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Study: Girls More Likely Than Boys to Struggle With Social, Behavioral, Academic Needs

April 23, 2018

Written by: Sharita Forrest  | Illinois News Bureau, Education Editor  | 217-244-1072 The more failing grades students have during eighth grade, the more likely they are to experience social-emotional learning problems, academic difficulties and behavioral problems during their freshman year in high school, a new study found. And despite the gender stereotype that boys are more ... Read more

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Dr. Tara Powell’s Journey To Provide Hope After Disaster Continues On

April 3, 2018

Read Utopian Article New Orleans, 2007 Two years after hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on New Orleans, Tara Powell was still seeing its lingering effects. It was the fall of 2007 and Powell, who had just received her Master of Social Work from Tulane University, was working for the international organization Save the Children. She was ... Read more

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Optimistic Latinos Have Healthier Hearts, Study Finds

April 3, 2018

Written by: Sharita Forrest  | Illinois News Bureau Education editor  | 217-244-1072 Latinos who are the most optimistic are more likely to have healthy hearts, suggests a new study of more than 4,900 people of Latino/Hispanic ancestry living in the U.S. “Each unit increase in a Latino adult’s level of optimism was associated with 3 percent ... Read more

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Doug Smith Named Director of Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD)

March 1, 2018

Dr. Smith is a faculty member with a strong research portfolio and ample experience in grant development, research project management, publishing, and student research mentoring. In this new leadership role, Doug will lead strategic thinking about overall direction of the Center, interact closely with and build new networks of external stakeholders, and provide increasing linkages ... Read more

CFRC Seeking Field Interviewers for IL Child Well-Being Study

January 24, 2018

The School of Social Work’s Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) is seeking field interviewers for The Illinois Child Well-Being Study. (Applications accepted by Survey Research Laboratory.) This study aims to provide an overall assessment of the well-being of children in substitute care with DCFS and involves in person interviews with children aged 7-17. Ideal ... Read more

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Longitudinal Social-Emotional Screening Work Funded by Spencer Foundation Grant

January 22, 2018

The purpose of this project is to examine for developmental patterns of social-emotional learning (SEL) needs among high school students, their academic and behavioral outcomes, and the role of school context in influencing the relations between patterns and outcomes. The goal is to examine how school factors moderate the relations between patterns of SEL needs ... Read more

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ICAHN Encourages Critical Access Hospitals to Become Pilot Sites for IL BHWELL Program

January 18, 2018

The University of Illinois School of Social Work, in cooperation with the National Center for Rural Health Professions and the Illinois Area Health Education Center, was recently awarded a four-year, federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant for workforce development in integrated care in Illinois. Integrated care or integrated behavioral health brings Masters of ... Read more

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Study Shows Only Half of Youths Involved in Problem Behaviors Graduate on Time

January 9, 2018

Children who experience high rates of peer victimization or engage in problem behaviors such as fighting or absenteeism during seventh grade are at significantly greater risk of not graduating high school on time, a new study suggests. The study examined patterns of high school graduation and students’ experiences with victimization, physical fighting, school suspensions and ... Read more

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Illinois Social Work SSWR Presentations-2018

January 5, 2018

Environmental Changes, Indigenous Experiences, and Health Outcomes Shanondora Billiot, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL Feeding Choices Among First Generation Latina Mothers Living in Non-Metropolitan Communities Maria Pineros, MSW, MPH, Doctoral Candidate, I-TOPP Pre-doctoral Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL Karen Tabb, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at ... Read more