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Jerrold Brandell, distinguished professor and interim dean of the Wayne State University School of Social Work, earns several recognitions

Jerrold Brandell (MSSW, 1977) is distinguished professor and interim dean of the Wayne State University School of Social Work in Detroit. He has had a recognition-rich past 12 months that have included his receipt of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work’s first-ever Selma Fraiberg Award for Excellence in Practice with Children and Adolescents and Their Parents in March, his interim appointment as dean over the summer, and his receipt of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration’s Edith Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in October.

A practicing clinical social worker for nearly 40 years, Brandell completed his psychoanalytic training with the Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in 2002. He has drawn on his extensive experience as a child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in the publication of 13 books, as (founding) editor-in-chief of Psychoanalytic Social Work, and as an editorial board member of Clinical Social Work Journal and Bulletin of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council. Since joining the Wayne State School of Social Work faculty in 1992, Brandell has headed the development of the M.S.W. program’s psychodynamic track and the doctoral program’s concentration in clinical scholarship, provided administrative leadership in the roles of associate dean for faculty affairs and interim associate dean for academic affairs, and been awarded a distinguished professorship by the university’s president and the board of governors in 2008. He has been recognized as a distinguished practitioner by the National Academies of Practice.

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