Mandel School’s Elizabeth Tracy named fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

Elizabeth TracyElizabeth M. Tracy, the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor Emerita in Social Work at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, was selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW).

In its eighth year, AASWSW is composed of 129 fellows from nearly 40 universities. Tracy is one of 21 scholars elected to the Class of 2019.

“I am deeply humbled to receive this honor,” Tracy said. “I decided on a social work career because I felt it would allow me to impact people as well as the environments that people experienced and confronted. I’ve been fortunate to do this in my career.”

Tracy’s work on social networks and social support has been applied to family preservation programs, youth residential settings, early intervention, community mental health case management and substance abuse treatment services for women. She serves as a co-lead for the Eradicate Social Isolation Grand Challenge and recently completed editing a nine-volume book series of Evidence-Based Practices with David Biegel, the Henry L. Zucker Professor of Social Work Practice at the Mandel School.

AASWSW fellowship recognition acknowledges outstanding contributions and stature in the field of social work scholarship, research and education.

Tracy joins the following Mandel School colleagues who have been inducted as fellows of AASWSW:

  • David Biegel (2013);
  • Claudia J. Coulton, the Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change and Distinguished University Professor (2009; AASWSW treasurer);
  • Dean Grover C. Gilmore, PhD (2017; honorary); and
  • Mark I. Singer, the Leonard W. Mayo Professor in Family and Child Welfare (2014).

Established in 2010, AASWSW’s mission is to encourage, recognize and celebrate outstanding research, scholarship and practice that contribute to a sustainable and equitable future. It also aims to influence social policy by serving as a source of information for the social work profession as well as Congress and other governmental and non-government entities. The induction ceremony for newly elected fellows will be held at the Society for Social Work and Research’s annual conference in San Francisco Friday, Jan. 18.