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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, 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:  | 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:  | 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:  | 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:  | 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

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:  | 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:  | 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:  | 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


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: Cancer Support, Health Disparities, Social Determinants, Health Care Delivery and Access, Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology, Financial Social Work, Military Social Work, and Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations.


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


Jaih Craddock

Jaih Craddock, Assistant Professor

Research interest: Social Influences; Decision-making; Social Network Analysis; HIV/AIDS; Sexual Health within Black Communities; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Justice; Multimedia-based Intervention Development  




Email: | Phone: (410)-706-7022 | Room: 5E15



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:  | 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