Michael Woolley

Michael Woolley‌Michael Woolley, Professor

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.7839
E-mail: mwoolley@ssw.umaryland.edu
Room: 3W14
Woolley CV

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

Education

MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Honors and Awards

Exemplary Faculty Award – Student Government Association, University of Maryland, School of Social Work, 2012
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Award – As team member of the Promise Heights Project, University of Maryland, School of Social Work, 2012
Dean's Teaching Award – University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Social Work Practice I, Fall 2011
Dean's Teaching Award – University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Social Work Practice I, Fall 2010
Spencer Fellow – Education Policy Research Training Program, Duke University, Sept. 2002 to July 2003

Senior Weiss Fellow - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001-2002

Weiss Fellow – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000-2001

University Merit Assistantship - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000-2001

Expertise and Research Interests

Investigating in order to intervene in the social environment factors that influence success in school for students from kindergarten through high school with an emphasis on vulnerable groups of students and students exposed to known risk factors for poor educational outcomes. Such investigations include the influence of adults across the microsystems youth inhabit—home, school, and community—with a focus on interventions targeting the social climate in schools.The practice of social work in school settings, including the assessment of children, youth, families, and the social context of schools, interventions across clients systems in schools, and policy and program planning as it relates to the provision of social work in schools. Direct practice in social work including the foundations of practice and advanced practice with children, youth, and families.

Recent Publications

Books

B.2 Greif, G. L., & Woolley, M. E. (in press for 2021). In-Law Relationships: Mothers, Daughters, Fathers, and Sons. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.

B.1 Greif, G. L., & Woolley, M. E. (2016). Adult Sibling Relationships. Columbia University Press: New York, NY.

 

Refereed Journal Articles

Lewis, E. M., Lemmons, B. P., & Woolley, M. E. (in press). The ties that bind: An exploration of son-in-law and father-in-law relationships in Black families. Psychology of Men & Masculinities. 

Klumpner, S. T. & Woolley, M. E. (2021, published online). Access to after-school programs for the most vulnerable students: Examining the efficacy of federal policy. Education and Urban Society. 

Woolley, M. E. & Greif G. L. (2020). Measuring adult sibling communication comfort about sensitive issues. Journal of Family Social Work, 23, 392-407.

Bonnery, D., Feng, Y., Henneberger, A. K., Johnson, T., Rose, B., Shaw, T. V., Stapleton,

L. M., Woolley, M. E., & Zheng, Y. (2019). The Promise and limitations of synthetic data as a strategy to expand access to state-level multi-agency longitudinal data. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 12, 616-647. 

Greif, G. L., Leitch, J., & Woolley, M. E. (2019). A Preliminary look at relationships between married gays and lesbians and their parents-in-law: Five case studies. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 31, 290-313.

Greif, G. L. & Woolley, M. E. (2019). Women and their mother-in-law: Triangles, ambiguity, and relationship quality. Social Work Research, 43, 259-268.

Greif, G. L. & Woolley M. E. (2018). Sons-in-law and their fathers-in-Law: Gaining a preliminary understanding of an understudied family relationship. Journal of Family Social Work, 22, 292-311.

Woolley, M. E. & Greif, G. L. (2018). Mother-in-law reports of closeness to daughter-in law: The determinant triangle with the son and husband. Social Work, 64, 73-82.

Klumpner, S. T. & Woolley, M. E. (2018). Identifying and selecting evidence-based early intervention programs for elementary students displaying physical aggression. School Social Work Journal, 42(2). 

Greif, G. L. & Woolley M. E. (2018). The father-in-law’s relationship with his son-in- law: A preliminary understanding. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 88, 152- 173.

Greif, G. L., & Woolley, M. E. (2016). Considering adult siblings in substance abuse treatment. Social Work, 61, 366-368.

Greif, G. L., & Woolley, M. E. (2015). Patterns of adult sibling relationships after the death of one or both parents. Journal of Social Work and Palliative Care, 11, 74- 89.

Peters, C. S., & Woolley, M. E. (2015). Testing a model of environmental risk and protective factors to predict middle and high school students’ academic success. Children & Schools, 37(3), 135-143.

Gilbert, M. C., Musu-Gillette, L. E., Woolley, M. E., Karabenick, S. A., Strutchens, M. E., & Martin, W. G. (2014). Student perceptions of the classroom environment: Relations to motivation and achievement in mathematics. Learning Environments Research, 1-18.

Woolley, M. E., Rose, R. A., Orthner, D. K., Akos, P. & Jones-Sanpei, H. (2013).

