Craig Schwalbe, Susan Witte, and Elwin Wu Promoted to Full Professor at CSSW

Congratulations to Craig Schwalbe, Susan Witte, and Elwin Wu on being promoted to the rank of Full Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work!

Highlights from Interim Dean Irwin Garfinkel:

Craig Schwalbe joined CSSW as an Assistant Professor in 2004, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011, awarded tenure in 2013, and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2014 – 2018. Craig is a productive scholar of social work practice who carries out original, cutting-edge research in juvenile criminal justice. His research in the criminal justice system has yielded significant findings that have influenced probation officers’ practices and since gaining tenure in 2013, his list of publications in peer-reviewed journals has increased from 26 to 41. While serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Craig was instrumental in establishing mentoring supports for new adjunct faculty. Craig also has an outstanding record of teaching, community service, and leadership at CSSW.

Susan Witte joined CSSW as an Assistant Professor in 2001, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007, and was awarded tenure in 2010. Susan’s impressive research portfolio focuses on the health and well-being of socially and economically vulnerable women with a particular focus on HIV prevention. She has authored or co-authored 80 articles and 6 book chapters including 35 articles and 2 book chapters since receiving tenure. Her papers have consistently been published in top journals and have clearly moved the field forward as evidenced by her high citation count. Additionally, she has received funding from NIH and CDC to develop leading-edge research. Susan is an impressive educator and continues to contribute to curricular development, particularly in the areas of technology, implementation science, and Power, Race, Oppression and Privilege (PROP).

Elwin Wu joined CSSW as an assistant professor in 2005, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011, and was awarded tenure in 2013. Elwin’s research focuses on the development and testing of innovative interventions designed to increase engagement and utilization of HIV prevention services among populations at elevated risk including men who have sex with men (MSM), people of color, and people involved in the criminal justice system. He has authored or co-authored 70 papers, including 26 since receiving tenure. His papers are rigorous, clearly conceptualized and executed, and focused on his research agenda. He has also been successful at obtaining external funding from NIH and CDC to further his research. Elwin contributes to contribute to the school through curricular development, particularly in the areas of diversity, sexual minority populations, and the criminal justice system. He is also an active mentor and leader at the Social Intervention Group (SIG), Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA).

FREE Social Work CE: “Using a Spoon to Claw Your Way Out of a Steel Cage” | Saturday, November 3, 2018

Take advantage of this free clinical presentation and discussion organized by the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program at Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (IPE) on working with the frustration and defeatism of a college student with ADHD and Depression.

Laura Whitman, MD, Presenter
Karen Gilmore, MD, Discussant

Kimberly Chu, LCSW & Claudia Lament, PhD
Co-Chairs, the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program at IPE

November 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (lunch at 1:00 pm; event at 1:30 pm)
One Park Avenue, 8th Floor

Register (RSVP required for entry; Social Work CE Available / 1.5 CE)

This presentation will portray the analytic treatment of a college student who had severe symptoms (suicidality, academic failure) and yet strengths which enabled him to benefit from intensive treatment. The talk will delineate the particular challenges of working with young adults with learning and attention problems. Modifications of the traditional analytic approach useful in such cases will be discussed. Additionally, issues common to the treatment of emerging adults will be described.

About the Presenters:

Laura Whitman, MD is an adult and child psychoanalyst and psychiatrist with a practice on the upper west side. She teaches child psychotherapy and child development at IPE and Columbia, and also supervises in the therapeutic nursery at Mt. Sinai. She is currently reading about psychoanalytic views on substance abuse and dependence, especially as regards adolescence. Her other interests include film, literature, and yoga.

Dr. Karen Gilmore, MD is an adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and Training and Supervising Analyst at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia. Dr. Gilmore has published a number of papers and chapters on play, developmental theory, adoption, sexual development and gender identity disorder, and attention deficit disorder. With co-author Pamela Meersand, she has written three volumes: Normal child and adolescent development: a psychodynamic primer for APPI (2013), The little book of child and adolescent development for Oxford University Press (2014) and Play Therapy: a psychodynamic primer for the treatment of young children for APPI (2017).



Free Social Impact Career Virtual Summit | October 15 – October 18, 2018

Learn from 40+ Social Impact Leaders sharing their best strategies and advice for growing a career that makes a positive impact in the world at the upcoming Social Impact Career Virtual Summit, hosted by: and co-hosted by:

What You’ll Learn

  • An in-depth understanding of the types of roles and career paths you can pursue in the social impact space
  • Strategies on how to channel your passions, talents, and skills to create a career that makes a difference in the world
  • Clarity on what nonprofits and socially-conscious companies are looking for in job candidates
  • Tips on what you need to have in your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile
  • Advice on exploring new career options, searching for jobs, and tapping into the hidden job market

How the Virtual Summit Works

The Social Impact Career Virtual Summit is a FREE online event providing you with the key insights for growing a career in a B Corp, Social Enterprise, or Nonprofit; in CSR, Sustainability, and Impact Investing; or as a Consultant, Freelancer or Social Entrepreneur.

