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Thompson Center Autism Conference

Posted: Aug. 17, 2017

Join more than 300 professionals in autism health care, education and therapy at the Thompson Center’s 12th Annual Autism Conference on Sept. 21-22, 2017 at the Double Tree in Chesterfield, MO (just outside St. Louis). Renowned speakers this year include keynotes by Wendy Chung, research director at SFARI, and James McPartland, director of Yale's Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Autism professionals from across the country will be learning the latest in research findings, best practices and autism education over the two-day conference. Breakout sessions offered in three different strands: Current Topics in Autism Research, Applied Behavior Analysis in Practice and Autism in the Schools. Continuing education credits offered for the: American Psychological Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Continuing Medical Education, and National Association of Social Workers.

Detailed schedule of sessions. Have questions? Email to learn more!

FACE Receives Two National Awards

Posted: Jul. 28, 2017

Boone County has received a 2017 Achievement Award in the category of Children and Youth from the National Association of Counties for its Family Access Center of Excellence (FACE) program. The FACE program, as the recipient of an Achievement Award, was eligible to be selected as one of the 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work and was ultimately selected for this recognition on June 2, 2017. This designation recognizes Boone County as showcasing one of the best innovations in county government.

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MU School of Social Work Annual Fall Conference

Posted: Jul. 20, 2017

The MU School of Social Work invites you to attend the Annual Fall Conference on Friday, Sep. 15, 2017 in Columbia, MO.

AM Program

Bullying: Among Adults and Older Adults and Factors Associated with Suicidal Behavior

PM Program

Bullying: Ethics training on Bullying with Older Adults, Children and Adolescents

To register, complete the registration form. Questions? Email Margee at

PhD Student Receives Doctoral Fellowship

Posted: Jul. 10, 2017

Eunyoung JangCongratulations to Eunyoung Jang on her selection as a recipient of the Asian and Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association (APISWEA) doctoral fellowship award. Eunyoung is one of two awardees this year. She will present her dissertation proposal at the 2017 CSWE APM annual meeting in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Ramseyer-Winter in the News

Posted: Jun. 22, 2017

Virginia Ramseyer-Winter Dr. Ramseyer-Winter's research on perceptions about body image and the link to alcohol and tobacco use in teens was recently published on MU News Bureau.

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MRCC Wins 2017 Health Advocacy Organization Award

Posted: Jun. 16, 2017

The Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC) received the 2017 Health Advocacy Organization of the Year award from the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance. It was accepted by MU School of Social Work alum, Dina van der Zalm, who graduated from our MSW/MPH program. Congratulations!

Dina van der Zalm accepting award


Dina van der Zalm acceptance speech

Not All Classrooms Have Four Walls!

Posted: Jun. 15, 2017

Students learned about social and healthcare challenges for vulnerable populations in Greece (e.g., refugees) from social workers and health professionals in non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, and public and private hospitals--with Dr. Mansoo Yu.

Dr. Yu with students in Greece

Dr. Yu with students in Greece

Dr. Yu with students in Greece

Licensure Supervision Training Workshop

Posted: Jun. 12, 2017

The School of Social Work Licensure Supervision Training Committee invites you to register for our upcoming training for licensure supervision providers. Register by completing the registration form (PDF) and e-mailing it to: Training fee is $75 (covers materials and 2 days of meals/snacks). View agenda and training presenters

Oct. 12 & 13, 2017
8:00am - 5:00pm
509 Clark Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

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Newly Funded Projects

Posted: May 26, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Thompson for two newly funded projects that were awarded last week:

