Edward Pecukonis, Professor
I received my Master of Social Work degree from the Smith College School for Social Work, in Northampton, MA, and completed my doctoral studies at the University Of Maryland School of Social Work. I am a licensed certified social worker-clinical, within the State of Maryland and a diplomat in clinical social work, certified by the American Board of Social Work Examiners. I also hold a license as a Clinical Supervisor in the State of Maryland.
Additional academic credentials include a two-year post-doctorate interprofessional fellowship (Project Mainstream), jointly sponsored by AMERSA, HRSA, C-STAT, and SAMSA. This interprofessional fellowship promoted the development of innovative curriculum to teach Motivational Interviewing and SBIRT across the professions of Social Work, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and allied health at the University of Maryland.
Presently, I am a professor at the UM School of Social Work. I am the Director, Center for Public Health Social Work Education, Co-Chair of Maternal and Child Health training, and Co-Chair of the Clinical Concentration sequence at the SSW. I have held joint faculty appointments in the Department of Family Medicine and Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine where I worked form 1983-1998.
At the campus level, I have ably served as a founding Co-Director of the University of Maryland Center for Interprofessional Education, and Chair of the President’s campus task force on Interprofessional Education. I have also served as a faculty senator including holding office as Vice President and acting President of the Faculty Senate on the UMB campus.
Prior to joining the School of Social Work, I served 14 years as a faculty member at the University Of Maryland School of Medicine. In 1986, I assumed teaching and administrative responsibilities in the Department of Family Medicine at U.M.B, where I served as the Director of Behavior Science Training and Faculty development until 1998. In this role, I designed curriculum for medical students and family practice residents. During my tenure in Family Medicine, I was awarded three federal grants: 1) promoting interest in primary care, 2) formalizing a program of faculty development and 3) creating/expanding a division of behavioral sciences within the department.
I arrived at the UM School of Social Work in 1998 where I served as director of the Maternal and Child Health training sub-specialty and creator of the School’s Center for Maternal and Child Health Social Work Education (initial funding $715,000 ). This training grant was renewed competitively for an additional 5 years in 2003 ($745,000) and again in 2008 for an additional five years of funding ($745,000). Most recently, I was awarded funds from HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions Work Force, to expand and broaden the scope of this Center to include all areas of public health social work “The University of Maryland Center for Public Health Social Work Education” ($900,000 over three years). This center remains one of only three sites nationally providing leadership development in Public Health Social Work, post-graduate training in public health social work, and doctoral fellowships in Maternal and Child Health. The Center has been a national leader in creating curriculum and educating leaders in the field of public health and social work for the past 15 years.
In terms of teaching, I have remained an active classroom instructor (5 courses per year) since 1998. In addition, to my typical teaching load, I taught 5 summer sessions and 11 interprofessional courses since 2004. My Social Work course portfolio consists of Family Therapy, (SWOK 703) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (SOWK 722), Maternal and Child Health Social Work Practice (SOWK 714), Research Practicum in Maternal and Child Health (SOWK 789), Social Work Practice with individuals (SOWK 630) and a variety of seminars educational activities related to grant responsibilities
My scholarship addresses social work pedagogy and the science of social work education. The primary focus of this research is to: 1) Develop and evaluate innovative methods of teaching public health social work and 2) Create educational experiences that promote leadership development and interprofessional practice within the classroom and field settings. I am interested in social work pedagogy that is both an approach to teaching and an exploration of the many variables that affect student learning.
Throughout my career, I have developed, tested, and disseminated innovative instructional methods for public health social work and interprofessional education. My research, teaching, and service demonstrate my commitment to this goal. During the course of my career at the University of Maryland Baltimore, I have received over $6.4 million in State and Federal Funding to support my scholarship and educational programming. During my tenure, I have served as the Principal Investigator for (8) eight major federal grants and (5) five State of Maryland and/or local foundations grants. I have served as a Co-Principal Investigator on an additional (3) three grant projects and worked as a consultant on another 14 grants across the UMB campus.
Each of my Federal grants has allowed me to further my research agenda and address the science of educating social workers through innovative instructional methods. In pursuit of this goal, I have published 38 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, a series of abstracts and conference proceedings, and a training manual on the use of live supervision and standardized clients in teaching clinical skills i.e. Motivational Interviewing. I have published seven public health curriculum modules, and technical reports informing educational policy and planning at both the local and national level. My grant projects have supported the development of over 20 public health curriculum modules that have been both tested and used by social work faculty across the nation. Findings from my research are widely cited. I have presented my findings at both local and national conferences. I have over 68 professional presentations that focus on Social Work Pedagogy and/or developing IPE, and PHSW educational approaches. These presentations include plenary and keynote papers at both local and national conferences and are detailed in my CV.
