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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 »


GSSW in the News
BC-Santander Agreement Extends International PhD Program

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, shakes hands with Roman Blanco, president and CEO of Santander Bank US, at a July 8 signing ceremony to extend BC's international social welfare doctoral program, headquartered in the Graduate School of Social Work. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

JULY 11, 2014

A Boston College program that aims to build global expertise in social welfare has been renewed for three years, following an agreement with Santander Universities, a division of Santander Bank, NA.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and Roman Blanco, president and CEO of Santander Bank US, formally extended the BC-Santander agreement at a July 8 signing ceremony attended by BC and Santander representatives. Under the agreement, Santander will continue its support for the University's international doctoral program in social welfare, headquartered in the Graduate School of Social Work.

"Our perspectives are enlarged [through the program], and we acquire a greater awareness of the world around us," said Fr. Leahy at the ceremony.

Established in 2011, the social welfare program enables BC to form partnerships and exchanges with Jesuit, Catholic universities in Latin America, Spain and elsewhere in the world to advance and professionalize the field of social welfare. The program offers research-driven knowledge, experience-based insight, and field-tested skills to address the unique issues faced by students' respective countries or communities.

Participants in the PhD program split time between the partner university and BC, taking formal courses and producing scholarly material. In the final phase of the program, participants complete a final dissertation that deals with a social problem in his or her home country.  More from the Boston College Chronicle »