Lydia Ogden

Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • School of Social Work

About Me

Lydia Ogden is an Assistant Professor at Simmons School of Social Work. She teaches widely across the social work curriculum, including Advanced Clinical Practice, Assessment and Diagnosis, and HBSE, among other courses. Dr. Ogden is a licensed clinical social worker whose practice experience includes working in a day treatment program for older adults with serious mental illness, inpatient psychiatry, and housing. Dr. Ogden’s research involves using qualitative research methods to understand social phenomena that surround mental health and social work practice challenges. Recent projects have ranged from collecting and analyzing life histories of older adults with schizophrenia-spectrum diagnoses, to using focus groups to understand barriers and facilitators to the implementation of an evidence-based substance use intervention called “SBIRT” (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment). From 2012-2016, as a co-principal on a SAMHSA grant to integrate SBIRT into the social work core curriculum and practice, Dr. Ogden also helped lead the development and implementation of trainings for faculty, field instructors, and students. Currently Dr. Ogden is examining how principles of positive psychology might be applied to therapeutic work with older adults who carry diagnoses of schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. Her recently published articles appear in American Journal of OrthopsychiatryQualitative Health ResearchJournal of Social Work EducationJournal of Social Service ResearchJournal of Social Work in Disability and RehabilitationQualitative Social WorkSocial Work in Health Care, and Journal of Aging Studies.

Dr. Ogden presents papers regularly at national and international conferences, most recently on such topics as disability and social work education, narratives of aging with schizophrenia, and SBIRT. She serves as co-chair for the Council on Social Work Education’s Council on Disability and Persons with Disability. As a doctoral student, she was honored to be awarded a Hartford Doctoral Fellowship from the John A. Hartford Foundation. As a practitioner, researcher, and scholar, her passion lies with understanding the stories and potential of persons with serious mental illnesses.

What I Teach

  • Advanced Clinical Practice 
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Research/Creative Activities

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Publications

Selected Publications

McAllister, C., Neely-Barnes, S., and Ogden, L. (in press). Assessment of integration of disability content into social work education. Target Journal: Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation. Accepted 6/25/17.

Ogden, L. P. (2017). “To fill the emptiness:” Work in life history narratives of older adults with schizophrenia-spectrum diagnoses. Qualitative Social Work. Published online on 1/31/2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325016688368

Senreich E., Ogden, L.P. and Greenberg, J. (2017). A post-graduation follow-up of social work students trained in “SBIRT:” Rates of usage and perceptions of effectiveness. Social Work in Health Care56(5), 412-434. DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2017.1290010

Senreich E., Ogden, L.P. and Greenberg, J. (2017). The effect of instituting an “SBIRT” training project on social work student attitudes and knowledge about working with substance using clients. Journal of Social Work Education.

Ogden, L. P., Vinjamuri, M., and Kahn, J. (2016). Translating “SBIRT” into social work practice: An empirically-based model. Journal of Social Service Research42(4), 425-441.

Ogden, L.P. (2016). Teaching note: Fostering practice self-efficacy: An exercise to promote student self-efficacy and evidence-based practice. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work21(1), 23-31.

Ogden, L.P. (2014). Interpersonal relationship narratives of older adults with schizophrenia-spectrum diagnoses. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry84(6), 674-684.

Ogden, L.P. (2014). “My life as it is has value”: Narrating schizophrenia in later years. Qualitative Health Research, 24(10), 1342-1355.

Ogden, L.P. (2014). “Waiting to go home”: Narratives of homelessness, housing and home among older adults with schizophrenia. Journal of Aging Studies, 29, 53-65.

Selected Presentations

McAllister, C., Neely-Barnes, S., and Ogden, L. (2016). Assessment of integration of disability content into social work education. The 62nd Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. November, 2016. Atlanta, GA.

Ogden, L., Vinjamuri, M., and Kahn, J. (2015). Using “SBIRT”: How students approach evidence-based material and assimilate it into practice. The 61st Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. October, 2015. Denver, CO.

McGovern, J., Ogden, L., and Kolb, P. (2015). Brave new world: Cultural humility in the context of global aging. The 61st Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. October, 2015. Denver, CO.

Ogden, L. (2015). Understanding and addressing interpersonal relationship needs among older adults with schizophrenia. The 2015 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. January 2015. New Orleans, LA.

Ogden, L. and Senreich, E. (2014). Disseminating screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for substance use harm reduction in the Bronx: Evaluation outcomes after one year. The 142nd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition. November, 2014. New Orleans, LA.

Ogden, L. and Senreich, E. (2014). Teaching “SBIRT:” An evidence-based approach to working with substance using clients. The 60th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. October, 2014. Tampa, FL.

Senreich, E. and Ogden, L. (2014). Using motivational interviewing to enhance clinical effectiveness when performing brief interventions with substance using clients. The 46th Annual National Association of Social Workers NYC Chapter Addictions Institute. June, 2014. New York, NY.

Ogden, L. (2013). “Waiting to go home:” Older adults with schizophrenia narrate their housing challenges. The 59th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. November, 2013. Dallas, TX.

Ogden, L. (2013). “My life as it is Has value:” Narrating schizophrenia in later life.

The 2013 International Conference on Narrative. June, 2013. Manchester, England.