News & Events
3D Technology Might Improve Body Appreciation for Young Women
Posted: Jun. 18, 2019
New MU study identified an approach to help individuals appreciate their bodies
Story Contact: Sheena Rice, MU News Bureau
3D technology has transformed movies and medical imaging, and now it might be able to help young women better appreciate their bodies.
Virginia Ramseyer Winter, assistant professor in the School of Social Work and director of the MU Center for Body Image Research and Policy, is a nationally recognized body image expert. In a new study, she found that images from 3D scanners can be used to help young women focus on body appreciation, which might in turn improve mental health.
"3D body image scanning is a relatively new tool in social science research, and the research on using 3D tools for improving body image is scant," Ramseyer Winter said. "We wanted to see if it could provide a way to help young women shift their focus away from appearance and toward function."
In her study, young adult women between the ages of 18 and 25 were scanned in a 3D scanner used by researchers and students in MU’s Department of Textile and Apparel Management. The researchers used modeling software to convert the scans to 3D avatars. Participants then digitally "painted" body parts that they appreciated for various reasons such as their utility or role in their relationships.
School of Social Work June Newsletter
The MU School of Social Work June 2019 newsletter is now available. In this issue we cover student activities, faculty accomplishments, funding awards, Spring 2019 graduation, and faculty publications & presentations.
Posted: Jun. 3, 2019
The School of Social Work is delighted to announce that Dr. Carol Snively will be promoted to the rank of Associate Teaching Professor and Professor Suzanne Cary will be promoted to the rank of Associate Clinical Professor effective September 1, 2019. Congratulations Carol and Suzanne!
Carol Snively, PhD
Suzanne Cary, MSW
Mizzou Law Students Discussed Consumer Law during Community Event
Posted: May 20, 2019
How do I improve my credit? Am I protected as a tenant? Can I file for bankruptcy? were some of the questions discussed during the Spring 2019 Consumer Empowerment Event sponsored through the School of Law in partnership with Columbia Love, Inc. The event held at the Community United Methodist in Columbia, Missouri focused on understanding consumer law as a way of empowering the community.
Law Students at the University of Missouri—as part of the Consumer Empowerment seminar—presented their research that ranged from Credit Repair–Jennifer Boston; Bankruptcy Basics–Kenyon Briggs; Veterans as Consumers–Charlotte Burgess; Fair Debt Collection Practices Act–Margarete Crawford; Online Dispute Resolution–Sarah Grossman; Landlord/Tenant Laws–Rachel Mitchell; Missouri Merchandising Practices Act–Jeneal Murphy; Internet Safety–Ayana Shiggs; and, Payday Loans–Sergio Tarin. The presentations can be accessed via the non-profit website Prof. Amy J. Schmitz created at www.myconsumertips.info. There is also an app available for free download from the Google Play Store.
In addition to the presentations made to the community, students expanded their research into academic essays. Under the guidance of Prof. Amy J. Schmitz (Law) and Prof. Clark M. Peters (Social Work), the collection of essays will be made available through University of Missouri Press in the upcoming months and provide the community a guide to consumer law.
Special thanks to Hannah Rogers (Social Work) for coordinating the event and Michael Castleman (Law) for managing the digital distribution of the presentations.
Dr. Ramseyer Winter Receives Technology Committee Award
Posted: May 13, 2019
Dr. Ginny Ramseyer Winter and her collaborator, Fang Wang from the College of Engineering, are the recipients of a University of Missouri Information Technology Committee award for their project, Sex Ed VR: Development of a Virtual Reality Sex and Body Image Education Program for SHAPE. Congratulations Ginny!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Posted: May 8, 2019
FACE Clinical Case Manager - Open Position
Posted: May 3, 2019
Family Access Center for Excellence (FACE) of Boone County, MO is seeking a clinical case manager / clinical instructor to fill a 12-month position. FACE is a newly funded, direct community service center jointly supported by the Boone County, MO Department of Social Services and the University of Missouri’s Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, the Missouri Prevention Center, the Department of Psychological Sciences, and the School of Social Work. FACE is an innovative approach to coordinating and improving the mental and physical health, well-being, and safety of children and families in Boone County, MO in a manner that is transparent and promotes client/family direct involvement and choice in the development and implementation of treatment plans.
