Phyllis Solomon, a researcher and professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, received the Distinguished Career Achievement Award at the 18th Annual Society for Social Work and Research conference in January.
According to the school, Solomon has spent a lifetime dedicated to researching adults with severe mental illness and their families. As an expert in mental health service delivery issues and psychiatric rehabilitation, her research has highlighted the effectiveness of family interventions and peer-provided services, as well as the intersection of criminal justice and mental health services.
“Professor Phyllis Solomon has long been one of the leaders in the field of severe mental illness and mental health services,” said Richard J. Gelles, the dean of the school. “Her recognition by the Society for Social Work Research is a testimony to her exceptional scholarly contributions.”
An article posted on Penn News online says Solomon’s research into the treatment of people with severe psychiatric disorders was cutting-edge. As early as the 1980s, she was on to something innovative, it says. The idea was that people who shared similar disorders could help each other.
Solomon’s research is referenced more today than when it was originally published, the article says.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, Solomon studied the mental health needs of the homeless, as well as the intersection of criminal justice and mental health.
From the March 2014 NASW News.