Samantha Wolfe-Taylor, Ph.D. Candidate, MSW, LCSW, CTMH has been chosen for the Social Work Health Futures Fellowship, a national learning collaborative that engages scholars and leaders in health-related social work thinking and practice.
Wolfe-Taylor was selected along with 25 other individuals for the 18-month fellowship, made possible by a partnership between Portland State University and the Social Work Health Futures Lab in Oregon, and supported by IUSSW’s Dean Davis and Associate Dean Wahler. Fellows collaborate on projects aimed at advancing social work practice through future thinking and technology.
“The fellowship will provide me with a full-spectrum thinking educational space for me to work with other futurist social workers in developing research projects and technology innovations for campuses or health organizations that seek to improve and positively change mental health services and care for the communities we serve,” Wolfe-Taylor said.
As Associate Director of the Office of e-Social Work Education and Practice, Wolfe-Taylor contributes to online course development and design, e-social work practice initiatives, and developing cost-effective e-simulations for education and training. She plans to use her role as a Social Work Health Futures Fellow to innovate in these areas and support student success.
Wolfe-Taylor also anticipates that the fellowship will help her work on two community projects to create cost-effective education on telebehavioral health practices for healthcare practitioners, to develop new tech tools to eliminate barriers to mental health treatment and to research the significance of digital connectedness on the mental health of Indiana residents during a pandemic. “Through this fellowship, I hope to see this education and these projects paying it forward to the social work students and community I serve,” Wolfe-Taylor said.