1. Professor Mike MacKenzie’s Letter to the Editor on Ferguson

    Columbia School of Social Work Professor Mike MacKenzie was one of the first to weigh in on the police behavior in Ferguson, Missouri, with a letter to the editor of the New York Times that got published in print last weekend and is the second on this Opinion page, headlined “A Nation Shocked by Ferguson, Mo”.

  2. Alumna Terrie Williams Calls Robin Williams’ Death a “Wake-up Call”

    In this article for CNN Opinion, author, publicist & mental health advocate Terrie Williams (MS’77) says she can relate to Williams’s struggles through the lens of her own experience:

    For me, depression has been part of my journey for a very long time. … I learned to dance the dance, to smile for my friends, for my parents, for the audience, for the camera. I smiled, all while inside a hurricane was sweeping me into an ocean of darkness.”
    At the same time, she acknowledges that every human being “is dealing with their own stuff behind their own mask.”

  3. Don’t Be Afraid to Engage Someone Who Is Suicidal, Says Prof Alonzo

    Professor Dana Alonzo is quoted in ABC News coverage of Robin Williams’ death. “I think one of the most common myths about suicide is…that the worst thing you can do is ask someone about suicide because it will give them the idea,” Alonzo says adding: “It’s one of the most helpful things you can do.” COMING SOON: A Q&A with Prof Alonzo, to be posted in our newsfeed.

  4. CSSW Doctoral Student Working on Health and Aging Receives Pre-Diss Award

    Laura Kimberly is one of ten social work doctoral students to receive a pre-dissertaton award from the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW), along with backing from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). With the award stipend, she will be attending a special mentoring program in Washington, D.C., during this year’s GSA conference, to be held in early November. We understand she is interested in aging and health; we look forward to finding out what she ends up writing about for her dissertation!

  5. Alumna Publishes First Book, on How to Manage Emotions

    Dr. Erin Olivo, who graduated from the School of Social Work, with a joint degree in public health, in 1995, has her first book coming out on November 1st: Wise Mind Living: Master Your Emotions, Transform Your Life. Dr. Olivo went on to get a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and then collaborated with Mehmet Oz for several years when directing the Columbia Integrative Medicine Program. She is currently an assistant clinical professor of medical psychology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Apart from anything else, she’s had am impressive span of disciplines and schools at Columbia! Her CUMC colleague, Dr. Richard Sloane, says she is “the smartest, most thoughtful practitioner of integrative medicine I know” — quite a ringing endorsement!


  6. In response to a July 28th editorial that appeared in the NYT international edition, “Japan’s Need for Women Workers,” Dean Takamura drafted a hard-hitting letter saying that in many ways (paid maternity leave, long-term health care), Japanese women have it better than their American counterparts. It’s published today online and will also appear in all international print weekend editions.

    In fact, what she says dovetails nicely with a study of Professor Waldfogel’s that got referenced a few days before in the Times’s policy analysis blog, TheUpshot: “Paid Leave Encourages Female Employees to Stay.” (There’s even a link to Jane’s NBER working paper.)

    Kudos to both of them for standing up for American women’s rights.

  7. Professor Waldfogel Cited for Her Work on Paid Parental Leave

    California is the first state to offer paid parental leave. Professor Jane Waldfogel has studied the impact of that decision. Her work is cited in TheUpshot, a policy analysis site run by the New York Times: “Paid Leave Encourages Female Employees to Stay,” by Claire Cain Miller (28 July 2014).


  8. Congrats are owed to two of our recent graduates, Hayley Beth Cooper and Erin Foley. Their weddings were announced in the New York Times Style section this past weekend! We wish you long life and happiness and everything good!

  9. Alumna Makes Strides on STEM Education for Blacks & Latino/as


    One of our alums, Amy Schapiro (MS’12), is profiled in Womenetics for her pioneering work on behalf of CODE20140, a San Francisco nonprofit that works on closing the skills gap & opportunity divide for Blacks & Latino/as in engineering & technology. Well done, Amy!

  10. Celebrating Another Successful Collaboration with Children’s Corps!

    CC’s summer training academy, which is held in the Social Work Building and involves some of our profs, ends today. We are sorry to see all these great young people leave. But we also know they are going to do great things for foster children after going through CC’s rigorous training on how to be a caseworker. You go, guys!