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Three UGA faculty members among 100 most influential social work journal authors

Athens, Ga. – The British Journal of Social Work recently published a study “Influential Publications in Social Work Discourse: The 100 Most Highly Cited Articles in Disciplinary Journals: 2000-09,” which includes three University of Georgia School of Social Work faculty members. The study surveyed 79 international social work journals published during the past decade and identified the 100 most cited articles and their authors.

According to the article, the study’s results “…suggest that evidence-based practice/social work research plays a particularly important role in professional discourse.”
The list of UGA faculty members, their rankings, the article cited and their area of expertise include:

#6 Brian Bride – associate professor, director of the school’s Ph.D. program
Bride, B. E. (2007) “Prevalence of secondary traumatic stress among social workers,” Social Work, 52(1), pp. 63-70.
Bride’s teaching and research interests focus on mental health and substance abuse services for special populations, including women, older adults, persons living with HIV/AIDS, persons with co-occurring disorders and traumatized populations. He has a particular interest in studying secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue in human services professionals and is the developer of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale. Bride is a consulting editor for Health & Social Work and serves as editor of Traumatology.

#48 Betsy Vonk -professor and director of the school’s M.S.W program

Vonk, M. E. (2001) “Cultural competence for transracial adoptive parents,” Social Work, 46(3), pp. 246-55.
Vonk brings practical experience to her teaching and research in the School of Social Work. As a clinical social worker, she worked with children, adolescents and young adults for 16 years. Her current research interests in practice evaluation and transracial adoption grew out of her clinical practice experience, and she has published numerous articles in these areas. She teaches primarily in the area of clinical practice for the M.S.W. program.

#59 Margaret Robinson – associate professor and Brian Bride
(Also contributing to the article was Bonnie Yegidis, former dean of the school.)

Bride, B. E., Robinson, M. M., Yegidis, B. and Figley, C. R. (2004) “Development and validation of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale,” Research on Social Work Practice, 14(1), pp. 27-35.

Robinson focuses her teaching on social work practice/research, evaluation, family dynamics/practice and women’s issues. In addition, she concentrates her research on grandparent caregivers, intergenerational families and women’s issues.

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