Faculty Bios

At the University of Maryland School of Social Work, our faculty members are consistently ranked among the most active and productive social work scholars and researchers in the nation.

Not only are our faculty engaged in teaching, research, and practice, but they are also accessible and dedicated to meeting students' needs outside of the classroom.


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Haksoon Ahn

Haksoon Ahn, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Child Welfare and Family Welfare; Quality Assurance (QA) and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Child Welfare; Family-Centered Practice (FCP), Foster Parents; Welfare Policy, Poverty, Inequality, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Child Care; Economic Analysis, Administrative data; US Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Panel Data

Email: hahn@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-4704  | Room: 3W09


Richard P. Barth, Dean of the School of Social Work and Professor

Research Interests: He has directed more than 50 studies and perhaps, most significantly, served as Principal Investigator of Berkeley’s Child Welfare Research Center from 1990 to 1996 and as Co-Principal Investigator of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, the first national study of child welfare services in the US.

Email: rbarth@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-7794 | Room: 5E14A


John Belcher

John R. Belcher, Professor‌

Research Interests: Children, Youth, and Families; Community, Poverty, and Social Justice; Crime/Criminal Justice/Delinquency; Health; Homelessness; Housing; Management; Mental Health; Policy; Religion; Substance Abuse; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs; Violence

Email: jbelcher@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-3613 | Room: 3E11


Mel Bellin

Melissa Bellin, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Child and Family Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Disability; Developmental Disabilities; Family Centered Care; Interdisciplinary Collaboration; Social Work Practice in Health Care

Email: mbellin@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-4409 | Room: 3E43


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Aaron Betsinger, Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Juvenile Justice; Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System; Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices; Federal Criminal Sentencing



Email: abetsinger@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-4174 | Room: 3rd Floor


Lisa Berlin

Lisa Berlin, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Infant-Parent Attachment; Early Parenting; Prevention of Child Maltreatment; Home Visiting; Program Evaluation

Email: lberlin@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-6392 | Room: 3E29-D


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Tony Bonadio, Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Improving effectiveness and efficiency of mental health treatment for children, adolescents, and families in community, school, and primary care settings through the applied use of empirical data; comparative effectiveness research; program evaluation; community psychology; assessment and psychometrics; multivariate statistics and mixture modeling techniques.



Email: fbonadio@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: 410-706-4882

Charlotte Bright

Charlotte Bright, Associate Dean for Doctoral & Post-Doctoral Education

Research Interests: Gender and Juvenile Justice; Child Maltreatment; Interpersonal Trauma; Adolescent and Young Adult Development; Service Implementation; Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology

Email: cbright@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-3605 | Room: 511 LAW/SSW


Caroline Long Burry, Associate Professor & Chair of the Families and Children Specialization

Research Interests: Adoption; Foster Care; Evidence-Informed Practices in Child Welfare; Parental Incarceration; Prenatal Substance Exposure



Email: cburry@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-3509 | Room: 5E39


John Cagle

John Cagle, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Hospice and Palliative Care; Psychosocial Aspects of Pain and Pain Management; Caregiving at the End of Life; The Intersection of Aging, Health and Palliative Care; End-of-Life Care in Long Term Care Settings; The Economic Impact of End-of-Life Care on Families



Email: jcagle@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-6106 | Room: 3W13


Christine Callahan

Christine Callahan, Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Financial Social Work




Email: ccallahan@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-7051 | Room: 3W23


Franklin Chappell

Franklin Chappell, Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Field Education

Research Interests: Social Work Field Education, Health Issues, Loss and Grief



Email: fchappell@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-3600 | Room: 5E30


Amy Cohen-Callow

Amy Cohen-Callow, Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Volunteerism; Social Work/Non-profit Administration; Program Planning and Evaluation; Training; Aging



Email: acohen@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-1086 | Room: 3E29A