Advancing academic achievement through career relevance in the middle grades: A longitudinal evaluation of CareerStart. American Education Research Journal, 50, 1309-1335.

Rose, R. A., Woolley, M. E., & Bowen, G. L. (2013). Social capital as a portfolio of resources across multiple microsystems: A latent profile analysis measurement strategy. Family Relations, 62, 4, 545-558.

Woolley, M. E., & Rose, R. A., Mercado, M., & Orthner, D. K. (2013). Teachers teaching differently: A qualitative study of implementation fidelity in professional development. Journal of Education and Training, 1, 55-68

Rose, R. A., Woolley, M. E., Orthner, D. K., Akos, P., & Jones-Sanpei, H. (2012) Increasing teachers’ use of career relevant instruction: A randomized control trial of CareerStart. Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 34(3), 295-312

Patton, D. U., Woolley, M. E., Hong, J. S. (2012). Exposure to violence, student fear, and low academic achievement: African American males in the critical transition to high school. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 388-395. 

Koskey, K. L., Karabenick, S. A., Woolley, M. E., Bonney, C. R. & Ammon, B. V. (2010).

Cognitive validity of student self-reports of classroom mastery goal structure: What students are thinking and why it matters. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 35, 254-263.

Woolley, M. E., Strutchens, M. E., Gilbert, M. C., & Martin, W. G. (2010). Student motivation and the math success of black middle school students: Direct and indirect effects of teacher expectations and reform practices. The Negro Educational Review, 61, 41-59.

Grogan-Kaylor, A., & Woolley, M. E. (2010). The social ecology of race and ethnicity school achievement gaps: Economic, neighborhood, school, and family factors. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 20, 875-896.

Orthner, D. K., Akos, P., Rose, R., Jones-Sanpei, H., Mercado, M., & Woolley, M. E. (2010). CareerStart: A middle school student engagement and academic achievement program. Children & Schools, 32, 223-234.

Woolley, M. E., Kol, K., & Bowen, G. L. (2009). The social context of school success for Latino middle school students: Direct and indirect influences of teachers, family, and friends. Journal of Early Adolescence, 29, 43-70.

Woolley, M. E., Grogan-Kaylor, A. Gilster, M. E., Karb, R. A., Gant, L. M., & Reischl, T. (2008). Neighborhood social capital, poor physical conditions, and academic achievement. Children & Schools, 30, 133-145.

Joe, S., Woolley, M. E., Brown, G. K., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., & Beck, A. T. (2008). Psychometric properties of the Beck Depression Inventory-II in low- income African-American suicide attempters. Journal of Personality Assessment, 90, 521-523.

Dietz, N. A., Delva, J., Woolley, M. E., & Russello, L. (2008). The reach of a youth- oriented anti-tobacco media campaign on adult smokers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 93, 180-184.

Woolley, M. E., & Curtis, H. W. (2007). Assessing depression in latency age children: A guide for school social workers. Children & Schools, 29, 209-218. 

Woolley, M. E., & Bowen, G. L. (2007). In the context of risk: Supportive adults and the school engagement of middle school students. Family Relations, 56, 92-104. 

Karabenick, S. A., Woolley, M. E., Friedel, J. M., Ammon, B. V., Blazevski, J., Bonney,

  1. R., De Groot, E., Gilbert, M. C., Musu, L., Kelley, K. L., & Kempler, T. M. (2007). Cognitive processing of self-report items in educational research: Do they think what we mean? Educational Psychologist, 42(3), 139-151.
  2. A., Stapleton, L. M., & Woolley, M. E. (in development). Synthesizing state- level longitudinal education and workforce data: Assessing research utility, refining a CART model, and assessing disclosure risk.

Mowbray, C. T., Woolley, M. E., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Gant, L. M., Gilster, M. E., & Williams-Shanks, T. R. (2007). Neighborhood research from a spatially oriented strengths perspective. Journal of Community Psychology, 35, 667-680.

Woolley, M. E., & Grogan-Kaylor, A. (2006). Protective family factors in the context of neighborhood: Promoting positive school outcomes. Family Relations, 55, 95- 106. 

Grogan-Kaylor, A., Woolley, M. E., Mowbray, C. T., Reischl, T., Gilster, M. E., Karb, R. A., MacFarlane, P., Gant, L., & Alaimo, K. (2006). Predictors of neighborhood satisfaction. Journal of Community Practice, 14(4), 27-50.

Woolley, M. E., Bowen, G. L., & Bowen, N. K. (2006). The development and evaluation of procedures to assess child self-report item validity. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 66, 687-700.