FACE in the News
Posted: Apr. 19, 2019
The Family Access Center of Excellence (FACE) was recently featured in Move Magazine. Dr. Aaron Thompson, in collaboration with Social Work colleague Dr. Clark Peters and colleagues from MU’s College of Education (Drs. Wendy Reinke and Keith Herman) and Department of Psychology (Dr. Kristin Hawley), received a Boone County Children’s Services Board contract to implement the Family Access Center for Excellence (FACE) of Boone County. FACE is a cross-sector (i.e., education, family court, juvenile probation, law enforcement, public health, etc.) community center of excellence to enhance access to high quality social, emotional, and behavioral health services. FACE seeks to achieve this mission by (1) non-conflicted case management, (2) scientifically-based implementation support, and (3) continuous quality improvement and outcomes evaluation.
Mizzou CSSW Partners with MU Dietetics Program
Posted: Apr. 10, 2018
On April 7, 2018 the Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers (BSW/MSW students, Alumni & Friends) partnered with the MU Dietetics Program to help feed the Veterans at Welcome Home in Columbia, MO.
Professors Hsun-Ta Hsu and Ninive Sanchez Receive Mangel Award
Posted: Apr. 1, 2019
Assistant Professors Dr. Hsun-Ta Hsu and Dr. Ninive Sanchez were awarded one of five $3,000 grants by the Margaret W. Mangel Faculty Research Catalyst Fund for their project titled "Supplementing a Mobile Application in an Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Intervention for African American Youth Experiencing Homelessness: A Formative Project." These awards are granted annually to faculty of the College of Human Environmental Sciences as a way to assist with research scholarship/creative activity efforts.
Dr. Hsun-Ta Hsu
Dr. Ninive Sanchez
Eating Breakfast with Parents is Associated with Positive Body Image for Teenagers
Posted: Mar. 22, 2019
Story Contact: Sheena Rice, MU News Bureau
Parents hoping to raise teenagers with positive body image might just find helpful tools in the kitchen every morning. A new study from the University of Missouri says consistently eating breakfast as a family might promote positive body image for children and adolescents.
"We know that developing healthy behaviors in adolescence such as eating breakfast every day and eating family meals can have long-term effects into adulthood," said Virginia Ramseyer Winter, assistant professor in the School of Social Work and director of the MU Center for Body Image Research and Policy. "Children and adolescents are under a lot of pressure from social media and pop culture when it comes to physical appearance. Having a healthy relationship with food from eating breakfast and spending meal time with family might have a significant impact on well-being."
SSW Welcomes Lindsay Hickman, Student Support Specialist
Posted: Mar. 19, 2019
The School of Social Work would like to welcome Lindsay Hickman as our new Student Support Specialist for the BSW program. We are excited to have Lindsay take on this role. Stop by to welcome and say hi to Lindsay in 725 Clark Hall.
Dr. Janku in the News
Posted: Mar. 15, 2019
Please join us in recognizing Dr. Anne Janku, Associate Research Professor and faculty affiliate in the Center on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Priorities, for being featured in the American University blog, Justice Programs Office in honor of National Social Work month. The blog features Professor Janku's work with treatment courts and builds off her funded work with the National Drug Court Institute shared in her published study, Understanding and Responding to Racial Differences in Drug Court Outcomes. Congratulations Professor Janku!
Christine Woods Named New BSW Program Director
Posted: Mar. 12, 2019
Please welcome Professor Christine Woods as the new Director of the BSW Program! This appointment is effective July 1, 2019. We are excited about her appointment and look forward to her service to the School. Also, we'd like to thank Tammy Freelin for her leadership as the BSW Program Director AND Student Services Coordinator. Tammy has decided one job is enough so she will be resuming her singular role as Student Services Coordinator. Congratulations Christine and thank-you Tammy!
Dr. Preble Receives Grant from the Missouri Collaborative Against Human Trafficking
Posted: Mar. 4, 2019
Dr. Kathleen Preble and her colleague, Professor Andrea Nichols (St. Louis Community College Forest Park), are the recipients of a grant from the Missouri Collaborative Against Human Trafficking to develop a comprehensive statewide resource manual to be utilized by legal and social service agencies to help trafficking victims connect to help; conduct a statewide needs assessment to identify current gaps in services and unmet needs of key players in the fight against human trafficking in Missouri; and develop a strategic plan to address those needs. Congratulations Kathy!
MU Awarded $10 Million to Create National Center for Rural School Mental Health
Posted: Feb. 27, 2019
Story by Cailin Riley, MU News Bureau
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $10 million to the University of Missouri to establish a National Center for Rural School Mental Health. Researchers and staff at the new center will create an online data and training system to support the mental health needs of students in rural schools throughout Missouri, Virginia and Montana.
