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Anna Maria Santiago named director of new PhD program in social work
Anna Maria Santiago, of Detroit and Grand Rapids, is the director of the new doctoral-degree program in Wayne State University's School of Social Work. The doctor of philosophy program in social work is Michigan’s only PhD program focusing solely on applied research to advance social work practice and social welfare policy in urban settings. The first students will begin classes in fall 2006.
Santiago, a professor in the School of Social Work, holds a PhD in urban social institutions from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with concentrations in research methodology, and race, class, ethnicity and gender. The former Catholic Social Services social worker also holds a graduate degree in pastoral ministry with a concentration in counseling. She brings a wealth of teaching and research experience to the position.
Santiago came to Wayne State in 1997 as an associate professor and director of research for the School of Social Work, after working as an associate research scientist and director of research at the University of Michigan. She has held other teaching positions at Indiana University, Michigan State University; Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ; the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon, Santurce, Puerto Rico; and the Universidad de Puerto Rico en Mayaguez.
Her research focuses on social capital formation and asset building in low- income Latino and African-American families; neighborhood effects on child and youth development; the impacts of federal housing and antipoverty programs on minority communities in the United States; residential segregation in US metropolitan areas; barriers to service utilization in communities of color; and clergy/faith communites’ responses to victims of family violence. Currently, Santiago is a co-principal investigator with George C. Galster, Clarence Hilberry Professor of Urban Affairs, Department of Geography and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She and Galster are heading a longitudinal study funded by the Ford and MacArthur Foundations, assessing the impact of asset building programs offered to foster self-sufficiency and improve the lives of public housing residents and their children. Recently, Galster and Santiago initiated a new study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development examining how neighborhoods affect the developmental outcomes of low-income minority children.
“Dr. Santiago will build on the school’s 60-year history as a national leader in producing highly competent practitioners and innovative models in social work practice and social work education,” said Phyllis I. Vroom, dean, School of Social Work. “She will lead our PhD program, which will integrate theory and practice to produce changes for the greater good based on scholarly evidence. The program will contribute significantly to our mission to further the well-being of diverse, poor, vulnerable and oppressed individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations.”
The new program is among only 78 doctoral-degree programs in social work worldwide; of that total, 67 programs are in the United States, Vroom said.
For further information on the PhD program, call (313) 577-4419, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.socialwork.wayne.edu.