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Release Date: Nov 27, 17, 12:00am

The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare will induct Deborah Gorman-Smith, Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor and interim Dean of the School of Social Service Administration (SSA) as a 2018 Fellow on January 12 at the Society for Social Work and Research annual conference in Washington, DC.

The Academy will induct 14 new Fellows, its ninth cohort of inductees at its 2018 Fellows Induction Ceremony. The 14 represent an elite group of social work teachers, researchers, and leaders who have dedicated their professional careers to the advancement of the profession. Gorman-Smith joins SSA’s Mark Courtney, Professor; Jeanne C. Marsh, George Herbert Jones Distinguished Service Professor; Curtis McMillen, David and Mary Winton Green Professor; and Harold Pollack, Helen Ross Professor, as members of the Academy. 

Other members of the 2018 cohort include UChicago alumni Mark Testa, AM ’80, PHD ’83 (Sociology), Sandra Reeves Spears and John B. Turner Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina and Edwina Uehara, PhD ’87 (SSA), Professor and Dean at the University of Washington School of Social Work.

The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare is an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high-impact work that advances social good.

Deborah Gorman-Smith is a nationally recognized scholar in the area of youth violence prevention.  Throughout her career she has focused on building scientific knowledge to improve understanding of children’s development within adverse contexts and to guide prevention efforts to inform social policy and practice in order to improve the lives of youth and their families.  She is the Principal Investigator and director of the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, one of 6 national Academic Centers of Excellence funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of the honor, Professor Gorman-Smith said, “I am grateful and humbled to be named a fellow, and to join this year’s cohort – and past honorees – whose scholarship and contributions I greatly respect and admire. This recognition redoubles my commitment and dedication to research to improve the lives of youth and families, as well as the communities in which they live.”

Read more about Deborah Gorman-Smith and her research and center.