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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.
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
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
Research Interests: Adult and Workplace Behavioral Health; Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention; Employee Assistance and Worker Health and Well-being; Working Families; 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