A group of SHU senior social work students will have the opportunity to present at the National Association of Social Workers/CT Annual Conference in May. Their professor, Bronwyn Cross-Denny, presented the project—which represents the high-impact practices that SHU faculty are focusing on—at the Council on Social Work Education’s annual program meeting in October. Subsequently, Cross-Denny submitted a proposal that was accepted for the students to present their research at the NASW/CT conference. The students’ work will also be on display at SHU’s Academic Festival in the spring.
Carolyn Burke has been assisting Cross-Denny with activities associated with a mini-grant through the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. Her research project will focus on how genetics may play a role in gambling addiction. Kayla Briere is interested in comparing two different types of public housing, congregate and scattered sites, and the economic outcomes of the residents. Candace Maisel and Ashleigh Betso will be examining the rate of alcohol treatment referrals for those patients who were under the influence of alcohol when seen in the emergency room. Erin McGovern’s project will examine the impact of healthy eating on depression.
“We are really excited about the opportunity to present at the Connecticut chapter’s conference. This will be the first time that our social work students have presented at a professional conference,” Cross-Denny says.