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The de la Parte Institute

" Morrison-Rodriguez Appointed Associate Dean of USF's Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute"

(Tampa, December 22, 1998)

Dr. Barbara Morrison-Rodriguez is joining the University of South Florida's Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute as its new Associate Dean, bringing with her nearly twenty years of experience in the mental health and social work fields.

As Associate Dean, Dr. Morrison-Rodriguez will help to form and implement a strategic plan for enhancing the Institute's role as a national and international leader in mental health services research. She will also be responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures for the research and educational administration of the Institute.

"I am delighted that Dr. Morrison-Rodriguez has agreed to accept this appointment," said David L. Shern, Dean of the de la Parte Institute. "Her background in both the public sector and academia will bring a depth and breadth of experience to this position that can only enrich the Institute's commitment to improving the well-being of Florida's citizens."

Dr. Morrison-Rodriguez comes to the Institute from the University of South Carolina where she was a Research Professor and Director of the Division for Families of the African Diaspora in the Institute for Families in Society. She also held an endowed chair from 1994 to 1997 at USC's College of Social Work where she focused on social welfare policy, social justice, and assistance to government, industry and the human service sector. She previously served as Associate Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health, and as Director for Long Term Care Program Development in the New York State Office for the Aging.

"I am honored to be joining the faculty of such a distinguished institute," added Dr. Morrison-Rodriguez. "My goal is to play a meaningful leadership role in setting a strategic direction for the de la Parte Institute's future. My work rests on the foundation built by the hard work of all of the Institute's employees." Dr. Morrison-Rodriguez earned her Doctor of Social Welfare and Masters of Science degrees from Columbia University, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University.