Minnes, Jacobson, and Lovell Receive Faculty Promotions

Headshots of Sonia Minnes, Debby Jacobson, and Rachel Lovell

Effective July 1, Sonia Minnes is promoted to Professor of Social Work, Deborah R. Jacobson is promoted to Assistant Professor Emeritus, and Rachel Lovell is appointed Research Assistant Professor.

Professor Sonia Minnes, PhD 1998, is chair of the Mandel School's doctoral program and leads Project Newborn, a 20-year study of prenatal drug exposure and its impact on child development. In 2017, she received The Teratology Society's Mid-Career Award in Research and Mentoring, in recognition of her successful independent research in neurobehavioral development, as well as her commitment to mentorship of students, postdoctoral fellows, and young investigators. Dr. Minnes holds bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology and a doctorate in social welfare from the Mandel School.

Assistant Professor Emeritus Deborah R. Jacobson, PhD, has been on the faculty of the Mandel School for 26 years. From 2007 to 2015, she was director of international travel/study educational programs and, under her leadership, the school took 700 participants to 13 countries across four continents. In addition, Dr. Jacobson taught many foundation social work courses. She retires on June 30, 2019.

Research Assistant Professor Rachel Lovell, PhD, joined the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education in 2012 as a Senior Research Associate. She has been the primary driving force behind the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative research team and is an internationally recognized expert on the subject. This past fall, Dr. Lovell testified before Congress to offer evidence-based policy recommendations aimed at improving justice for women and girls.