Sonia Minnes Appointed Chair of Doctoral Program

Sonia Minnes, PhD, Associate Professor has been appointed the new chair of the Mandel School’s doctoral program effective January 1, 2018.

“As a member of the Doctoral Program Executive Committee for over four years, Dr. Minnes has been intimately engaged with the program, and I am impressed with her vision for it,” said Dean Grover C. Gilmore in announcing the new appointment.

Dr. Minnes holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and a doctorate in social welfare from the Mandel School. She joined the Case Western Reserve University faculty as an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine in 2004. Her research interests are in the study of child development and the multiple factors that affect cognitive and mental health outcomes.

Dr. Minnes is the lead investigator of Project Newborn, a longitudinal study that began at Case Western Reserve in 1994 to examine negative health outcomes of babies born during the nationwide crack cocaine epidemic. In 2017, she received the Patricia Rodier Mid-Career Award in Research and Mentoring from The Teratology Society.

As chair of the doctoral program, Dr. Minnes is succeeding David E. Biegel, PhD, the Henry L. Zucker Professor in Social Work Practice. In his announcement of the transition, Dean Gilmore thanked Dr. Biegel for his excellent leadership of the program, including the implementation of a number of important curriculum changes and a boost in the number and diversity of the applicants.

Founded in 1952 as one of the first doctoral programs in social welfare in America, the PhD program at the Mandel School is designed to develop leaders in social work research, policy, and teaching. It is a cornerstone of the school, offering doctoral students the unrivaled opportunity to engage with world-renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, and a creative curriculum – all within a supportive environment committed to student success.

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