"Our goal is for this new national center to provide a wealth of information to rural schools across the three states," said Wendy Reinke, a professor in the MU College of Education and the lead investigator on the grant. "Many rural schools are very small and remote, limiting their access to professional development resources, assessments for identifying youth in need of mental health supports and coaching opportunities. This center will create a framework of support for rural educators in need of those tools."
Congratulations Dr. Hsun-Ta Hsu
Posted: Feb. 20, 2019
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. Hsun-Ta Hsu who has received an award from the Missouri Housing Development Commission to perform a study on case management practices used by shelters across the state in providing services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Results from his study will be used in designing and delivering evidence-based case management models.
Criminal Justice Reform, Violence Prevention are Goals of New Center at Mizzou
Posted: Feb. 19, 2019
Story by Sheena Rice, MU News Bureau
Social Work Researchers Establish New Center, Academic Minor to Study Criminal Justice Policies
Across the country, families and lawmakers are demanding criminal justice reforms so systems can better serve communities in cost-effective ways. Now, a new center at the University of Missouri will bring together a diverse group of researchers, community stakeholders and students dedicated to criminal justice policy. The newly established Center on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Priorities was founded by Kelli Canada and Clark Peters, Associate Professors in the MU School of Social Work and leading justice scholars. The goal of the center is to bring Mizzou to the forefront of issues of national importance, they said.
Dr. Givens Receives Grant for Probation and Parole Officer Training
Posted: Feb. 6, 2019
Congratulations to Assistant Professor, Dr. Ashley Givens, on receiving a grant from the Missouri Department of Corrections to provide training to probation and parole officers. The training will focus on helping them better understand mental health signs and symptoms, medications related to mental illnesses, the impact of mental illnesses on behavior, appropriate resources in the community, as well as other basic skills and tools to successfully engage probationers with mental health needs. Congratulations Professor Givens!
MSW Student, Derek Landes, in the News
Posted: Dec. 21, 2018
Derek Landes, current MSW student at the School of Social Work and Director of Prevention Education and Outreach Health Services at Spectrum Health Care, was recently featured in the Columbia Missourian. Congratulations Derek!
Posted: Dec. 18, 2018
Congratulations to our December 2018 graduates!
Mizzou CSSW Adopts a Family
Posted: Dec. 14, 2018
The Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers adopted a family this holiday season Fall 2018 through the Voluntary Action Center. Due to generous donations collected from the BSW, MSW, and PhD students we were able to provide a meal and gifts for the family. Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers hosted a bake sale and a popcorn sale this semester to assist a family in need. Through these endeavors along with their t-shirt sales they were able to adopt a family. The family will receive a $50 gift card from Walmart store to purchase their holiday meal, $20 gift card to obtain the milk that Mom had listed as a priority, diapers, wipes (over 1100 wipes), a baby bouncer seat, personal hygiene products, Disney movies, books, board games, shoes, boots, bath towels, clothes for her 5 year old daughter and clothes for her newborn baby, baby dolls, hair accessories and a host of other items. The Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers, MSW, and PhD students assisted in making the holiday season brighter for another family in the community.
As an organization, the Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers have definitely served their motto: To support, collaborate, provide leadership and service to our community.
Graduate Students Find Meaningful Work in the Center for Body Image Research and Policy
Posted: Dec. 5, 2018
Story by: Sheena Rice
Graduate students play a vital role in research that impacts people’s lives, gaining hands-on experience as they prepare for their careers. At the University of Missouri, two graduate students are playing an instrumental role in the creation of a new interdisciplinary research center that will improve the health and well-being of people all around the world – the Center for Body Image Research and Policy in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.
Read full story on Mizzou News.
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Promote Older Adult Health
Posted: Nov. 27, 2018
The Gerontological Society of America recently chose to profile the great research being done here at Mizzou! Check out this video to learn more about how Mizzou researchers are working together to improve care for older adults.
Learn more about the MOQI project.
Clinic for the Community
Posted: Nov. 15, 2018
Story by Brian Consiglio, strategic communications ‘19
MU School of Social Work gives students hands-on learning outside the classroom
The Missouri Method is an educational concept of learning by experience. A central part of the University of Missouri’s journalism school, the Missouri Method can be found on all corners of campus, including the School of Social Work. In 2014, the School of Social Work founded the Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic to provide free, quality mental health services for uninsured and underinsured individuals in the Columbia community. Graduate students provide counseling services under direct supervision from licensed clinical social workers, and undergraduate students get career experience by maintaining clinic operations.
