Terry Shaw

Terry Shaw‌Terry V. Shaw, Associate Professor

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 the child welfare system and how to leverage existing administrative data systems 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 (including child, youth and family mental health; surveillance of psychotropic medication use; pathways to permanency; 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 is the Principal Investigator on a statewide evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of child welfare services that has a strong focus on using child welfare administrative data to inform decisions and he provides technical assistance to the state and jurisdictions in Maryland related to the proper use of administrative data in answering child welfare outcome questions.  Dr. Shaw is also 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 teaches data focused child welfare research and child welfare policy in the MSW program.

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.3811
E-mail: tshaw@ssw.umaryland.edu
Room: SSW/Law Building 559
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