Grand Challenge Activities at SSWR

If you are attending the SSWR 2022 Annual Conference, we look forward to seeing you! Below are some of the Grand Challenges-related events taking place during SSWR. All activities listed below are taking place at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. See the website for details!

ROUNDTABLE: Grand Challenges Framework for Creating Social Work Impact (Abstract)
Saturday, January 15: 12:45 PM –1:45 PM EST  | Archives, ML 4


Friday, January 14, 2022, 12:30 PM-1:30 PM EST
  • Advance Long and Productive Lives (cancelled)
  • Build Healthy Relationships to End Violence | Marquis BR Salong 13, ML 2
  • Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health | Independence BR B, ML 4
  • Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment | Independence BR G, ML 4
  • Eliminate Racism | Capitol, ML 4 (cancelled)
  • End Homelessness  (cancelled)
  • Financial Capability and Asset Building | Monument, ML 4  (cancelled)
  • Promote Smart Decarceration | Liberty Ballroom J, ML 4

Saturday, January 15, 2022, 7:00 AM-8:00 AM EST

  • Eradicate Social Isolation | Independence BR A, ML 4
  • Harness Technology for Social Good | Independence BR B, ML 4 (cancelled)
  • Reducing Extreme Economic Inequality | Independence BR G, ML 4


Thursday, January 13, 2022

  • Adversity and the Origins of Chronic Disease and Disparity in Childhood and Adolescence | 3:15 PM-4:45 PM
    Symposium Organizer: Julia Kobulsky, PhD, Temple University; Discussant: Megan Holmes, PhD, Case Western Reserve University
  • Innovative Approaches to Reversing the Overrepresentation of Individuals with Behavioral Health Needs in the Criminal Legal System | 3:15 PM-4:45 PM
    Symposium Organizer: Kathryn Bocanegra, PhD, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Racial Differences in Mental Healthcare Service Use Outcomes during the Coronavirus-2019 Pandemic
    C. Bailey Nichols, MSW, PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh; LauraEllen Ashcraft, MSW, PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh
Friday, January 14, 2022
  • Risk and Protective Factors for Criminal Justice and Social Justice Success in Diverse Communities | 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
    Symposium Organizer: Stephen Edward McMillin, PhD, Saint Louis University; Discussant: Terry Wolfer, PhD, University of South Carolina
  • Economic Integration Among Refugees in the United States: Language Resources and Barriers | 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
    Symposium Organizer: Yunju Nam, PhD, University at Buffalo, SUNY; Discussant: Maryam Rafieifar, MA, Florida International University
  • Social Isolation and Social Support in the Context of Adversity: Risks and Resilience | 9:45 AM-11:15 AM
    Symposium Organizer: Suzanne Brown, PhD, Wayne State University
  • From Social Justice to Abolition: Living up to Social Work’s Grand Challenge of Eliminating Racism | 5:30 PM-7:00 PM
    Speakers/Presenters: Kristen Brock-Petroshius, MSW, UCLA; Dominique Mikell, MSW, UCLA; Durrell Washington, MSW, University of Chicago; and Kirk “Jae” James, DSW, New York University
  • Innovating with Social Work Values: Integrating Anti-Oppressive Social Work Design in Education, Research and Practice | 5:30 PM-7:00 PM
    Speakers/Presenters: Aakanksha Sinha, PhD, Seattle University, Leia Saltzman, PhD, Tulane University and Sarah Dow-Fleisner, PhD, University of British Columbia
  • Promote Smart Decarceration and Eliminate Racism Grand Challenges for Social Work: A Call for Marijuana Policy Reform | 5:30 PM-7:00 PM
    Speakers/Presenters: Susan McCarter, PhD, UNC Charlotte, Sarah Coughlin, MSW, Massachusetts General Hospital, Aaron Gottlieb, University of Illinois at Chicago, Briana Partlow, MSW, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Keshawn Mathews, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Saturday, January 15, 2022

  • Research on Doctoral Social Work Education: Improving Curriculum through Equity Justice and Inclusion Frameworks
    Tonya Hansel, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor, Tulane University; Samuel Bradley, DSW, Assistant Professor of Macro Practice, Boston College; Elba Figueroa, MSW, DSW Student, Tulane University; Jamie Ingram, MSW, DSW Student, Tulane University; Rachel Swope, DSW Student, Tulane University
  • Linking Racial Consciousness to Police Reform and Political Action
    Jason Plummer, MSW, Doctoral Student, UCLA; Laura Wray-Lake, PhD, Associate Professor, UCLA
  • Social Workers’ Use of Tele-Behavioral Health during COVID-19
    Brianna Lombardi, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Lisa Zerden, PhD, Senior Associate Dean of the MSW Program, UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work; Christopher Thyberg, MSW, Doctoral Student, University of Pittsburgh


Sunday, January 16, 2022

  • Social Media as a Source of Data – Lessons Learned and Implications for Utilizing Computational Methods in Social Work Research | 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
    Speakers/Presenters: Kelly Ziemer, MSW, University of California, Berkeley, Cheng Ren, MSSA, University of California, Berkeley, Maria Rodriguez, PhD, MSW, University at Buffalo and Woojin Jung, PhD, Rutgers University
  • Promoting Racial Justice in the School Context Before and During COVID-19 | 9:45 AM-11:15 AM
    Symposium Organizer: Tiffany Jones, PhD MSW MFT, Colorado State University; Discussant: Michael Spencer, PhD, University of Washington
  • Exploring the Possibility of Equity-Enhancing Prevention in Schools Though Social and Emotional Learning: Disparity Reduction, Contextual Considerations, and Transformational Aspirations | 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
    Symposium Organizer: Valerie B. Shapiro, PhD, University of California, Berkeley; Discussant: Bo-Kyung Elizabeth Kim, PhD, University of Southern California
  • Perspectives of Staff and Workforce Members in Various Criminal Legal and Community Settings about Strategies to Improve Criminal Justice Related Outcomes | 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
    Symposium Organizer: Jenny Afkinich, PhD, University of Maryland at Baltimore; Discussant: Ashley Jackson, MSW, Washington University in St. Louis
  • W.E.B. Du Bois and the Unveiling of Whiteness
    Stephanie Boddie, PhD, Assistant Professor, Baylor University, TX; Amy Hillier, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Perceptions and Needs of Criminal Justice Practitioners Working to Promote Smart Decarceration
    Melissa Grady, PhD, Associate Professor; Allysa Ware, MSW, Doctoral Student; Maria Meli, PhD Student; Yongwon Lee, MSW, Doctoral Student; Christine Kregg, PhD Student, all from The Catholic University of America

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