"The clinic is a very welcoming environment where I can get a taste of a clinic setting by interacting with patients," said Megan Warhover, a graduate student from Columbia. "The clinic helps connect MU with the community by providing people with services they might not be able to access elsewhere."
In the four years since opening, the clinic has served more than 230 clients and has trained more than 70 students. Mental health services include counseling, crisis intervention and support groups. The clinic is supervised by Kelli Canada, associate professor of social work, and Rebekah Freese, clinical instructor.
Robina Onwonga, a doctoral student in counseling psychology, helps co-facilitate mental health sessions at the clinic.
Students working in the clinic are under intensive supervision from licensed clinical social workers such as Rebekah Freese, co-director of the clinic.
New Center for Body Image Research and Policy
Posted: Nov. 13, 2018
The College of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) is excited to announce a new research center, the Center for Body Image Research and Policy (CBIRP), an interdisciplinary endeavor housed in HES. The Center’s vision is to improve body image, health, and wellness for individuals, families, and communities. The Center's aims are:
- To understand body image as it relates to health and well-being.
- To produce innovative, rigorous research that leads to the development of and/or tests the efficacy of:
- Education and Training Curricula
Michelle Obama References Children's Mental Health Tax and Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition
Posted: Sep. 27, 2018
First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama gives a shout out to the work of The Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition and the Family Access Center of Excellence—both funded by the Boone County Children’s Mental Health Services Fund and developed by our own Associate Professor, Dr. Aaron M. Thompson, in collaboration with Drs. Wendy Reinke and Keith Herman in the MU College of Education. Through the work of the Coalition and FACE, over 25,000 K-12 Boone County students across 54 schools are receiving tri-annual mental health screenings and assessments as well as increased access to highly targeted social, emotional, and behavioral health services.
Dr. Aaron Thompson in the News
Posted: Sep. 24, 2018
Dr. Aaron Thompson, Associate Professor at the MU School of Social Work and Associate Director of the Missouri Prevention Center, was recently featured by MU News Bureau in an article entitled, Certification Standards, Education Critical for Social Workers in School Safety Efforts.
Alumna Amber Windhorst in the News
Posted: Aug. 20, 2018
MU School of Social Work Alum, Amber Windhorst was recently featured on KFVS12 for her work with therapy dogs in the Heartland School District.
Participate in an Optional Research Study on Raising Young Girls with a Positive Body Image
Posted: Jun. 26, 2018
We are looking for fathers of at least one 5-10-year-old daughter. Those who qualify for the study will complete an online 5-10 minute survey and participate in a 45-60 minute interview that can be completed by phone or in person. In the interview we will discuss raising young girls with a positive body image. After the interview, you will receive a $25 Target gift card through email.
PhD Student Receives Emerging Scholars in Family Planning Award
Posted: Jun. 11, 2018
Congratulations to PhD student, Mackenzie Cook, who is the recipient of the Emerging Scholars in Family Planning award, a highly competitive national grant. Working under the supervision of Professor Ginny Ramseyer Winter, Mackenzie's project, "Exploring Unintended Teen Pregnancy in Rural Missouri," has the following aims: identify factors associated with unintended teen pregnancy in rural areas of Missouri; investigate how religion influences sexual debut, condom use, and birth control use; and investigate how parental/generational ideals influence sexual debut, condom use, and birth control use. In addition, Professor Erin Robinson will be a qualitative consultant on the grant.
Dr. Peters Receives Southeastern Visiting Faculty Grant Award
Posted: May 25, 2018
Congratulations to Professor Clark Peters on his selection for the Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Grant Program award! This grant will help grow his collaboration with colleagues from the University of South Carolina and their work in Vietnam.
BSW Students Experience Venture Out
Posted: May 14, 2018
On Monday, April 30th, the entire BSW cohort participated in activities at Venture Out as part of their Theory and Practice of Social Work Group Course. Students engaged with one another in team building activities, and integrated key course concepts including experiential learning and challenge by choice. This yearly activity, led by Professor Rachel Bailey, is an essential learning tool that provides real world application of critical group theory concepts. Post climb, one student reflected "Getting out of my comfort zone and challenging myself to new limits is something I practiced at Venture Out, but I hope to practice that in other aspects of my life as well. I am so grateful for Venture Out. It gave me a different perspective on how to deal with vulnerable and stressful situations. I am really proud of myself for conquering my fears; Venture Out is an experience I will never forget."