University of Pittsburgh
October 29, 1998

NEW PITT SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK CENTER LINKS RESEARCH WITH REALITY

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Sharon Blake

412-624-4364

Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30 -- The opening of a new University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work research center will be marked by a symposium Monday, Nov. 2 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at Pitt's Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Schenley Drive, Oakland.

Featured speakers include Professors Wynne Korr and Carol Anderson, the center's co-directors, Arthur Levine, senior vice-chancellor for Health Sciences, Ann A. Hohmann from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Marc Cherna, director of Allegheny County's Department of Human Services.

One of only seven such centers in the country, the Center for Mental Health Services Research is designed to improve services for the mentally ill by providing social workers and other providers with information on what help is available for those who need it, whether clients are receiving treatment and how effective that treatment is. Using faculty investigators from throughout the university, the center will tackle mental health problems in the context of family and community. One current study is exploring how mentally ill children respond to psychiatric treatment if their mothers are suffering from untreated mental illness.

Pitt's School of Social Work is one of the oldest in the country with a master's program ranked 18th in the nation, according to the latest edition of U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools.

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