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Welcome to TATE Talks!

Tate Talks are inspired by John A. Tate, Jr., whose name the building that houses the UNC School of Social Work bears. As he was called by his friends, “Jack” was dedicated to thinking BIG. A banker by trade, he constantly sought new perspectives on social and health problems. At times audacious and always passionate, he was an articulate advocate for social change. He was effective as a public speaker, a fundraiser, and a backroom politician.

Tate Talks are designed to feature emerging ideas and concepts in social work and social welfare. Speakers are selected because they are on the cutting edge in their fields and are pressing the boundaries of knowledge through their scholarship and research.



Upcoming and Past Tate Talks


The Effects of Pre-primary Education on Child Asthma: Data from Japan and the U.S.

The Effects of Pre-primary Education on Child Asthma: Data from Japan and the U.S.

A Presentation by Rie Masuda, MPH, PhD candidate with Paul Lanier, PhD, as a host and moderator Thursday, February 20, 2020 12 pm–1:30 pm, Room 300, UNC School of Social Work | Directions Lunch will be provided. Bring your own … Continued

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Moral Distress Among Child Protection Workers

A Presentation by Maija Mänttäri-van der Kuip, Postdoctoral Researcher (DSocSci) Thursday, December 5, 2019 Social workers in child protection services function in a highly demanding context. Chronic haste, excessive case overload and a lack of qualified personnel are part of … Continued

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Building Community Capacity to Address Complex Problems Using Community-Based System Dynamics

A Presentation by Jill Kuhlberg, PhD, MSW Friday, October 25, 2019 Dr. Kuhlberg’s talk will describe community-based system dynamics and discuss how it has been used to support communities working to address complex problems, and reflect on the challenges and … Continued

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Military Transitions and Veteran Health and Wellbeing

A Presentation by Carl Castro, PhD Thursday, September 26, 2019 Click here to view the presentation slides. Dr. Castro will be presenting his latest work focused on a new theory on moral injury and will also give a comprehensive overview … Continued

Self-efficacy Among Parents of Adolescents: Over-time Changes and Links to Parenting Practices and Adolescents’ Behavior image.

Self-efficacy Among Parents of Adolescents: Over-time Changes and Links to Parenting Practices and Adolescents’ Behavior

A Presentation by Terese Glatz, PhD Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Click here to view the presentation slides. Dr. Glatz’s presentation will focus on parents’ self-efficacy (PSE) among parents of children and adolescents. PSE is defined as parents’ beliefs in their … Continued

Criminology & Public Health: An Overlooked Intersection

Criminology & Public Health: An Overlooked Intersection

A Presentation by Faye S. Taxman, PhD; Amy Murphy, MPP; Jennifer Lerch, MA; and Douglas Routh, PhD Wednesday, January 30, 2019 The ACE! team from George Mason University will discuss the challenges faced by the criminal justice system to meet … Continued

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Bullying, School Violence, and Climate in Evolving Contexts

A Presentation by Ron Avi Astor, PhD and Rami Benbenishty, PhD Thursday, November 29, 2018 The authors will present the theoretical model developed in their new book, entitled, “Bullying, School Violence, and Climate in Evolving Contexts.” They will present the … Continued

Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Achieve Population Health Goals: Applying SMART Research Designs with Adaptive Interventions image.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Achieve Population Health Goals: Applying SMART Research Designs with Adaptive Interventions

A Presentation by Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Interventions to address health-related social needs have shown promise for improving health and reducing healthcare costs in pilot studies, but it is unclear how to apply them at … Continued

A Computational Social Science Perspective on Qualitative Data Exploration: Using Topic Models for the Descriptive Analysis of Text image.

A Computational Social Science Perspective on Qualitative Data Exploration: Using Topic Models for the Descriptive Analysis of Text

A Presentation by Maria Y. Rodriguez, MSW, PhD Monday, April 23, 2018 Comparing qualitative and quantitative analysis methods for data exploration, this presentation describes and demonstrates the topic modeling approach for text analysis. Using a sample of tweets with the … Continued

The “Practice Doctorate” Degree: Implications for Social Work Education, Research and Practice image.

The “Practice Doctorate” Degree: Implications for Social Work Education, Research and Practice

A Presentation by Jo Ann R. Coe Regan, PhD, MSW Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Click here to view the presentation handouts. Click here to view the presentation slides. There have been many groups and activities examining the role of the … Continued

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The Role of the Propensity Score in Observational Studies with Complex Data Structures

A Presentation by Fabrizia Mealli, PhD Monday, May 22, 2017 Click here to view the presentation slides. Propensity score methods have proven to be exceptionally useful and straightforward tools for identifying a treatment effect when assignment to treatment is not … Continued

Cross-Cultural Bias in Clinical Assessment: Using New Metrics to Address Thorny Problems in Practice and Research image.