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Kathryn S. Collins, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Violence Exposure and Trauma Symptomatology; Mental Health and Disability Policies; Cognitive/Narrative Evidence Based Interventions in Social Work Education, Research and Practice; Feminist Pedagogy



Email: kcollins@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-0814 | Room: 3E29G


Sarah Dababnah

Sarah Dababnah, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Services and Support for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Sceening of Autism Spectrum Disorders; Early Intervention Services for Young; Children with or At Risk for Developmental Disabilities; Health-Related Issues of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their Caregivers; Evidence-based Practices; Disability and Mental Health Policy; Cross-Cultural Comparisons; Global Disability Issues; Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods


Email: sdababnah@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-8076 | Room: 5E39


Joan Davitt

Joan Davitt, Associate Professor and Chair of Aging Specialization

Research Interests: Aging; Home Care; Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Home Health Care




Email: jdavitt@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-5116 | Room: 3W11


Bruce DeForge

Bruce R. DeForge, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Medical Sociology – Social Psychological Aspects of Health, Health Attitudes/Beliefs, Health Status, Quality of Life, Social/Psychological Well-Being, Health Disparities; Health Literacy; Sociology of Mental Health (stigma); Social Psychology (attitudes and public opinion, self-concept); Homelessness; Mental Health Policy


Email: bdeforge@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-5612 | Room: 3E13


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Frederick A. DiBlasio, Professor

Research Interests: Clinical Use of Forgiveness; Clinical Practice Issues




Email: fdiblasio@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-7799 | Room: 5E43

Nancy Dickinson

Nancy S. Dickinson, Clinical Professor

Research Interests: Leadership in Child Welfare; Child Welfare Research; Child Welfare Education and Training



Email:ndickinson@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone:(410) 706-3740 | Room:546 LAW/SSW


Melissa Smith

Melissa Edmondson Smith, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Severe Mental Illness; African Americans with Schizophrenia; Ethnic Minorities with Schizophrenia; Mental Health Treatment Outcomes; Mental Health Services Research



Email: medmondson@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-5107 | Room: 3W15


Jill Farrell

Jill Farrell, Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Juvenile Justice; Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices; Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System; Program Evaluation; Using Data to Inform Policy; Workforce Development



Email: jfarrell@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-6693 | Room: 306 W.Redwood


Nadine Finigan

Nadine Finigan-Carr, Research Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the RYC

Research Interests: Public Health Social Work; Adolescent Risk Behaviors– sexual reproductive health, aggression and violence, substance use; ChildWelfare; Child Sex Trafficking; Parent Engagement



Email:nfinigan-carr@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone:(410) 706-7157 | Room:SSW/LAW 517

Pamela Clarkson Freeman

Pamela Clarkson Freeman, Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Program Evaluation and Quantitative Methods; Applied Statistics; Intervention Research with At-risk Youth and Families; Social Work Practice with Children; Trauma Focused CBT, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and Wrap-Around Services for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Email:pfreeman@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone:(410)-706-6349| Room:SSW/Law 509


Jodi Frey

Jodi Jacobson Frey, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs); Health and Productivity Management; Financial Capability and Economic Well-Being; Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention

Email: jfrey@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-3607 | Room: 3W08


Debbie Gioia

Deborah Gioia, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Schizophrenia and Vocational Identity; Evidence-Based Practice Adoption by Mental Health Practitioners; Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood; Veteran’s Mental Health; First Episode Psychosis

Email: dgioia@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-7765 | Room: 3W16


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Elizabeth Greeno, Research Associate Professor

Research Interests: Child Welfare; Trauma; Child Abuse & Neglect; Child Welfare; WorkforceMental Health

Email: egreeno@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-4259 | Room: 306 W.Redwood


Geoff Greif

Geoffrey L. Greif, Professor

Research Interests: Family Therapy; Group Work; Child Abduction; Single Parents; Friendships

Email: ggreif@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-3567 | Room: 3W01


