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World Congress Group PhotoThe College of Social Work,the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Research at the University of South Carolina were co- sponsors for this international congress along with the Clifford Beers Foundation. On Thursday morning, September 10th, Dean Anna Scheyett provided welcoming remarks along with Dr. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, and Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti.

The meeting emphasized innovations that promote mental health and wellbeing for all individuals in the key areas of:

  • Integrated Health
  • Positive Psychology
  • School Mental Health
  • Social and Technological Innovation
  • Underserved Populations
  • Wellbeing

The College of Social Work was well represented with poster presentations by four doctoral students: Tori Charles, Andy Flaherty, Kyunghee Ma, and Aliza Petiwala as well as presentations by Social Work faculty, staff and doctoral students:

Huong Nguyen, Aidyn Iachini, Mellissa Reitmeier, and Anna Scheyett, “Developing school mental health services in Vietnam.”

Teri Browne, Aidyn Iachini, Kristen Seay, Mary Ann Priester (doctoral student), Stephanie Clone (staff), & Dana DeHart, “Enhancing substance use treatment services in the rural South: Recommendations from clients and stakeholders.”

Tori Charles, Caroline Pantridge (staff), Dana DeHart, Aidyn Iachini, Stephanie Clone (staff), Teri Browne, & Kristen Seay, “ Examining the role of peer support services in a substance abuse treatment setting: A ground-level view of evidence-based practice.”

Andy Flaherty, Aidyn Iachini, Ronald Pitner, Morgan, F. (school district partners), & Rhodes, K (school district partner) , “Exploring the principal perspective on unmet teacher and student needs: Implications for school mental health.”

Aliza Petiwala, Aidyn Iachini, & Dana DeHart, “Using the Life History Calendar (LHC) as a tool to assess for adverse childhood experiences.

Mary Ann Priester & Nikki Wooten, “The association of adverse childhood experiences and tobacco use.”

Kyunghee Ma, “Acculturation stress & coping strategies among international students from East Asia.”

Trang Nguyen, “Using psychodrama to improve decision making of psychiatric patients.”

Carman Fowler (psychology student) and Nikki Wooten, “Are community service program correlates of crime rates in South Carolina?”

Interprofessional collaborators included:

Teri Browne, (social work), Aidyn Iachini, (social work), Sara Goldsby, (social work alumna), Beverly Baliko, (nursing), Betsy Blake, (pharmacy) & Chris Goodman, (medicine), “Training interprofessional students to promote mental health and wellbeing.”

Beverly Baliko (nursing), Rebecca Payne (medicine), Teri Browne (social work), Shilpa Srinivasan (medicine), Suzanne Hardeman (medicine), David Murday (public health), & Mary Boyd, (nursing), “SBIRT in health professional training: Confidence in treating substance use disorders among an interdisciplinary cohort.”

Robert Hock (social work), Melissa George (psychology), Ryan Carlson (education), Gerda Kumpiene (doctoral student in special education), Mark Weist (psychology), & Mitch Yell (education), “Perceptions of facilitators and barriers to family-school partnerships among parents of high-school youth with emotional and behavioral disorders.”

Naomi Ekas (TX), Kathleen Franke (Psychology), & Robert Hock (social work), “Rethinking autism spectrum disorders (ASD): A positive approach to families of children with ASD.”

Aidyn Iachini & Sandra Rogelberg (educational psychology doctoral student), “Aspire: A motivational interviewing intervention for high school students at-risk of dropout.”

Kurt Michael (NC), Melissa George (psychology), John Paul Jameson (NC), Abby Albright Bode (graduate student – psychology), Aidyn Iachini (social work), Mark Weist (psychology), Whitney van Sant (NC), & Chris Minard (NC), “Preliminary outcomes of a multi-site, school-based modular intervention for adolescents experiencing mood difficulties.”

Nikki R. Wooten, Karen Leon Negreiros (social work student), Larrell Wilkinson (AL), Edith Williams (ASPH-IPEHD), Saundra Glover (ASPH-HSPM), Matthew Herring (UofLimerick), & Shawn D. Youngstedt (AZ), “Gender differences in psychological health during Army basic combat training.”

Institute for Families in Society:

Patricia Motes, Crystal McWhirter (doctoral student – Psychology), Kathy Mayfield-Smith & Ana Lopez-DeFede, “Integrating behavioral health into pediatric care: A South Carolina demonstration project.”

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