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Helen Reinherz

After graduating from Simmons College School of Social Work, Helen Reinherz worked as a case worker at the Family Service Bureau of Newton, MA. Her next position was in Child Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital and as a supervisor of students from Simmons College School of Social Work. Upon leaving that position, she began her career as a researcher with an NIMH grant supervising Harvard students who were volunteering at Metropolitan State Hospital.

Since 1965, she has been a member of the Faculty at Simmons College School of Social where she has been a Professor in the Research Department. From 1993 — 1996 she was Director of the Doctoral Program. Her affiliation with Simmons continues as she continues with her research projects. Her studies have focused on preschool children and adolescents. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator, "Simmons Longitudinal Study: Adaptation and Development Across the Lifespan" {NIMH grant}

A Charter Member of the NASW, Helen has been an active member of the Massachusetts Chapter, and served as the Chairperson of the Research Council.. For twelve years she was a member of the Continuing Education Commission of the NASW.

Helen received the Award for Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice from the Massachusetts’s chapter NASW in 1982. She received numerous Awards from the Simmons Alumni Association for writing in mental health and problems of children and youth. In 1996, she received their Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 1998, she was the recipient of the first research writing award of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research and the Society for Social Work and Research for the paper "Traumas and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in a Community Population of Older Adolescents" in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry depicting the result of a 20 year study funded by NIMH.

In 2005, the Society for Social Work Research, gave her the Distinguished Achievement Award. Also in 2005, she received the NASW Presidential Award for Excellence in Social Work Research. This award "recognized her for her extensive body of research in mental health". It further stated: "Since 1976, Reinherz has followed a group of community residents from kindergarten to adulthood, examining both risk and protective factors for depression, substance abuse, eating disorders and resilience. This Simmons Longitudinal Study, funded by the NIMH, has resulted in more than 60 articles and chapters in books. Most recently, Reinherz and her colleagues published their findings o child and adolescent risks for depression, resilience and impairments in adulthood from adolescent depression and substance disorders".

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