Cross-Cultural Bias in Clinical Assessment: Using New Metrics to Address Thorny Problems in Practice and Research

A Presentation by Michael Canute Lambert, PhD Monday, October 31, 2016 Click here to view the presentation slides. Social Work practice and research require assessment procedures that reduce and preferably remove bias across diverse (e.g., gender, cultural) groups. This task … Continued

Supporting the use of evidence to improve child and family outcomes: The role of context and stakeholders in implementation science image.

Supporting the use of evidence to improve child and family outcomes: The role of context and stakeholders in implementation science

A Presentation by Allison Metz, PhD Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Click here to view the presentation slides. Allison will discuss the potential of implementation science in supporting the use of evidence in practice. She will emphasize the importance of context … Continued

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Ensuring Healthy Youth Development: The Power of Prevention

A Presentation by Jeff Jenson, PhD Thursday, April 14, 2016 Click here to view the presentation slides. Behavioral health problems among children and youth exact a heavy individual, social, and economic toll in the United States. Strong evidence from the … Continued

Foster Care: Why Independent Living Is Getting It All Wrong and How We Can Get It Right image.

Foster Care: Why Independent Living Is Getting It All Wrong and How We Can Get It Right

A Presentation by Johanna Greeson, PhD Thursday, April 7, 2016 Click here to view the presentation slides. Each year roughly one in ten youth exiting foster care does so without a legally binding, permanent connection with a caring adult, and … Continued

Evidence and Evidence Use: Whose Business Is It, Anyway?

Evidence and Evidence Use: Whose Business Is It, Anyway?

A Presentation by Kirsten Kainz, PhD Monday, February 8, 2016 Click here to view the presentation slides. Kirsten Kainz will discuss the evidence-based policy and practice movement, exploring issues related to types of evidence and uses of evidence, asking challenging … Continued

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Racial Orders and Statistical Methodology

A Presentation by Mosi Ifatunji, PhD Monday, October 19, 2015 One of the most common practices in the social and professional sciences is the under theorization of race in multivariate statistical models. This practice results in findings that are, at … Continued

Is the Swedish Universal Access Model for Addiction Treatment an Alternative to the US Model: A Longitudinal Registry Study image.

Is the Swedish Universal Access Model for Addiction Treatment an Alternative to the US Model: A Longitudinal Registry Study

A Presentation by Lena Lundgren, PhD Monday, October 5, 2015 Click here to view the presentation slides. Experiences from other nations can assist U.S. policy makers as they consider health care reform and the treatment of substance use. Unlike the … Continued

Nurturing mindfulness in children and their caregivers: Advancing the science and practice of awareness and caring image.

Nurturing mindfulness in children and their caregivers: Advancing the science and practice of awareness and caring

A Presentation by Mark Greenberg, PhD Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Click here to view the presentation slides. Benefits attributed to mindfulness practices have rapidly increased clinical interest in using these techniques with teachers, parents, and youth. Can contemplative practices deepen … Continued

Poverty in Shanghai: Emerging Social Work Solutions

A Presentation by Meihua Zhu, PhD Monday, April 6, 2015 Click here to view the presentation slides. China has now experienced several decades of rapid economic development following the “reform and opening” that began in 1978. Yet, poverty, both urban … Continued

Everyday Matters: Understanding how daily parent-child interactions may be linked to youth health

Everyday Matters: Understanding how daily parent-child interactions may be linked to youth health

A Presentation by Melissa Lippold, PhD Monday, February 23, 2015 Parent-child relationships are not stagnant–rather they ebb and flow, changing from day to day. Most studies on parenting use global reports, which capture overall perceptions of parenting, but miss the … Continued

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The Social Enterprise State: A Storm Is Rising

A Presentation by Gary Nelson, DSW UNC School of Social Work Monday, January 26, 2015 Click here to view the presentation slides. We are on the verge of a revolution, a democratic awakening and transformation of our state and social … Continued

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Pearls of Wisdom in Causal Analysis: The Directed Acyclic Graph

A Presentation by Roderick Rose, PhD UNC School of Social Work Monday, November 24, 2014 Click here to view the presentation slides. The directed acyclic graph (DAG) is a tool for causal inference developed by Judea Pearl. DAGs have the … Continued

Images at Work: How Images can Help Us Think and Act Differently.

Images at Work: How Images can Help Us Think and Act Differently.

A Presentation by Mimi Chapman, Associate Professor UNC School of Social Work Monday, October 27, 2014 Images shape how we think and behave in powerful ways. Indeed, media culture saturates us in “visual interventions” designed to change our choices and … Continued

Understanding Big Data Analytics for Research

Understanding Big Data Analytics for Research

Data science is the systematic study of digital data using scientific techniques of observation, theory development, systematic analysis, hypothesis testing, and rigorous validation.


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