Associate professor Jennifer Romich, who also serves as the director of the School's West Coast Pover Center, is honored with selection to the 2018 class of fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research.

SSWR fellows are members who advance, disseminate and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy as well as promote a diverse, equitable and just society. Fellows also serve as role models and mentors for individuals pursuing research careers in social work. "I'm honored to be recognized by SSWR, which plays such an important role in promoting social work scholarly thought and scientific inquiry," says Jennifer. The number of inductees this year is approximately one percent of the SSWR membership.

For the past two years, Jennifer has helped lead a cross-disciplinary team studying the effects of the $15/hour minimum wage ordinance implemented by the City of Seattle in 2015. In addition to her contributions, the five-year study includes researchers from the UW’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and the School of Public Health as well as participation from the Washington Employment Security Department.

Jennifer has also studied effective marginal tax rates created by means-tested benefit schedules and the tax system; effects of highway tolls on low-income households; financial services used by low-income consumers; and the income of families participating in the child welfare system.

The 19 new SSWR Fellows will be honored Jan. 13 at the 2018 SSWR annual conference in Washington, D.C.