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Social Work Matters

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Quick Facts

  • 125 - Number of BSW graduates in 2015-16
  • 127 - Number of MSW graduates in 2015-16
  • 2016 - Year Lecturer Mary Dillon was named Social Work Educator of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Central Unit Chapter
  • Spring 2016 - Launch of MSW online option

Mailing Address

School of Social Work
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
HPA I, Suite 204
12805 Pegasus Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32816-3358

Phone: 407.823.2114
Fax: 407.823.5697

Student Research

Social work students are actively engaged in research activities under the guidance of a faculty researcher. Listed below are the names of some of the school's faculty members and students engaged in research.

Liana Menendez - HIM Thesis 2015Liana Menendez presented her Honors in the Major thesis, "Latino Cultural Competency in Social Work Education: A Review of the Literature," to a class taught by her thesis adviser, Professor Ana Leon. Menendez's thesis earned her a $1,000 HIM scholarship from UCF's Burnett Honors College in 2015.

Mary Ann Burg, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW
Research interests include access to psychosocial care in
health care settings, h
ealth professions' training to improve psychosocial care delivery, quality of life for cancer survivors,
and c
urriculum outcomes in social work
Student researchers:

Jorge Hidalgo is a collaborator (with Gail Adorno, Ph.D., University of Texas,
Arlington) on our qualitative research
project analyzing postings by oncology social workers'
Angela Newland is completing a research project for her independent study on a survey of social work part-time faculty
to assess their support and mentorship needs (in collaboration with Rebekah Hazlett-Knudsen, Ph.D.)

Denise Gammonley, Ph.D., MSW
Research interests include elder care workforce development, 
person -centered care practices, global social work practice, and scholarship of teaching and learning
Student researcher: 
  Robert Purdie, MSW, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs - Social Work Track student
Data analysis and manuscript preparation for Anticipated Engagement with a Village Model Promoting Aging in Place
This study examines predictors of older adults' anticipated engagement with a service program to promote aging in place. The project was conducted in collaboration with a local membership organization, The Neighbors Netowork, that provides social support, services and opportunities for productive engagement for older adults in Winter Park. The study was funded by the Richard Tucker Gerontology Award from LIFE at UCF.

Yvi Goddard - Poster

Yvi Goddard (BSW, '14) completed research for an
Honors in the Major thesis under the guidance of
Professor Mary Ann Burg. The national Council of
Social Work Education accepted a poster on their
research for presentation at the organization's annual
meeting in October 2014. View their poster

I am very privileged to be in the B.S.W. program at UCF and learn from instructors such as yourself [referring to Dr. Dziegielewski].
— Brittany Hamilton,  social work major
I am so grateful for all I've received from this university, both as a student and an alumna.
— Judith Thames,  B.A., social welfare/psychology ('73); co-founder, Judith G. Thames Endowed Scholarship
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