Uma A. Segal, PhD. is Curators' Distinguished Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, USA. Her area of research and publication is immigrant and refugee integration in global perspective. She is an external collaborator at the Universidade do Fernando do Pessoa, Porto, Portugal and is a visiting professor at the University of Tsukuba’s Faculty of Medicine, Tsukuba, Japan.
Dr. Segal has participated in research projects on cross-national comparisons of migration in Athens (Greece), Sofia (Bulgaria), and Tokyo (Japan). Her research has taken her to Brazil, India, Portugal, Russia, and the United Kingdom, and in the last 20 years, she has shared her expertise through conferences, initiatives, and seminars in several additional countries across all continents.
As a Fulbright Specialist on migration, Dr. Segal provided consultation to the Government of Portugal’s High Commission for Migration, and she has been an invited keynote speaker at international conferences in Scotland and Portugal, and for the World Health Organization in Kazakhstan, Sicily, and Turkey.
Uma has served as resident scholar on migration on the Advisory Board of the Katherine A. Kendall Institute (2007 - 2015), an international arm of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and was an elected member of CSWE's Board of Directors (2012 - 2015). In 2013, she completed a Fulbright Fellowship to develop a new school of social work in India focusing on global and rural social work, and she was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies (2004 to 2012), redirecting its mission toward an international, interdisciplinary focus, exploring all aspects of human migration.
In 2020, Uma's work was recognized through her appointment as a Board of Curators' Distinguished Professor as well as through the UM-System President’s Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement. She was also awarded the Council of Social Work Education's Promotion of International Education Award (2013) for her commitment to international social work education.
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