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Spotlight on Dean Karen M. Sowers

Karen Sowers, dean of the College of Social Work was recently named the recipient of Mental Health America’s 2016 George Goodman and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award. The award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the care and treatment of people with mental illnesses. Sowers will be presented with the award at Mental Health America’s national conference in Alexandria, Virginia, in June.


Sowers co-founded the journal Best Practices in Mental Health. Introducing the inaugural issue in 2005, Sowers wrote, “Mental illness, behavioral disturbances, and mental well-being are critical problems across the globe.” That effort as well as her work in academia, including opening opportunities within the college for studying trauma, integrated health, and neurophysiology laid the groundwork for this recognition.


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