Angela Henneberger

Angela K. Henneberger, Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Positive Youth Development; Peer Relationships; At-Risk Youth; Academic Development; Social Development; Causal Inference; Advanced Statistical Methods

Email: ahenneberger@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-6341 | Room: LAW/SSW COO6-B


Karen Hopkins

Karen Hopkins, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Organizational Learning, Capacity-building, and Development; Management Practices that Enhance Worker Well-Being and Performance; Workforce Development, Performance Management; Program Evaluation

Email: khopkins@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-1496 | Room: 3E29-C


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Angela Jachelski, Clinical Instructor and Coordinator for Macro Field Education

Research Interests: Social Work Field Education,  Evidenced Based Mental Health services for youth engaged in the Child Welfare system


Email:ajachelski@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone(410) 706-3363 | Room: 5E34

Kearley Brook

Brook Kearley, Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Criminal and Juvenile Justice Policy; Experimental Methods; Program evaluation with a focus on substance use and deliquency prevention and intervention programs.




Email: Brook.Kearley@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410)706-2382 | Room: 306 W. Redwood Street

Amanda Lehning

Amanda Lehning, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Aging in place, Neighborhoods and Health, Health Inequities in Later Life, Long-Term Services and Supports, Health Policy, Housing and Transportation

Email: alehning@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-3831 | Room: 3W04


Erika Lewis

Ericka Lewis, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Child Neglect, Parent Training, Mental Health Services, Prevention Research, Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions

Email: Ericka.Lewis@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-0341 | Room: 3W05


Bethany Lee

Bethany R. Lee, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Child Welfare;Children's Mental Health;Quality of Care;Out-of-home Care;Residential Treatment;Treatment Foster Care; Quantitative Methodology


Email: blee@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-3809 | Room: 5E20


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Kyla Liggett-Creel, Assistant Clinical Professor

Research Interests: Early Childhood; Trauma; Cultural Competence; Place-based Initiatives; Program Evaluation; Families in Urban Environments





Email: kliggett-creel@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: 410-706-1099 | Room: 2W04

Samuel Little

Samuel B. Little, Associate Dean for Field Education

Research Interests: Child Neglect, Parent Training, Mental Health Services, Prevention Research, Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions

Email: sblittle@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-4545 | Room: 5E38


Laura Loessner

Laura Loessner, Assistant Director for Field Education

Research Interests: Community-based Non-Profit, Trauma, Clinical Supervision, K-12 Special Education, Charter Schools, Medicaid

Email: lloessner@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-6352 | Room: 5E36


Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor

Research Interests: Community Organizing and Advocacy; Community-University PartnershipsHuman Service Organizations; Qualitative Research; Social Capital Development; Social Movements


Email: mmeyer@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-5635 | Room: 5E06


Carlton Munson

Carlton E. Munson, Professor

Research Interests: Dr. Munson's practice and research focuses on trauma and loss in children including international child abduction. Dr. Munson has a special research interest in the effects of trauma on child development including a focus on receptive and language impairments. Dr. Munson has performed research and has publications in several areas of clinical social work practice and supervision.

Email: cmunson@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-3602 | Room: 5E15


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Nalini Negi, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Migration; Substance Abuse; Mental Health of Latino Immigrants; Ethnic/Racial Identity; Culturally Competent Social Work Practice

Email: nnegi@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-3024 | Room: 5E08

Ed Pecukonis

Edward Pecukonis, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Indentifying the Long-Term Sequela of Child Abuse and Family Violence on Adults; Health Status and Psychological Well-Being; Psycho-analytically Oriented Individual Psychotherapy

Email: epecukonis@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-7533 | Room: 5E41

Joan Pittman

Joan Pittman, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the MSW Program at Shady Grove

Research Interests: Mental Health; Clinical Practice with Individuals, Couples, and Families; Group Work; Social Work Education; Supervision

Email: jpittman@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (301) 738-6013 | Room: USG III-3145, Camille Kendall Academic Center (Building II)

