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Charles Glisson, who established the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center in the College of Social Work, has been inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

He is one of seventeen fellows nationwide selected to be part of the 2012 cohort.

The academy is a society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to advancing social good and achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through their work.

“We are proud of Dr. Glisson’s work and the wide-ranging impact it has on improving the lives of children and their families,” said Karen Sowers, dean of the College of Social Work. “The focus of our college has always been to better the lives of others, and Dr. Glisson’s work embodies that mission.”

Glisson, a Chancellor’s Professor and University Distinguished Professor, founded the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center in 1988 and currently serves as its director. The center has conducted studies throughout the United States focused on improving services to youngsters and families. These studies have addressed abuse, neglect, delinquency, substance abuse, mental health problems, and related issues.

The center’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and other public and private funders.

Glisson’s research focuses on how to remove bureaucratic barriers to treating children effectively. He has been principal investigator on multiple major research projects concerned with children’s services funded by the National Institutes of Health. He also has written numerous articles in major social work, mental health, and organizational research journals, and has made presentations throughout the country on the organizational context of social and mental health services.

To learn more about the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center, visit the website.

For more information about the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, visit the website.


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