Woolley, M. E., Bowen, G. L., & Bowen, N. K. (2004). Cognitive pretesting and the developmental validity of child self-report instruments: Theory and applications. Research on Social Work Practice, 14, 191-200.

Bowen G. L., Woolley, M. E., Richman, J. M., & Bowen, N. K. (2001) Brief intervention in schools: The school success profile. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 1, 43-54. 

 

Journal Manuscripts in Development

Henneberger, A. K., Johnson, T., Feng, Y., Rose, B. A., Stapleton, L. M., Sweet, T., & Woolley, M. E. (in review). Modeling student mobility in statewide administrative data: An applied comparison of statistical approaches. Submitted to American Education Research Journal. (This manuscript was the Winner, 2020 AERA Annual Conference Division H Award for Advanced Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools Outstanding Publications Competition: Advances in Methodology). 

Lachowicz, M., Bonnéry, D., Shaw, T., Johnson, T., Feng, Y., Henneberger, A. K., Rose, 

Henneberger, A. K., Rose, B., Feng, Y., Johnson, T., & Stapleton, L. M., Sweet, T., & Woolley, M. E. (in development). Attrition in school based evaluation studies: What can be learned from a statewide data system?

Woolley, M. E., Rose, T., & Klumpner, S. (in development). Teachers and peers in the school climate: Influences on middle school student engagement. 

Woolley, M. E. (in development). Bears share and unicorns take their medicine: Metaphorical stories as interventions in school social work practice

Woolley, M. E., Mills, J, & Mandaiker, M. (in development). Jetpack protectors and playing with scorpions: Teaching MSW students in a small group to apply metaphorical storytelling in clinical work with children.

 

Book Chapters

Woolley, M. E. & Greif, G. L. (2021). Adult Sibling Relationships in the United States: Mostly Close, Occasionally Contentious, and Caring for Aging Parents. In A.

Buchanon and A. Rotkirch (Eds.), Brothers and Sisters: Sibling Relationships over the Life Course. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Woolley, M. E. (2012). Assessment of Children. In M. J. Holosko, C. N. Dulmus, & K.

M. Sowers (Eds.), Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families: Evidenced-Informed Assessments and Interventions (1-30). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons. 

Martin, W. G., Strutchens, M. E., Woolley, M. E., & Gilbert, M. C. (2011).Transforming Mathematics Teachers’ Attitudes and Practices Through Intensive Professional Development. In D. J. Brahier and W. R. Speer (Eds.), Motivation and Disposition: Pathways to Learning Mathematics. The 73rd Yearbook of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Reston, VA: NCTM.

Woolley, M. E., & Patton, D. U. (2009). School Violence. In D. Carr, R. Crosnoe, M. E. Hughes & A. Pienta (Eds.) Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, Childhood. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan. 

Woolley, M. E. (2008). Assessment of Children. In W. Rowe & L. A. Rapp-Paglicci (Volume Editors) & K. M. Sowers & L. A. Rapp-Paglicci (Editors-in-Chief), Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare, Volume 3, Social Work Practice (215-245). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

Woolley, M. E. (2007). Advancing a Positive School Climate for Students, Families, and Staff. In C. Franklin, M. B. Harris, & P. Allen-Meares (Eds.), The School Services Sourcebook: A Guide for School-Based Professionals (pp. 777-783). New York, NY: Oxford Press.

Tropman, J. E., Woolley, M. E., Zhu, L., & Smith, R. (2006). When Supervisor and Supervisee are of Different Disciplines: Guidelines and Resources. In C. Franklin,

M. B. Harris, & P. Allen-Meares (Eds.), The School Services Sourcebook: A Guide for School-Based Professionals (pp. 1147-1156). New York, NY: Oxford Press.

Woolley, M. E., Bowen, N. K., & Bowen, G. L. (2005). Mixed Methods: Meaning and Validity in the Development of Self-Report Items for Children. In A. Acock, K. Allen, V. Bengston, D. Klein, & P. Dilworth-Anderson (Eds.): Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methods: An Interactive Approach (pp. 77-80). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Richman, J. M., Bowen, G. L., & Woolley, M. E. (2004) School Failure: An Eco- Interactional Developmental Perspective. In M.W. Fraser (Ed.): Risk and Resilience in Childhood (133-160). (2nd Ed.). Washington DC: NASW Press.

Bowen, N. K, Bowen, G. L, & Woolley, M. E. (2004) Constructing and Validating Assessment Tools for School-Based Practitioners: The Elementary School Success Profile. In A. R. Roberts & K. Y. Yeager (Eds.): Evidence-based practice manual: Research and outcome measures in health and human services (pp. 509- 517). New York, NY:  Oxford University Press.

