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GSS PROFESSOR INVESTIGATES DATING VIOLENCE AND RISKY BEHAVIOR AMONG TEENS

Binta Alleyne-Green remembers them well—the teenage girls, nervous and vulnerable, who walked into the health clinic with pressing questions about pregnancy, birth control, or sexually transmitted infections. Most were black. Almost always, they came alone.

“They were just so young, and they were inexperienced, and some of them were really scared,” said Alleyne-Green, Ph.D., who was volunteering at the teen clinic while pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga. 
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THROUGH LIFE SKILLS TRAINING, PROFESSOR HELPS EMPOWER PEOPLE IN TRANSITION

For the past few years, Anita Lightburn, Ed.D, has been studying a particularly promising type of social service program, one that helps people overcome some of the toughest personal challenges anyone can face.

Offered in a number of places around the region, this type of program—generally known as life skills empowerment—offers comprehensive help to those who are homeless and vulnerable and struggling to rebuild their lives. They include domestic violence survivors, veterans, and the formerly incarcerated. 
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STEREOTYPES AND SUICIDE: RESEARCHER EXAMINES LINK BETWEEN MASCULINITY AND MENTAL HEALTH

At the top of a long list of gender stereotypes is a central tenet: Real men don’t cry.

But unfortunately, such attitudes, as well as many other expectations that men feel they must live up to, can drive some to desperation.

Those are the attitudes that Daniel Coleman, Ph.D., is working to change. Coleman, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) with more than a decade of experience as a mental health counselor, has recently turned his focus to the area of suicide prevention.  
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GSS GRANT TO FUND TRAUMA TREATMENT PRACTICES

The Graduate School of Social Service's National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development has received a $2.4 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The four-year grant will enable the center to pursue an ambitious multipronged education program that aims to change the way that social workers treat clients suffering from trauma.   more >>
   
PROFESSOR RESEARCHES SECONDHAND TRAUMA IN SOCIAL WORK

It is the job of the social worker to help people who have faced trauma or stressful life circumstances.  But whose job is it to help the social worker, who is exposed to trauma secondhand day in and day out?

The issue of how social workers cope with daily exposure to human suffering is a subject gaining more attention in the world of social work, said Maddy Cunningham, D.S.W., associate professor in the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS).

According to Cunningham, some social workers develop a response known as vicarious traumatization. Unlike burnout (often the result of bureaucratic factors) or countertransference (the experience of becoming emotionally entangled with one’s clients or patients), vicarious traumatization develops over time as a result of continuously hearing detailed accounts of horror or distress. It does not manifest to the degree suffered by the person who experienced the trauma firsthand, but rather presents subtly.  
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THREE FACULTY MEMBERS RECOGNIZED AS FUNDED RESEARCH SCHOLARS

Fordham saluted three faculty members on March 29 whose externally funded research embodies the essence of the University's Jesuit mission.  
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PROFESSOR WORKS TO DESIGN THE ULTIMATE SENIOR CENTER

At a certain point in his life, Manoj Pardasani realized that he really liked the company of seniors.  At that time, Pardasani was responsible for running a current events discussion group for elders in their 70s and 80s at Bronx House Emmanuel Senior Center. One day, he announced that a new member was about to join. To his shock, someone in the group asked whether the new person was “old,” because they didn’t want anybody “old” in their group.  
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PROFESSOR LINKS YOUNG LATINAS TO COLLEGE MENTORS

Ellen S. Silber, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in French literature, but it was statistics that steered her toward her current work—running a mentoring program for young Latinas.  In 2002, Silber was working on a leadership program for girls when she stumbled across some troubling statistics on young Latinas.

“I startedreading the statistics and it convinced me that this is a population that deserves my efforts,” Silber said, referring to numbers like these more recent ones:

One in five Latinas graduates from high school in four years, according to the National Center on Education in 2007.

• The school dropout rate for Latinas is among the highest in the nation at 26%, according to CNET Networks in 2008.  
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PROFESSOR CHARTS PATHWAYS TO MALE DELINQUENCY WITH EYE ON INTERVENTION

Juvenile delinquency is like quicksand; the deeper you sink, the harder it is to escape.  Tina Maschi, Ph.D., is interested in finding the most effective means of pulling young people out before it's too late.  The assistant professor of social work studies howthe effects of childhood trauma can increase a young person's odds of engaging in criminal behavior, especially among young males.  Knowing the cause, Machi said, helps structure the proper intervention.  more >>
   
GSS PROFESSOR NETS $1.8 MILLION FOR TRAUMA EDUCATION

Virginia Strand, D.S.W., professor of social work, has received a $1.8 million grant to strengthen child trauma education and development nationwide.  The grant, which was issued by the federal agency SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) provides three years of funding to create the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education And Workforce Development.  It also reconnizes Fordham as one of 15 leading national "treatment and adaptation" centers in the field of trauma.  more >>
   
   

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