SSW Faculty Presents Symposium at SSWR 2020















SSW resident faculty members Benjamin Capistrant, Sc.D., Hannah Karpman, M.S.W., Ph.D. and Maria Torres, Ph.D., LMHC will be presenting their research at the 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. The symposium, ‘Leveraging Secondary Data to Answer Complex Social Work Questions: Caregivers in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)’ will be presented on Friday, January 17, 2020. 

Background and Purpose: Significant resources contribute to the development and collection of large longitudinal public health data sets. Such data is important to understand the prevalence and risk of disease as well as identify risk factors associated with negative health outcomes. As a result, they are largely defined and examined by the fields of public health and medicine. Yet, questions related to social identity, social context, and social policies embedded within these data remain largely overlooked. As social work researchers, we are uniquely qualified and positioned to address complex and unanswered questions using these existing resources. This symposium highlights data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), whose optional questions on caregiving were asked across 46 states between 2015-2017. Using this large population-based dataset, we sought to extend the rich social work evidence base on the experience and impact of family caregiving.

For more information on this symposium, click here.