Bethany R. Lee, Associate Professor
|Dr. Bethany Lee is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She has been on the faculty since 2007. She received her MSW and PhD from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a student of J. Curtis McMillen (UM SSW PhD alumnus). |
Her research is centered on services for youth involved in the public systems of child welfare and/or mental health. She is also interested in advanced statistical methods. She has recently completed a project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to evaluate an effort to transition youth from group care settings to family care. She is also working on a project funded by the Center for Medicaid Services to identify common practice elements of engagement and placement prevention.
Dr. Lee teaches in both the MSW and Phd programs. For MSW students, she teaches a course on Research in Child Welfare and a course on the Common Elements of Child Mental Health Practice. In the doctoral program, Dr. Lee facilitates the second semester of Research Practicum.
Dr. Lee enjoys working with students and helping them see the value of research in social work practice. She serves as the coordinator of the Research Assistant Scholar program. This program pairs selected MSW students with faculty members to gain research experience.
As a West Baltimore resident, Dr. Lee is involved in community development and advocacy efforts in her neighborhood. She volunteers at Sandtown Habitat for Humanity and is an elected representative on the Baltimore City Western District Police Community Affairs Council.
University of Maryland
Phone: (410) 706.3809
School of Social Work
Fax: (410) 706.6046
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
MSW; PhD, Washington University
Expertise and Research Interests:
Children's Mental Health
Quality of Care
|Treatment Foster Care|
|Woodruff, K., Lee, B. (2011). Identifying and predicting problem behavior trajectories among pre-school children investigated for child abuse and neglect. Child Abuse and Neglect, 35, 491-503.|
|Lee, B. R., Bright, C. L., Svoboda, D., Fakunmoju, S., & Barth, R. P. (2011). Outcomes of group care for youth: A review of comparative studies. Research on Social Work Practice, 21, 177-189.|
|Lee, B. R., Chmelka, M. B., & Thompson, R. (2010). Does what happens in group care stay in group care? The relationship between problem behavior trajectories during care and post-placement functioning. Child & Family Social Work, 15 (3), 286-296.|
|McMillen, J., Lee, B., & Jonson-Reid, M. (2008). Outcomes for Youth Residential Treatment Programs Using Administrative Data from the Child Welfare System: A Risk-Adjustment Application. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 35(3), 189-197.|
Lee, B. R. & Thompson, R. (2008). Comparing outcomes for youth in treatment foster care and family-style group care. Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 746-757.
Lee, B. R. & McMillen, J. C. (2007). Measuring quality in residential treatment for children and youth. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 24 (1/2), 1-18.