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State of Inclusivity Conference: 8/6/20

Posted: Jul. 29, 2020

The 2020 State of Inclusivity Conference will be held virtually on August 6, 2020. The keynote speaker is Ijeoma Oluo, the author of So You Want to Talk About Race. Our very own Professor Christine Woods, Assistant Teaching Professor and BSW Program Director, will also talk on Persisting at the Margins: Black Female Persistence at Predominantly White Institutions: "Things are not as rosy as they seem." Congratulations Christine!


School of Social Work Spring Newsletter

SSW Newsletter coverPosted: Jul. 3, 2019

The MU School of Social Work Spring 2020 newsletter is now available. In this issue we cover Tigers on the Front Line, COVID-19 Support, Faculty Grant Awards, and much more!

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Professor Lewis Accepted into UM Teaching Scholars

Posted: Jun. 26, 2020

Alex LewisCongratulations to Professor Alex Lewis who was accepted into the 2020-2021 cohort of the University of Missouri System Teaching Scholars! The UM System Teaching Scholars program works to "encourage and support faculty who are committed to excellent teaching as a critical component of student success." That description fits Alex many, many times over. Congrats Alex!

Dr. Preble an Dr. Ramseyer Winter Selected as Presidential Engagement Fellows

Posted: Jun. 19, 2020

We are proud to announce that Professors Kathy Preble and Ginny Ramseyer Winter have been selected as Presidential Engagement Fellows! At the University of Missouri Board of Curators meeting, UM System President Mun Choi introduced the 2020-21 Presidential Engagement Fellows. These select faculty members represent the UM System and will share their research discoveries and expert knowledge with Missouri citizens in every county. Of the 15 fellows selected this year from across the 4 campuses, two are from the School of Social Work! Congratulations Kathy and Ginny!!

Dr. Preble

Dr. Ramseyer Winter

School of Social Work Pledges Action

Jun. 14, 2020

We at the University of Missouri School of Social Work (MU-SSW) stand against oppression and racism of Black persons and persons of color. Our NASW Code of Ethics call us to actively promote social justice, take a stand against injustice, and hold institutions accountable for perpetuating injustice. As such, we acknowledge that we play a critical role in speaking out against oppression and racism, and we commit more than just sending a statement. We are committed to action. Therefore, we pledge to take action on racial injustices at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice.

To start, we plan to take the following steps to address racism and inequality:

  • Conduct an internal examination of the SSW to understand how we can work towards becoming an anti-racist institution.
  • Examine our BSW, MSW, and PhD curriculum to determine how we can enhance inclusivity.
  • Set up a scholarship fund for students of color.
  • Organize events this fall semester to acknowledge the 5-year anniversary of the events of Fall 2015 and continue the call to action to create a safer space for MU students.
  • Convene a workgroup to further the conversation on the role of social work in keeping our Black community members and people of color safe.
  • Host ongoing virtual forums for our students, alums, and friends of the SSW, to work towards becoming anti-racist.
  • These steps will be the start of an ongoing journey for the MU SSW. Through this process, we hope to amplify the voices that matter so that the roots of inequality and racism come to an end. Attached are resource lists covering a range of topics that speak to the multidimensional nature of this systemic problem. Please use these resources as they best fit your local context and your ability to take action. Please reach out to use if you would like to be a part of this journey. We are especially interested in co-hosting the virtual forums with faculty, alum, and community members. Email ( if you are interested in co-hosting a forum, or if you have suggestions for a particular topic. We look forward to working in collaboration with one another to fulfill our duty to social justice.

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Dr. Thompson and Dr. Canada Receive US Department of Education Grant

Posted: Jun. 12, 2020

Congratulations to Professor Aaron Thompson as the principal investigator on a US Department of Education $1,046,598 3-year grant for his project "Developmental Adaptation of a Self-monitoring Training Program for Middle School Students" with Professor Kelli Canada as a co-investigator. We are so proud of our faculty and the work they do to improve the lives of school-age children!

