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Creating Your Own Path: How an MSW Degree Opened Doors for Maddox Emerick, GSS ’23

Creating Your Own Path: How an MSW Degree Opened Doors for Maddox Emerick, GSS ’23

Like many of us, Maddox Emerick’s life was shifted in the spring of 2020, when the world came to a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Worldwide lockdowns kept Emerick—a trained performer since his time as an undergraduate theater major—off the stage and wondering what came next.  “I’d always had social work in the back […]

Jeff Coyle, LCSWR, Named Assistant Dean of Student Services at Fordham GSS

Jeff Coyle, LCSWR, Named Assistant Dean of Student Services at Fordham GSS

The Graduate School of Social Service is proud to announce Jeff Coyle, LCSWR, as our new Assistant Dean of Student Services! Coyle will replace Linda White-Ryan, Ph.D., as head of our Student Services Department. White-Ryan will now act as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Previously, Coyle served as MSW Program Director and, subsequently, Associate Dean for Academic […]

GSS Alumna Named Executive Director in Adams Administration

GSS Alumna Named Executive Director in Adams Administration

Fordham GSS alumna Karen Ford, GSS ’96, has been appointed to act as the Executive Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Nonprofit Services. Congratulations, Karen! Ford was appointed to the office on December 27. That same day, Adams also appointed Jasmine Ray as Director of Mayor’s Office of Sports, Wellness, and Recreation. […]

2023 SSWR Annual Conference – GSS Presentations

2023 SSWR Annual Conference – GSS Presentations

The Graduate School of Social Service would like to congratulate those on our faculty whose research is being presented at this year’s Society for Social Work and Research 27th Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona! Please see below for a full list of Fordham GSS presentations, and read more about the conference here! Good luck, everyone! […]

GSS Alumnus Publishes Debut Novel on Social Work and the New York Yankees

GSS Alumnus Publishes Debut Novel on Social Work and the New York Yankees

Fordham GSS alumnus Chris Febles, GSS ‘01, published his debut novel, Richie the Caseworker, on November 22 with Faraxa Publishing.  Set in 1995 Westchester County, NY, Richie the Caseworker chronicles the story of lifetime Yankees fan Richie McGinn, as he accidentally transforms from a pizza delivery boy down on his luck, into a caseworker at […]

Study: Community Health Workers’ Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Satisfaction

Study: Community Health Workers’ Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Satisfaction

Three Fordham GSS Community members have just co-authored research exploring burnout, compassion fatigue and satisfaction in New York Community Health Workers. Associate Professor Abigail Ross, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor Rahbel Rahman, Ph.D.; and alumna Cassidy Rosenblatt, GSS ’22, all contributed on the study. The article, titled “Predictors of burnout, compassion fatigue, and compassion satisfaction experienced by […]

Beyond Ramps, Curb Cuts, and Captions: A Call for Disability Justice in Social Work

Beyond Ramps, Curb Cuts, and Captions: A Call for Disability Justice in Social Work

GSS Associate Professor Laura Wernick, Ph.D., has co-authored a commentary calling on nondisabled social work professionals to develop their Disability cultural competence and to make inclusion and antiableism priorities in the field. The article, titled “Beyond Ramps, Curb Cuts, and Captions: A Call for Disability Justice in Social Work”, was published in Social Work. Abstract In […]

A Life and Legacy: Meredith Barnhart, Ph.D., GSS ’20, Posthumously Publishes Groundbreaking Research in Pediatric Oncology

A Life and Legacy: Meredith Barnhart, Ph.D., GSS ’20, Posthumously Publishes Groundbreaking Research in Pediatric Oncology

It was Meredith Barnhart’s dream to earn her Ph.D.  After a childhood in Llewellyn, Pennsylvania, and attending Elizabethtown College—only an hour’s drive southwest from Llewellyn down I-81—as an undergraduate, Barnhart moved to New York City to pursue her Master of Social Work from Columbia University. It was a big change. According to UnitedStatesZipCodes.org, Llewellyn has […]

Ethnoracial Variation in Risk for Psychotic Experiences

Ethnoracial Variation in Risk for Psychotic Experiences

Associate Professor Jordan DeVylder, Ph.D., has published research exploring whether the prevalence of psychotic experiences varies by race, and if this variance is explained by socioenvironmental risk factors. The study is titled “Ethnoracial Variation in Risk for Psychotic Experiences”, and is published in Schizophrenia Bulletin. Abstract Background & Hypothesis Psychotic disorders are inequitably distributed by […]

Examining Anti-Black Racism in a School of Social Work

Examining Anti-Black Racism in a School of Social Work

Assistant Professor Jenn Lilly, Ph.D., has published research which used a Critical Race Theory framework to explore Black social work students’ experiences of anti-Black racism in the learning environment of a predominantly white institution of social work. The article, titled “A ‘Totally, Acceptably Racist Environment’: Examining Anti-Black Racism in a School of Social Work” was […]