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Dean Paula Allen-Meares bestows the Blue Chair medal on Professor Kathleen Coulborn Faller.

G F a l l 2 0 0 6 , I s s u e 1 e r o n t o l o g y N e w s l e t t e r

During the year 2006, the United States witnessed its largest pop- ulation of elderly persons aged 65 or older. This same year, the U-M SSW is launching its first issue of the Gerontology Newsletter.

The seed for the newsletter was planted in October 2005, when the full-time gerontology faculty met and agreed that a newsletter could enhance the visibility of the School’s geronto- logical research and activities: (1) individual faculty scholarly and research accomplishments, as

well as collaborative accomplish- ments, (2) U-M SSW gerontol- ogy MSW and PhD students and alumni, and (3) the School’s research and training programs, in addition to the partnerships that the School has built with the practice community through social work field education and training of MSW students.

To this end, the first issue of the Gerontology Newsletter includes content on recent faculty research and publications, MSW and pre- and post-doctoral

research and training programs, MSW and PhD student activi- ties, and alumni notes. This issue also includes a special feature on the career, life, and retirement of Ruth Campbell, a U-M SSW alumna, educator, and mentor.

This first issue is supported by funds allocated through Dean Paula Allen-Meares’ office to the Practice Area Concentrations of the U-M SSW. The Aging Practice Area Concentration expresses sincere thanks to the Dean.

  • Letha A. Chadiha, Editor

Meet the faculty

Letha Chadiha’s primary research interests include family relation- ships, with a focus on African American female family caregivers of African American elders. Her main focus is the mental and social well-being of these caregivers.

Professor Chadiha serves as both chair of the Membership Services Committee and as mem- ber of the Executive Committee of the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) Social Research, Policy, and Practice section. She is national research mentor with the John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program.

Professor Chadiha is a faculty associate with the Program for

Research on Black Americans, a community liaison with the Michigan Center on Urban African American Research, and editor of African American Research Perspectives. She serves on the edi- torial board of Social Work Research.

Professor Chadiha teaches a policy and services course in aging and evaluation methods courses.


Linda Chatters’ primary research focus is adult development and aging as it relates to the mental and physical

health status and functioning of older people in a variety of social contexts. She conducts research on family social support net- works and intergenerational family relationships. She is also

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Meet the faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Training programs in aging . . .3 Student, post-doc, and

alumni activities . . . . . . . . . 4 Publications and grants . . . . . .5 Winkelman Lecture . . . . . . . . .5 Ruth Campbell’s retirement . .6

Kathleen Coulborn Faller installed as Blue Endowed Professor

On October 19, the School witnessed the instal- lation of Kathleen Coulborn Faller as the Marion Elizabeth Blue Endowed Professor in Children and Families. is chair is a gift of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Family Foundation and is named after Lurie’s mother, Marion Elizabeth Blue.

Faller announced the launching of two MSW child welfare fellowship programs: one for those who spent their childhood in the child welfare system and another for those committed to implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act and other federal child welfare statutes.

Ann Lurie has consistently supported the University of Michigan. In 1993 her commitment funded the Robert H. Lurie Engineering Center and the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower. In 1999 Ann Lurie helped establish the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Lurie also funded the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building in 2005.

She hopes to enhance faculty involvement in the University’s Family Assessment Clinic (FAC), of which she is director. rough collaboration between the Law School, Medical School, and SSW, the FAC evaluates complex child maltreatment cases, conducts case record reviews, and provides treatment.

In her address, Faller spoke of her vision for the professorship, particularly through the School’s Cen- ter of Excellence in Children, Youth, and Families. Faculty in the School’s Children, Youth, and Families area collaborate with the community, profession- als, clients, the Guidance Center, and professional schools on cutting-edge issues. ese collaborations are funded by NIH grants and include fellowships for Joint Doctoral Program students and doctoral students in post-MSW practice.

Ann Lurie meets with Kathleen Coulborn Faller and Paula Allen-Meares before the installation.

Two newsletters launched

  • e first Children, Youth, and Families (CY&F)

Interest Group newsletter, which was mailed in May, introduced a new “collaboratory” series in which faculty and doctoral students converse with community practitioners, policymakers, and clients. e first collaboratory featured Professor Karen Staller on runaways.

Professor Susan McDonough will conduct the second collaboratory with staff from the Guidance

Center’s Infant Mental Health Program. McDonough will describe the Special Mothers– Special Babies Program, which is an interven- tion for depressed mothers with irritable babies. Professor Sean Joe will lead the third collaboratory on teen suicide and homicide with the Children’s Center of Detroit.

  • e Gerontology Interest Group put out their first

newsletter in the fall. e Gerontology Newslet- ter introduced the six Aging Practice Area faculty: Letha Chadiha, Linda Chatters, Ruth Dunkle, Berit Ingersoll-Dayton, Lydia Li, and Robert Joseph Taylor. e newsletter described four train- ing programs in aging, as well as student, post-doc, and alumni activities.

The Children, Youth, and Families Interest Group includes (front) Paula Allen-Meares, Andy Grogan-Kaylor, Susan McDonough, as well as (back) Dale Fitch, Mike Spencer, Liz Gershoff, Trina Shanks, Mary Ruffolo, and Robert Ortega. (Not pictured are Sandy Danziger, Kathleen Faller, Leslie Hollingworth, Sean Joe, Michael Reisch, Karen Staller, and Mike Woolley.)

Ongoing Winter/Spring 2007



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