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.
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
Research Interests: He has directed more than 70 studies related to child welfare services, children’s behavioral health, pregnancy prevention, and child abuse prevention. He is the Chair of the Grand Challenges for Social Work’s Executive Committee and has been honored by SSWR, NASW, the American Psychological Association (Div 37), and many other groups for his scholarly contributions.
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
Research Interests: Child and Family Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Disability; Developmental Disabilities; Family Centered Care; Interdisciplinary Collaboration; Social Work Practice in Health Care
Research Interests: Juvenile Justice; Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System; Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices; Federal Criminal Sentencing
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.
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
Research Interests: Racial and sexual minority older adults’ physical and mental health in the US and Latin America, particularly: 1) chronic pain, 2) loneliness, 3) cognitive functioning and 4) implementation science.
Neijma Celestine-Donnor, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Clinical Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Strategic Planning, Ethnic and Racial Identity, Immigration, Anti-Racist Social Work Practice and Pedagogy, Restorative Practices and Restorative Pedagogy, Trauma Informed Equity Practices
Research Interests: Social Work Field Education, Health Issues, Loss and Grief
Research Interests: Psychosocial oncology; adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology; financial hardship; social determinants of health; health disparities; health equity; patient engagement in research; and embodied research.
Research Interests: Field Education, Children and Families and Child Welfare
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
Research Interests: Field Education, Childhood Social-Emotional Development
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
Research Interests: Aging; Home Care; Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Home Health Care
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
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
Research Interests: Professional ethics, policy and leadership development, field education, child welfare practice, child abuse and neglect prevention, confidentiality, and curriculum development
Nadine Finigan-Carr, Research Associate Professor and Director of the Prevention of Adolescent Risks Initiative
Research Interests: Public Health Social Work; Adolescent Risk Behaviors– sexual reproductive health, aggression and violence, substance use; ChildWelfare; Child Sex Trafficking; Parent Engagement
Research Interests: Adult and Emerging Adult Behavioral Health; Workplace Behavioral Health and Well-Being; Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention; Opioid Use, Recovery and Broader Substance Use; Employee Assistance, Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being; Working Families; Social Determinants of Health; Financial Capability and Asset Building
Research Interests: The impact of trauma and stigma on mental health in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; Incorporating critical disability studies into social work education and practice; Critical social work education and practice; Social & institutional models of understanding and undoing oppression; Neurodiversity; Reflective supervision
Email: Samantha.Fuld@ssw.umaryland.edu | Phone: (410) 706-7021 | Room: 3W23
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
Deborah S. Harburger, Clinical Instructor; Director, Division of Policy, Finance & Systems Design; Director, Ruth Young Center for Maryland, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation
Research Interests: Public child- and family-serving systems and related reform and design; child welfare; older youth involved with child welfare; interagency initiatives; sustainable financing for home- and community based services
Research Interests: Healthcare, HIV/AIDS, Renal Care, and Hospice
Research Interests: Positive Youth Development; Peer Relationships; At-Risk Youth; Academic Development; Social Development; Causal Inference; Advanced Statistical Methods
Research Interests: Social Work Teaching and Training Methods, Child Maltreatment Prevention, Substance Use, Mental and Behavioral Health Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, and Child Welfare, Adoption, and At-Risk Youth Populations.
Research Interests: Organizational Learning, Capacity-building, and Development; Management Practices that Enhance Worker Well-Being and Performance; Workforce Development, Performance Management; Program Evaluation
Research Interests: Social Work Field Education, Evidenced Based Mental Health services for youth engaged in the Child Welfare system
Brenda Jones Harden, Alison Richman Professor for Children and Families
Research Interests: Developmental and mental health needs of young children at environmental risk, including effects of trauma and poverty; child maltreatment; child welfare intervention; home visitation; early childhood intervention; parenting programs; prevention programs
Research Interests: Evaluation of Substance Use and Delinquency Prevention and Intervention Programs; Implementation of Evidence Based Programs; Experimental Methods; Longitudinal Research
Research Interests: Child Welfare, Adoption and Kinship Care, Child Welfare Workforce Development, Trauma Responsive Care
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Research Interests: Aging in place, Neighborhoods and Health, Health Inequities in Later Life, Long-Term Services and Supports, Health Policy, Housing and Transportation
Research Interests: Child Welfare;Children's Mental Health;Quality of Care;Out-of-home Care;Residential Treatment;Treatment Foster Care; Quantitative Methodology
Research Interests: Child Neglect, Parent Training, Mental Health Services, Prevention Research, Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions
Research Interests: Clinical Supervision, Cultural Humility, Community-based Non-Profits, K-12 Special Education, Medicaid
Research Interests: Wraparound, SOC, workforce development, implementation science, LGBTQI-2S topics, youth involvement and positive youth development.
Research Interests: Environmental impacts on mental health; ecotherapy; environmental justice; behavioral health service systems; mental health crisis response and stabilization; telemedicine interventions for vulnerable populations; program evaluation; ecosocial work education.
Research Interests: Teaching Pedagogy, Interprofessional Education and Training, Motivational Interviewing, Family Therapy, Cognitive, Behavioral Therapy, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Equine-assisted Psychotherapy
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (410) 706-7533 | Room: 5E41
Research Interests: Mental Health; Clinical Practice with Individuals, Couples, and Families; Group Work; Social Work Education; Supervision
Email: email@example.com | Phone: (301) 738-6013 | Room: USG III-3145, Camille Kendall Academic Center (Building II)
Research Interests: Substance Use Disorders in adults and adolescents, non- profit program administration, workforce development, field education, clinical supervision, ethics, legislative processes and policy, parenting medically fragile children, transition of medically fragile children to adult health care systems, tele-behavioral health.
Research Interests: Youth in foster care, with an emphasis on behavioral health, Program evaluation in youth-serving public systems, Advanced methods for social work research with a focus on methods for causal inference
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
Research Interests: Race and equity; Poverty and social justice; Black and African-American children with autism; Single parenting children of color; Organizational development.
Terry V. Shaw, Associate Professor and Director, Research Division, Institute for Innovation and Implementation
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
Corey Shdaimah, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, Academic Coordinator for the MSW/JD & MSW/MPP Dual Degree Programs
Research Interests: Street-based Sex Work; Court-Affiliated Prostitution Diversion Programs; Child Care Policy; Theory and practice knowledge
Research Interests: Anti-oppressive social work, family therapy, field education, mental health issues and trauma, youth development and family needs.
Research Interests: Community-based mental heath services; Black populations diagnosed with serious mental illnesses; Youth and young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis; The intersection of race, ethnicity, sociocultural factors and serious mental illness across the life span; Qualitative and mixed methods research
Research Interests: Social and Psychiatric Epidemiology; Psychiatric Diagnosis; Health Consequences of Heroin Use; Organization and Financing of Mental Health Services; Mental Health Outcome Measurement
Lee Westgate, Clinical Instructor
Research Interests: Trauma-informed Care, Vicarious Trauma, Healthcare Bio-Ethics, Chronic and Life-Threatening Illness, Behavioral Health, Palliative and End of Life Care, Health Disparities & Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health, Healthcare Applications of Big Data, Critical Incident Management Working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities , Training and Continuing Education
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: firstname.lastname@example.org | Room: 5E26