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2019 Disability Manuscript Award

The CSWE Council on Disability and Persons With Disabilities (CDPD) is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Disability Manuscript Award recipients. The award recognizes scholarship that contributes to knowledge about disability; full participation of persons with disabilities; social, political, and economic issues related to disability and persons with disabilities; and social work education curriculum materials focused on disability and persons with disabilities.

2019 Award Recipients

The Sixth Annual Disability Manuscript Award goes to Lydia Ogden, PhD (Simmons School of Social Work), Anjali Fulambarker, PhD (Governors State University), and Christina Haggerty, MSW (Simmons College) due to their submission titled, “Race and Disability in Media Coverage of the Police Homicide of Eric Garner.”

Ogden_L-pic.jpgDr. Lydia Ogden is an assistant professor at Simmons University. She received her MSW and PhD from Columbia University. Her scholarship, service, and teaching are informed by social work practice experience with persons living with psychiatric diagnoses. Her dissertation collected and analyzed life history narratives of older adults living with schizophrenia diagnoses. Subsequently, Dr. Ogden has held leadership roles on several grant-funded research teams, including for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment initiative and, most recently, the Boston Children’s Hospital Community Health Initiative. Her research interests involve improving the mental health and wel-lbeing of all persons, focusing on those affected by disabilities. Dr. Ogden’s scholarship has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and books and presented at national and international conferences. She teaches courses across all levels of social work education.

Anjali.pngDr. Anjali Fulambarker is an assistant professor at Governors State University. The dual focus of her research is law enforcement responses to intimate partner violence and social justice and anti-oppressive work in social work education. Her work focusing on law enforcement response to intimate partner violence is aimed at understanding and improving experiences for people while imagining solutions outside the criminal legal system, particularly what social workers can do. Her work and research in the social work classroom focuses on tangible strategies faculty members can use to make the classroom a socially just “practice practice” space. Dr. Fulambarker completed her PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MSW at Washington University in St. Louis.

Christina Haggerty received her BA in political science and international affairs from Emmanuel College in 2010 and her MSW from Simmons University in 2018. At Simmons, she was granted a Social Work Dean’s Fellowship for the 2017–2018 academic year. Currently, she is a clinician at Bay Cove Human Services, working in the Treatment Center that addresses clients affected by addiction and the opioid crisis. She is committed to anti-oppressive social work practice and ongoing scholarship in that area.

2019 Honorable Mention Recipients

IMG_4360-silviya-nikolova-(1).jpgSilviya P. Nikolova, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria, and a former Fulbright scholar. Her research has focused on disability, social inequalities, and international development. Specifically, Dr. Nikolova uses comparative methodologies to better understand the socio-spatial and cultural factors that affect the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities. She is also an advocate for the right to independent living of people with disabilities living in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe.


Fabricio_Balcazar_Web-157x180-3.jpgFabricio E. Balcazar, PhD, is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His primary interest is in developing methods for enhancing and facilitating consumer empowerment and personal effectiveness among individuals with disabilities. Dr. Balcazar is the director of the Center on Capacity Building for Minorities With Disabilities Research, where he led an effort to promote culturally competent service provision for minorities with disabilities. Dr. Balcazar has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and published a co-edited book (with Suarez-Balcazar, Taylor-Ritzler, & Keys, 2009), Race, Culture and Disability: Rehabilitation Research and Practice. Dr. Balcazar is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and former president of Division 27 of the APA, Society for Community Research and Action.

Award Requirements

All CSWE members with oral presentations, interactive posters, or interactive workshops are invited to submit relevant scholarly papers for consideration. CDPD particularly encourages submission of manuscripts that do the following:

  • Are consistent with the CDPD mission
  • Use appropriate methodology
  • Include well-developed applications to social work practice or policy
  • Include clear implications for social work education
  • Demonstrate a significant affect on the disability field and persons with disabilities through publication or other means
  • Are innovative in overall concepts and purpose

At least one author of the paper must agree to attend the award presentation during the CDPD community meeting at the 2019 Annual Program Meeting in Denver, CO.