In its mission to solve complex problems, the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) has increased its focus on transdisciplinary research, says Dean Gautam N. Yadama. A growing number of recent initiatives, he reports, bring together faculty researchers with collaborators from different disciplines, as well as community members affected by the issues they’re studying. In addition, faculty are adopting innovative research methods—in particular, systems science—to better assess complicated issues and quantify difficult-to-measure outcomes.
A team of researchers from the Boston College School of Social Work’s (BCSSW) Center for Social Innovation delivered a research report to the philanthropic network Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) that offers a working definition of “Catholic social innovation” and highlights 64 examples of such work in response to the global refugee and migrant crisis.
In today’s culture of fast-paced technological and entrepreneurial innovation, nonprofits have much to gain by looking within their own organizations to find new solutions to social problems, according to a new book by Stephanie Berzin, an associate professor and assistant dean of doctoral programs at the School of Social Work. Co-authored with Humberto Camarena, Innovation from Within: Redefining How Nonprofits Solve Problems (Oxford University Press, 2018) offers a practical framework for how leaders in the nonprofit sector can foster innovation and creativity within their organizations.
Associate Professor Susan Tohn and Boston College School of Social Work alumna Suelen Yancor, MSW ’05, offer a two-day training on Solution-Focused Therapy techniques with a focus on Spanish language interventions, a project designed to help practitioners understand some of the unique cultural competencies associated with best serving Latinx populations.
Kumar joined the BCSSW faculty this past September. In this Q&A with Innovate, he discusses his diverse background working across consulting, engineering, and social work; his transdisciplinary approach to research projects; and his expectations for teaching and inquiry at Boston College.
She was one of ten featured faculty, students, and alumni to presenting on the theme of this year’s event, “Research and the Common Good.”
Assistant Professor Erika Sabbath cites research, including her own, that shows that sexual harassment in the workplace has been found to impact both physical and mental health of those harassed.
Boston College School of Social Work Assistant Professor Jessica Shaw has been awarded a $313,558 grant by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women for her project “Evaluation of a Cross-System Cooperative Response to Adolescent Sexual Assault Victims.”
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.
Associate Professor Scott Easton has contributed a chapter to the recently released book Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys & Men, edited by renowned psychologist and psychoanalyst Richard B. Gartner. In this Q&A with Innovate, Easton discusses what it means to him to have been included in the project.