This program is not available for credit.
Drs. Jodi Frey and Jay Unick, senior researchers and faculty at the UMSSW, will talk about a new initiative for the School, the Behavioral Health and Well-Being Lab (BHWell Lab). They will provide examples of how the Lab is working to fulfill its mission to develop, implement and disseminate collaborative research, training and education, through fostering equity by advancing behavioral health and promoting well-being among individuals, families, and communities within and around, Baltimore, the State of Maryland, and globally. The presenters will provide examples of Lab-affiliated research projects housed within the SSW that are working in partnership with the local and national community. Participants will learn about cutting edge research involving adults and emerging adults in the field of behavioral health and have opportunities to ask questions and think about their own practice, teaching and research that might link with the work of the Lab.
** No CEs
Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey is an Associate Professor at The University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Dr. Frey chairs the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) sub-specialization and the Financial Social Work Initiative. Her MSW and PhD degrees were earned from the University of Maryland. Dr. Frey’s research focuses on workplace behavioral health, including the impact of employee health and wellbeing on productivity and safety. She studies the effectiveness of employee assistance, work/life, and financial capability programs for working families and has dedicated a significant portion of her research agenda to the prevention of suicide and crisis response in the workplace. Dr. Frey has published over 35 articles in journals including the American Journal of Addictions, Social Work, Journal of Career Development, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Journal of Social Work Education, Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, Research on Social Work Practice, and Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Dr. Frey regularly presents her research at national and international professional conferences. She is also the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health.
Jay Unick is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, since 2009. Currently, Dr. Unick is involved with the evaluation of the Baltimore Child and Adolescent Crisis Response System (BCARS) emergency diversion project and consulting on reforms for the State of Maryland crisis system with The Institute. Some current projects include validating the State of Maryland’s Mental Health Outcomes Measurement Survey, developing measures for understanding recovery from mental illness and the organizational characteristics of mental health agencies, developing post-acute psychiatric care discharge interventions, and evaluating child and adolescent child emergency room diversion interventions. Jay’s current research agenda focuses on understanding how mental health policy and social factors interact with individual’s mental health service utilization and how differences across these systems and policies affect racial and ethnic disparities in mental health service use. From 2007 to 2009 he was a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Jay received his MSW in 2002 and his PhD in 2006 from the University of California, Berkeley.
Regina Salliey Cooper is the founding principal of R. Salliey Philanthropic Advisors, whose mission is to make life better for others through philanthropy. She is also co-creator of Black Girls Global Exchange, a global ambassador program for middle and high school girls. Prior to diving into the world of social entrepreneurship, Regina worked as a Program Associate in the Center for Community and Economic Opportunity at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. In this role, she lead the Foundation’s financial coaching work designed to help people improve their financial capability, and also co-managed the Youth Family Economic Success portfolio to improve pathways to opportunity (specifically postsecondary success) for youth, ages 16-24, who are disconnected from school and work. Before Annie E. Casey Foundation, she oversaw food & nutrition, victim services, fatherhood, and homeless & transitional services programs at the Maryland Department of Human Resources.
Regina holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work, where she currently serves as Adjunct Faculty. She sits on several Boards of Directors, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A Baltimore native, Regina is one of four daughters, and a proud wife and mother.
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