February 19, 2020

Linda BurtonWe are proud to announce that Dean Linda Burton has been appointed by Mayor Jesse Arreguín to the City of Berkeley's Commission on the Status of Women effective February 18, 2020.

February 14, 2020

Berkeley News
Are algorithms better than humans at predicting whether someone will commit new crimes? A new study by Professor Jen Skeem and Stanford researchers advances our understanding of how algorithms and people assess recidivism risk under real-world conditions.

February 11, 2020

Luna CalderonLast week, the Latinx Center of Excellence offered a two-day Solution-Focused Brief Therapy training in Spanish, led by Training Consultant for the LCOE and Lecturer Luna Calderón.

February 1, 2020

Student veteran Matthew Smith (BA '18; MSW '20) made the decision to become a social worker in the aftermath of a friend's suicide. If the Veterans' Administration had been able to give his friend the opioid painkillers he OD'd on, Smith wondered, why had they not successfully connected him to behavioral health resources? "I got so full of grief and anger," explains Smith, "I decided that day to get involved...

January 27, 2020

Associate Professor and Mack Distinguished Professor Emmeline Chuang.Dr. Chuang's research focuses on how health and human service organizations can improve service access and well-being of underserved populations, with a specific focus on: (1) how the nature and quality of inter-organizational relationships between health and human service organizations affects service access and client outcomes; (2) how managers and other organizational leaders can best support evidence uptake by frontline practitioners; and (3) how the design of work affects provider and staff satisfaction and quality of care.

January 24, 2020

Oakland News Now

Peter Radu (MSW/MPP '16), who previously served as Homeless Services Coordinator for the City of Berkeley, has been named Homeless Policy Director for the City of Oakland. Radu will serve as Mayor Libby Schaaf's chief policy advisor to address the city's homeless crisis. He will also serve as Mayor Schaaf's representative in key local, regional, and statewide efforts, including Governor Newsom's Council of Regional Homeless Advisors.

January 20, 2020

Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives Beverly Thorpe brings over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, budget development, financial reporting, sponsored research administration, and project management. Previously, she has served as Associate Director for Administration at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and held leadership positions with the National Audubon Society, Amtrak, Duke University School of Medicine, and NYU School of Medicine.

January 15, 2020

Two Berkeley Social Welfare faculty members and one recent graduate will be honored at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference in Washington D.C. this week.

Assistant Professor Tina Sacks's book, Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System (Oxford University Press), has received an honorable mention for the 2020 Outstanding Social Work Book Award. Conferred by the Society for Social Work and Research, the award recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions that advance social work knowledge.

January 2, 2020

Congratulations to the Berkeley Social Welfare faculty, students, and researchers presenting at the annual SSWR conference in Washington, DC. Names of presenting authors are in bold.

November 28, 2019

Professor Jill Duerr Berrick's newest book, The Impossible Imperative: Navigating the Competing Principles of Child Protection (Oxford University Press), has received an honorable mention for the 2019 Outstanding Social Work Book Award. Conferred by the Society for Social Work and Research, the award recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions that advance social work knowledge.

November 12, 2019

Susan StoneProfessor Susan Stone, the Catherine Mary and Eileen Clare Hutto Chair for Social Services in Public Education, has been selected for induction into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

November 7, 2019

Washington Post

Mu Sochua (MSW '81), one of the most prominent women in Cambodian national politics, returns to Cambodia despite probable imprisonment as the Vice President of the outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party.

November 5, 2019

Berkeley News

Ratu Orisi Lalabalavu, a senior with a double major in social welfare and anthropology, is one of hundreds of UC Berkeley students living in limbo as the future of DACA is decided in the courts.

November 4, 2019

Sunday, November 3, 2019 marked the induction ceremony for the California Social Work Hall of Distinction, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to social work and social welfare in California.

It is a testament to the reach of our program that each of this year's Hall of Distinction inductees had a connection to Berkeley Social Welfare, either as a graduate or as a faculty member:

October 21, 2019

gift planing award plaqueVeronica Alexander, Director of External Relations at Berkeley Social Welfare, was honored this week with a campus-wide award from Berkeley's Office of Gift Planning for initiating the most joint proposals for gifts to Berkeley Social Welfare as part of an estate plan. 

October 15, 2019

Kimberly Mayer began her role as CalSWEC Center Director in October 2019. Learn about her professional background, her priorities as Director, and what brought her back to Haviland Hall.

October 7, 2019

The Globe Post

“Ending violence from the mentally ill would still leave 96 percent of violent incidents.” Professor Jennifer Skeem and other researchers explain that policies focused on the general population — like red flag laws and universal background checks  — will be more effective than policies that focus on individuals with mental illness. 

October 3, 2019

Berkeley News

During the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to the English colonies, Berkeley News is highlighting members of the campus community whose personal stories, often marked by racism and discrimination, inform their life’s work. Assistant professor Tina Sacks is the first person profiled. 

September 17, 2019

Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy

Professor Jennifer Skeem was invited to participate in a congressional briefing to bring the most up-to-date research on countering mass shootings to the U.S. Capitol. The briefing was organized by George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy and Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, with the support of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and all papers from this project will be published in Criminology & Public Policy in February, 2020.

September 5, 2019


Professor Jennifer Skeem's in-press study of the impact of risk assessment information on judges' sentencing of relatively rich vs. poor defendants was featured in WIRED magazine.