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Introducing The Research That Matters Section

Introducing The Research That Matters Section

This section of the New SSWN site will be where school social work practitioners, students, and researchers come together to add to the school social work knowledge base. This section will include the following departments, among other features to be added later this year:

•Free Article of the Week

•Featured School Mental Health Journal of the Month, including Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, Children & Schools, School Mental Health Journal, & School Social Work Journal

•Researcher-in-Residence (a regular feature where senior and emerging school social work scholars help edit the site and participate in consultations with readers via social media)

For Practitioners and MSW/BSW Students:  We call this section Research That Matters because we know that you’re busy, and you want something to use tomorrow in your school practice.  Along with our other main sections Tools for Practice and Interventions, we are going to make every effort to bring you innovative, evidence-informed resources that you can start to use immediately.

For Researchers and Doctoral Students:   In partnership with the 100+ school social work researchers that are part of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) School Social Work Special Interest Group (SIG), we are committed to using the New SSWN site as both a meeting place for new collaborations and a repository for the excellent work that is happening in school social work and school mental health research around the world.

About The Author

Michael Kelly

Michael S. Kelly PhD, LCSW is the Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Professor and Director of the School Mental Health Advanced Practice certificate and Family and School Partnerships Program at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. Prior to coming to Loyola in Fall 2006, he was a school social worker, family therapist, and youth minister in the Chicago area for 14 years. He has authored over 80 journal articles, books, and book chapters on school social work, evidence-based practice (EBP), and positive youth development. He is a fellow of the Oxford Symposium for School-Based Family Counseling, co-Chair of the Society for Social Work & Research SSW Special Interest Group, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of School Social Work, and Associate Editor of School Mental Health. He has recently brought his work on school mental health and EBP to researchers and practitioners in England, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Canada, Chile, and Japan.

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