Aaron Thompson
Kelli Canada

Presidential Faculty Award for Intercampus Collaboration

Dr. Ramseyer Winter and Sarah PilgrimPosted: Jun. 2, 2020

Congratulations are in order for Professors Ginny Ramseyer-Winter, MU, and Sarah Pilgrim, UMKC for receiving the 2020 Presidential Faculty Award for Intercampus Collaboration! This award recognizes faculty who engage in activities that foster collaboration across two or more campuses of the University of Missouri System. Their research examines body image and sexual health among Missouri foster youth. Congratulations Ginny and Sarah!

Dr. Yu is Promoted to Full Professor

Mansoo YuPosted: May 31, 2020

It is our extreme pleasure to share that Dr. Mansoo Yu has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor. Congratulations "Professor" Yu!

MSW Alum Fosters Partnership with the School of Social Work, Extension and Great Circle

Posted: May 31, 2020

Kudos to one of our MSW Alums, John Fuller, who is helping to promote research-practice/field-campus connections though his work as a Field Specialist for MU Extension in Butler County. Michael Turner from Great Circle reached out to John for help with program evaluation for a grant application to scale-up their domestic violence program. John connected him to Dr. Sarah Myers Tlapek who also happened to be looking for domestic violence agencies interested in participating in a research project. A new partnership has been made between the School of Social Work, Extension and Great Circle. Nice work, John!

Sarah Tlapek, John Fuller and Michael Turner

Congratulations Class of 2020 - Graduating SSW Students

Posted: May 15, 2020

The School of Social Work faculty and staff congratulate our BSW, MSW and PhD graduates. This video includes messages from our administrative team, the Director of the School of Social Work, BSW Program Director, MSW Program Director and the Director of Field Education along with select photos from SSW events during the past two years.

Congratulations from Field Education!

Posted: May 14, 2020

Every May, field instructors, students and faculty gather to celebrate our MSW students accomplishments in field education at a celebratory breakfast. Due to COVID-19, our celebration was not held this year. Instead, field instructors were invited to send photos with celebratory messages to share with our graduates. The 88 MSW students graduating in May 2020 completed over 72,000 combined hours of hands-on work during their MSW education. This year MSW graduates lived and worked in 8 midwestern states, including 29 counties in Missouri.

MU School of Social Work Online Professional Development Courses

Posted: May 11, 2020

The MU School of Social Work is excited to announce we will be offering three 5-week online professional development courses for social work practitioners this Spring and Summer 2020. Practitioners will earn 15 contact hours per course. Courses are FREE and required texts will be provided. Only 15 seats are availble per session. Because seats are limited, please only register if you intend to fully commit to the entire training. Dowload flyer (PDF)


  • Session 1: Suicide Assessment and Intervention
  • Session 2: Motivational Interviewing for Integrated Healthcare
  • Session 3: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    • August 3rd-Sept. 4th, 2020
    • Registration and course information available in July

Students Show Appreciation

Posted: May 6, 2020

I don't know if you have heard, but we have some absolutely wonderful faculty in the SSW who had to adapt their teaching mid-semester to make sure our students achieve their learning outcomes. Apparently, our students have noticed. A big shout out to Professor Ashley Givens and Professor Christine Woods! We know your students appreciate you!

Students holding appreciation signs on Zoom

Students holding appreciation signs on Zoom

Missouri Students Association Award Winners

Posted: Apr. 30, 2020

We are so proud to share that our current MSW student, Jessica Osaze, is the recipient of the Missouri Students Association (MSA) Student Award for Resilience and our MSW alum, Emily Love, is the recipient of the Inclusion and Advocacy Award. The resilience award goes to a MU student who demonstrated perseverance and the ability to overcome significant challenges. The inclusion and advocacy award goes to a MU student who actively promoted the values of diversity and inclusion at MU and made students feel safe, respected and valued. Congratulations Jessica and Emily!

