Edward Pecukonis MSW, PhD is an Associate Professor, and Director of Maternal and Child Health Training at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work. He has served as the PI and director of the University of Maryland Center for Maternal and Child Health Social Work Education since 2002.
Dr. Pecukonis has instructed students on the UMB campus for the past 29 years. He held a faculty appointment with in the University of Maryland School of Medicine from 1983-1997 where he taught within the Department of Psychiatry (1983-1986) and later in the Department of Family Medicine (1986-1997) where he coordinated behavioral science training for medical students and residents .
Dr Pecukonis is a licensed social worker and received his Master of Social Work degree from the Smith College School for Social Work, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, and his doctorate from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Dr. Pecukonis also holds a certificate in Clinical Psychology from the Shepard-Pratt school of Mental Health Studies, and participated in a one year course of study in strategic family therapy, at the Family Therapy Institute, Washington, DC .
Dr. Pecukonis is fellowship trained and a graduate of the Project Mainstream National Fellowship program which is a jointly funded by AMERSA, HRSA, C-STAT and SAMSA. This national interdisciplinary fellowship promotes substance abuse instruction across the professions of Social Work, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy.
Dr Pecukonis joined the full time faculty at the School of Social Work in 1997 and presently teaches courses in Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Maternal and Child Health and Social Work Practice. Dr. Pecukonis’s innovative teaching was honored in 1994 when he was awarded the Community Service Award by the President of the University and again in 2003 when he was honored with the University’s Martin Luther King Diversity Recognition Award. He was named Social Work Teacher of the year by the National Association of Social Workers in 2009. Dr. Pecukonis was recently appointed by President Jay Perman as co-chair of the campus IPE task force to promote Interprofessional education across the UMB campus.