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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 Social Work Student Gets Invite to 'Ellen Show'

STM/GSSW student Liz D'Onofrio and her friend Brianna Lambro at the Ellen Show.

FEBRUARY 14, 2014

To say that the phone call Boston College Graduate School of Social Work student Liz D'Onofrio got last fall was memorable, would be an understatement. The caller was talk show host, comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres, who reached out to D'Onofrio after she had posted the following on her Facebook page: "I just answered an unknown number because I actually thought it might be Ellen DeGeneres. I never, ever want to miss that call."

While D'Onofrio had heard from a producer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” after that post, she had no idea DeGeneres would call her directly, much less during a taping of the talk show.

"It was very surprising," said D'Onofrio, who said she could hear the audience reacting as she answered DeGeneres’ call. Initially, the point of DeGeneres' call was to offer D’Onofrio a copy of her new CD, "Ellen's I'm Gonna Make You Dance Jams."

But a stronger connection was made when DeGeneres found out about D'Onofrio's work as an intern at the Children's Room in Arlington, a place that offers support for grieving children who have lost someone in their family. DeGeneres responded with "I love you…I'm so glad I called you." Next thing D'Onofrio knew, DeGeneres had invited her to California to meet her and come to a taping of the show.  Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »

Watch the video on the "Ellen Show" (about 1:28 into the video) »