Jessica OsazeJessica Osaze

Emily LoveEmily Love

FACE of Boone County Pays for Free Counseling Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted: Apr. 20, 2020

FACE of Boone County will pay for free counseling services for Boone County youth and families during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Boone County families with a child (aged 0-19) who are struggling to cope with stressors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can now get access to FREE counseling. With support from the Boone County Community Services and the Boone County Children’s Services Board (BCCSB), FACE will connect Boone County families with a child aged 0-19 to a local provider for up to 6 hours of FREE counseling services to learn new coping, parenting, or stress management skills to better manage stressors due to COVID-19.

"Increased stress and anxiety resulting from COVID-19 is normal and affects both children and adults," says FACE Director Adielle Ehret, "stressful reactions may include excessive worry about your health and that of your loved ones, changes in sleep or eating patterns, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, and excessive irritation or emotional outbursts," among other concerns.

With family and child stress expected to increase during this pandemic, FACE is committed to connecting Boone County families in need by providing families with a menu of local provider options, supporting family access by scheduling appointments, and addressing any barriers to accessing the services families choose—including paying for up to six hours of therapeutic services for families struggling with COVID-19 stressors and are unable to pay.

For Boone County families and youth wishing to access free mental health services due to COVID-19 stressors, contact FACE at 573-771-FACE (3223) or visit the FACE website and request a referral and FACE staff will contact you, complete a brief needs assessment, and connect you and your loved one with a menu of providers.

For any mental health provider serving Boone County families who wants to participate, be listed on our provider directory, at , and receive referrals and direct payments from FACE for up to six hours of therapy for Boone County families referred from FACE, please contact us at 573-771-FACE (3223).

The mission of the Boone County Children’s Services Board (BCCSB) is to improve the lives of children, youth and families in Boone County by strategically investing in the creation and maintenance of integrated systems that deliver effective and quality services for children and families in need. BCCSB oversees revenue collected through the Children’s Services Fund sales tax and disburses funding to governmental and nonprofit organizations.

Contact: Joanne Nelson, Director
Boone County Community Services Department

Kids Need Schools to Continue Reporting Abuse During COVID-19 Crisis

Posted: Apr. 17, 2020

Lauren ParkerEmpowering teachers, counselors, bus drivers and nutrition staff in their role as mandated reporters during the COVID-19 Crisis.

Students Not Being in School Creates Barriers to Reporting Abuse

In times of crisis and economic instability, child abuse and neglect rates increase. However, reports of child abuse and neglect in Missouri have declined dramatically. The ability to speak up for kids’ safety is crucial at this time.

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SSW Faculty Receive RAPID Grants Related to COVID 19 from HES

Posted: Apr. 15, 2020

Sarah TlapekCongratulations to Dr. Sarah Tlapek, Assistant Teaching Professor for the School of Social Work, on receiving a RAPID Grant Related to COVID 19 from the College of Human Environmental Sciences for her project entitled "Strengthening protection for intimate partner violence survivors during COVID-19 through online social support groups."

Ginny Ramseyer WinterCongratulations are also in order for Dr. Ginny Ramseyer Winter, Assistant Professor for the School of Social Work, and Dr. Antoinette Landor, Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Development and Family Science, on receiving two RAPID Grants Related to COVID 19 from the College of Human Environmental Sciences:

  • 2020-2021 - RAPID Grant Related to COVID-19, University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences
    PI: Virginia Ramseyer Winter
    Co-I: Antoinette Landor
    "Body Image and Unhealthy Eating Behaviors: Examining Dieting and Binge Eating during COVID-19"
  • 2020-2021 - RAPID Grant Related to COVID-19, University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences
    PI: Antoinette Landor
    Co-I: Virginia Ramseyer Winter
    "Dating during a Global Pandemic: Investigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Romantic Relationships, Sex, and Health"

SSW Faculty Win Awards

Posted: Apr. 9, 2020

Congratulations to Professor Kathy Preble on receiving a Richard Wallace grant: "Labor Trafficking in Missouri: An exploratory study of count, demographics, and challenges to service delivery and trafficker prosecution," and Professor Ginny Ramseyer Winter on receiving the Margaret Mangel Research Catalysist award: "Examining Healthcare Utilization among Women with Low Body Appreciation." Congratulations Kathy and Ginny!

