Community Matters – 2018



During my very first visit to the University of Utah, I was struck by the tremendous volume of community-based work happening at this Research I institution. It is a critical element of social work education and scholarship and continues to be one of the University’s great strengths. The U’s President Ruth Watkins is fond of saying that this is the University for Utah—a clever turn of phrase that perfectly captures one of the prized institutional values I’ve observed since first setting foot on-campus.

— Martell Teasley, PhD, MSW
Dean & Professor


The College Experience in Recovery

“We have a mission here at the U not just of educating students, but providing an environment committed to the health and well-being of our students.” Read More…


Partners in Dialogue

“It’s easy to avoid this dialogue, but by engaging in this process, we are trying to model the behavior we’d love to see replicated in our communities.” Read More…


Sunshine Celebration: A Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors fills the gaps between public and private services for older adults, while providing supervised field training for social work students. Read More…


Engaging the Community to Build Student Support

The new leadership sat down with students and community stakeholders to ask, “What are we going to do, together?” Read More…




‘All Pain Is In The Brain.’ Can Opioid Use Be Avoided?
Associate Dean for Research Eric Garland, on KUER 90.1 FM

Mindfulness 101
Dr. Eric Garland and Prof. Trinh Mai, in Continuum magazine

Young Women Trafficked for Sex Need a Sanctuary, Salt Lake City Advocates Say
PhD Student Allison O’Connor in The Salt Lake Tribune

Integrating Refugees into the Community
Dr. Caren Frost, director of CRMRI, on KCPW 88.3 FM

A Formerly Suicidal Salt Lake City Firefighter Got Help – and Now He’s Urging Other First Responders to Consider Therapy
Prof. Rich Landward in The Salt Lake Tribune




New CAB Chair: Sarah Jane Dunn

MSW alumna Sarah Jane Dunn was recently named the new chair of the College of Social Work’s Community Advisory Board.  “We are grateful for her service in this new role and excited for the leadership and expertise she brings with her,” said Dean Martell Teasley.


Last Updated: 8/27/18