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Community Matters 2021

Message from the Dean

Dean Martell Teasley giving a thumbs up after receiving his COVID vaccineFor all its difficulties, 2020 made it possible for us to engage with our community in new ways.  From QuaranTalks with Teasley to discussing social work’s Grand Challenges, my colleagues and I have enjoyed connecting with you, from our homes to yours.  We look forward to continuing to engage with you in the future, both online and in-person.  But for now, we invite you to read a bit about ways our students have been working with our different communities, near and far.

— Martell Teasley, PhD, MSW 
Dean & Professor

In the Community


Shared Scholarship

The Grand Challenge to Eliminate Racism

Dean Martell Teasley, in @theU

How Design Limits the Homeless from Camping,
Sleeping in Public Spaces in Salt Lake City

Associate Professor Sarah Canham, in The Salt Lake Tribune

Working with Addiction & Pain

Associate Dean for Research & Director of C-MIIND Eric Garland, on Mind & Life Podcast 

Social Work Health Futures Lab

Associate Professor Jaehee Yi, in @theU

Study Suggests Mindfulness Meditation Helps Cultivate
Self-Transcendence Through the Process of Decentering

Assistant Professor Adam Hanley, on PsyPost

Community Advisory Board Update

A screenshot of the Talking Telehealth panelistsIn April of 2020, as we were just learning to navigate our pandemic world, the Community Advisory Board welcomed Janet Spafford Wilson, clinical director of 4 Healing Center. She immediately joined fellow board members Tammer Attallah, Shawn McMillen, Clifton Uckerman, and Rebecca Mabe in the planning and launching of a College-supported, three-part webinar series called Talking Telehealth.  The group, along with their co-workers and several community partners, invited a dialogue around the tech/counseling issues so many were struggling with in early pandemic days. We were grateful to our speakers, panelists, and the many guests who attended.

If you have interest in serving on our CAB, please contact Lisa Himonas for information ( or 801-587-8387).

Join Us

In the state of Utah, there is an increasing rate of alcohol and drug use among adolescents and adults. Compounding this issue is a shortage of substance use disorder counselors throughout the state.  In an effort to combat these two issues, in collaboration with community-based agencies providing substance use disorder services to clients, the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Training Certificate (SUDTTC) Program at the University of Utah has spent more than 30 years preparing and training student-trainees for practice.

If your agency is interested in becoming a registered apprenticeship site and/or would like to have a SUDC/ASUDC apprentice at your agency, please feel free to contact us to further discuss this opportunity.

Last Updated: 4/14/21