Scholarship related to Public Health Social Work
Since 1998 I have been the director of The Center for Public Health Social Work Education which was one of only three federally funded public health social work grant projects in the country between 1998- 2018. Since its inception, the Center (www.ssw.umaryland.edu/cphswet ) has informed social work pedagogy by developing innovative, award-winning and nationally recognized curriculum. Our center has been a clearinghouse for curriculum and training materials related to Public Health and Interprofessional Practice. The work of this Center has created a fully integrated dual degree program (MSW/MPH) within our health concentration at the SSW. We now offer dual degree programs with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Maryland, Master of Public Health Programs. In addition, grant funding has helped support social work student interest in the Master of Public health degree and trained a generation of public health social workers. For example, we have provided 105 scholarships to MSW and dual degree MPH/MSW students since 1998, totaling $735,000. The Center has also provided funding for 9 doctoral students completing a two year Public Health/MCH Social Work Fellowship. Support of doctoral prepared pubic health social work faculty has totaled over $432,000 since 2004. These Fellows are now faculty members at universities throughout the natation and actively educating the next generation of public health social workers. In addition, we have also trained 25 social work administrators within the mid-Atlantic region in a one-year PHSW Leadership Development program/institute, co-sponsored with the University of Georgia. Finally, eleven (11) Interprofessional Public health social work courses were developed through this funding stream, providing quality educational experiences to over 825 graduate students representing the professions of Social Work, Public Health, Medicine, Nursing Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Law. These innovative courses combined classroom training, taught by an interprofessional faculty, with a 16-week interprofessional community service learning project (i.e. childhood obesity, reducing community violence, etc).
My scholarship and service to the profession have been acknowledged by a variety of awards and accolades including receipt of the University of Maryland Teacher of the Year (2015), NASW’s Teacher of the Year (2009), Co-recipient of the annual Martin Luther King Diversity Achievement Award and recipient of the Secretary of Health and Human Services National Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (2005) and others.
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Meet Ed Pecukonis
MSW, Smith College
PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore
- Interprofessional Education and Practice
- Social Work Pedagogy
- Public Health Social Work Training
- Clinical expertise include
- Cognitive behavior Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Applied Behavior Analysis
Articles Referenced in Journals
Pecukonis, E.V., Linsenmeyer, D. & Strieder, F. (2019) A Live Supervision Model with Standardized Clients to Teach Motivational Interviewing to Social Work Students. Journal of Social Work Education. Manuscript accepted for publication
Pecukonis, E.V., Keefe, R.H., Carr- Copeland, V., Cuddeback, G., Friedman & M. Albert, S. (2019). Educating the Next Generation of Public Health Social Work Leaders: Findings from a Two- Day Summit. Journal of Teaching in Social Work. , 39:2, 132-147, DOI: 10.1080/08841233.2019.1586809
O’Reilly, N. L., Pecukonis, E. V., & DeForge, B. R. (2019). Maternal and Child Health Leadership Program in Social Work: An Alumni Survey. Journal of Social Work Education, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2018.1548987.
Hageman, S. A. & Pecukonis, E. (2017). Public health financial social work. available at https://www.cswe.org/EducationResources.aspx?searchtext=&searchmode=exactphrase& smartsearchfilter1=&smartsearchfilter (Published curriculum)
Greeno, EJ., Ting L, Pecukonis, E.V., Hodorowicz, M. & Wade, K. (2017) The role of empathy in training social work students in motivational interviewing, Social Work Education, 36:7, 794- 808, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2017.1346071
Aparicio, E. M., Gioia, D., & Pecukonis, E. V. (2016). “I can get through this and I will get through this”: The unfolding journey of teenage motherhood in and beyond foster care. Qualitative Social Work. 1-19
Pecukonis E.V. Greeno E. Hodorowicz, M. Park, H, Moyers, T. Strieder, F. Linsenmeyer, D, Wirt, C, Wade, K. Burry C. et. Al. (2016)Training Child Welfare Social Workers in Motivational Interviewing: A Randomized Control Design, using standardized Clients and Live Supervision. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. 7(3) 479- 506.
Aparicio, E., Vanidestine, T., Zhou, K., & Pecukonis E.V. (2016). Teenage Pregnancy in Latino Communities: Young Adult Experiences and Perspectives of Sociocultural Factors. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services. 97. 50-57.
Aparicio, E., Pecukonis, E.V., & O’Neal, S. (2015). Exploring the Lived Experiences of Motherhood among Teen Mothers in Foster Care. Children and Youth Services Review; 51, 44-54.
Pecukonis, E.V. (2014). Interprofessional Education: A Theoretical Orientation Incorporating Profession Centrism and Social Identity Theory. Journal of law, medicine & ethics: a journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 12/2014; 42 Suppl 2:60-4.