Michael Reisch

Dr. Michael Reisch, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice

Research Interests: Social Justice; Poverty and Inequality; Social Welfare Policy; Policy Advocacy; International Social Welfare

Email: mreisch@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-5088 | Room: 3W02

Shoshana Ringel

Shoshana Ringel, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Trauma; Attachment theory and practice; Psychodynamic treatment; Mindfulness based treatment

Email: sringel@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-7890 | Room: 3W18

Theda Rose

Theda Rose, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Research Interests: Adolescent Mental Health Promotion; Measurement of Adolescent Mental Wellbeing; School and Community-based Adolescent Mental Health Promotion Interventions; Positive Youth Development; Program Evaluation; Public Health Social Work

Email: trose@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-4127 | Room: 3W07


Paul Sacco

Paul Sacco, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor

Research Interests: Alcohol and Drug Use; Pathological and Problem Gambling; Aging and Life Course Development; Latent Variable Methodology

Email: psacco@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-8099 | Room: 5E21


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Adam Schneider, Clinical Instructor

Research Interests: Homelessness, Public Policy, Public Health

Email: aschneider@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-6391 | Room: 3W25


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Wendy Shaia, Clinical Assistant Professor and Executive Director of SWCOS

Research Interests: Race and equity; Poverty and social justice; Black and African-American children with autism; Single parenting children of color; Organizational development.

Email: wshaia@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: 410-706-5130 | Room: SWCOS

Terry Shaw

Terry V. Shaw, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Child Welfare; Advanced Statistical Methods with Administrative Data; Environmental Issues Into Social Work Policy & Practice; Child Welfare Outcomes and Accountability; Adoption and Other Avenues to Permanency; Using Data to Inform Policy

Email: tshaw@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-3811 | Room: SSW/LAW 559


Corey Shdaimah

Corey Shdaimah, Professor & Academic coordinator for the MSW/JD Dual Degree Program

Research Interests: Street-based Sex Work; Court-Affiliated Prostitution Diversion Programs; Child Care Policy; Theory and practice knowledge

Email: cshdaimah@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-7544 | Room: 3W17


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Peter Smith, Clinical Instructor

Research Interests: Theory Development, Emotional Systems Theory, Object Relations Theory, Clinical Practice, Human Behavior Theories, and the Interface of Religion and Mental Health.

Email: psmith@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-5120 | Room: 2E15

Sheila Snowden

Sheila Y. Snowden, Clinical Instructor and Coordinator for Field Education

Research Interests: Field Education; Correctional Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs; Mental Health; Substance Abuse

Email: ssnowden@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-3899 | Room: 5E37

Victoria Stubbs

Victoria D. Stubbs, Clinical Instructor

Research Interests: Domestic Violence; Trauma; Clinical Supervision

Email: vstubbs@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-8303 | Room: 3E21

Michelle Tuten

Michelle Tuten, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse

Email: mtuten@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-7519 | Room: 5E28

Jay Unick

Jay Unick, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Social and Psychiatric Epidemiology; Psychiatric Diagnosis; Health Consequences of Heroin Use; Organization and Financing of Mental Health Services; Mental Health Outcome Measurement

Email: junick@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-3735  | Room: 5E22


Fernando Wagner

Fernando Wagner, Professor

Research Interests: Development of methods, knowledge, and community-based participatory interventions promoting wellness and public mental health.



Email: fernando.wagner@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-5696 | Room: 5E10


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Alexandra Wimberly, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Complementary health approaches for stress coping and substance use problems, including yoga and mindfulness meditation; Stress and substance use; Substance use and HIV interventions for people with criminal justice involvement; Continuing care for substance use



Email: awimberly@ssw.umaryland.edu | Room: 5E26

Michael Woolley

Michael Woolley, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Social Environment Influences on Educational Outcomes of Vulnerable Student Populations, Social Work Practice with Children, Youth and Families

Email: mwoolley@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-7839 | Room: 3W14