Redefining what's possible.
March 24, 2015
In editorial, Taryn Lindhorst argues that exposure to secondhand smoke is not child abuse
No one would argue that exposing children to secondhand smoke is bad, but should it be considered child abuse? Taryn Lindhorst, associate professor of social work, says "no" in an opinion piece published online in the Annals of Family Medicine last month.
March 20, 2015
Richard Catalano co-authors study on suspension and pot use among teens
Suspending kids from school for using marijuana is likely to lead to more—not less—pot use among their classmates, a new study finds. "That was surprising to us," said co-author and social work professor Richard Catalano. "It means that suspensions are certainly not having a deterrent effect. It's just the opposite."
March 2, 2015
MSW student Anastasia Mallillin joins research team to understand "super-utilizer" patients
Social and economic hardship explains why some patients return to the hospital time and again, a team of UW students found in a six-month project. Such patient "super-utilizers" make up only about 5 percent nationwide, but their care accounts for almost 50 percent of U.S. health care spending.
February 27, 2015
Forefront and Facebook launch suicide prevention effort
Facebook users share countless details about their personal lives, from where they’re going on vacation to what they’re eating for dinner — and occasionally, feelings of dark despair, even thoughts of suicide.
February 9, 2015
Social work professor Jordan Lewis partners with IWRI to launch elders-in-residence program
As a girl growing up in Alaska, Elizabeth Fleagle learned life lessons and hands-on skills from her grandmother, from cooking to making fish nets and moccasins.“Our grandma taught us how to make everything we had to make,” said Fleagle, who lives in Fairbanks and is Inupiat Eskimo. “In my culture, that’s how we learn.”