  • Drs. Wendy Reinke, Aaron Thompson, Keith Herman, and Lou Ann Tanner Jones were recently funded an US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences Research-Practitioner Partnership in Education grant. In addition, all Boone County School Superintendents are also contributing as investigators in this community based participatory study. The project, titled Implementing a Comprehensive Data-based Coordinated System of Care for School Districts to Promote Youth Academic Success and Social Emotional Development: A Researcher-Practitioner Partnership, has three main study goals. The first study goal aims to validate the Boone County Checklist and determine its sensitivity to correctly classify students at-risk of academic, social, emotional, and behavioral risk. The second study goal will rely on a cross-sectional exploratory design to examine the relationships between fidelity to the Boone County Model of Assessment and Prevention (MAP), level of student risk, and school personnel reported social validity. The third study aim seeks to examine the association between fidelity to the MAP and student academic and behavioral outcomes. The study awards $400,000 over the next two years to examine the study aims across 53 Boone County school buildings that house ~3,500 teachers and ~23,000 K-12 students.
  • Drs. Keith Herman, James Sebastian, Wendy Reinke, Aaron Thompson, and Francis Huang were recently awarded a $3.5M US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences Goal 3 efficacy grant to fund a study on the Effects of the Safe and Civil School Leadership program (SCSL, Sprick et al., 1998). SCSL is a promising program that focuses on equipping school leaders with the knowledge and skills to foster effective and safe learning environments using practical data-based decisional systems and tools. SCSL has been used by school principals for over 15 years, and has been implemented in multiple states with thousands of school leaders. However, its effects on school and student outcomes have never been independently evaluated in a randomized controlled trial (RCT). The efficacy of SCSL will be determined with a RCT comparing 50 schools implementing the SCSL program with 50 control schools over a four year period. One hundred schools across Missouri will participate in the study and data will be collected from over 60,000 students and training will be provided to school principals in skills for promoting positive student behavior and school safety.

Congratulations Graduates

Posted: May 17, 2017

BSW graduates and Dr. Yoon celebrating May 2017 Graduation! Congratulations Graduates!

Dr. Yoon and Candace

2017 Spring Graduates

SSW Student Athlete Participates in Alternate Graduation Ceremony

Posted: May 11, 2017

Due to the SEC Softball Tournament and the SEC Track & Field Championships this weekend, 20 graduating seniors would have had to miss their graduation ceremonies - but thanks to a special ceremony held just for them - all 20 got to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas. Including our own track and field star, Valerie Thames, who graduated cum laude. Valerie holds two indoor school records in the 60 meter hurdles and the 4x400 meter relay. She also holds three outdoor school records in the 100 meter hurdles, 400 meter hurdles, and the 4x400 meter relay. Valerie has been an All-SEC, an NCAA first round qualifier, and All-American. Best of luck to Valerie in graduate school at the University of Tennessee.

Venture Out

Posted: May 10, 2017

The Theory and Practice Group Work class, lead by Professor Rachel Bailey, experienced the Venture Out program on Monday, April 17, 2017. As a part of a class, the group learned the essentials of working together.

zip lining

Rachel Bailey

Erin Couch

group on the ropes

group photo

group on the ropes

Congratulations Dr. Thompson

Posted: Apr. 26, 2017

Dr. Aaron Thompson was presented with the 2016-2017 Friend of School Social Work Award for his work towards advancing the mission of the School Social Workers Association of Missouri (SSWAM). He has consistently demonstrated over the past years, dedication to the promotion of social work services in schools and a strong desire to help, not only the advance of SSWAM, but also advance the member’s professional knowledge base, fostering a sense of community among members.

Aaron Thompson accepting award

Senate Caucus on Foster Youth Congressional Briefing

Posted: Apr. 24, 2017

Dr. Clark Peters' attended the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth Congressional Briefing to speak about financial literacy and consumer credit issues facing transition-age youth. The panel discussed the impact of identity theft, poor credit scores, and financial literacy barriers on youth transitioning from foster care. April is Financial Literacy Awareness Month, and is a reminder that many Americans don’t know how to read their credit report or repair their credit score. Foster youth are even less likely to be taught how certain decisions will affect their credit and future ability to borrow. Additionally, foster youth are particularly vulnerable to identify theft, which can impact their ability to take out loans years after they leave the system.

Clark Peters

Dr. Peters in the News

Posted: Apr. 17, 2017

Clark PetersDr. Clark Peters' research on financial barriers for young adults with autism was recently featured on MU News Bureau and US News. His findings, along with Dr. Nancy Cheak Zamora, suggest parents, caregivers and financial institutions can plan a role in helping young adults with autism improve financial literacy.

