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Student Life, Alumni Stories

SP2 Mentor Collective Connects Students with Supportive Alums

Navigating the student experience at a rigorous Ivy League institution like Penn – and planning for what comes next—comes with...

SaraKay Smullens

Alumni Stories

SP2 Alumna Receives Society for Social Work Leadership’s 2021 Kermit B. Nash Award

SaraKay Smullens, a 1965 alumna of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy &...

Loran Grishow-Schade

Alumni Stories

SP2 Alum Honored for Ongoing Gender Identity Research, Work

For years, Loran Grishow-Schade, MSW ’20, MSSP ’21, has proven to be a prolific leader and fully-immersed pioneer in work...

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Alumni Stories

Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Trust and Communication are Key

Currently, Johnna Marcus, MSW ’15, LICSW, works at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Division of Addiction Psychiatry in Boston. There,...

Ashley Kenneth, MSSP

Alumni Stories

MSSP Alumna Named President of The Commonwealth Institute

As Ashley Kenneth explains, “I have always been passionate about social change and a strong advocate for justice”—and her notable...

Scott Giacommuci

Alumni Stories

DSW Alum Publishes First Book on Social Work, Sociometry, and Psychodrama Intersection

As Scott Giacomucci explains, psychodrama—a form of group psychotherapy rooted in aspects of theater, psychology, sociology, and mysticism— has, in...

Amy Castro Baker speaking at a cash transfer informational session

Faculty & Research, Student Life, Alumni Stories

Guaranteed Income Increases Employment, Improves Financial and Physical Health

Results released on March 3, 2021 from the first year of the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) show guaranteed income...

Sherisse Laud-Hammond

Alumni Stories

MSW Alumna Reflects on Transformative Year as Penn Women’s Center Director

In January 2019, Sherisse Laud-Hammond was named the new director of the Penn Women’s Center, a position in which she...

Image of Alicia Chatterjee

Student Life, Alumni Stories

PSCSW Awards for Clinical Excellence Recognizes PhD Student

Alicia Chatterjee, PhD candidate and MSW graduate at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), recently won a Pennsylvania Society...