From left, Sarah Mikhail, director of the Grand Challenge at A Way Home America, and social work professors Maurice Gattis and M. Alex Wagaman after Richmond was selected one of 10 Grand Challenge cities at the True Colors United Impact Summit in Washington, D.C., in 2019. (Courtesy photo)
July 16, 2021
- VCU News: Among LGBTQ+ youth, pets can be an important source of well-being — but also stress
A new study with multiple School of Social Work connections has found that pet ownership among sexual and gender minority emerging adults provides positive benefits but also comes with psychological stressors. The lead author is recently departed faculty member Shelby McDonald, Ph.D.; co-authors include three current Ph.D. students and two recent social work alumni.
July 16, 2021
- VCU News: VCU Social Work professor receives ‘rising star’ award in field of gerontology research
Assistant Professor Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D., has received the 2021 Carroll Estates Rising Star Award from the Gerontological Society of America, recognizing him for his outstanding early career contributions in social research, policy and practice.
July 15, 2021
- Inclusive Excellence: iCubed Sustainable Food Access core member evaluates VCU student food insecurity
Associate Professor Youngmi Kim, Ph.D., has conducted three studies on VCU student food insecurity with an internal grant from the School of Social Work. The studies addressed the prevalence of student food insecurity, challenges associated with food insecurity and how students cope with those challenges.
July 2, 2021
- VCU News: 18 receive project funding from VCU’s Presidential Research Quest Fund
Associate Professor Miriam Kuttikat, Ph.D., is among 18 VCU researchers who will share $512,00 in awards from the Presidential Research Quest Fund. Kuttikat’s project is titled “Testing Family Dynamics Among Eritrean Migrants in the Greater Washington, DC area.”
April 5, 2021
- VCU News: Project aims to reduce homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth, pregnant and parenting youth
Associate professors M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D., and Maurice Gattis, Ph.D., are leading a new grant project focused on interventions to reduce homelessness among LGTBTQ+ youth and pregnant and parenting youth. “We aim to increase visibility and develop a program that centers their needs and experiences, while drawing on the power of peer support and connections,” Wagaman says.
March 9, 2021
- School of Social Work: Study: For those on psychiatric medication, family caregivers can be valuable resource
Professor Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., LCSW, conducted an in-depth study, published in Community Mental Health Journal, around family members’ needs as caregivers to loved ones with serious mental illness. Her findings suggest families “crave inclusion and wish providers would more radically embrace both collaboration and balance in their approach to medication maintenance,” she says.
Feb. 12, 2021
- VCU News: Older African Americans in counties with a high number of Black residents are less likely to seek mental health care. Why?
Research published in the journal Psychiatric Services by Assistant Professor Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D., shows that in counties with a higher population of Black residents, older African Americans are less likely to seek mental health treatment. “It is important to understand the effect of geography because accessing mental health care occurs in the community that people live in,” Kim says.
Jan. 28, 2021
- VCU News: Can pets help LGBTQ+ people cope with microaggressions?
Angela Matijczak, a first-year social work doctoral student, led a study exploring how social support from humans and comfort from companion animals can help LGBTQ+ young adults deal with microaggressions. The published article was featured on the cover of the January issue of the journal Behavioral Sciences.
Jan. 12, 2021
- School of Social Work: Social work faculty and student researchers presenting at SSWR 2021
Twenty-four VCU School of Social Work faculty and students, representing 26 research initiatives, will be part of the annual Society for Social Work and Research’s virtual conference Jan. 19-22, 2021. Research collaborators include 27 faculty or professional social workers and 12 Ph.D. students from 26 different universities and institutions.
Nov. 18, 2020
VCU faculty from the School of Social Work and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs are building on previous research with two new studies to better understand and prevent adverse childhood experiences and trauma through the health care, education and juvenile justice systems.
Sept. 22, 2020
- VCU News: Social work professor’s research to explore outcomes for adult adoptees and foster care alumni
When Hollee McGinnis was a college student, questions about her identity as a transracial adoptee from South Korea raised in an Irish-Catholic family sparked her undergraduate thesis and questions that have shaped her career.
Sept. 9, 2020
- VCU News: A ‘life-changing award’: Two VCU social work researchers receive NIH grants that ease student debt
“It’s a big financial deal for me and everyone else whose applications were funded,” said Jamie L. Cage, Ph.D., an assistant professor beginning her fourth year with the school. That includes her colleague, Shelby E. McDonald, Ph.D., who received tenure and a promotion to associate professor over the summer and is starting her sixth year at the school.
April 29, 2020
Alisha Robinson, a senior in the School of Social Work, set out to study alternative education programs and how they can lead to positive outcomes for students who have been expelled or suspended long-term from other schools.
March 24, 2020
- VCU News: For LGBTQ+ youth, pets may help with depression and anxiety in times of COVID-19 and social isolation
Over the past year, School of Social Work professor Shelby McDonald, Ph.D., and colleagues have conducted around 150 interviews with LGBTQ+ youth as part of a study into the kinds of stress they face and how different social supports can influence the impact of the stressors on mental health and resilience.
Feb. 26, 2020
- School of Social Work: Opioid grant funds expanded curriculum and field agencies, adds M.S.W. stipends
The School of Social Work received one of 10 opioid-focused grants from the National Council for Behavioral Health to support new curriculum development, funding for field agencies to be involved, and stipends for eight second-year master’s students.
Jan. 30, 2020
- School of Social Work: Social work faculty Kyeongmo Kim, Nicole Corley earn national SSWR honors
Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor, was part of a three-person research team whose work received a Society for Social Work and Research Excellence in Research Award-Honorable Mention; and Nicole A. Corley, Ph.D., assistant professor, was named one of 12 JSSWR Early-Career Mentored Reviewers. VCU social work professor Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., LCSW, was recognized as Corley’s mentor.
Jan. 13, 2020
- School of Social Work: Mastering research: These VCU conference presenters are grad students, but not Ph.D.s
For John Gyourko, it was an opportunity to realize an envisioned project and help at-risk children in foster care. For Nicole George, it was a chance to change perceptions and make a difference in the learning environment of Spanish-speaking elementary school children. In both cases, the master's students' research efforts led to presentations at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference in Washington, D.C.
Jan. 7, 2020
- School of Social Work: 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Presentations
Twenty-five VCU School of Social Work faculty and students presented or participated in more than 30 sessions at the 24th annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference in Washington, D.C.
Sept. 26, 2019
“Folks in Richmond were largely saying that we don’t have an issue with youth homelessness here; we don’t need to do anything different than what we’re doing because it’s not one of our problems,” said Alex Wagaman, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Social Work, who worked on the grant with colleague Maurice Gattis, Ph.D.
Aug. 8, 2019
Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Social Work, seeks to understand why minority older adults living in racially segregated neighborhoods are less likely to use mental health services than their white counterparts.
May 10, 2019
“E-cigarette use has overtaken cigarette smoking among American adolescents. Those who have experienced childhood maltreatment may be at particular risk of using e-cigarettes, as these experiences have been linked to future nicotine dependence," said Sunny Shin, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Social Work.
Jan. 16, 2019
- School of Social Work: Faculty and student SSWR presentations and discussions
The School of Social Work is pleased to acknowledge the faculty and student scholars and researchers taking part in the 23rd annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference.