Dr. Geoffrey L. Greif, Professor
Dr. Geoffrey Greif is Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work where he has worked since 1984. He was Associate Dean from 1996 to 2007. He received his MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD from the Columbia University School of Social Work. He is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and twelve books including three that are co-edited. These include: When Parents Kidnap (co-authored with Dr. Rebecca Hegar); Single Fathers; Beating the Odds: Raising academically successful African American males (written with Drs. Freeman Hrabowski and Ken Maton); Overcoming the Odds: Raising academically successful African American young women (written with Hrabowski, Maton, and Monica Greene); and Group work with populations at risk (co-edited with Dr. Paul Ephross). Buddy System: Understanding male friendships and Two Plus Two: Couples and their Couple Friendships (with Katherine Holtz Deal) were recently published. He and two close friends from college have reunited recently to play music in their popular college-era band, Kansas City Jammers. In 2001, he chaired Governor Parris Glendening’s Commission to study sexual orientation discrimination in Maryland. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs and his work has been cited in major news outlets. He is a member of various community-based boards, including WYPR, the Baltimore National Public Radio station, the Open Society Institute Leadership Council, and Shriver Hall Concert Series. He also served on the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland. His current research, teaching, and practice interests include child abduction, family therapy, parenting issues, and adult friendships. In 2007, he received the Educator of the Year award from the Maryland Chapter of NASW and he received the Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. He is the father of two and is married to Maureen Lefton-Greif, PhD, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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University of Maryland
Phone: (410) 706.3567
School of Social Work
Fax: (410) 706.6046
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
MSW, University of Pennsylvania
PhD, Columbia University
Expertise and Research Interests:
Board Member of WYPR, the Baltimore NPR radio station
|Open Society Leadership Council|
|Kansas City Jammers|
|Shriver Hall Concert Series|
Honors and Awards:
|University of Maryland Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award for 2009-2010|
|Educator of the Year, Maryland Chapter, NASW 2007|
|Student Government Association Exemplary Faculty Member, UMB SSW 2005|
Who's Who in America, 2006
Who's Who Among America's Teachers (8th Edition), 2006.
|Greif, G. L. (2010). Family reunification after a lengthy abduction (pp. 1-52). Alexandria, VA: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.|
|Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships (OUP), 2009|
Group Work with Populations at Risk (co-edited), (OUP), 2011
Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women (co-authored) Oxford University Press (OUP), 2002
Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males (co-authored), (OUP), 1997
Out of Touch: When Parents and Children lose Contact after Divorce, (OUP), 1997
When Parents Kidnap (co-author), Free Press, 1993
The Daddy Track and the Single Father, Lexington Books, 1990.
Mothers Without Custody (co-author), Lexington, 1988
Single Fathers, Lexington, 1985
|Greif, G. L., Hrabowski, F. I., & Maton, K. I. (2000). African-American mothers of academically successful sons: Familial influences and implications for social work. Children in Schools (formerly Social Work in Education), 22, 232-245.|
Arenas, M. & Greif, G. L. (2000). Issues of fatherhood and recovery for VA substance abuse patients. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 32, 339-341.
Greif, G. L. (2000). “A parental report on long-term consequences for children of abduction by the other parent.” Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 31, 59-78.
Cook, D., Bond, A. M., Jones, P., & Greif, G. L. (2002). The Social Work Community Outreach Service: A new model for collaboration with the community. Journal of Community Practice, 10, 17-32.
Parrish, M., Greif, G. L., & Cole, M. (2002). Working with families following urban violence. Family Therapy, 29, 169-181.
Greif, G. L. (2003). Debate with Authors: In response to Michael Ungar’s ‘A deeper, more social ecological social work practice. Social Service Review, 77, 306-308.
Greif, G. L. (2003). “Treatment implications for adults who were parentally abducted when young.” Family Therapy, 30, 151-165.
Greif, G. L. & McClellan, D. (2003). Being heard on sexual orientation: An analysis of
testimonies at public hearings on an anti-discrimination bill. Journal of Human Behavior and Social Environment, 8(2/3), 15-27.
McClellan, D. & Greif, G. L. (2004). Organizing to amend anti-discrimination statutes. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 16(3/4), 55-68.
Riley, D. B., Greif, G. L., Caplan, D. L., & MacAulay, H. K. (2004). Common treatment approaches in working with families of runaway youths. American Journal of Family Therapy, 32, 139-153.
Greif, G. L. (2004). When a social worker becomes a voluntary commissioner and calls on the Code of Ethics. Social Work, 49, 277-280.
Greif, J. L. & Greif, G. L. (2004). Including fathers in school psychology literature: A review of four school psychology journals. Psychology in the Schools, 41, 575-580.
Greif, G. L. (2004). Are U.S. social work journals international enough? Social Work, 49, 514-516.
Loy, E., Machen, L., Beaulieu, M., & Greif, G. L. (2005). Common themes in clinical work with women who are domestically violent. American Journal of Family Therapy, 33, 33-44.
Cornelius, L. J. & Greif, G. L. (2005). “Schools of social work and the nature of their foreign collaborations.” International Social Work, 48, 823-833.
Greif, G. L. (2006). “Male friendships: Implications from research for family therapy.” Family Therapy, 33, 1-15.
Dubowitz, H., Lane, W, Greif, G. L., Lamb, M.E., & Jensen, T. (2006). “Low income African American fathers’ involvement in children’s live: Implications for practitioners. Journal of Family Social Work, 10, 25-41.
Greif, G. L. & Bowers, D. T. (2007). “Unresolved loss: Issues in working with adults whose sibling Was kidnapped years ago.” American Journal of Family Therapy, 35, 203-219.
Greif, G. L., Finney, C., Greene-Joyner, R., Minor, S., & Stitt, S. (2007). “Fathers who are court-mandated to attend parenting education groups at a child abuse prevention agency: Implications for family therapy. Family Therapy, 34, 13-26.
“Miller, S. E., Hopkins, K., & Greif, G. L. (2008). Dual degree social work programs: Where are the programs and where are the graduates?” Advances in Social Work, 9, 29-43.
Greif, G. L. (2009). The long-term aftermath of child abduction: Two case studies and implications for family therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy. 37, 273-286.
Greif, G. L. (2009). Understanding older men and their male friendships: A comparison of African American and White men. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52, 618-632.
Greif, G. L. (2011). One dozen considerations when working with men in substance abuse groups. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.
|"Dual Degree Social Work Programs: Where are the Programs and Where are the Graduates?" Advances in Social Work, vol. 9(1), 2008. Co-authored with Drs. Shari Miller and Karen Hopkins.|
|African American Single Mothers Raising Sons," 2009, Journal of Family Social Work|
|Bright, C. L., Osborne, V. A., & Greif, G. L. (2011). One dozen considerations when working with women in substance abuse groups. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 43(1), 64-68.|