Students Present at State Association of Social Workers Meeting

Left to right, Alex Casertano, Brittany Acevedo-Corona, Travis Walls, Marangely Diaz-Ortiz and Jimarie Morales

Eastern Connecticut State University students in the Social Work program presented their research during the 34th annual conference of the National Association of Social Workers Connecticut Chapter, held in Cromwell, CT, on May 3.

This year, Eastern students captured second and fourth place in the student research poster session, competing successfully against entries that included Master of Social Work students from the University of Connecticut and Quinnipiac University.

The conference is the largest annual state conference for social work practitioners, policy makers, educators and other related professionals, who gather to share their research, knowledge, latest practices, policy ideas and more.

Pamela Chiang, assistant professor of social work, serves as the group’s faculty mentor and led the students in their research presentations. In their year-long, original research projects, students selected topics of interest, created proposals, designed surveys, collected and analyzed data, and presented their findings.   

Student presenters included Alex Casertano and Marena Dees, whose presentation “Followers & Streaks: Does Social Media Use Boost the Self-Esteem in College Students?” won second place; and Britney Acevedo-Corona, whose presentation “The Impact of Emotional Abuse in Dating on College Students’ Self-Esteem” took home fourth place. Jimarie Morales and Marangely Diaz presented “Why Don’t You Call? Barrier to Child Maltreatment Reporting in a Financially-Disadvantaged Town,” and Travis Walls, Logan Cash and Olivia Donnelly presented “Knowledge of Opioid Use and Treatment among Willimantic Residents.”

By Dwight Bachman