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A Vision for Social Work for the Next 100 Years: Staying the Course in Response to Our Veterans

Friday, November 11, 2016

3:30pm – 6:00pm
Fordham Law School
Costantino Room
Lincoln Center Campus

Please join us for a centennial celebration for alumni and friends of GSS after the presentation.


GSS David AlbrightIn honor of the Centennial celebration of the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service and Veteran’s Day, the event will feature keynote speaker, David L. Albright, PhD, associate professor and Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health at the University of Alabama School of Social Work.

Dr. Albright will address the ways in which the social work profession can promote the well being of veterans on an individual, family, organizational and community level. The keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion featuring members of the faculty, military social work practitioners and veterans. We hope to explore ways in which the social work profession could be more responsive on multiple intervention levels to veterans and their family members.  If you have wondered about how you can contribute as a social worker in a professional or personal manner, please come honor veterans and help us celebrate 100 years!

LMSWs and LCSWs will receive 2 Continuing Education Hours (CEH) for this event.


3:30pm - 3:45pm Opening Remarks, Centennial History, Veteran History at Fordham
3:45pm - 4:30pm Keynote Address
4:30pm - 5:15pm Panel Discussion
5:15pm - 6:00pm Reception


Tony Davis - Relationship Manager for the VA for NY and New Jersey

Major Sam Linn - Director of the Fordham ROTC Program & Executive Board Member of Team Red White and Blue    

Walter Bridgers - Team Leader for the Harlem Veteran Center

Tina Atherall - Co-founder of Hope for Warriors

Speaker Bio

David L. Albright, PhD, MSW is the Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health at The University of Alabama. He is a former Infantry officer in the United States Army. He chairs the Military Social Work track for the Council on Social Work Education, he has served as a military social work consultant to the National Association of Social Workers, and he is the Managing Editor of Research in Social Work Practice and a Consulting Editor of Health & Social Work. He is also a subject matter expert on the SAMHSA PTSD special expert panel. Dr. Albright is a former research fellow with both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the RAND Corporation’s Center for Military Health Policy Research. His scholarship primarily focuses on the health promotion and education of military personnel, veterans, their families and communities, and the organizations that support them. Dr. Albright was appointed by Alabama Governor Bentley to the Executive Veterans Network as the chair of the Health Committee, and he was appointed by Commissioner Marsh to the Alabama’s Department of Veterans Affairs' MyVA Alabama Board of Directors as the chair of the Research Committee. Dr. Albright is the primary investigator for the Alabama SBIRT program, and he is responsible for the integration of alcohol and drug screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment practices into the standard delivery of primary health care in two Federally Qualified Health Centers and a VA Medical Center in West Alabama. He is also the primary investigator on both the South Alabama and the Dallas and Marengo Counties Veterans Needs Assessments, and is co-primary investigator for the NICHD-funded Service Member to Civilian Summit. Dr. Albright lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with his wife, Jami, and their four daughters, Avery, Camille, Elizabeth, and Maren. He enjoys watching college football and golf.