School of Social Work in the Media

Ashley O. Brundage

Ashley O. Brundage

UTA SSW grad New Dallas area habitat for humanity CEO

Ashley O. Brundage said working on housing and homelessness “can definitely feel like you’re beating your head against a wall sometimes.” But that won't slow her down as she takes on her new role as CEO of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.

Kathy Lee

Dr. Kathy Lee

Challenges of Informal Caregivers

Dr. Kathy Lee, social work assistant professor, was featured in a news article about her research exploring the challenges facing millions of Americans who have become informal caregivers for family members in a piece for The Conversation. This story was reshared by the Milwaukee Independent.

Dr. Christine Spadola

Dr. Christine Spadola

Tips for Adjusting to Daylight Saving Time

Christine Spadola, assistant professor of social work, gave tips on KLIF-AM to adjust to daylight saving time. Spadola recommended staying hydrated and maintaining a regular sleep schedule. She said it will...

Darlene Hunter

Dr. Darlene Hunter

Class of 2024 NWBA Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

We are thrilled to announce the induction of Dr. Darlene Hunter into the prestigious National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Hall of Fame Class of 2024. Hailing from Walled Lake, Michigan, Darlene’s journey is marked by resilience, leadership, and unparalleled contributions to wheelchair basketball.

Dr. Kathy Lee

Dr. Kathy Lee

A social worker explains how to improve quality of life for family caregivers

Millions of Americans have become informal family caregivers: people who provide family members or friends with unpaid assistance in accomplishing daily tasks such as bathing, eating, transportation and managing medications.

Kiva Harper

Kiva Harper

Preventing Violence Against Social Workers - Advocating for Change

Harper says the gap in data on violence against social workers is indicative of a larger problem.

“I feel like it’s difficult to gather those numbers because I think a lot of [incidents] go unreported,” she says. “As a result, I think that the numbers are probably not ever captured accurately.”

Karen Magruder

Karen Magruder

What is the most common mistake that retirees make when choosing where to live

The biggest mistake would be not to make a plan! While everyone approaches retirement planning differently, a common oversight is underestimating expenses, especially healthcare costs.


Lei-Sea Sky

Social Work Student Becomes UTA's First Deaf Student Mentor

In an amazing achievement that signifies a significant step in higher education, Lei-Sea Sky, a student pursuing majors in both social work and political science and three minors, Diversity Studies, Prelaw, and Globalization, Internationalization, Localization, and Translation at the University of Texas at Arlington and a Deaf individual herself, has made history by becoming the university’s first-ever Deaf Student Mentor.

Morgan PettyJohn

Morgan PettyJohn

Resources and access to services for victims of domestic violence

Morgan PettyJohn, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, spoke with the Houston Chronicle about resources and access to services for victims of domestic violence.


Karen Magruder

Keeping Your Cool in a Warming World

In a world facing environmental challenges unprecedented in human history, it’s no surprise that eco-anxiety – a pervasive worry about the current and future state of our planet – has become an increasingly prevalent mental health issue.


Kiva Harper

War Trauma: The Psychological Consequences of War

Any traumatic experience that stems from military conflict is considered war trauma, and all war trauma can lead to mental health disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder.


Kiva Harper

Mental Health Awareness Month

Harper sat down with ESSENCE and discussed how reading one of the magazine’s articles on mental health in her early 20s “literally changed the trajectory” of her life.


Student sleeping

Research on sleep and self-care among social work students

Sleep health is integral for maintaining optimal physical and mental health, and plays a vital role in the context of substance misuse and substance use disorders (SUDs). 




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