Student Advocacy Day

Posted: Apr. 7, 2017

69 BSW, MSW and online students attended Advocacy Day in Jefferson City on Wednesday, April 5th. They were accompanied by Professors Erin Robinson, Kathy Preble, Rachel Bailey, and Jane Piester, with organizing work facilitated by Professor Ginny Ramseyer Winter. The students met with State Representatives and Senators and shared their views on legislation under consideration this session. They also observed the House and Senate debate floors and attended committee hearings.

student in front of bus

students at Capitol

students at Capitol

students at Capitol

students at Capitol

students at Capitol

students at Capitol

students at Capitol

students at Capitol

Family Access Center for Excellence Expands to Help More Parents and Children

Posted: Apr. 4, 2017

The Family Access Center for Excellence (FACE) was recently featured on KOMU for their expansion to Centralia, MO. FACE is piloting the new Centralia location, which opened in February, to help bring access to families in northern Boone County.

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Faculty Receive Margaret Mangel Research Catalyst Awards

Posted: Mar. 24, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Erin Robinson and Dr. Mansoo Yu on receiving Margaret Mangel Research Catalyst Awards! Dr. Robinson's project is entitled "Barriers and Facilitators to Accessing HIV Prevention Services for African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos in Central Missouri" and Dr. Yu's project is entitled "Mansoo's project: A Pilot Study of Prenatal Substance Exposure and Psychosocial Profiles among Pregnant Women Living in Rural Areas of the Western Cape, South Africa."

Student Group Participates in Service Project

Posted: Mar. 16, 2017

The student group, Social Workers for Social Action, organized and participated in a service project on International Women's Day at the Lois Bryant House in Columbia, MO. They did some much needed TLC and helped clean up/organize a portion of the house. We are very proud of our students and their efforts to make a difference!

students at Lois Bryant house

SSW Alumni Organization Award Winners

Posted: Mar. 13, 2017

The School of Social Work Alumni Organization would like to announce the following winners for their annual Alumni Awards:

  • Outstanding Alumni: Jennifer Ganaway, Burrell Behavioral Health
  • Outstanding Organization: Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, Dan Lester, Executive Director
  • Outstanding PhD Student: Eunyoung Jang whose research focuses on refugee populations

Congratulations to this year's award winners!

MSW Student Letter to Editor is Published

Posted: Mar. 6, 2017

Hilary Mueller, MSW Student, wrote a letter to the Columbia Tribune about recent University rule changes and their contribution towards diversity, equity and inclusion. Congratulations Hilary!

MSW Student Letter to Editor is Published

Posted: Feb. 27, 2017

Tara Maddox, MSW Student, wrote a letter to the Moberly Monitor-Index and the Columbia Tribune about repealing the pre-existing conditions clause and its impact on mental health. The letter was published in both publications last week. Congratulations Tara!

Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition Year 2 Report

Posted: Feb. 13, 2017

The MU School of Social Work in collaboration with the MU College of Education an d the Missouri Prevention Center released the Year 2 Report for the Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition. As a School of Social Work professor, we are very proud of the work Aaron is doing by not only providing valuable services to school districts and the children they serve, but by also providing training opportunities for students and enhancing our collaborative partnerships with numerous agencies across the county.

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Doctoral Student Jennifer First in the News

Posted: Jan. 23, 2017

Jennifer FirstSSW doctoral student, Jennifer First, was recently featured on MU News Bureau for her research adolescent children with autism and the services needed to help with transition. First and her colleagues conducted a study analyzing the perspectives of adolescents with autism to identify challenges as they "age out" of services. Findings highlight the need for social workers and providers to assist children with autism as they transition to adulthood.

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Dr. Galambos in the News

Posted: Jan. 18, 2017

Colleen GalambosDr. Colleen Galambos' research on nursing homes and end-of-life directives was recently featured on MU News Bureau. Dr. Galambos' research found that more attention to how advance directives are used in nursing homes may reduce unnecessary care and save health care costs, all while respecting residents' wishes.

