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Dr. Jerome C. Wakefield Elected Fellow of American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

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Professor Jerome C. Wakefield has been elected to the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), an elite, honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare.

In addition to being a Professor of Social Work, Dr. Wakefield is an NYU University Professor, a Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, and an affiliated faculty member at NYU College of Global Public Health and numerous centers and institutes. He is widely recognized for his expertise in areas including conceptual foundations of clinical theory, philosophy of psychopathology, psychiatric epidemiology of depression, the nature of addiction, integrative clinical theory, and Freud studies.

recent study published in the Journal of Social Service Research ranked Dr. Wakefield among the top 100 contemporary social work faculty in terms of scholarly influence. He is the author of over 300 publications, in journals and books, dealing with issues at the intersection of philosophy and the mental health professions. He is also known for his analysis of the profession of social work as a field properly concerned with “minimal distributive justice,” which he defined as “those aspects of justice connected with the social minimum and the prevention of deprivation.”

Dr. Wakefield will be inducted into the academy on January 17, 2020, at the Society for Social Work and Research annual conference in Washington, DC. He will join NYU Silver colleagues Drs. Vincent Guilamo-RamosNeil B. GutermanJames Jaccard, and Deborah Padgett as an AASWSW fellow.