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Assistant Professor of Social Work Ashley Palmer, Ph.D., says disconnected youth fall along a spectrum of connectedness to work and school. Poor mental health and a lack of a financial safety net contribute to rising disconnection.

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McNair Scholar Autumn Henry ’24 researches emerging adult mental health and the repercussions of COVID, delves into her findings and how she aims to end the stigma surrounding mental health.

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The Professor of Professional Practice is committed to making each student feel like they belong in the program and prepares them to be effective social workers.

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Nada Elias-Lambert, Ph.D., introduces Bystander to Upstander, a program aimed at closing the information gap preventing faculty and staff from protecting members of their community when incidents of gender-based violence and other social injustices occur in their vicinity.

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Homeless shelters in Fort Worth have surpassed capacity and Ashley Palmer, Ph.D., discusses the homelessness issue and how it affects youth and young adults in our community.


Tee Tyler, Ph.D., LCSW, has developed the Interpersonal Classroom Model (ICM), designed to help students talk across lines of difference in the classroom, such as race, religion and gender identity.

Interpersonal Classroom Model