Dr. Julia Hastings, assistant professor in both the School of Public Health and School of Social Welfare at the University and co-director of the research and education training core in the University’s Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, was inducted into the 2017 class of SSWR Fellows at the society’s annual conference on Jan. 14 in New Orleans, LA.
The designation honors SSWR members who have forged, disseminated and translated research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy, promotes a diverse, equitable and just society, and furthers the 1,300-member organization as a scientific society. SSWR fellows are to serve as role models and mentors for individuals pursuing careers in social work research and to continue to actively advance the mission of the society.
Dr. Hasting’s research interests cover health and mental health disparities among ethnic minority populations, African-American mental health, welfare participation dynamics, and ethnic minority women’s health issues. Her projects, which have included directing research studies on diabetes and depression service utilization among African Americans, focus on the relationships between race, mental health outcomes, health conditions, risk and protective factors and poverty.