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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

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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

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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

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Message from Dean Anderson

November 6, 2018

Dear Friends, The past two weeks unfortunately have again bluntly presented us with the ugly specter of violence in America. The fact that much of this violence has been motivated by racial, ethnic, gender, religious, and political animosities adds another troubling dimension to what would be distressing in any event. I join with my colleagues ... Read more

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Rosalba Hernandez Named Recipient of Campus Research Support Award

October 23, 2018

Rosalba Hernandez is the recipient of a Research Support Award by the Campus Research Board for her project, “Virtual Reality to Improve Emotional Well-being in Hemodialysis Patients: Initial Safety Testing and Proof-of-Concept.” Project Abstract Each year ~100,000 people in the U.S. are placed on hemodialysis to receive life sustaining treatment. Hemodialysis (HD) is a challenging ... Read more

Project TI3: Awarded 5-Year Training Grant

October 22, 2018

Project TI3 will prepare interdisciplinary professionals to serve infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities who have high-intensity needs. The term “high-intensity needs” to refer to the needs of children with disabilities who have experienced trauma and require intensive, individualized interventions. High-intensity needs can also include a child identified as exhibiting challenging behaviors, experiencing social emotional ... Read more

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Dr. Tara Powell Named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant Recipient

October 19, 2018

Dr. Tara Powell (PI) has received an $800,000 grant in partnership with Americares from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. This grant will provide support for testing interventions related to support for health workers in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017. The project titled: “Healing for Health Workers: Building Mental ... Read more

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Study: Online Positive Psychology Exercises Improve Quality of Life in Hemodialysis Patients

October 10, 2018

Kidney dialysis patients who engage in technology-based positive psychology exercises during their treatments may significantly improve their depressive symptoms and quality of life, a new study found. Patients with depression who used tablet computers to complete brief positive psychology exercises online several times a week scored lower on depressive symptoms and reported that they felt ... Read more