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Dr. Jodi Frey Named Associate Dean for Research

April 28, 2022    |  

Professor Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP will become the school’s new Associate Dean for Research (ADR) beginning July 1.

Dr. Frey replaces Paul Sacco, PhD, MSW, who has served in the ADR role since 2017. Dr. Sacco made the decision earlier this year to focus all his attention on teaching and research. Paul has done an incredible job as our ADR these past five years and I thank him for his dedicated and impactful service to the school.

Currently, Dr. Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP, is a Full Professor with tenure at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Dr. Frey chairs the Social Work in the Workplace & Employee Assistance Sub-specialization (formerly EAP Sub-specialization) and the Financial Social Work Initiative. She is the Founder and Faculty Executive Director of the recently launched Behavioral Health and Well-Being Lab (BHWell Lab). Her MSW and PhD degrees were earned from the University of Maryland. She is also co-Chair of the University of Maryland Mental Health and Addiction Health Disparities Think Tank at the School of Medicine.

Dr. Frey’s research focuses on workplace behavioral health, including the impact of employee mental health and well-being, substance use and well-being on productivity and safety. She studies the effectiveness of employee assistance, work/life, and related programs for working-aged adults and families. She has dedicated a significant portion of her research and advocacy work to suicide prevention, mental health, substance use and recovery and the intersection with the workplace.

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