Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, dean and professor of the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW), has been honored by the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) with its 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award.
Barth was recognized for decades of outstanding contributions. His "cumulative career accomplishments have set him apart from other leaders in social work research regarding the extent to which his contributions have advanced the state of the art of social work research and its utilization," according to SSWR.
Barth has authored more than 180 peer-reviewed research papers and 13 books. His research articles have been cited more than 1,700 times, among the highest citation rates in social work. Before becoming dean of the School of Social Work, he held chaired professorships at the University of North Carolina and the University of California, Berkeley.
As a leader in children's services research, Barth has served as principal investigator for more than 40 studies and was co-principal investigator for the first examination of the nation's child welfare system that used a nationally representative sample. Congressionally mandated, the "National Study of Child and Adolescent Well-Being" was an important generator of research on the processes and outcomes of our response to child abuse and neglect and related services such as parent training, foster care and adoption.
Judged by the SSWR board, the award has a $1,000 cash prize that Barth will donate to the "Dean's Innovation Fund" to support faculty innovation in research, teaching, and service.
The award was presented at the SSWR annual conference held in January.
In his remarks, Barth recognized faculty, colleagues and students from whom he had learned and who, he said, continued to inspire him. "I am so deeply touched by this honor because it comes from my peers-social workers dedicated to the advancement of the profession and society through research," he said.
The Society for Social Work and Research also selected assistant professor Nalini Negi, PhD, MSW, as the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award for "Protective and Risk Factors for Well-being Among Latino Day Laborers."
A letter to Negi says that SSWR "recognizes the significance of the problem addressed in your research, the rigor of the analysis, and its contribution to knowledge in social work and social welfare. The Society conveys the award with the expectation that you will continue to pursue excellence in research and knowledge development in social work."