MSU School of Social Work In The News

Tina Blaschke-Thompson, Keesa Johnson, Glenn Stutzky, and Emily Brozovic

Faculty member Tina Blaschke-Thompson and the team, Keesa Johnson, faculty member Glenn Stutzky, and Emily Brozovic were recently awarded Honorable Mention in the AT&T Instructional Technology Awards for the fully online course “Combat Veterans: The Physical, Emotional, and Social Costs of War”.

More than 2.7 million troops have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. As many as 20% of these combat veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD and an average of 21,000 Traumatic Brain Injuries have been diagnosed each year since 2000. Suicide now takes more lives than war, with 22 veterans committing suicide every day. The need for culturally competent and skilled military social work services is immense.

“Combat Veterans: The Physical, Emotional, and Social Costs of War” is an online 2-credit elective course designed to increase awareness and deepen empathy for the experiences of those who have fought in our nation’s wars.

Evidence of Effectiveness with Students:
“The course has been one I will continue to reflect on for years and has truly been the best and most intense course I have ever taken in my college career.”
"If you are looking for a course that goes above and beyond your standard university course, then this is it. ...this course does just about everything it can, short of shipping you out to a war zone..."
“The immersive experience is what made this class what it was and one that will outlast any other from my college career!”

Joane Reibschleger, Angela Terranova, Daniel Cavanaugh and Kristen Hood at a conference in Switzerland

Daniel Cavanaugh (PhD, 2019) was recently honored to be accepted into an esteemed international research collaborative as a graduate student member. The collaborative, which is known as Parental and Family Mental Health Worldwide (PFMHW) (formerly the Prato group), is a group of approximately 40 field experts on the topics of parental mental illness, transgenerational mental health, and children of parents with a mental illness. Daniel was encouraged by his faculty adviser, and current PFMHW member, Joanne Riebschleger to apply following their presentations in the collaborative's conference in Basel, Switzerland in summer of 2016.

PFMHW meets every two years in Prato, Italy for an invitation only conference to disseminate research and collaborate for future research on these frequently neglected topics and populations. Daniel and Joanne are currently members or a PFMHW working group titled Knowledge to Children that is working towards the development of scale assessment of child and adolescent knowledge of mental health literacy, coping, and stigma.

Additionally, PFMHW has recently launched a free, online, peer-reviewed journal to increase research development in this area. The journal, titled The Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health, can be downloaded for free at

My Brother's Keeper with School of Social Work students, Frances Jackson, Keshara Mumford, and Joshua Clark, Tuskegee Airmen Inc, among many others, held its 2nd annual statewide summit, My Brother's Keeper Michigan Alliance, on Saturday, October 22 at Detroit Hispanic Development Center. The Summit paid tribute to MBK Community Challenge founder President Barack Obama. Event supporters include: The White House, US Department of Education, One Love Global Inc, Michigan State University, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Cities United, Michigan League for Public Policy, Playworks Michigan, Peace & Prosperity Youth Action Movement. Below is photostory project from the event.

Dr Amanda Toler Woodward was featured in MSU Today's 360 Perspective series. Dr Woodward shares her insight on what prompted her to enter the Social Work field, what drives her today and how she plans to move forward. You can learn more about Dr Woodward on her personal website

Dr Sheryl Kubiak is a collaborator on a newly approved $6.8 million NIMH/National Institute of Justice grant will test a suicide prevention intervention for those who previous have been jailed in two sites (Flint and Cranston, Rhode Island). The project is being led by Jennifer Johnson, who is one of the new College of Human Medicine faculty hired through a Mott Foundation grant to improve health care for the disadvantaged in Flint. More details can be found at MSU Today and at National Institute of Health

Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters, Catastrophes, and Human Behavior course from Glenn Stutzky was declared one of the most unique courses in the world by the Daily Mail UK.

The School of Social Work is one of ten programs selected for the Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) partnership of the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation that aims to develop the next generation of health-care social work leaders. Read more HERE. Press release HERE.

Jo Ann McFall was featured in the March 2015 NASW News and and an NASW News interview with her can be viewed on YouTube regarding social work field education.

Glenn Stutzky has been selected as a Spring 2015 MSU Global Faculty Innovation Fellow. His award is related to his recent work on the MSU Food Knowledge Cloud.

School marchers in the University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration were featured on the front page of 1/20/2015 Lansing State Journal.

FAME, one of the School's Community Programs, was featured on WKAR in their "Neighbors In Action" feature

Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children.

Dr. Sheryl Kubiak's work on collaborative community effort that offers an alternative to mainstream solutions in Wayne County, the state's busiest local court system, was highlighted in The Engaged Scholar e-newsletter, May 2014.

The School was recognized by Joan Allen, Allen Neighborhood Center executive director for ten-year partnership, in MSU Today interview.

The School's FAME Program was named one of 15 Exemplary Youth Programs after a national search by the Center for the Study of Social Policy for its YouthThrive™ Program. Read about it in MSU Today.

Kinship Care Resource Center Coordinator Lynn Nee, LMSW, was interviewed about Kinship Care on Michigan Radio's Stateside program; her segment has been re-tweeted through the national foster parent association to about 700 nationwide.10/1/2013

State News highlights Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters, Catastrophes & Human Behavior summer online course.

Lynn Nee, Kinship Care Resource Center coordinator, quoted in Health Alliance Plan-Michigan magazine.

Fiscal Times highlights Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters, Catastrophes & Human Behavior as one of 10 top high-tech college classes. 3/27/2013

The MSU Counseling Center's Sexual Assault Program has honored the School of Social Work as the recipient of its 2013 Teal Ribbon Award, an award presented annually to recognize and honor exceptional efforts to promote awareness, education, and prevention of sexual violence on the MSU campus. Sexual assault awareness is internationally recognized with the symbol of a teal ribbon. State News article> | More information>

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