Society for Social Work and Research


Past Event

Society for Social Work and Research

January 12, 2022 - January 16, 2022
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Washington, DC (and virtual, in part)

Update: Some of the events have been cancelled due to the Omicron variant of COVID, as noted below.

The Columbia School of Social Work as well as several SIG staff, faculty, students, and affiliates will be presenting at the 26th Annual Society for Social Work Conference from January 12th - 16th. The 2022 conference theme/title is "For Racial, Social, and Political Justice." Read more about each presentation.

SIG Presentations

Friday, January 14, 2022

** Cancelled due to COVID **

Developing and Implementing Measures to Address Ethical Issues in Community-Based Multi-City HIV Prevention Research with Sexual and Gender Diverse Persons in Kazakhstan  

Presenting Author: Yong Gun (YG) Lee, MSW

Note: UNI Project consultant Jeremy Sugarman is a co-author.

Saturday, January 15, 2022: 9:45 AM-11:15 AM

** Cancelled due to COVID **

Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Sexual and Gender Diverse Persons in Kazakhstan

Symposium organizer: UNI US Project Director Yong Gun (YG) Lee, MSW. Discussant: Alissa Davis, PhD


Presented by Elwin Wu, PhD: Impact of COVID-19 on HIV Testing and Treatment Among Sexual and Gender Diverse Persons in Kazakhstan: Who Is Most Affected? 

Presented by Gaukhar Mergenova, MD, MS: COVID-19 Pandemic Disruptions in Access to HIV Testing and Treatment Services and Mental Health of Sexual and Gender Diverse Persons in Kazakhstan

Presented by Emily Allen Paine, PhD: Compounding Vulnerabilities: Victimization and Discrimination Is Associated with COVID-19 Disruptions to HIV-Related Care Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men and Transgender and Nonbinary People Who Have Sex with Men in Kazakhstan

Presented by Yong Gun Lee, MSW: COVID-19 Disruptions in HIV-Related Services Are Associated with Diminished Intention to Engage in HIV Prevention Peer Outreach Among Sexual and Gender Diverse Persons in Kazakhstan                              

Sunday, January 16, 2022: 9:45 AM-11:15 AM

** Cancelled due to COVID **

Acknowledging and Addressing Racism and Oppressive Practices in Teaching and Epistemological Approaches in Research 

Featuring: SIG co-director Elwin Wu, PhD

Speakers/Presenters: Jane Palmer, PhD, American University, Tina Jiwatram-Negron, PhD, Arizona State University, Karen Kolivoski, PhD, MSW, Howard University, Darcey Merritt, PhD, New York University and Elwin Wu, PhD, Columbia University

“In this workshop, we will explicate the racist underpinnings of social work quantitative research methodologies, problematizing both how research design and subsequent analyses are undertaken, taught as gold standards, and interpreted in manners that have deleterious real world impact, particularly in clinical settings which are primarily designed based on quantitative findings.” Read more.

SIG affiliate presentations

Friday, January 14, 2022: 9:45 AM-11:15 AM

Research Roots & Wings Roundtable I: Mentorship that supports Anti-Racist and Inclusive Research

Featuring: SIG affiliate Carmela Alcántara, PhD

Saturday, January 15, 2022: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM

Invited Symposium II: Algorithms, Bias, and Fairness [presented in person and live streamed]

Featuring: SIG affiliate Desmond Patton, PhD, MSW

Sunday, January 16, 2022: 9:45 AM-11:15 AM

Social Work with/for Women Engaged in Sex Work

Featuring: SIG affiliate Susan Witte, PhD, LCSW, presenting on NOVA.

Oral paper presentation: “Can a Combination Microfinance and HIV Risk Reduction Intervention Reduce Partner Violence Among Women Engaged in Sex Work and Who Use Drugs?

Global Perspectives on LGBTQ+ Populations: Outcomes, Experiences and Interventions

Featuring: SIG affiliate Kelsey Reeder, LCSW, presenting on UNI.

Oral paper presentation: Remote Training for a Remotely Delivered HIV Preventive Intervention for Sexual and Gender Expansive Persons in Kazakhstan: Strategies and Lessons Learned.”