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Geoff Greif

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Dr. Geoffrey L. Greif, Professor

Geoff GreifDr. 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 Dr. 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.

Read Dr. Greif's Blog at Psychology Today

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.3567
Room: 3W01

Mailing Information:
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

MSW, University of Pennsylvania 
PhD, Columbia University

Expertise and Research Interests:
Family Therapy
Group Work
Child Abduction
Single Parents

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.

Recent Publications:
Greif, G. L. & Deal, K. H. (2012). (Eds). Two plus two: Couples and their couple friendships. Routledge
Greif, G. L. and Ephross, P. (2011) Group Work with Populations at Risk. Third Edition. Oxford University Press (OUP)

Greif, G. L. (2010). Family reunification after a lengthy abduction. Alexandria, VA: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Greif, G. L. (2009) Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships. OUP

Hrabowski, Maton, Greene, and Greif (2002) Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women. OUP

Hrabowski, Maton, and Greif (1997) Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males. OUP

Greif, G. L. (1997) Out of Touch: When Parents and Children lose Contact after Divorce. OUP

Greif and Hegar (1993) When Parents Kidnap. Free Press

Greif, G. L. (1990) The Daddy Track and the Single Father. Lexington Books

Greif, G. L. (1988) Mothers Without Custody. Lexington

Greif, G. L. (1985) Single Fathers. Lexington

Greif, G. L. (2012). Ambiguous reunification: A way for social workers to conceptualize the return of children after abduction and other separations.  Families in Society, 93, 204-211.

Greif, G. L. & Deal, K. H.  (2012).  The impact of divorce on couples and their couple friendships. The Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. 53, 421–435.

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. 

Greif, G. L., Jones, J. T., Worthy, J., White, E., Davis, W., & Pitchford, E.  (2011).  Working with urban, African-American fathers: The importance of service provision, joining, accountability,  the  father-child relationship and couples work.  Journal of Family Social Work, 14, 247-261.

Greif, G. L. (2009). One dozen considerations when working with men in substance abuse groups. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

Gantt, A. & Greif, G. L. (2009) African American Single Mothers Raising Sons," Journal of Family Social Work.

"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.

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. (2009). The long-term aftermath of child abduction: Two case studies and implications for family therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy. 37, 273-286.

“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., 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.

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.

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. (2006). “Male friendships: Implications from research for family therapy.” Family Therapy, 33, 1-15.

Cornelius, L. J. & Greif, G. L. (2005). “Schools of social work and the nature of their foreign collaborations.” International Social Work, 48, 823-833.

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.

Greif, G. L. (2004). Are U.S. social work journals international enough? Social Work, 49, 514-516.

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). When a social worker becomes a voluntary commissioner and calls on the Code of Ethics. Social Work, 49, 277-280.

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.

McClellan, D. & Greif, G. L. (2004). Organizing to amend anti-discrimination statutes. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 16(3/4), 55-68.

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.

Greif, G. L. (2003). “Treatment implications for adults who were parentally abducted when young.” Family Therapy, 30, 151-165.

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.

Parrish, M., Greif, G. L., & Cole, M. (2002). Working with families following urban violence. Family Therapy, 29, 169-181.

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.

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.

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., 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.