Social Work Faculty News

Prof. White Selected as a Fellow for the MAC ALDP


Prof. Naomi White, Professor of Instruction and Coordinator of Field Education, has been selected as one of the three 2018-2019 University of Akron fellows for the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP). She will join fellows and liaisons from other member universities at workshops to learn more about the many aspects, challenges, and rewards of leadership in higher education at a variety of levels, and to gain knowledge by working closely over the course of the year with administrators and other Fellows from across the conference.

Prof. Ellis Featured in Times Reporter


Prof. John Ellis, Professor of Instruction, participated in a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training on February 10, 2018 at the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office. He shared his expertise in mental illness and addictions with police, paramedics, park rangers, or jailers who may be encountering people in a crisis.

Prof. Ellis stated, “The folks that see people at the height of their symptoms are usually families and first responders. Law enforcement’s going in blind. I’ve never seen one of my clients shirtless and screaming at me, but these guys have. I think society needs to realize, all of us need to realize, that first responders see the best of us and they see the worst of us.”

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Dr. Sang Presented at the Society for Social Work Research Conference 


Dr. Jina Sang, Assistant Professor, presented at the 22nd annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) on January 14, 2018. This year’s conference was held in Washington, DC, and its theme was “Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice.” Her poster presentation was titled, "My child rejects me: Alienated parents from separated or divorced families." In her study, she investigated what alienated parents experience following separation or divorce. She noted that in high-conflict families, where there are high degrees of anger and distrust between parents, parental alienation may occur; that is, children turn against a parent. This study highlights the difficulties experienced by alienated parents as well as coping strategies they use to deal with their feelings and stress associated with parental alienation. 

Dr. Sang's research interests are parent-child relationships, family stress, and mental health. Currently, she is collecting data for the Parental Alienation research project.