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Alumna Earns David B. Oliver Award

Posted: Jan. 4, 2017

Karla WashingtonMU School of Social Work alumna, Dr. Karla Washington,has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 David B. Oliver Family and Community Medicine Faculty Award. Washington is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. The award recognizes MU faculty members for outstanding work and significant contributions to geriatrics and palliative medicine. It was established through the generosity of David Oliver, PhD, former family and community medicine faculty member and deputy director of the Interdisciplinary Center on Aging; his wife, Debra Parker-Oliver, MSW, PhD, professor of family and community medicine; and their children. Oliver died in March 2015.

Dr. Yu - 2017 Class of Fellows for the Society for Social Work and Research

Posted: Dec. 19, 2016

Mansoo YuCongratulations to Dr. Yu on his selection as a member of the 2017 Class of Fellows for the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). SSWR Fellows are members who have served with distinction to advance the mission of the Society. The SSWR Fellows were established by the Society to honor and to recognize current SSWR members for their individual accomplishments, leadership and contribution to SSWR as a scientific society.

Dr. Canada in the News

Posted: Dec. 14, 2016

Kelli CanadaDr. Canada's research on mental health courts was featured on MU News Bureau.

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Evaluation of a Principal Training Program to Promote Safe & Civil Schools

Posted: Oct. 13, 2016

Dr. Keith Herman (MU Elementary School Counseling and Psychology) was recently awarded a $4,135,418 research grant from the National Institutes of Justice. Dr. Aaron Thompson (MU School of Social Work), a former principal and school social worker is also a co-investigator alongside Drs. Wendy Reinke, Francis Huang, and James Sebastian. The purpose of the project is to scientifically test the effects of the Safe and Civil School Leadership (SCSL) plus START program, a professional development training program designed to equip school principals with skills for fostering positive school climate and safety. SCSL plus START was developed over a decade ago and is widely implemented. However, its effects on school safety and climate have never been evaluated. To examine the impact of SCSL plus START, Dr. Herman and colleagues will recruit sixty principals from secondary schools with high rates of disruptive behaviors. Principals and their schools will be randomly assigned to the SCSL plus START training group or to a wait-list control group. Next, Dr. Herman and his colleagues will collect school records and principal, teacher, and student ratings of school safety, climate, student compliance, and leadership behavior over a two-year period. Assessments will occur prior to intervention and six months, twelve months, and eighteen months after intervention.

SSW Alumna Discusses Emergency Care and Integrated Behavioral Health

Posted: Oct. 6, 2016

cover of NASW newsletterMU School of Social Work alumna, Erin L. Richmond, MSW, was recently published in the Fall 2016 issue of NASW Health Section Connection. Erin discusses emergency care and behavioral integration.

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Congratulations Professor Lewis - Award Recipient

Posted: Oct. 3, 2016

Alexandria LewisProfessor Alexandria Lewis, Clinical Instructor, was recently selected for the Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award for Graduate/Professional Teaching by MU Educational Technologies. The award is given to "recognize excellence in the efforts of faculty, staff, teaching assistants and graduate instructors involved in using educational technologies to meaningfully improve teaching and learning at Mizzou."

Children's Right to Counsel Congressional Briefing

Posted: Sep. 14, 2016

Dr. Clark Peters, Associate Professor, testified before a congressional briefing on Children's Right to Counsel in Washington, DC on Sep. 12, 2016. His testimony on child welfare and dependency was well received.

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Dr. Peters at briefing

Congratulations Dr. Tenkku Lepper

Posted: Sep. 12, 2016

Leigh Tenkku LepperCongratulations to Dr. Leigh Tenkku Lepper, Associate Research Professor and Director for Research, on her recent election to the Board of Directors for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Licensure Workshop Video

Posted: May 16, 2016

The School of Social Work Alumni Organization sponsored a licensure workshop on April 15, 2016. View the video below to learn more about the steps taken to acquire a LMSW or LCSW licensure