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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:  | Phone: (410) 706-4704  | Room: 3W09


Richard P. Barth, Professor and Chair, Executive Committee of the Grand Challenges for Social Work

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.

Email:  | Phone: (410) 706-3371 | Room: 534 SSW/LAW


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:  | Phone: (410) 706-3613 | Room: 3E11


Mel Bellin

Melissa Bellin, Associate Professor and Chair of Health Specialization

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:  | Phone: (410) 706-4409 | Room: 3E43


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Sean 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:  | Phone: (410) 706-4174 | Room: 3rd Floor


Lisa Berlin

Lisa Berlin, Professor

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

Email:  | 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: | Phone: 410-706-4882

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:  | Phone: (410) 706-6106 | Room: 3W13


Christine Callahan

Christine Callahan, Research Associate Professor

Research Interests: Financial Social Work




Email:  | Phone: (410) 706-7051 | Room: 3W23


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David Camacho, Assistant Professor

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.




Email: | Phone: (410) 706-5108 | Office: 5E41



Neijma Celestine-Donnor, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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



Email:  | Phone: (410) 706-4210 


Franklin Chappell

Franklin Chappell, Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Field Education

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



Email:  | Phone: (410) 706-3600 | Room: 5E30


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Christabel Cheung, Assistant Professor

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.


Email:  |  Phone: 410-706-7011  |  Room: 3W04


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Denise Chop, Clinical Instructor and Coordinator for Field Education

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





Email:  | 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:  | Phone: (410) 706-0814 | Room: 3E29G


Cox-Branch, Caron

Caron Cox-Branch, Clinical Instructor and Coordinator for Field Instruction

Research Interests: Field Education, Childhood Social-Emotional Development 




Email:  | Phone: (410) 706-0867  | Room: 5E42


Sarah Dababnah

Sarah Dababnah, Associate 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:  | 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:  | 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:  | Phone: (410) 706-5612 | Room: 3E13


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Frederick A. DiBlasio, Professor

Research Interests: Clinical Use of Forgiveness; Clinical Practice Issues




Email:  | 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 | Phone:(410) 706-3740 | Room:546 LAW/SSW