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A pioneer in social work


If you ever need a reminder of why you should be proud to be a Simmons student, just look to our own research legend, Emerita Professor Helen Reinherz, Sc.D. Dr. Reinherz was the director of the Simmons College Longitudinal Study from 1977 until July 1 of this year. Today she was honored for her 33 years of groundbreaking research.

Professor Reinherz spoke this morning to a small crowd of family, friends, and colleagues about the ups and downs she experienced throughout the years. You wouldn't believe that she could barely think of a negative experience - her attitude was 100% positive.

"So, I was thinking about lessons learned and true to my own overly optimistic nature, I could only think about the positive things I learned."

Since Professor Reinherz began a career in social work, her passions have been the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. The Longitudinal Study is one of the longest running community studies in the United States. Over the past 33 years, the study has followed a working class community group as they grew from five-year-old children entering kindergarten to adults starting their own lives and families.

The study has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters. Incredible, right? Results have been shared all over the world! Isn't it amazing to be part of a community that is producing such significant contributions to society?

After her morning discussion, Professor Reinherz was honored by her closest friends and colleagues. The dedication now lives on the fourth floor of the School of Social Work building. It chronicles Professor Reinherz's hard work and showcases how much she means to Simmons College and the social work profession. I just met her today, and I can already see the impact she has had here.

During the dedication, School of Social Work Dean Stefan Krug described the admiration he and his colleagues have for her.

"Helen, through your teaching, your research, your writing, and your mentoring, you have influenced not only many generations of social workers, but have also helped shape the profession. We are so grateful to you and proud to claim you as a friend and colleague."

Professor Reinherz, upon her retirement, passed on the Principle Investigator title to Dr. Angela Paradis, Sc.D.

"I couldn't think of anyone more suited and more experienced and more prepared in all aspects of the research tasks than Angela," she said.

If you haven't met Professor Reinherz - you should! She is a radiant woman who could not be more happy with the results the study has produced. Either way, make sure to check out the display on the fourth floor of the School of Social Work building!

Posted by Kellie Ryan
Category: Faculty Highlights
Topics: community, professors, research

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This page contains a single entry by Kellie Ryan published on September 16, 2010 1:39 PM.

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