College of Social Work

FSU lecture series to discuss the technology and data-driven innovations of criminal justice reform

Florida State University’s Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children welcomes FSU College of Social Work Associate Professor Carrie Pettus-Davis for the center’s latest presentation of its “Engage, Invest, Respond,” lecture series. She will present on her work harnessing technology to expand the scope of data-driven solutions to criminal justice reform. […]

FSU researchers, John E. Polk Correctional Facility and nonprofit service provider team up to address trauma for individuals releasing from jail

Researchers at the Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD) at the Florida State University College of Social Work have teamed up with the John E. Polk Correctional Facility and Christian HELP Employment and Resource Center to treat trauma among individuals releasing from jail in Seminole County. “Experiences of trauma are nearly universal among incarcerated […]

FSU researchers push scientific, creative boundaries in 2019

Florida State University faculty engaged in research and creative activity at extraordinary levels in 2019. FSU faculty achieved record funding, produced outstanding artistic works and made international headlines with their work. Here are some highlights of the past year. FSU faculty bring in record $233.6M in external funding Florida State University researchers received a record […]

Florida Institute for Child Welfare launches new podcast

The Florida Institute for Child Welfare, housed in the Florida State University College of Social Work, is launching a new resource to inform and support the child welfare workers of Florida. The podcast series, “Child Protection Caseworker Support,” starts Monday, Aug. 26. The eight-episode series will feature the institute’s director Jessica Pryce, who will discuss […]

Give in order to receive: FSU study finds low-income mothers expected to reciprocate support

Low-income mothers who need support, such as with small cash loans or childcare, are often called on to reciprocate, according to a new Florida State University study. College of Social Work Associate Professor Melissa Radey and College of Human Sciences Professor Lenore McWey examined the support networks of low-income mothers using secondary data from mothers […]

Florida State sees across-the-board upward climb in U.S. News graduate school rankings

Florida State University’s graduate and professional programs are on the rise, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” FSU’s graduate programs in criminology, business, law, education, nursing and engineering all made significant jumps in the publication’s annual rankings, released March 20. “These new rankings reflect Florida State University’s ascent […]

New grant funds training on human trafficking for Emergency Medical Services

Florida State University’s Institute for Family Violence Studies (IFVS) at the College of Social Work recently received a $25,000 grant from the Office of the Florida Attorney General to help stem the tide of human trafficking. The funds helped create an online training to help Emergency Medical Services personnel recognize the signs of human trafficking […]

Real life role models: FSU hosts free summer camp for youth

For the sixth consecutive year, Florida State University’s College of Social Work brought dozens of middle school students to campus for a free, week-long summer camp from June 5 to June 9. The brainchild of Dean Emeritus Nick Mazza, the CSW Arts and Athletics camp introduces youth from various backgrounds to the university environment and […]

Doctoral student receives prestigious social work research award

Preparing for our own death is a difficult task, one that can provoke debilitating sorrow and dismay. While most of us prefer to avoid thinking about death, FSU College of Social Work doctoral candidate Stephanie Grace Prost’s has produced award-winning research on the topic. Prost recently received the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education […]

FSU hires alumna to lead statewide institute for child welfare

Florida State University has chosen university alumna Jessica Pryce to lead the Florida Institute for Child Welfare. The institute was created by the Florida Legislature in June 2014 to conduct research, policy analysis and program evaluation of child protection and child welfare services. The measure, Senate Bill 1666, was drafted in response to what lawmakers […]

Eminent psychologist, National Academy member to join FSU

Norman Anderson, an eminent psychologist and member of the National Academy of Medicine, will join the Florida State University faculty with primary appointments as a research professor in both the College of Social Work and the College of Nursing. He also will serve as assistant vice president for research and academic affairs.  “We are extremely excited […]

Coercion conference looks at the use of force in helping professions

Coercive practices and treatments in social services are common but seldom subjects of critical public discussion. Florida State University is changing the conversation by taking a look at the pros and cons of coercive approaches in the helping professions and institutions relevant to students, academics, local and state government, private agency professionals, clinicians and interested […]