Bethany Lee

Bethany Lee‌Bethany R. Lee, Professor

Dr. Bethany Lee is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She has been on the faculty since 2007. She received her MSW and PhD from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a student of J. Curtis McMillen (UM SSW PhD alumnus).

Her research is centered on services for youth involved in the public systems of child welfare and/or mental health. She is also interested in advanced statistical methods. She has received funding for her research from federal sources including the Children’s Bureau and Center for Medicaid Services, as well as state and local partners. She is an Associate Editor at the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research and is also the Editor of the journal Residential Treatment for Children & Youth.

Dr. Lee teaches in both the MSW and Ph.D. programs. For MSW students, she teaches an advanced research course on Research in Child Welfare. In the Ph.D. program, Dr. Lee facilitates the second semester of Research Practicum. Dr. Lee enjoys working with students and helping them see the value of research in social work practice.

As a West Baltimore resident, Dr. Lee is involved in community development and advocacy efforts in her Sandtown neighborhood

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.3809
Room: 5E20
Bethany Lee CV

Mailing Information:
School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


MSW; PhD, Washington University

Expertise and Research Interests

Child Welfare
Children's Mental Health
Quality of Care
Out-of-home Care
Residential Treatment
Treatment Foster Care
Quantitative Methodology

Recent Publications

Aquavita, S. P., Lee, B. R., Levy, M., Holmes, C., Sacco, P., & Harley, D. (2020). Preparing Master of Social Work Students for Interprofessional Practice. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.

Lee, B. R., Wyman Battalen, A., Brodzinsky, D. M., & Goldberg, A. E. (2020). Parent, Child, and Adoption Characteristics associated with Post-Adoption Support Needs. Social Work Research, 44 (1), 21-32.

Kobulsky, J. M., Smith-Goering, E., Lee, B. R., Gray, C., Moon, C., Bright, C. L. & Goodwin, B. (2019). Virtual coaching for child welfare workers: a tool to promote learning. Journal of Public Child Welfare. Doi:10.1080/15548732.2019.1628867

Cosgrove, J. A., Lee, B. R., & Unick, G. J. (2019). A Longitudinal Evaluation of Wraparound’s Impact on Youth Mental Health Service Use. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.

Greeno, E. J., Lee, B. R., Tuten, M., & Harburger, D. (2019). Prevalence of substance use, housing instability, and self-perceived preparation for independence among current and former foster youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 36, 409-418.

Lee, B. R. & Cosgrove, J. A. (2018). The role of care coordination and out-of-home placement in youth dental and vision care visits. International Journal of Social Welfare, 27, 388-396.

Woodruff, K., Lee, B. (2011). Identifying and predicting problem behavior trajectories among pre-school children investigated for child abuse and neglect. Child Abuse and Neglect, 35, 491-503.

Lee, B. R., Bright, C. L., Svoboda, D., Fakunmoju, S., & Barth, R. P. (2011). Outcomes of group care for youth: A review of comparative studies. Research on Social Work Practice, 21, 177-189.

Lee, B. R., Chmelka, M. B., & Thompson, R. (2010). Does what happens in group care stay in group care? The relationship between problem behavior trajectories during care and post-placement functioning. Child & Family Social Work, 15 (3), 286-296.

McMillen, J., Lee, B., & Jonson-Reid, M. (2008). Outcomes for Youth Residential Treatment Programs Using Administrative Data from the Child Welfare System: A Risk-Adjustment Application. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 35(3), 189-197.

Lee, B. R. & Thompson, R. (2008). Comparing outcomes for youth in treatment foster care and family-style group care. Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 746-757.

Lee, B. R. & McMillen, J. C. (2007). Measuring quality in residential treatment for children and youth. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 24 (1/2), 1-18.