Outstanding Alumna Award

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Dr. Ruth G. McRoy has been selected as the 2006-2007 Outstanding Alumna by The University of Texas at Austin (UT) Graduate School.  Dr. McRoy received her Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at UT Austin in 1981 and was awarded an Outstanding Dissertation Award for her research, The Self Concept and Racial Identity of Transracially and Inracially Adopted Adolescents. She will be honored at the annual Graduate School/University Co-op awards banquet in Spring 2007.

Hired as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work after receiving her degree, Dr. McRoy was promoted to full Professor in 1990, becoming the first holder of the prestigious Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professorship in Services to Families and Children.  Additionally, Dr. McRoy has served as Director of the Center for Social Work Research, as the first Director of the Diversity Institute and as Associate Dean for the School of Social Work.

Internationally recognized as an leader in the area of adoption and foster care, Dr. McRoy has collaborated on over 50 research projects and has authored or co-authored over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters and eight books.  Her contributions to the field address both practical and policy issues that impact low income, minority children and families.

She is the recipient of the 2006 Society of Social Work and Research National Distinguished Achievement Award, in addition to numerous other achievement and teaching awards.

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