USJ MSW faculty chosen for National Institutes of Health fellowship program

Three professors from the department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice join a fellowship cohort focused on education surrounding alcohol and other drugs (AOD) treatment.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) selected three USJ faculty members to participate in a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) funded fellowship program. A total of 50 master’s of Social Work (MSW) faculty from around the country were chosen to participate in the program and collaborate on teaching methods, strategies, and best practices.

Robert Madden, LCSW, J.D., Anthony De Jesus, Ed.D., MSW, and Mariann Mankowski, Ph.D, MSW, all from the department of Social Work & Latino Community Practice, spent four days participating in an intensive immersion program for Social Work faculty in Boston. The program’s objective – similar to the goals of the NIAAA – is to encourage social workers to use empirically supported identification and treatment methods to help prevent and treat alcohol and other drug abuse and dependence.

“Social workers are on the front lines of programs that identify and treat substance use disorders,” said Madden, professor and department chair. He noted the importance of the program during the midst of a state and countrywide opioid crisis as well as other drug use disorders.

“The advanced training will support MSW faculty to integrate cutting-edge research and practice into our curriculum to better prepare our graduate students. The faculty fellows plan to network with other leading faculty from around the country to develop teaching and learning materials for classes across the social work curriculum.”

The fellowship runs from June 5, 2017–June 30, 2018. Click here for more information about USJ’s MSW program.