Each spring, two doctoral students at the Boston College School of Social Work are awarded fellowships to further their research and their work in the field. The Carolyn B. Thomas Fellowship, established in 1989 by a longtime BCSSW professor, recognizes the accomplishments and supports the future endeavors of a doctoral student who works with families and children, while the Elaine Pinderhughes Fellowship is given each year to an outstanding African-American PhD student.
In this Q&A, she discusses her time as a PhD student at Boston College and her research studying social workers in occupied Palestine, and she offers advice for PhD students interested in international opportunities.
Robert Rosales, who expects to graduate this coming August, counts health access and disparities among Latino populations as his research interests. In this blog post, he delineates the important points around a recent paper published in Social Work in Health Care.
Pinderhughes Fellowship winner Victor Figuereo is now in his third year at BCSSW. He is a member of the school’s Latino Leadership Initiative, and specifically, he is part of the LLI’s Latino Research Seminar, a program designed to address the disparity of Latino professors in higher education.
PhD candidate Rob Hasson III reflects on his experience at SSWR 2017.
Aakanksha Sinha is a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Human Development in New Delhi, India where she is the lead investigator on two projects studying nutrition and children in that country.
The research for Leia Saltzman’s dissertation was conducted at The Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma at Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem. She has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship to work on an extension of this research and will return to Israel this coming fall.
BC Social Work’s international doctoral program in social welfare is a unique collaboration between BCSSW and other Jesuit universities in Mexico and Chile.
Doctoral candidates Aakanksha Sinha & Leia Saltzman, and Associate Professor Margaret Lombe introduce their paper “Exploring Factors Associated with Education Outcomes for Orphan and Abandoned Children in India.”
In this Q&A, she places into context many of her life experiences and how they have brought her to Boston College; she talks about her project to develop a model for racial trauma healing for African Americans; and she explains why social work is so critically important to eradicating racism.