December Boston College Social Work Research Highlights

Research RoundupFaculty at BC Social Work have been recognized for their work on critical research studies and creative projects serving the community over the past couple of months.

While this sampling of commendations represents a diversity of subject matter and methods of inquiry, all of these projects share the same principal mission: to support work to create social change.

Here is our most recent update.


Faculty Publications

Assistant Professor Erika Sabbath was an author on “Does obesity modify the relationship between exposure to occupational factors and musculoskeletal disorders in men?” in PLOS One.

Faculty Presentations

The theme of this year’s Advancing Research and Scholarship Day at Boston College was Global Public Health, and two BC Social Work professors played a central role in the event:

  • Erika Sabbath presented “An Integrated and Interdisciplinary Approach to Evaluating the Impact of Workplace Policies on the Safety, Health, and Well-being of Hospital Workers.”
  • Summer Hawkins gave a talk on “How Tobacco Control Policies Affect Maternal and Child Health.”

Professor Stephanie Berzin recently participated in a panel discussion at the 2014 “Crowds and Climate: From Ideas to Action” Conference on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also was a part of a panel discussion at the Providers’ Council’s 39th Annual Convention & Expo: We Create Community entitled “Achieving Impact: Social Enterprise Success Stories.”

Other faculty presentations included:

Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Stephanie Berzin, and colleagues presented a poster at the McDonnell International Scholars Academy 5th International Symposium in St. Louis entitled “A Week in the Life of Older Social Entrepreneurs: An Experience Sampling Methods Study.”

Berzin also presented a paper at the Innovation Symposium of Fe y Alegria in Nicaragua.

Sabbath was an author of three presentations during October and November:

  • “Social Determinants of Active Life Engagement Among Older French Retirees.”
  • “Lifetime Work-family Exposures Predict Subsequent Mortality Risk Among Older American Women.”

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