Bruce DeForge

Bruce DeForgeBruce R. DeForge, Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.5612
Room: 3E13
DeForge CV

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


MA, Towson State University
PhD, University of Maryland, College Park

Expertise and 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)
Mental health policy


American Public Health Association
American Sociological Association, Sections: Mental Health, Medical Sociology, Social Psychology, Disability and Society
Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Recent Publications

Schuler, B. R., & DeForge, B. R. (2015). The 12-item Short Form Health Survey: A confirmatory factor analysis in an urban African American sample. Health & Social Work. doi: 10.1093/hsw/hlv058

Jani, J., & DeForge, B.R. (2014). Contextually appropriate measurement as the basis for culturally appropriate interventions:  A case study in Managua, Nicaragua. Social Work in Public Health. doi:10.1080/19371918.2014.969859 (Published online)

Boyd, J.E., Otilingam, P., & DeForge, B. (2014).  Brief version of the Internalized Stigma of Mental Illness (ISMI) Scale: psychometric properties and relationship to depression, self-esteem, recovery     orientation, empowerment, and perceived devaluation and discrimination.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 37(1), 17-23. doi:10.1037/prj0000035

Drapalski, A.L., Lucksted, A., Perrin, P., Aakre, J., Brown, C., DeForge, B., & Boyd, J. (2013).  A model of internalized stigma and its effects on people with mental illness.  Psychiatric Services, 64(3), 264-269.
Belcher, J.R., & DeForge, B.R.  (2012). Social stigma and homelessness: The limits of social change. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 22(8), 929-946.
Mishra, S.I., DeForge, B.R., Barnet, B., Ntiri, S., & Grant, L. (2012). Social determinants of breast cancer screening in urban primary care practices: A community-engaged formative study. Women’s Health Issues, 22(5), e429-e438.
Acquavita, S. P., DeForge, B.R., Burry, C.L., & Boyd, S.J. (2012). Individual and community predictors of maternal smoking in the city of Baltimore: What can be learned from a predominantly minority case controlled study?  Social Work in Health Care, 51,197–212.DeForge, B.R. (2010). Research design principles. In Neil J. Salkind (Ed.),
Encyclopedia of Research Design: Volume 3. Los Angeles, CA. Sage Publication. [pp. 1252-1259]

Haisfield-Wolfe, M.E., McGuire, D.B., Soeken, K., Geiger-Brown, J., DeForge, B.R, & Suntharalingam, M. (2011) Prevalence and correlates of symptoms and uncertainty in illness among head and neck cancer patients receiving definitive radiation with or without chemotherapy. Supportive Care in Cancer. DOI 10.1007/s00520-011-1291-9

Lucksted, A., Drapalski, A., Calmes, C., Forbes, C., DeForge, B., & Boyd, J. (2011). Ending Self Stigma: Pilot evaluation of a new intervention to reduce internalized stigma among people with mental illnesses. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(1), 51-54. PMID: 21768078

Belcher, J.R., Pecukonis, E.V., & DeForge, B.R. (2011). Family social capital: Implications for interventions with families. Journal of Family Social Work, 14(1), 68-85. DOI: 10.1080/10522158.2010.542113