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 presentations for Fall 2019:
Applying Social Justice and Human Rights Frameworks to our Practice and Research­­­­­­
Thursday, November 14, 2019
2:030 PM - 4:00 PM
1 Washington Square North, The Parlor
Presenter: Desmond U. Patton, PhD - Dr. Desmond Upton Patton is an Associate Professor of Social Work, Associate Dean of Curriculum Innovation and Academic Affairs, and holds a courtesy appointment in the department of Sociology at Columbia University School of Social Work.  His research uses qualitative and computational data collection methods to examine the relationship between youth and gang violence and social media; how and why violence, grief, and identity are expressed on social media; and the real-world impact these expressions have on well-being for low-income youth of color. He studies the ways in which gang-involved youth conceptualize threats on social media, and the extent to which social media shapes and facilitates youth and gang violence.
Talk Description: Gun violence continues to be a serious public health problem in the United States. Recent research indicates that firearm violence is exacerbated by social media usage and the formation of the “digital street.” Violence prevention and intervention strategies, however, typically exclude social media as a risk factor, and there are few tools available to violence prevention organizations to help them prevent violence based on social media content and engagement.
How to use Social Media to Increase the Impact of your Scholarship (Brown Bag Lunch & Learn)
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1 Washington Square North, The Parlor
Presenters: Dr. Michelle Munson; Aanchal Modani, PhD Student; Laura Morrison, Associate Director, Communications
After the Hybrid Trial Ends: Leaders’ Decisions to Sustain a Peer-Led Healthy Lifestyle Intervention for People with Serious Mental Illness in Supportive Housing
Thursday, December 5, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
1 Washington Square North, The Parlor
Presenter: Leopoldo J. Cabassa - Dr. Cabassa is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Mental Health Services Research at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis. His dedication and passion for engaging in health disparities research has been shaped by his social work practice and research experiences in Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland. His work focuses on improving health and mental health care for underserved communities.
Talk Description: Healthy lifestyle interventions that focus on health promotion, improving dietary habits, and increasing physical activity can help reduce health disparities among people with people serious mental illness (SMI; e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder). Despite evidence supporting the effectiveness of these interventions, little is known about how to sustain these interventions in community settings outside research studies. In this talk, Dr. Cabassa will present results from a mixed method study describing the choices and priorities leaders from three supportive housing agencies made as they began planning for sustaining a peer-led healthy lifestyle intervention for people with SMI after the end of a hybrid effectiveness/implementation trial; and identifying the mechanisms these leaders discussed to move these choices into action to support sustainability. The knowledge generated from this study can help guide leaders in the decisions, priorities, and processes they need to consider as they plan for sustaining new interventions at their agencies to improve the delivery of health interventions for people with SMI.