Acquavita, S., Lewis, M., Aparicio, L., & Pecukonis, E.V. (2014). Student Perspectives on Interprofessional Education and Experiences. Journal of Allied Health, vol. 43, 2 pp.31E-
Aparicio, L., Pecukonis E.V., & Zhou, K. (2014). Socio-cultural Factors of Teen Pregnancy in Latino Communities: Preparing Social Workers for Culturally Responsive Practice".Journal of Health and Social Work. 39, 238-243.
Bliss, D., Pecukonis, E., & Snyder-Vogel, M. (2014). Principled Leadership Development. Model for Aspiring Social Work Managers and Administrators: Development and Application. Human Services Organizations Management, Leadership and Governance 38:5-15
Doyle, O., Pecukonis, E.V., Lindsey, M. (2015). Correlates and consequences of father nurturance in an African American college sample. Journal of Family Issues36 (7)), 880- 901.
Pecukonis, E.V., Doyle, O., Acquavita, S., Aparicio, L.,Vanidestine, T., O’Reilly, N. & Gibbons, M.
(2013) Interprofessional Leadership Training in MCH Social Work. Social Work in Health Care. Vol.52, (7) 7, 625-641.
Belcher, J., Pecukonis E. & DeForge, B. (2011). Family Capital: Implications for Intervention with Families. Journal of Family Social Work, 14:68-85.
Belcher, J., Pecukonis, E. & Knight, C. (2011). Where have all the teachers gone: Implications for Social Work Education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work 31 (2), 195-209.
Doyle O, Pecukonis E.V. & Harrington D. (2011) The Nurturant Fathering Scale: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis With an African American Sample of College Students. Research on Social Work Practice. 21, 319 -327.
Pecukonis E.V. (2009). Physical Self-Efficacy and Alexithymia in Women with Chronic Intractable Back Pain. Pain Management in Nursing. . 10 (3),. 115-172.
Barnet, B., Liu, J., DeVoe, M., Duggan, A. K., Gold, M. A., & Pecukonis, E. (2009). Supplemental Appendix. Construction of Complier Average Causal Effect (CACE) Models. The Annals of Family Medicine, 7(5).
Barnet, B., Liu, J., DeVoe, M., Duggan, A., Gold, M., & Pecukonis, E. (2009) Computer Assisted Motivational Intervention to Reduce Rapid Subsequent Birth to Adolescent Mothers: A Community-based Randomized Trial. Annals of Family Medicine. Vol. 7, issue 5, 436-445.
Bliss, D.L. and Pecukonis, E. (2009). Screening and brief intervention practice model for social workers in non-substance abuse practice settings. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. . 9, issue1. 21-40
Pecukonis, E.V., Doyle, O. & Bliss, D. (2008) Reducing Barriers to Interprofessional Training: Promoting Interprofessional Cultural Competence. Journal of Interprofessional care. Vol. 21 issue 4, 1-12.
Pecukonis E.V. (2007) Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. Social Work in Health Care, Vol. 43, N0.4
Pecukonis, E.V. (2004). Female Children of Alcoholics and Chronic Back Pain. Pain Medicine. 5 (2) 196-201.
Pecukonis, E.V., Cornelius L & Parrish, M (2003). The Future of Health Social Work. Social Work in Health Care, Vol. 37, No. 3. 1-15.
Pecukonis, E.V. (1996). Childhood Sex Abuse in Women with Chronic Intractable Back Pain. Social Work in Health Care Vol. 23, No. 3 1-16.
Stewart, D.L., De Forge B., Reese-Carter, Pecukonis, E. and Roberts, H. (1995). Knowledge of Blood Cholesterol Reduction in Community Residents. Journal of the National Medical Association Vol. 87, No. 8. 533-536.
Pecukonis, E.V. and Wenocur, S. (1994). The Concept of Individual and Collective Self Efficacy in Community Organization Theory and Practice. Journal of Community Practice Vol. 1, No. 2, Haworth Press. 5-22.
Pecukonis, E.V., DeForge, B., & Stewart, D. (1993). Participatory health care programming innovations within west Baltimore communities. Maryland Diabetes Control Program: Chronicle, Winter, 1-2. Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Local and Family Health Administration.
Stewart, D., DeForge, B., Hartmann, P., & Pecukonis, E.V. (1991). Attitudes toward Condom Use and AIDS among Patients from an Urban Family Practice Center. Journal of the National Medical Association. 83(9) spring. 772-776.
Pecukonis, E.V. &Pecukonis, M.T. (1991). An Adapted Language Training Strategy in the Treatment of an Electively Mute Male Child. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. Vol. 22, No. 1, spring. 9-21.
Pecukonis, E.V. (1990). A Cognitive-Affective Empathy Training Program as a Function of Ego Development in Aggressive Adolescent Females. Adolescent, l. 25, No. 97, 59-76. Spring.
