio »

Distinguished Alumni Awards Video