Bowen, G. L., Powers, J., Woolley, M. E., & Bowen, N. K. (2003) School Violence. In L.

  1. Rapp-Paglicci, C. N. Dulmus, & J. S. Wodarski (Eds.) Handbook of Prevention Interventions for Children and Adolescents (pp. 338-358). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  2. Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences. 64 (11-A), 2004, 4209. Dissertation Chair, Dr. Gary L. Bowen. 

Bowen, G. L., Bowen, N. K., Richman, J. M., & Woolley, M. E. (2002). Reducing School Violence: A Social Capacity Framework. In L. A. Rapp-Paglicci, A. R. Roberts, &

J. S. Wodarski (Eds.) Handbook of Violence (pp. 303-325). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

 

Research Reports

Woolley, M. E., Stapleton, L. M., Bonnery, D., Lachowicz, M., Shaw, T., Henneberger,

A. K., Rose, B. A., Johnson, T. L., & Feng, Y. (2020). Project Final Report: Expanding MLDS Data Access and Research Capacity with Synthetic Data. Submitted to Maryland State Department of Education and U.S, Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Baltimore, MD: University of System of Maryland, Research Branch, Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center.

Henneberger, A. K., Feng, Y., Johnson, T., Zheng, Y., Rose, B., Stapleton, L. M., Sweet, T., & Woolley, M. E. (2019). Prevalence of and Statistical Approaches for Handling Multiple Membership in the Maryland Longitudinal Data System: A Technical Report. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center.

Henneberger, A. K., Uretsky, M. C., Klumpner, S., & Woolley, M. E. (2016) Remedial Coursework in Maryland: Examining Trends, High School Predictors, and College Outcomes. Baltimore, MD: University of System of Maryland, Research Branch, Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center, Maryland State Department of Education. 

Uretsky, M. C., Henneberger, A. K., & Woolley, M. E. (2016). High School Persisters: An Examination of College and Workforce Outcomes. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center.

Zheng, X., Henneberger, A. K., Stapleton, L. M., Woolley, M. E. (2016). STEM Workforce Preparation and Retention in Maryland. Baltimore, MD: University of System of Maryland, Research Branch, Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center, Maryland State Department of Education.

Klein, E. L., Zheng, X., Sunderman, G. L., Henneberger, A. K., Stapleton, L. M., & Woolley, M. E. (2016, May). Preparation and Retention of the Early Childhood Care and Education Workforce in Maryland. Baltimore, MD: University of System of Maryland, Research Branch, Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center, Maryland State Department of Education.

Henneberger, A. K., Shaw, T. V., Uretsky, M. C., & Woolley, M. E. (2015, December). Dual Enrollment in Maryland: A Report to the General Assembly and Governor Lawrence J. Hogan. Baltimore, MD: University System of Maryland, Research Branch, Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center.

Croninger, R. G., Mao, L. X., Stapleton, L. M., & Woolley, M. E. (2015, October). The Inclusion of Online Education Data in the MLDS Inventory: A review with Recommendations. Baltimore, MD: University of System of Maryland, Research Branch, Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center, Maryland State Department of Education.

 

Additional Publications

Woolley, M. E. (2020). Special Issue Editorial: Sibling Relationships across the Life Course. Journal of Family Social Work, 23, 313-317. 

Greif, G. L., & Woolley, M. E. (2015, December). It’s OK to be ambivalent about your siblings during the holidays. The Baltimore Sun.

Greif, G. L., & Woolley, M. E. (2012, December). Do adults talk about their siblings in therapy? News & Views. Washington DC: Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work. 

Woolley, M. E. (2009). Adult relationships supporting school success among Latino youth: Educational expectations, social support, and academic press. The Prevention Researcher, 16 (3), 9-12 (Invited by Editor).

Axelrod, J., Baccellieri, P., Curtis, M., Josserand, R., & Woolley, M. E. (April 2009). School Climate and Culture: Chicago Public Schools Turnaround Model. Chicago, IL: Chicago Public Schools (White Paper).

Woolley, M. E., & Bowen, G. L. (2008). Assessment in schools: Tools and strategies. Children & Schools, 30, 67-69. (Guest Edited Special Issue Journal Editorial)

Bowen, G. L., & Woolley, M. E. (2007). Assessment tools and strategies. Children & Schools, 29, 195-198. (Guest Edited Special Issue Journal Editorial)

Woolley, M. E. (Dissertation, 2003). Assessing the validity of self-report items for children: The inter-rater reliability of cognitive pretesting. Dissertation Abstracts