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Welcome to the School of Social Work 

Ruth Anne Van Loon - Director 

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I want to welcome you to the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work (SSW), now in its 37th year as a professional school delivering the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students accepted into the SSW are members of a widespread community that has a long-standing commitment to health, social justice, and the empowerment of individuals and families, through our excellence in education, research, and practice.

As students in the SSW, you have the advantage of an interdisciplinary education which you can apply to your hands-on experience during field placements within over 200 agencies in the Greater Cincinnati area. Students in the BSW and MSW programs also have opportunities to become involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including Bearcat Social Workers (undergraduate), the Association of Black Social Workers, the Social Work Graduate Student Association, NAMI on Campus, and more.

I hope to meet each of you as the year progresses and wish you good luck throughout your time at UC. 


​Ruth Anne Van Loon, PhD, MSW, LISW, ACSW
Associate Professor and Director

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Looking Back on a Career in Communication Sciences

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When Phyllis Breen, assistant adjunct professor in the Department ofCommunication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) in the University of Cincinnati (UC)College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) retires on Aug. 31, 2017, it willbring to a close a career in speech language pathology (SLP) that spans morethan 50 years.For Breen, her passion for helping others communicate started when she wasa student at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma in the mid-1960s. All theundergraduate students at Phillips received a speech and hearing screening,which intrigued her and she says that's when something clicked."I became interested in the different domains of communication disorders,"Breen says.That interest led her to what is now the Hearing Speech and Deaf Center inCincinnati after Procter & Gamble transferred her husband, Phil, to theQueen City in 1970. While working there she got to know Nancy... Read Story

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