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Monday, September 24, 2012

Community Lost: The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina is still teaching lessons seven years after it struck the Gulf Coast.

The hurricane upended the lives of thousands of New Orleans residents. It forced people from their homes and neighborhoods and the city where families had lived for generations.

In one of the most extensive examinations of the aftermath of the hurricane, a team of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin tracked a group of hurricane survivors evacuated to Austin and their experiences with service organizations from
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Friday, February 10, 2012

The power of the Internet over depression

Choi_NamkeemugNamkee Choi, professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, is helping older homebound adults deal with depression with the Internet, a laptop and face-to-face communication. Yes, there is an app for that.

Monday, January 30, 2012

After decrease, meth use rising again

Use of methamphetamines is on the rise nationally after a decrease a few years ago, according to university researchers.

Use of meth dropped significantly in 2007 and 2008 after laws limiting the availability of pseudoephedrine went into effect made it much harder to obtain key ingredients.

Jane Maxwell, a senior research scientist in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, is concerned that programs to help people addicted to methamphetamines continues.

Jane Maxwell, a senior research scientist in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, is concerned that programs to help people addicted to methamphetamines continues.

However, indicators of meth use – reported
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Getting Started: Grandmother’s example sets social work direction

Namkee Choi credits her grandmother for her career as a social work professor and for her focus on older adults.

Choi, a professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, grew up in a South Korean village in the years after the Korean War combat ended.

Namkee Choi, professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.

Namkee Choi, professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.

“We saw a lot of poverty,” she says, “especially in the wintertime. Peasants would run
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Will this therapy work in correctional facilities?

Molly Lopez, a researcher in the School of Social Work, will test whether a therapy for traumatized youth will work in a correctional setting.

Molly Lopez, a researcher in the School of Social Work, will test whether a therapy for traumatized youth will work in a correctional setting.

A researcher in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $697,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine whether an effective behavior therapy can be used in correctional facilities for young people.

Molly Lopez, a research scientist at the Center for Social Work Research, will conduct a pilot
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