Faculty & Staff News


Garthe Named Recipient of Campus Research Board Grant

March 7, 2019

Assistant professor Rachel Garthe has been named the recipient of a Campus Research Board grant from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research for her project: Perceptions of School Climate in Relation to Youth Violence, Mental Health, and Academic Outcomes among Middle School Students. “Schools are one of the major socializing institutions for youth ... Read more

Periodic Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Payment, Financial Stress and Wellbeing: A Longitudinal Study

March 1, 2019

In this study, social work professor Flavia Andrade and her co-authors  examine the relationship between an advanced periodic payment of the EITC and recipients’ wellbeing. They compare the perceived financial stress of recipients receiving a traditional lump-sum payment to a group that received four advanced payments spread throughout the year. Periodic payment recipients experienced significantly ... Read more


Feelings of Economic Insecurity and Perceptions of Income Inequality Influence Parents’ Endorsement of Authoritarian Practices

February 18, 2019

White parents who feel that they’re falling through the cracks of today’s economy may be more likely to believe in authoritarian parenting practices such as spanking and demanding obedience, a new study found. “Compared with the highest earners, whites who perceived themselves to be members of the lower or working class were 25 percent more ... Read more

Educational Differences in Cognitive Life Expectancy Among Older Adults in Brazil

February 8, 2019

Brazil, as many other countries in the world, has experienced fast growth of its older adult population. With population aging, issues related to cognitive impairment become increasingly urgent because old age is a major risk factor for cognitive decline. Evidence indicates that older adults in developing countries have lower levels of cognition when compared to ... Read more

School of Social Work Ranked #5 in Top Online Degree Programs

January 31, 2019

OnlineMasters.com has selected University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as one of the Best Master’s in Social Work Programs for 2019. The School of Social Work is ranked #5 out of the top 45 online programs. Results are based on academic quality, student success and affordability. Learn more ... Read more


Rosalba Hernandez Named PI for R21 Grant from NIMHD

December 14, 2018

Illinois Social Work’s Rosalba Hernandez has been named Principal Investigator for an R21 grant entitled, “Obesity in Hispanic/Latino Youth: Intergenerational Effects of Parents’ Stress” from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Recent studies show the unequal distribution of structural violence—in the form of stress manifesting from direct or residual effect of racism—to ... Read more


Youth Dating Violence Shaped by Parents’ Conflict-Handling Views, Study Finds

November 16, 2018

University of Illinois social work professor Rachel Garthe, who led the study, said the findings “show the value of parents advocating nonviolent responses to conflict. Youths may be getting a mixture of both violent and nonviolent solutions from their parents, but in our study it was those nonviolent messages that really protected kids from perpetrating ... Read more


Study: Culture Strongly Influences Coping Behaviors After Natural Disasters

November 6, 2018

Demographic and cultural differences strongly influence the coping styles young people use when they’re affected by a natural disaster, and these disparities should be taken into account when providing services to help them recover from these traumatic experiences, a new study found. University of Illinois social work professors Tara M. Powell and Kate M. Wegmann ... Read more