School of Social Work

Brandon Thomas standing outside with a colorful background of the surroundings -- greenery, signs, buildings, flowers -- blurred in the background

Addressing the Stigma: Pitt Student Hopes to Create Positive Change in Mental Health Care

Emergency room professionals often see patients with mental health issues. School of Social work senior Brandon Thomas has developed a training module to address stigma and bias among medical professionals toward these patients. His research is showing some promising early results.
Mary Beth Rautkis wearing blue PItt sweatshirt, photographed with donated bags of pet food at an area food bank

Social Work Researcher Makes Connection Between Pet Ownership and Wellness

A team led by Pitt’s Mary Beth Rauktis surveyed area food banks and found that patrons with pets had fewer food security issues than those without, though some pet owners also cut down on their own meals to feed their furry friends.