Pecukonis, E.V. & Baile, W. (1987). Behavioral Assessment. Research Paradigms in Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol. 17,
Pecukonis E.V. (1982). An affective/cognitive empathy training program as a function of level of ego development in aggressive adolescent females: A project based upon an investigation at the Good Shepherd Residential Treatment Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. Smith College School for Social Work, Neilson Library /book 2 North SSW05.P3395
Manuscripts under review
Cuddeback, G. Pecukonis, E.V., Keefe, R.H., Carr- Copeland, V., Friedman & M. Albert, S. (2019) Needs and Challenges of Public Health Social Work (PHSW) Programs: Implications for the Behavioral Health Workforce. Manuscript in preparation
Pecukonis, E.V. (2019) Profession Centrism and its Role in Shaping Interprofessional Education in Health Care: Implications for Social Work Education. Journal of Social Work Education.
Hageman, S. & Pecukonis, E.V. (2019) Public Health Financial Social Work: Advanced Research Practice for MSW Students, Journal of Social Work Education
Pecukonis, E. V. (2019). Professional Centrism and its Role in Shaping Interprofessional Education. Encyclopedia of Social Work, Oxford University Press. June. Invited contribution Manuscript accepted for publication
Pecukonis, EV & Pecukonis, MT. (In Press) Anxiety Disorders across Racial Groups. In Carr- Copeland (Editor), Health and Wellness for People of Color: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Problems and Solutions
Published Abstracts and Proceedings:
Pecukonis EV and Stewart D. (1992) The community Mix Model in Medical Student Education. Proceedings from the 20th Anniversary Meetings of the National Public Health Service Corp, Arlington, VA.
Pecukonis EV (1996) History of Child Sex Abuse in Women With Chronic Back Pain. Proceedings from the 24th Annual Meeting of North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) November, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Pecukonis, EV, Strieder, F and Wade K (2014) Child Welfare Training Manual for Motivational Interviewing with Live Supervision and Standardized Clients. University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, Maryland
Public Health Social Work Curriculum Modules:
Pecukonis, EV, Perman, J and Stines E (2013) Screening and Brief Intervention for Childhood Obesity. An Interprofessional curriculum for health care providers. Published by University of Maryland Baltimore Office of the President
Pecukonis, EV; Oros, M and Keane V (2004). Substance Abuse Education: Screening,Assessment, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). An online Substance abuse education curriculum module and text. For use by Interprofessional Health Care providers. Published by HRSA-AMERSA-SAMHS/CSAT Project Mainstream.
Oktay, J; Pecukonis, EV. and Rauch J. (2002) Ethics, in Ethnicity and Maternal and Child Health Care: Modules for Health Courses in Social Work. University of Maryland Center for Maternal and Child Health Social Work Education in cooperation with The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Oktay, J; Pecukonis, EV. and Rauch J. (2001) Outcome Measurement in Ethnicity and Maternal and Child Health Care: Modules for Health Courses in Social Work. University of Maryland Center for Maternal and Child Health Social Work Education in cooperation with The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Published Technical Reports
Pecukonis, E.V., Keefe, R.H., Carr- Copeland, V., Cuddeback, G., Friedman & M. Albert, S. (2019). Public Health Social Work: Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: Summit held at the University of Pittsburgh, October 20-22. White Paper/Final Report and Recommendations to HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Division of Nursing and Public Health (DNPH
Pecukonis, EV and Morton T (2011) Interprofessional Education Audit for the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus. Report prepared for President Jay Perman, University of Maryland Baltimore, April 28, 2011.
Aparicio, L. and Pecukonis EV (2010) Latina Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Implications for the State of Maryland. Report prepared for Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maternal and Child Health Division State of Maryland. May 2010.
Gibbons, M and Pecukonis EV (2009) Health Needs of Foster Care Children in Maryland: Report prepared for Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maternal and Child Health Division State of Maryland. May 2009.
Oktay, J; Pecukonis, EV. and Rauch J. (2000) AIDS Prevention in Adolescence in Ethnicity and Maternal and Child Health Care: Modules for Health Courses in Social Work. University of Maryland Center for Maternal and Child Health Social Work Education in cooperation with The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Oktay, J; Pecukonis, EV. and Rauch J. (1999) Genetic Diseases in Childhood, in Ethnicity and Maternal and Child Health Care: Modules for Health Courses in Social Work. University of Maryland Center for Maternal and Child Health Social Work Education. Published in cooperation with The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Oktay, J; Pecukonis, EV. and Rauch J. (1998) Healthy Birth Outcomes, in Ethnicity and Maternal and Child Health Care: Modules for Health Courses in Social Work. University of Maryland Center for Maternal and Child Health Social Work Education. Published in cooperation with The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.