College of Social Work

FSU graduate selected as next leader of statewide child welfare institute

Florida State University has chosen alumna Lisa Magruder as the next leader of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare.   Magruder, the institute’s associate director of research since 2020, takes over the director’s role from fellow FSU graduate Jessica Pryce. Pryce, who served as director for six years, will lead the institute’s Alliance for Workforce Enhancement […]

FSU study seeks to understand the impact of client violence on Florida child-protection workers

A team of Florida State University researchers has received a $150,000 grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to study the impact of client violence on child-protection services workers in Florida. Melissa Radey, the Agnes Flaherty Stoops Professor in Child Welfare in the College of Social Work, is the lead investigator […]

College of Social Work celebrates distinguished graduates and scholarship recipients

The Florida State University College of Social Work honored five distinguished graduates plus its 2021-2022 student scholars at its 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award and Student Scholarship dinner last week. The college awarded more than $168,000 in scholarships in 2021-2022 to support undergraduate- and graduate-level social work students with interests in areas including child welfare, social […]

FSU helps to seek ‘Prosperity for All’ in impoverished Leon County area

Florida State University this week welcomed a large gathering of community leaders and residents in a continued exploration of solutions for a particularly impoverished area of Leon County. The fifth meeting of the 32304+ Prosperity for All Summit brought together Leon County health, government, nonprofit and law-enforcement officials, plus officials from FSU and Florida A&M […]

FSU researchers expand trauma-responsive services for individuals returning home from jail

Researchers at the Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD) at the Florida State University College of Social Work are expanding their work with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the John E. Polk Correctional Facility to treat trauma among individuals getting released from jail in Seminole County.   “Lifetime traumatic experiences are nearly universal among […]

FSU continues to advance translational research with new grant from the National Library of Medicine 

Florida State University researchers have received a grant from the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health to better predict health outcomes in pediatric organ transplants. Michael Killian, an associate professor in the College of Social Work, and Zhe He, an associate professor in the College of Communication and Information, will use […]

FSU College of Social Work appoints new Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Florida State University’s College of Social Work has established a new role to focus on amplifying the college’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Faculty member Keithen Mathis started his new role as the inaugural Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) this spring. “Through his teaching and service, Teaching Professor Keithen Mathis has […]

FSU Professor receives prestigious award for contributions to criminal justice policy reform 

Carrie Pettus, associate professor, executive director and founder of Florida State University’s Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD), received the 2022 Social Policy Researcher Award from the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) for her notable research contributions to criminal justice policy reform. “I am truly honored to be recognized by the social work research community for contributing to policy reform,” Pettus […]

Substance use expert named interim dean of FSU College of Social Work 

Craig Stanley, associate dean for academic affairs for Florida State University’s College of Social Work, has been appointed as the college’s interim dean. Stanley succeeds Jim Clark, who was selected as the university’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs after six years as dean of the college. “I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity […]

FSU center, WFSU and Early Learning Coalition partner to bring PBS Edcamp to local educators

Florida State University, WFSU and the Early Learning Coalition are teaming up to bring an in-person workshop that offers continuing education to local educators. The Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families and Children in the FSU College of Social Work has partnered with the local PBS station WFSU Public Media and the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend to host PBS […]

FSU researchers earn NSF grant to transform libraries into ‘Rural Resiliency Hubs’

The increasing frequency of natural catastrophes and their uneven impact on vulnerable populations calls for the development of disaster Resiliency Hubs. Now, through a grant from the National Science Foundation, a multidisciplinary team of Florida State University researchers is looking to utilize a commonly underrecognized space in disaster response: public libraries. Focusing on Calhoun County, […]

FSU center partners with Early Childhood Education Group to support teachers with new trainings

The Florida State University Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families and Children and the Florida Association for Education of Young Children (FLAEYC) have launched a new certification program to assist teachers in developing skills to better educate and support the emotional needs of their students. “A major factor contributing to failures in […]