The melting pot that is America can make for unique challenges for social workers crossing cultural divides in their work to assist people and familiesbut a West Virginia University professor of social work has written a new book that she hopes will make that passage easier.

Cross-Cultural Practice: Social Work withDiverse Populationsis the title of Dr. Karen Harper-Dortons newest book. This latest offering is actually a second edition update, the Division of Social Work professor said.

She co-authored the first edition of the book 10 years ago with her colleague, the late Dr. Jim Lantz, and that version was used as a textbook by 50 colleges and universities across the country.

Harper-Dorton hopes for the same response with this one, she said.

It is my hope that this book will contribute to better serve vulnerable and oppressed populations,she said.

Harper-Dortons two other books areWorking With Families and Children,which was written in 1999, and the 2002-pennedWorking With Families, Adolescents, and Children.Those works are added to the more than 90 articles she has authored.

She has also garnered some $6 million in grants for research, training, and demonstration projects over her career, all in the areas of child welfare, mental health, and rural and urban poverty.

Harper-Dorton holds a masters degree in social work from WVU and a doctorate from Ohio State University. She also directed Ohio States Masters of Social Work Program, and chaired the Social Work Department at Saginaw Valley State College.

She earned several teaching awards at Ohio State, including the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Award for Outstanding Service. She was also named as a Faculty Honoree Sphinx and Mortar Board.

The state of West Virginia has bestowed her with its Community Action Partner Award, and she also earnedBest Selling Authorfrom Lyceum Books, a leading textbook publisher for social work professionals.

WVU s Division of Social Work is part of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.