The board of the American Academy for Social Work and Social Welfare has announced its list of 2011 inductees into the organization; among this select group is UCLA Social Welfare professor and chair Robert Schilling. In his research, Rob Schilling seeks to develop, adapt, and test sociobehavioral interventions designed to ameliorate social problems of low income populations. The bulk of Schilling's research is focused on substance abuse and HIV transmission, and his studies have been conducted in sites as disparate a small soup kitchen, street outreach programs, sexually transmitted disease clinics, emergency departments, and primary care, detoxification and methadone clinics. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and private foundations.
Quoting Richard Barth, PhD, president of the AASWSW Board, "As President of the Board of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare is more than delighted to welcome eleven new and very distinguished fellows to the Academy. This lifts the number of Fellows to forty, in all.
In this exceptional entering class—the first to have undergone the strict selection procedures created by the Academy Board and Nominations Committee, last year—are scholars with experience leading more than 200 research studies with local, state, or federal funding from scores of government agencies and private foundations. These new Fellows have consulted all across the country and globe. They bring extraordinary capacity to assist the Academy with the tasks that lie ahead: continuing to nominate and elect new members to the Academy, but more significantly, to shape the Academy’s agenda for advancing our role as a contributor to national debate on issues critical to social work and social welfare."
Schilling joins fellow Department of Social Welfare faculty member, Stuart Kirk—a scholar whose work focuses on the interplay of science, social values and professional politics in the creation and use of the official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)—who was inducted into the academy in 2010.