Terry Shaw

Terry Shaw‌Terry V. Shaw, Associate Professor and Director, Research Division, Institute for Innovation and Implementation

Dr. Shaw is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.  He has been on the faculty since 2007.  He received his MSW from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and his MPH and Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Shaw's research is focused on a line of inquiry centered on the experience of children in child-serving systems and how to leverage existing administrative data to improve policy and practice.  Dr. Shaw is particularly interested in examining the pathways into and through child serving systems, focusing on opportunities for state systems to understand service overlaps, improve overall service delivery, and address the multiple needs of the children and families involved with these systems.  Dr. Shaw’s work includes child, youth and family mental health; surveillance of psychotropic medication use; pathways to permanency for youth in child welfare; educational access; and access to physical health services.   Dr. Shaw has expertise in advanced statistical methods and extensive experience utilizing longitudinal data systems to answer questions related to service outcomes and to inform policy.
Dr. Shaw has ongoing partnerships with the Maryland Department of Human Services, including a project examining the efficiency and effectiveness of child welfare services with a strong focus on using child welfare administrative data to inform decisions.   Dr. Shaw works with the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center – a state agency designed as a collaboration between the SSW, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland Department of Labor.  Dr. Shaw provides technical assistance to the state and jurisdictions in Maryland related to the use of administrative data in answering child welfare outcome questions.  Dr. Shaw is the Principal Investigator on a Multiagency data linking project known as LINKs that is enhancing our capacity to examine cross system needs of children in Maryland. 

Dr. Shaw coordinates the MSW/MPH dual degree program and he teaches child and family policy and data focused child welfare research in the MSW program.

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.3811
E-mail: tshaw@ssw.umaryland.edu
Room: SSW/Law Building 55
Shaw CV

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


MSW, University of Missouri-Columbia
MPH; PhD, University of California-Berkeley

Expertise and Research Interests

Child Welfare
Advanced Statistical Methods with Administrative Data
Environmental Issues Into Social Work Policy & Practice
Child Welfare Outcomes and Accountability
Adoption and Other Avenues to Permanency
Using Data to Inform Policy