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Gino Aisenberg, Social Work, Is Graduate School’s First Leadership Professor

The UW Graduate School proudly announces that Dr. Gino Aisenberg, from the School of Social Work, will be the inaugural Graduate School Leadership Professor in 2012-13. As Leadership Professor, Dr. Aisenberg will assist with the Graduate School's outreach efforts in support of diversity, help design and develop additional diversity-related initiatives, and will join the Graduate School's Executive Staff.

Gino Aisenberg

 The Graduate School Leadership Professorship is a year-long assignment through which a UW faculty member joins the Graduate School staff, providing support and advice about our diversity mission.

"We are fortunate to have Gino join us as our first Leadership Professor," said Jerry Baldasty, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School. "He has a wonderful set of experiences and insight that will benefit the Graduate School and the UW. He has been so active in diversity in his own research and service; we look forward to working closely with him."

Dr. Aisenberg, an associate professor at the School of Social Work, is a bilingual/bicultural Latino mental health researcher. His interests focus on three interrelated areas: 1) traumatic exposure of children and families to community violence, including effects at the individual, family and neighborhood levels, 2) depression care for adults, and 3) evidence-based practice.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Aisenberg will be the inaugural Graduate School Leadership Professor,” said Edwina Uehara, dean of the School of Social Work. “Gino is a highly distinguished scholar and teacher whose commitment to student success is unparalleled.  He has worked tirelessly to support and mentor graduate students, particularly those from historically under-served populations. I am delighted that the Graduate School has created this position, and I know Gino will be fantastic in this new role.”

Born and raised in South-Central Los Angeles, Dr. Aisenberg has extensive clinical experience as a practitioner in the areas of child abuse and community violence experienced by African-American and Latino children and families. Also, he possesses a wealth of experience addressing grief and loss and has specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy for low-income individuals suffering depression. Dr. Aisenberg has worked in schools, hospitals and community-based organizations.  

Dr. Aisenberg was the principal investigator of a NIMH study to pilot test a socioculturally adapted manualized telephone based CBT depression intervention among rural Latinos in partnership with the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Most recently, he was the principal investigator of the NIMH-funded pilot study, Idaho Partnership for Hispanic Mental Health, which examined the mental health concerns, needs, and barriers of Hispanic residents and local providers.

Since coming to the UW in 2002, Dr. Aisenberg’s teaching, research and scholarship have been deeply informed by culture and context. They emanate from a staunch commitment to marginalized and diverse populations—to promote inclusion of their voices and to address disparities in the access and utilization of behavioral health services. Dr. Aisenberg remains steadfastly engaged in important partnerships with community-based agencies serving marginalized and rural communities. 

In 2009, Dr. Aisenberg received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award for his excellence in teaching, as well as his exemplary commitment to mentoring students, particularly ethnic minority students. In 2006, he received the UW Office of Minority Affairs Diversity Award for Community Building.

Dr. Aisenberg will begin his appointment as the inaugural Graduate School Leadership Professor on Sept. 16, 2012.