April 2015

Project to use Tablets to Screen Women for Perinatal Depression

Pregnant women and new mothers at one central Illinois public health clinic will soon receive depression screenings using mobile health - also called mHealth - technology.

Researchers from the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois are collaborating with staff members at Champaign-Urbana Public Health District on a project that will provide perinatal depression screenings using tablet computers.

Karen Tabb Dina is the lead author on a paper about the project that is forthcoming in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. She also is the principal investigator for Identifying Depression through Early Assessment, a multidisciplinary project that is exploring the prevalence of perinatal depression among women in Brazil and the U.S.

More Older Adults From U.S. Volunteering in Other Countries

Increasing numbers of older Americans are traveling abroad to perform volunteer work - and host communities and organizations are clamoring to recruit them, according to studies by professor Benjamin Lough and PhD student Xiaoling Xiang.

Student Awards

Lenore Matthew Accepts Research Internship With
United Nations
PhD student, Lenore Matthew has accepted a Research Internship on Social Care Cooperatives with the International Labor Organization, a division of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. Over 100 applicants from across the world were considered for the position. During this position, Lenore will work across two departments, the Cooperatives Unit (COOP) in the Enterprises Department, and the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch (GED) in Conditions of Work and Equality Department.  She will gain experience in working with specialists involved in research and information dissemination on the care economy, informal and decent work as related to gender, and cooperative enterprises with a special focus on women's economic empowerment dimensions. Her job duties will include writing policy briefings, contributing to published reports, and implementing an international online survey, among other tasks.  The position will last from May through November 2015 and will complement her dissertation research.

Megan Paceley Receives Campus Graduate Student Leadership Award

PhD student, Megan Paceley, was one of two recipients of an inaugural Graduate Student Leadership Award, sponsored by the Graduate College and its student advisory group SAGE. Overall, applicants demonstrated impressive leadership skills, initiative and ingenuity. Megan received this award at the Image of Research/Leadership Award reception on Wednesday, April 8, in the Illini Union.

Michelle Asbill Receives Fulbright to Study in Bulgaria

PhD student, Michelle Asbill will spend the next academic year in Bulgaria to collaborate with Dr. Elka Todorova (University of National and World Economy) and the Smile Bulgaria Foundation. Her proposed project will focus on qualitative research among young women, raised in Bulgarian orphanages, who chose to avoid prostitution. In addition to carrying out this project, Michelle anticipates working directly with Smile Bulgaria in order to support their current programs engaging Bulgarian orphans.

Students in Action

Student Travels to Selma, Reflects on 50th Anniversary 
BSW student, Ryan Kenji Kuramitsu is the Midwest District Council Youth Representative of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Kuramitsu, who recently traveled to Alabama for the 50th anniversary of the Selma protests, shares his thoughts with Pacific Citizen, the National Newspaper of the JACL.

"Fifty years removed from Bloody Sunday, Selma remains but one of many battles."

Read his story

Making a Splash- Students Train for Special Needs Program

A learn-to-swim program for children with special needs believes in expanding opportunities of recreation and relaxation in Champaign-Urbana. The customized swim lessons are taught by Swimable-Certified University of Illinois students in therapy-focused majors. BSW student, Chelsea Fry is the director of this program.

Chicago Alumni Event

Alumni Speed-Networking Event
Thursday, April 16, 2015
1927 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Join us for food, drinks, and fun. Networking can be hard! In this session, you will have a chance to meet everyone at the event in a low-pressure, high-fun speed-networking session. Learn what others are doing in the field, share best practices, or simply get to know your fellow Chicago-area alumni.

Pizza will be provided. Drink specials will be available.

RSVP to maolson@illinois.edu by April 13.
Continuing Education Opportunities

NASW-IL LCSW Review Course


Saturday, April 11, 2015


University of Illinois School of Social Work

1010 W Nevada Street

Urbana, IL 61801


Presenter: Clinical Associate Professor Brenda Coble Lindsey


The NASW Illinois Chapter LSW/LCSW Review Course is presented in an intensive eight-hour lecture from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Lectures cover the most current content areas as determined by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) for licensure. Sample questions are used to illustrate the lecture material. Courses include a book of selected readings and a packet of handouts designed to complement the lecture. Note: This course reflects the new licensing exam outline.


Cost: $189 Nonmember (No CEUs) / $199 Nonmember (8 CEUs) / $149 NASW Member (FREE CEUs)


Click HERE to register. http://naswil.org/calendar/events/3483/ 


NASW Member Discount: If you are a current member of NASW (regardless of chapter) you are entitled to the NASW member rate. NASW members MUST provide their NASW membership ID number at time of registration.

24th Annual Daniel S. Sanders Peace and Social Justice Lecture

Promoting Social Justice and Human Rights for Migrants in the United States




Featuring Dr. Norma Price, MD


April 28, 2015


Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom

601 S. Lincoln Avenue

Urbana, IL 61801


This event is FREE and open to the public.


Visit http://socialwork.illinois.edu/24th-annual-daniel-s-sanders-peace-and-social-justice-lecture/ for more information about the lecture.

Project to use Tablets to Screen Women for Perinatal Depression
More Older Adults From U.S. Volunteering in Other Countries
Student Awards
Student in Action
Upcoming Events
Continuing Education Opportunities
Sanders Lecture

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