Congratulations to TIDR Co-Director Dr. Matthew J. Smith who was recently named the next Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the UM School of Social Work! “The U-M School of Social Work faculty are working tirelessly to change lives through advancing research and policy. I’m excited to build on the invaluable efforts by Professor Rogério Pinto and look forward to supporting faculty in their effort to obtain research funding along with collaborating with faculty to inform exciting new initiatives,” Dr. Matthew J Smith noted. He is committed to supporting faculty research that advances equity, social justice, and social change! Check out the Level of Up Lab and their Twitter to learn more about Dr. Matthew J Smith’s portfolio of active, federally-funded research focused on improving employment outcomes for autistic young adults, adults with severe and persistent mental illness, and returning citizens. His role as the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation will begin January 2024.