Fall 2019 Professional Notes

December 20, 2019
SSW Faculty Professional Notes

Kingsley Chigbu, assistant professor, presented a paper entitled, "Reconciling Faith and Evidence with Public Safety: Implications for Release of Captured Terrorists and Other Extreme Violent Offenders in Nigeria," at the 3rd International Conference for Faith Integration, held at Babcock University, Ogun State, Nigeria, on July 11, 2019.  He presented a paper entitled, "Conceptualizing the Future of Evaluation through the Research Domain Criteria Lens: Evaluative Implications for Violence, Mental Health and Substance Use Interventions" at the 33rd Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, in Minneapolis, MN, on July 15. At the same conference on July 13, Chigbu and Florence U. Chigbu, RN, presented a poster entitled, "Trauma Prevention and Knowledge Gap Evaluation: Findings from a Study of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Clinicians." On November 8, Chigbu and Chigbu presented a paper entitled, "The Research Domain Criteria: Implications for Violence Prevention Research at the National Association of Christian Social Workers Conference, in Indianapolis. Chigbu and Chigbu co-presented again on December 6 with a paper entititled, "Special Considerations for Trauma Assessment with African Migrant Children and Adolescents," at a workshop organized by Progressive Individuals Resources Inc, on the theme "creating trauma aware and caring schools in support of African immigrants, refugees, and undocumented students," in St Paul, MN.

Kari Fletcher, associate professor, published four co-authored, peer-reviewed manuscripts related to health behaviors among student veterans ("Intimate partner violence among service members and veterans: Differences by sex and rurality," in Traumatology; "Sexual behaviors and health practices among student service members/veterans," in Archives of Sexual Behavior; "Physical activity and mental distress among Veteran cancer survivors with heart disease and diabetes," in the Journal of Military, Veteran, and Family Health; and, "Depression prevalence and geographic distribution in United States military women: Results from the 2017 Service Women's Action Network needs assessment," also in the Journal of Military, Veterans and Family Health). Fletcher co-authored two published chapters in K. H. Thomas and K. Hunter (Eds.), Invisible veterans: What happens when military women become civilians again, including, "Across the eras: Experiences of older women veterans," and "Belonging and support for women veterans." She co-presented Global implications for civic engagement among U.S. student veterans at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health (CIMVHR) Forum in Gatineau, Quebec (QC), Canada. At the 2019 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting in Denver, CO, she co-presented, Women Intimate partner violence among military families, and Women faculty in the non-tenure track: Mentoring, career progression, and retention. In addition, she co-presented, Do sexual behaviors and health practices differ among student service members and veterans? and Help seeking among women veteran students within postsecondary educational settings, at the Society for Social Work and Research 21th Annual Conference, Washington, DC, in January 2020.

Katharine Hill, associate professor, published, "Voting is Social Work: Voices from the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign," in the Journal of Social Work Education. She and her co-authors have been engaged in the national campaign since 2017. Hill has been appointed as a Research Fellow at the School of Social Work at the University of Connecticut. This 2-year appointment is in recognition of her ongoing work with the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work. The Nancy A. Humphreys Institute works to increase the political participation and power of all social workers and the communities they serve so public policy reflects our profession's values and commitment to social justice. Dr. Hill is co-facilitating the Nancy A. Humphrey's Institute Campaign School for Social Workers in Lansing Michigan on Feb. 21 and 22, 2020. The Campaign School is for anyone who wants to be more politically active as a candidate, staff, volunteer and/or advocate. Taught through the lens of the profession's values and Code of Ethics, this powerful workshop also addresses issues like race, identity and ethics in politics.

Catherine Marrs Fuchsel, associate professor, published an article in the Journal of Family Violence in September 2019 titled, "Sí­, Yo Puedo (Yes, I Can) curriculum and empowerment program for immigrant Latina women in group settings: Utilization of the program at a police department." The data from this study completes evaluation of the program in five groups over a three-year period with the West Chicago Police Department. Marrs Fuchsel presented findings of this study to the Latino Social Work Organization Conference at the University of Chicago in Illinois. Marrs Fuchsel continues to provide pro-bono mental health consultations and workshops for Our Lady of Guadalupe Community Health Clinic in Worthington, MN. She conducted a workshop titled, "Cultural sensitivity: Working with clients exposed to immigration related incidences and recognizing trauma symptoms."

Lance Peterson, associate professor, published an article in Social Work Education titled, "Noticing and attending to relational process: a dialogical analysis of MSW student competency development in relational therapy." His co-authors are all alumni of the School of Social Work, including Krista Murphy MSW '18, Scott Grandt MSW '17 & Janet Vizina Roubal DSW '17.

Robin Whitebird, professor, is a research consultant on a newly awarded grant, "Comparing Two Approaches to Care Coordination for High-cost/High-need Patients in Primary Care" from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) awarded to Dr. Leif Solberg of HealthPartners Institute. The 3-year study will evaluate the role of social work in care coordination for high-need patients. Whitebird also co-authored the article "Analysis of Computed Tomography Radiation Doses Used for Lung Cancer Screening Scans," published in JAMA Internal Medicine.