Jeffrey Draine, PhD’95

  • Professor and Chair, Temple University School of Social Work

“Like most social workers, I pursued an MSW degree with the idea that I could use it to make a difference regarding issues I cared about. I discovered in my first post-MSW job that this might be possible with research focused on pragmatic answers to the health challenges faced by people in jails and prisons. The Penn social welfare Ph.D. provided me a chance to further hone my skills to do that. I had a world class university as a base to think through my ambitions. I had at my disposal an engaged faculty to connect me to resources to make things happen. Many times I hear colleagues struggle with a choice of whether to be a researcher or an activist. While at Penn, I figured that out: Why must I choose?”

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Dakota Becker MSW

Student Life

MSW Student Selected for Yale Child Study Center Fellowship

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TJ Ghose

Faculty & Research, Global Engagement

Toorjo Ghose Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to India

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Dr. Toorjo...

Soumya Mittal

Student Life

MSSP Student Applies Data and Advocacy Skills to Child Education Development

Soumya Mittal, a student in the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy...

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...

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