Connections Hero 2023


Fall 2023

Dean's Welcome

Our esteemed faculty members continue to push the boundaries of knowledge in their pursuit of a more just and equitable world. You will read about their cutting-edge research, which addresses pressing social issues and informs practice and policy.

Dear Friends and Supporters of the University of Maryland School of Social Work,

Dean PostmusI am delighted to welcome you to the latest issue of Connections magazine, a celebration of the impactful work taking place at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. This latest issue focuses on our research and is a testament to the tireless dedication of our students, faculty, and staff in advancing the field of social work
and fostering a community that aligns with
the core values of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

At the heart of our mission is a commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion, principles that resonate deeply with our vision. In this issue, you will discover the powerful ways in which our school is embracing these ideals, driving positive change, and making an indelible mark on society.


  • Research Overview

    The University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) is highly engaged in social work and interdisciplinary research and evaluation. With a research-engaged faculty, our expertise covers the entire lifespan. In the academic year 202, we submitted 209 research proposals, an increase from 175 in 2021, and successfully secured $33 million in external funding.

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  • Older Adults With a Dementia Diagnosis in Long-Term Care

    Associate Professor John Cagle, PhD, is focusing his multiple research projects right now on nursing homes, but mostly with one group of nursing home clients— older adults with a dementia diagnosis in long-term care.

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