Two visiting scholars from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) will be in residence at SSA and Chapin Hall until September 1, 2015. Professor Mark Courtney is their SSA faculty sponsor. 


Josefina Sala is professor and the head of the Department of Systematic and Social Pedagogy at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Professor Sala is also the principal investigator of the IARS research group (Children and Youth in Social Risk) at UAB. IARS has developed different studies regarding emotional and labor abilities of youth in care; and problems and difficulties faced by youth in residential care in their transition to adulthood. At present, the group is working on several research projects focused on programs and supports for the transition to adulthood of youth leaving care, as well as residential care centers for youth with severe behavioral problems. The group is also developing two situational tests to evaluate and promote labor and emotional competencies for youth in care.


Laura Arnau is associate professor in the Department of Systematic and Social Pedagogy at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). For the past 6 years she has been involved in the research group IARS (Children and Young People at Social Risk) at the UAB.  Her research interests include the transition process of care leavers to adulthood; pregnant girls in residential care; teenage pregnancy prevention; employability of foster care youth; and the evaluation of parenting intervention programs. In 2013/2014 she took part in a research stay at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) where she collaborated with Professor Robbie Gilligan. Professor Arnau worked on a comparative study on care leavers’ successful work trajectories in Ireland and Catalonia. Her most recent publications include articles about factors influencing care-leavers' entry into, and progress within, the world of work; and the importance of employability skills for young people entering the labor market.

Sunny Fischer

Sunny Fischer, AM '82

“I went from opportunity to opportunity. I was lucky. The master’s degree from SSA is a great credential. It allows you to go into many fields.”