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Dr. Azadeh Block

Education

  • B.A. Clinical Psychology and Child Development: Tufts University
  • MSW: University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D. Social Work: University of Pittsburgh

Biography

Dr. Azadeh Masalehdan Block is a native of Western Pennsylvania; she was born in New Castle and resides in Pittsburgh. Dr. Block has extensive experience in psychiatric and social services research program research and administration. She has worked on projects that have focused on the treatment and etiology of eating disorders, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and major depression as well as treatment programs in structural family therapy at the New England Medical Center and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Her current research with Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh focuses on program evaluation of the peer support group model for the resettlement of refugees and the experience of newer immigrants to southwestern Pennsylvania.

Dr. Block completed her two years of post-MSW clinical training as an outpatient therapist at Family Services of Western Pennsylvania. She has presented her research at international venues such as the Council on Social Work Education and International Association of Social Work with Groups, as well as at the local levels at the National Association of Social Worker chapter conferences in both Ohio and Pennsylvania; additionally she is an alumnus of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program. Dr. Block previously taught at Youngstown State University, the University of Pittsburgh and Slippery Rock University.

Dr. Block and her husband, Dr. Ethan Block, have three sons, Jonah, Samuel and Benjamin.

Research Interests

Cultural diversity in social work education, cultural diversity in social work services, undergraduate curriculum evaluation and adolescent mental health treatment.

Publications and Presentations

Block, A.M., Rossi, A.N., Allen, C.D., Alschuler, M.L. & Wilson, V.B. (2016) Assessing cultural competence in a BSW student population, Social Work Education, 35, 1-16.

Block, A.M., Aizenman, L., & Golin, J. (2016, October) Groupwork for Recent Immigrants & Refugees. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, National Association of Social Workers-Pennsylvania Chapter, October 6, 2016, King of Prussia, PA.

Block, A.M., Aizenman, L., & Golin, J. (2016, June) Peer Support Group Model for Recent Immigrants and Refugees. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, International Association of Social Work with Groups, June 16, 2016, New York, NY.

Block, A.M. & Rossi, A.N. (2014, November) Assessing Cultural Competence in a BSW Student Population. Workshop Presented at the Annual Meeting, National Association of Social Workers- Ohio Chapter, November 21, 2014, Columbus, OH.

Block, A.M., Rossi, A.N. & Wilson, V.  (2014, October) Assessing Cultural Competence in a BSW Student Population. Paper Presented at the 60th Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 23-26, 2014, Tampa, Fla. 

Block, A.M. (2013, November) “Minding the Gap”: Adolescent Development and Outpatient Mental Health Treatment. Poster Presented at the Annual Meeting, National Association of Social Workers- Ohio Chapter, November 22, 2013, Columbus, OH.

Block, A.M., Gjesfjeld, C., Greeno, C. (2013). Adolescent perspectives of outpatient mental health treatment. Best Practices in Mental Health, 9, 22-38.

Block, A.M. & Greeno, C. (2011). Examining outpatient treatment dropout in adolescents: A literature review. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 28, 393-420. 

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Social Work

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Social Work

Contact Information

Email:
block@calu.edu

Phone:
724-938-4289

Office:
Azorsky Hall 204B

Quotable

“I love teaching undergraduates; they are hungry for knowledge and theory and for understanding how social work interventions will make a difference in the life of a client”

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