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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


 

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Denise Chop, Clinical Instructor and Coordinator for Field Education

Research Interests: Field Education, Children and Families and Child Welfare


 

 

 

 

Email: dchop@ssw.umaryland.edu  | Phone: (410) 706-4552 | Room: 5E31


 

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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