Social Work Faculty News

Dr. Sang Published an Article in an Academic Journal

Sang Dr. Jina Sang, Assistant Professor, has published an article titled, Maternal Depressive Symptoms, Adolescent Daughters' Substance Use, and Father Residence in Minority Families in May 2019. This article has been published in Substance Use & Misuse, which is a peer-reviewed medical journal covering substance abuse. In this study, she found that when fathers were involved in the daughter’s life, substance use was higher in adolescents of mothers with high depressive symptoms than in those of mothers with low depressive symptoms. 

Dr. Sang also received an Excellence-in-Teaching award through The University of Akron Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), Sigma Alpha Pi, in April, 2019. Her primary research interests center on parent-child relationships, children's mental health, and family stress. 


Prof. White Presented at Rethinking Race

Naomi White

Prof. Naomi White, Professor of Instruction, presented two workshops for Rethinking Race: Black, White, and Beyond on February 27 and March 6, 2019. 

Racial Conflict: An Opportunity to Stretch and Decide
Group think A Potential Steel Barrier to Becoming Your Future You

This was a forum in which race and race-related issues were discussed, examined, and better understood through films, performances, Face-2-Face Conversations, and keynote speakers. The aim of the forum was to engage the public with important topics such as diversity in the workplace and awareness of issues and culture.

Dr. McManus Provided Training on Autism for First Responders and School Personnel

McManus at Autisum Event

On February 22, 2019, “Stop. Assess. Support. An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders” was held in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union. This event was sponsored by College of Health Professions and College of Applied Science and Technology during Five-Star Friday to encourage thinking about what we can do to better work with and support those in our community with autism.

Dr. Mark McManus, visiting assistant professor, reminded attendees that autism is a part of everyday society.“In all of these scenarios, the key is to help the person with autism … to talk to them, ask questions, and do what you can to improve the outcome,” Dr. McManus shared. “I hope scenarios like this have helped to bring to light the everyday life of people dealing with autism and how we can do better as a community in providing services and building understanding.”

To read more about the event, click here.