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Boston College School of Social Work

Grant Awards 2015


Catholic Relief Services
"CRS: Final Evaluation Food for Education:USDA Honduras"
September 2015

Thomas Crea was awarded $38,849 to lead a final evaluation of the effects of the USDA funded "Food for Education" program in which school-age children in Honduras are provided meals in the academic setting with the aim to improve literacy.


Health Resources and Services Administration
“Expanding the Behavioral Health Social Work Workforce in Suffolk County”
$229,834 ($632,106)
September 2015

The School of Social Work received $229,834 from The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services  for Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals. In this second year of the grant, a total of 22 final year students will participate in the program. They will provide behavioral health services to youth, transition age youth and their families within Suffolk County in integrated primary care and behavioral health care settings or in settings with youth at risk of developing behavioral health conditions. Each student will receive a $10,000 stipend. In addition, they will be able to participate in seminars and conferences.


Spencer Foundation
"The Latino Leadership Initiative Comes of Age: Exploring the Role of Cultural Capital on Latinas/os' Success in Higher Education"
September 2015

Rocio Calvo was awarded $49,893 to study the factors that contribute to Latino students' success specifically within the context of the Latino Leadership Initiative atthe Boston College School of Social Work.


Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services
"Central American Youth in Long-Term Foster Care"
September 2015

Thomas Crea was awarded $30,000 to study older unaccompanied Central Amercian minors in the the Long-term Foster Care system in the United States.  The study will be a mixed method approach and will serve to provide information an understudied group as well as guide policy on best practices in helping this population.


Council on Social Work Education
"CSWE Partnership Project Grant"
$6,000 ($25,000)
August 2015

David Takeuchi received additional funding of $6,000 from the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) to continue the  person-centered and participant-directed (PC/PD) Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) competencies within the social work curricula to prepare MSW graduates for effective practice in ACL-funded aging and disability network services.


Brandeis University/National Institutes of Health
“Boston Roybal Center”
August 2015

Dr. Lubben was awarded $23,197 to work with Margie Lachman, the Co-Leader of Core A, in directing and coordinating the activities of the Boston Roybal Center. This includes establishing the Center vision, protocols, and public communications. It also includes hosting meetings of the Roybal Center's Executive committee and maintaining on-going communications with the other members of the committee. He will assist in the establishment of the Center's advisory panels and will communicate with advisory panel members on a regular and as-needed basis. As co-leader of Core A, he collaborates with the leaders of the Pilot Core B in establishing procedures for awarding the Center's pilot project grants in a manner consistent with the overall Center goals.


Catholic Relief Services/USDA
“CRS Midterm Evaluation: Food for Education 'Learning for Life' Guatemala”
July 2015

Thomas Crea was awarded $48,109 to lead a mid-term evaluation of the effects of the USDA funded "Learning for Life" program in which school-age children in Guatemala are provided meals in the academic setting with the aim to improve literacy.




“Eldercare Module”
July 2015

Tay McNamara received $60,000 of funding from AARP to create an web-based module on eldercare. The module will provide information to employers, in an accessible format on the following: why eldercare matters to their businesses; what the potential models are available to help support their employees; what other employers are doing; and what resources are available to their employees.


Center for Disease Control & Prevention
“Quantifying Economic and Health Effects of Psychosocial Workplace Exposures”
$108,000 ($324,000)
June 2015

In this second year of her K01 grant, Erika Sabbath continues her research on the economic and health impact of pychosocial occupational exposures in health care settings. The outcomes of this research have the potential to benefit the health of employees and reduce the costs to employers that pyschosocial strains incur in terms of turnover and increased employee related expenses.


University of Washington/National Institutes of Health
“Demographic Vulnerability, Neighborhood Pollution, and Racial Health Disparities”
May 2015

David Takeuchi received $29,624 to work on a study that focuses on the effects of neighborhood air pollution on individual health and mortality. In this study, Dr. Takeuchi is charged with designing strategies to decompose racial differences in health outcomes, focusing on the role of racial differences in levels and effects of neighborhood pollution.


University of Illinois/ Department of Education
“Supporting Family Caregivers in Transition"
$23,690 ($373,270)
February 2015

The University of Illinois awarded Kevin Mahoney $23,690 for his research on supporting family caregivers.  The aims of this research are 1) to explore caregivers’ perceptions of the usefulness, effectiveness and gaps in family support resources in current participant directed programs 2) identify national trends in participant directed care 3) investigate the experiences of caregivers who provide highly complex care to a family member enrolled in a participant directed program.


Birthday Wishes Inc.
"The Impact of Birthday Celebrations: An Exploratory Evaluation"
January 2015

Stephanie Berzin received $49,484 to evaluate the impact of the Birthday Wishes program. Birthday Wishes Inc. provides birthday parties for homeless children with the goal that all children, regardless of their circumstance, can joyfully celebrate their special day. Stephanie Berzin will examine the impact that this program has not only on children and families who participate in Birthday Wishes but also the impact the program has on the staff who work in the homeless shelters.


Hartford/GSA National Center on Gerontological Social Work Excellence
“Geriatric Social Work Initiatives Academic Centers”
$25,000 ($190,000)
January 2015

James Lubben received additional funding of $25,000 by the Gerontological Society of America to continue work on the Hartford Academic Center of Excellence (ACE).


Brandeis University/National Institutes of Health 
“Boston Roybal Center, Core B”
January 2015

James Lubben received $4,519 to serve oversee the Pilot Project led by Christina Matz-Costa


Brandeis University/ National Institutes of Health
“Boston Roybal Center, Core B: Enhancing the Health-Promoting Effects of Older Adults’ Activity Portfolios: The Development, Feasibility and Initial Efficacy of a Real-Time, Ecologically Sensitive Intervention”
January 2015

Christina Matz-Costa received funding of $39,126 to lead a pilot intervention study that seeks to examine the feasability and efficacy of a new program called Engaged4Life in facilitating behavior change among at-risk elders.  Engaged4Life was designed to help people explore new activities that not only are personally meaningful but that also provide the opportunity for physical activity, cognitive stimulation and social interaction.