  • After registration, you’ll receive an email with everything you need for getting the most out of the virtual event.
  • When the summit begins on October 15th, you’ll receive an email each day with a link to access all the interviews for that day.
  • All interview recordings will be available until midnight, October 18th.
  • If you can’t make all the sessions, no worries! After you get your free ticket, we will provide an option to access all the summit recordings to watch at your own convenience!

Summit Schedule + Speakers

Day 1 – October 15th (7:00 pm EST)
Facebook Live Kick-Off Event: Summit Overview + Live Career Coaching Q&A with Marcos Salazar, CEO of Be Social Change

Day 2 – October 16th (9:00 am EST)
For-Profit Careers: Using Business as a Force For Good

Day 3 – October 17th (9:00 am EST)
Nonprofit Careers: Working to Solve the Most Pressing Social and Environmental Problems

Day 4 – October 18th (9:00 am EST)
Entrepreneurial Careers: Working as a Social Entrepreneur, Impact Consultant, Freelancer, and Creative Social Impact Career Pathways

Get your FREE ticket!

Columbia School of Social Work Associate Professor Desmond Patton Awarded Tenure

Congratulations to Columbia School of Social Work Associate Professor Desmond Patton on being awarded tenure!

From the Office of the Dean:

“Desmond is a gifted scholar with a well-defined and focused research agenda on gun violence, gang violence, and their relationship with social media especially among African American urban youth and young adults. In recent years, Desmond has received some of the most prestigious awards for early career scholars in social work – the Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award, awarded by the Society for Social Work and Research in 2018, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society Fellowship at Harvard University. In the last three years alone, Desmond has published 30 papers, 17 of which are first-authored. His teaching record is exemplary and he has used innovative problem solving approaches to teaching and received outstanding ratings from students. Additionally, his contribution to community service and committees is remarkable with membership on the University-wide Computational Social Science working group, the CSSW Faculty Search Committee, Outcomes Committee, AGPP Committee, and the ADR-OSP Committee.”

Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair | Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Attention Students, trainees, and clinicians! 

Are you seeking opportunities in mental/behavioral health and/or addiction professions? Check out this upcoming virtual job fair hosted by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)!

Wednesday, October 17: 6:45 pm – 10:15 pm ET

Employers will be looking for behavioral health clinicians including Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists before and after the event. Create your searchable profile on the Health Workforce Connector to be sure they can find you.

  • See the world without leaving home
    They have gathered employers from all over the United States, and they’ll all be available to you in a single virtual space.
  • Get connected
    Dozens of recruiters will be online and eager to meet with you.
  • Choose your opportunity
    Take your pick among hundreds of jobs available in communities across the nation.
Potential Employers
  • Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs)
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Private Practices
  • Community Outpatient Facilities
  • Correctional Facilities
  • American Indian Health Facilities
  • State or Local Health Departments
  • Rural Health Clinics (certified) (RHCs)
  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
  • School Based Clinics
  • Substance Use Disorder Facility

3,2,1 iRelaunch

iRelaunch is all about getting professionals back to work after a career break. They work with employers to create, implement and expand career reentry programs of all kinds, produce the largest and longest running dedicated career reentry event in the country – the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference, and have a fast-growing national community of over 56,000 relaunchers in all stages of returning to work. iRelaunch Chair and Co-founder Carol Fishman Cohen’s TED talk “How to get back to work after a career break” has viewed nearly 1.7 million times and translated into 29 languages.

Check out their award-winning podcast featuring advice, strategies and success stories on returning to work after a career break on iTunes: 3, 2, 1 iRelaunch

Sample podcasts include:

  • How to Ace the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Question and Set Yourself Apart
  • Know Your Value: Comeback Careers
  • After a Career Break: Secrets to Re-entering the Workforce
  • Ace the Job Interview as a Relauncher
  • A Deeper Dive into Interviews – Answering the Toughest Questions


Fellowship Spotlight and Informational Webinar: 2019 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program | Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2019 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program 
(Application open at Noon EST, Tuesday, October 9, and close at Noon EST, Monday, October 22)

Want to make a difference through public service?

Since 1977, the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities. This rigorous, two-year paid fellowship includes challenging assignments, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. To become a PMF, you must participate in an rigorous, multi-step process, which includes an application, on-line assessment, and finalist selection. Finalists appointed as PMFs are hired by Federal Agencies and engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in areas such as public administration, engineering, technology, science, criminal justice, health, privacy, cybersecurity, and financial management, to name a few.

Recent graduates who completed an advanced degree two years prior to the application opening date and current graduate students who will complete their MSW by August 31, 2019 are eligible to apply.

For more information, register for the upcoming in-house informational webinar on Wednesday, October 10. Also, go to

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