Kathy PrebleDr. Kathy Preble

Virginia Ramseyer WinterDr. Ramseyer Winter

School of Social Work Annual Spring Forum: 4/3/20 - CANCELLED

Posted: Mar. 9, 2020

The MU School of Social Work will host its Annual Spring Forum and Refresher Course for Licensure Supervisors on Apr. 3, 2020. This year's forum will focus on "Integrated & Coordinated Care for Eating Disorder Interventions."

Jessica Osaze Receives Mizzou 18 Award

Mar. 6, 2020

Congratulations to SSW graduate student, Jessica Osaze for being chosen as a Mizzou 18 award receipient. In the spirit of service, first modeled by the University's founding families in 1839, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents the Mizzou 18 Award. This award is dedicated to honoring 18 University of Missouri graduate and professional students in the last year of their degree eligibility.

Jessica OsazeJessica Osaze

Area of Study: Social Work
Hometown: Benin City, Nigeria
Activities/Honors: Graduate Research Assistant, Sexual Health Peer Educators President/ Founder, Mizzou 2 Clinician, Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic (IBHC) Mable Rumburg-Meites Social Work Scholar Rintha Mary Carter Social Work Scholar
Mentor: Dr. Kelli Canada

Dr. Yu Receives Funding from the National Research Foundation in South Africa

Posted: Mar. 5, 2020

Mansoo YuCongratulations to Dr. Mansoo Yu who has been collaborating with Dr. Maria Florence at the University of the Western Cape since 2016, and they have recently received a funding from the National Research Foundation in South Africa to conduct a research project, titled “Prenatal Substance Exposure in the Western Cape, South Africa: A Prospective Cohort Study.”  The investigators will collect information about substance use and psychosocial well-being from a longitudinal sample of women who use primary health care clinics in Cape Town in three waves: during pregnancy, 6 months postpartum, and 12 months postpartum. The University of Missouri System South African Education Program and the University of Missouri College of Human Environment Sciences Margaret Mangel Grant supported Dr. Yu’s collaboration with Dr. Florence, and the pilot study.

School of Social Work December Newsletter

SSW Newsletter coverPosted: Oct. 28, 2019

The MU School of Social Work December 2019 newsletter is now available. In this issue we cover Matthew Charles' visit to MU, The Plug Kickoff Event, Self-Care Spirit Week and much more!

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$200,000 Urban Institute Grant Supports Corrections Research, Offender Rehabilitation

Posted: Jan. 13, 2020

A $200,000 grant from the Urban Institute and a partnership with the University of Missouri School of Social Work are fueling research aimed at helping the Missouri Department of Corrections invigorate rehabilitation for Missourians involved in the criminal justice system — ultimately elevating public safety. Missouri is one of five states chosen to join the Prison Research and Innovation Network (PRIN), which leverages research, data and evidence in fostering innovations that make prisons safer and more rehabilitative. The designation comes with a $100,000 grant for on-site prison research innovation management; a $100,000 grant to support University of Missouri (MU) research activities; and technical assistance from experts affiliated with the Urban Institute, Arnold Ventures, the network’s advisory board and peer agencies.

MU School of Social Work researchers will lead PRIN research projects focused on effective remediation for long-term behavioral change and rehabilitation, an approach widely supported by a growing body of corrections practitioners and researchers, based on nationwide experience through several decades of policy implementation and practice.

"We are excited to partner with the Department of Corrections in this important work," said team lead Kelli Canada, associate professor of social work and co-founder of the University of Missouri Center for Criminal and Juvenile Justice Priorities. "This collaboration speaks to the land grant mission of the University of Missouri, as our research findings will be put to use to improve lives in communities across the state."

Other University of Missouri researchers involved with the project include Ashley Givens and Clark Peters from MU, Beth Huebner from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Janet Garcia-Hallett from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Dr. Canada Awarded Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant

Posted: Dec. 9, 2019

Kelli CanadaCongratulations to Dr. Kelli Canada who was recently awarded the Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant for her project entitled "Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic: Tele-mental health services to increase access to care." Also, congratulations to Danielle Easter who is the co-investigator of this project and co-director of the Integrated Behavioral Health Clinic (IBHC), where the project is housed. Dr. Canada is excited about this work and appreciative of the current IBHC clinicians who are assisting with the project next semester – Whitney Baldridge (2nd year, in-person MSW) and Leah Diorio (online MSW student).

