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Aaron Thompson named director

Jan. 7, 2021

Aaron Thompson, associate professor and director of the social work doctoral program, has been named director of the MU School of Social Work. “Dr. Thompson received tremendous support in the selection interviews, and I am impressed by his vision for the future direction of the school,” said Kristofer Hagglund, dean of the School of Health…

Dale Fitch

Thank you, Dale Fitch!

Dec. 21, 2020

Associate Professor Dale Fitch has directed the School of Social Work since 2017. His term comes to an end this month as School of Health Professions Dean Kristofer Hagglund prepares to announce a permanent director. “In working closely with Dale these past few months, I have come to appreciate his dedication to the mission of…

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SSW alumnus Stan Remer wins Social Work Pioneer award

Nov. 18, 2020

School of Social Work alumnus Stan Remer was recently named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) foundation. According to the website, "NASW Pioneers are social workers who have explored new territories and built outposts for human services on many frontiers. Some are well known, while others are less famous…

Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic Newsletter

Sept. 17, 2020

Have you been curious about what activities have been going on at the Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic? If so, take a look at the first issue of the IBHC newsletter. Included in the newsletter is an introduction to our new Clinic Manager and student clinicians, as well as, information about changes with delivery of services…

Clark Peters

Dr. Peters Funded by IRL Program

Sept. 11, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Clark Peters, Associate Professor at the MU School of Social Work, on the successful funding of his proposal to The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Equity Project Fund to examine how Land Grant Universities can promote community-engaged scholarship that advances health and well-being. Dr. Peters' project has been approved for funding in…


Licensure Supervision Training

Aug. 24, 2020

The School of Social Work will host a 16-Hour Licensure Supervision Training on October 7th & 8th, 2020. Blake Thomas, MSW, LCSW, will be the presenter. This event will be hosted via Zoom. Training Fee: $75 CEUs $10 or Contact Hours Free. Questions? Call (573) 882-6206. Download Registration Flyer

Spring 2020 Newsletter

School of Social Work Spring Newsletter

July 3, 2020

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! Read newsletter

Alex Lewis

Professor Lewis Accepted into UM Teaching Scholars

June 26, 2020

Congratulations 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 & Dr. Ramseyer Winter

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

June 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…

School of Social Work Pledges Action

June 16, 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…

Aaron Thompson

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

June 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…

Virginia Ramseyer Winter

Presidential Faculty Award for Intercampus Collaboration

June 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…

Mansoo Yu

Dr. Yu is Promoted to Full Professor

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

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…

Congratulations Class of 2020 – Graduating SSW Students

May 15, 2020

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…

Congratulations from Field Education!

May 14, 2020

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…

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Students Show Appreciation

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…

Missouri Students Association Award Winners

April 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…

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

April 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…

Lauren Parker

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

April 17, 2020

Empowering 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…

SSW Faculty Receive RAPID Grants Related to COVID 19 from HES

April 15, 2020

Congratulations 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." Congratulations are also in order for Dr.…

SSW Faculty Win Awards

April 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!…

Jessica Osaze

Jessica Osaze Receives Mizzou 18 Award

March 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…

Mansoo Yu

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

March 5, 2020

Congratulations 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…

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School of Social Work December Newsletter

Jan. 13, 2020

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! December Newsletter (PDF)

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

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…

Kelli Canada

Dr. Canada Awarded Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant

Dec. 9, 2019

Congratulations 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…

Dr. Preble presenting

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.

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School of Social Work October Newsletter

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! Read newsletter (PDF)

Margee Stout

Margee Stout Receives Lee Henson Award

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…

Leah Krause in Zambia

MSW Alumna Serves as Peace Corp Volunteer

Sept. 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…

Kelli Canada

Dr. Canada and the IBHC Receive 2019 Faculty Engagement Award

Sept. 19, 2019

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…

Meet Chelsea Hoyer – Master of Social Work

Aug. 26, 2019

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. Learn…

Ginny Ramseyer Winter

Dr. Ramseyer Winter in the News

Aug. 2, 2019

Dr. 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,…

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School of Social Work June Newsletter

June 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. Read newsletter (PDF)