Research Lecture Series

The PhD Program Research Lecture Series is a unique learning opportunity that emphasizes the acquisition of specific research knowledge, skills, and competencies. With its academic focus, the lecture series exposes doctoral students to a range of substantive, methodological, and statistical topics identified by doctoral students themselves as areas where additional training is needed. The overall aim of the series is to enhance the research training of current Silver School of Social Work PhDl students.
Presenters at the series include senior NYU Silver faculty as well as other renowned researchers from NYU and beyond. Current PhD students may also present their research through “science chats,” allowing them to contribute to the DPRLS while gaining valuable presentation experience. PhD Program Research Lecture Series workshops are offered during the fall and spring semesters.
The PhD Program has scheduled the following presentation for Spring 2019:
Applying Social Justice and Human Rights Frameworks to our Practice and Research­­­­­­
Thursday, February 14, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1 Washington Square North, The Parlor
Presenter: Marion Riedel, PhD, LCSW-r - Dr. Riedel is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University School of Social Work. She is affiliated with the The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and a member of the Northeast Anti-racist Alliance.
Talk Description: Promoting social justice is a core value of the social work profession. Providing effective service necessitates the ability to consider systemic and structural injustice. Globally, human rights have become a salient part of social justice for social workers. Yet, the nature of justice itself and its specific relationship to both clinical intervention and research in social work remain controversial. This lecture will examine the human rights and social justice perspectives and how they intersect with social work values, ethics, practice and research in local and global contexts.  Special emphasis will be placed on the roles of racism and white supremacy as drivers of colonization, oppression and inequity, and which negatively affect our capacity to develop effective theory and practice. Participants will explore the need to deconstruct and dismantle the core of this inequity as we develop social work knowledge and programs, and the research that will inform them.  We will ground these concepts by exploring opportunities, both recognized and missed, to incorporate this perspective in our research and practice.      
Publication Writing Workshop
Thursday, March 14, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM1 Washington Square North, The Parlor
Presenter: Lala Straussner, PhD,  LCSW - Dr. Straussner is a full professor teaching in both the practice and HBSE areas, and the DSW and PhD Programs at New York University Silver School of Social Work. She is the current Interim Chair of the HBSE area. She also directs the School's Post-Master’s Certificate Program in the Clinical Approaches to the Addictions.
Integrating Culture, Science, and Social Justice: A 10-year Program of Prevention Parenting Research with Latinx Immigrants
Thursday, May 2, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1 Washington Square North, The Parlor
Presenter: Ruben Parra-Cardona, PhD - Dr. Parra-Cardona is an Associate Professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work (SHSSW) at the University of Texas at Austin. At the SHSSW, he serves as Coordinator for Mexico and Latin American initiatives and Co-Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Talk Description: Widespread health and mental health disparities impact vulnerable Latinx immigrant populations in the United States. In this presentation, Parra-Cardona will describe a 10-year program of NIH-funded prevention research in Detroit, MI, focused on the cultural adaptation and dissemination of an evidence-based parenting intervention for low-income Latinx immigrant families with children and youth. Efficacy findings indicate that the largest intervention effects of culturally adapted parenting interventions were associated with the versions of parenting programs in which issues of discrimination and cultural challenges were overtly addressed. Despite considerable challenges to implement prevention studies with low-income Latinx immigrants, Parra-Cardona will reflect on precursors associated with high retention and efficacy in this applied program of prevention research. He will also reflect about the urgent need to promote prevention services research with marginalized populations by striving to achieve a balance between adherence to rigorous scientific standards, relevance to contextual challenges impacting underserved communities, and long-term strategies leading to sustainment.