The Ultimate Call for Social Justice

Nov. 20, 2019

See what our social work researchers are doing to combat human trafficking locally and globally, as Dr. Preble presents how her research supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals at the UM System Research Summit.

Dr. Preble presenting

presentation panel

School of Social Work October Newsletter

SSW Newsletter coverPosted: Oct. 28, 2019

The MU School of Social Work October 2019 newsletter is now available. In this issue we cover the VA Mental Health Summit, Annual Fall Conference, Self-Care and Resiliency Week and much more!

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Margee Stout Receives Lee Henson Award

Posted: Oct. 2, 2019

Congratulations to the School of Social Work's Margee Stout, Executive Assistant, on receiving the 2019 Lee Henson Award. The Lee Henson Award was created in honor of Mizzou’s former ADA Coordinator, Lee Henson, who died in 2014 after 20 years of service to the university. The Lee Henson Awards honor those who have:

  • Responded above and beyond to a particular disability inclusion or accessibility concern or need on campus;
  • Championed universal design to make Mizzou a more inclusive place for people with disabilities; and/or
  • Demonstrated and modeled a commitment over time to improving the inclusion of people with disabilities or the accessibility of Mizzou’s campus and programs

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Margee Stout

MSW Alumna Serves as Peace Corp Volunteer

Posted: Sep. 24, 2019

Leah Krause, MSW '18, graduate of the MU School of Social Work is currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia. Leah and her Zambian counterparts have initiated a new project, titled "Kashima Safe Motherhood Maternal Shelter." This project aims to construct a new building for Zambian women to safely give birth and recuperate post-birth. This space is vital as their current maternity clinic can not meet the needs of their entire catchment area, therefore many home births are happening each month - which often put the mother and child at risk. Leah is working very closely with the clinic and community members in order to get this maternal shelter built. They are asking for monetary donations to support the building of this new space. Below is the donation link and detailed information about the project.

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Leah Krause in Zambia

Dr. Canada and the IBHC Receive 2019 Faculty Engagement Award

Posted: Sep. 19, 2019

Congratulations to Professor Kelli Canada and the Integrated Behavioral Health Clinic (IBHC) for receiving the 2019 MU Faculty Engagement Award! Professor Canada's work at the IBHC is making a profound impact on the lives of mid-Missourians. The IBHC stands as testament to the School of Social Work and the University of Missouri fulfilling their land grant mission. Congratulations Professor Canada and the faculty and students at the IBHC!

Kelli Canada

Meet Chelsea Hoyer - Master of Social Work

Posted: Aug. 26, 2019

As the first week of the Fall 2019 semester wraps up, we hope all of our social work students are settling into their courses and receiving the support they need to be successful at Mizzou. Learn here how friendship helped MSW Alum '19, Chelsea Hoyer, navigate the online MSW program.

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Dr. Ramseyer Winter in the News

Posted: Aug. 2, 2019

Ginny Ramseyer WinterDr. Virginia Ramseyer Winter, Assistant Professor at the MU School of Social Work, was recently featured in Psychology Today for her research with colleague Dr. Antoinette Landor, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, on why you need to talk about sex with your partner. Their findings suggest that, "in general, women who reported that they were happy in their relationship and comfortable talking about sex were also more likely to have had conversations with their partners about disease and pregnancy prevention, and they were also more likely to take precautions against them. These findings are consistent with other research showing that open discussions about sex lead to more frequent and consistent condom use."

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3D Technology Might Improve Body Appreciation for Young Women

Posted: Jun. 18, 2019

Ginny Ramseyer WinterNew 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.

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School of Social Work June Newsletter

SSW Newsletter coverPosted: Jun. 13, 2019

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.

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