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COSW Faculty Recruitment Committee Meeting
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03

COSW Advanced Year Curriculum Group Meeting
Oct
03

COSW Faculty Council Meeting
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03

COSW Undergarduate & PhD Meeting

WootenVA RDayCOSW Strengthens Collaboration with VA Medical Center

Recently, the College of Social Work participated in the Research Day sponsored by the Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Columbia, SC. Dean Anna Scheyett presented an overview of social work–related research and opportunities for collaboration. She emphasized the translation of research to policy and practice, innovative dissemination to a wide range of audiences, and most importantly, engaging and learning from hard-to-reach populations. Her presentation dovetailed nicely with that of Dr. Sara Knight, Deputy Director of Health Services Research and Development, who emphasized the importance of translating research and engaging veterans in their communities.

Dr. Nikki Wooten, Assistant Professor for Military Social Work Research and Practice, presented a poster presentation titled “Gender Differences in Substance Use Treatment in the Year Prior to Deployment in Army Service Members.” The study found that Army women were less likely to receive military lifetime substance use diagnoses and substance use treatment the year prior to deployment. These findings suggest gender disparities in military-provided substance use treatment and that military substance use assessment protocols may not be sensitive to gender differences.

These presentations strengthened the relationship between the College of Social Work and the VAMC. Potential collaborative research areas include addictions, trauma, criminal justice, veterans’ families and family services, health disparities, and intimate partner violence. Both the College and the VAMC are eager to develop research projects to improve the lives of veterans and their families.

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