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Bethany Lee

Bethany Lee

Director of the PhD and Post-Doctoral Program

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Dr. Bethany Lee is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and currently serves as the Director of the PhD and Post-Doctoral Program. She has been on the faculty since 2007. She received her MSW and PhD from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a student of J. Curtis McMillen (UM SSW PhD alumnus).

Her research is centered on services for youth involved in the public systems of child welfare and/or mental health. She is also interested in advanced statistical methods. She has received funding for her research from federal sources including the Children’s Bureau and Center for Medicaid Services, as well as state and local partners. She is currently the lead evaluator of the Behavioral Health Workforce Integration Support and Education (BHWISE) Fellowship. She also serves as Co-Pi with Tony Bonadio to evaluate Youth Villages GuideTree service.

Dr. Lee teaches primarily in the PhD program. She is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research and the Editor in Chief of Residential Treatment for Children & Youth.

As a West Baltimore resident, Dr. Lee is involved in community development and advocacy efforts in her Sandtown neighborhood.

Expertise & Interests

  • Child Welfare
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Quality of Care
  • Out-of-home Care
  • Residential Treatment
  • Treatment Foster Care
  • Quantitative Methodology

MSW; PhD, Washington University

Recent Publications

Aquavita, S. P., Lee, B. R., Levy, M., Holmes, C., Sacco, P., & Harley, D. (2020). Preparing Master of Social Work Students for Interprofessional Practice. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.


Lee, B. R., Wyman Battalen, A., Brodzinsky, D. M., & Goldberg, A. E. (2020). Parent, Child, and Adoption Characteristics associated with Post-Adoption Support Needs. Social Work Research, 44 (1), 21-32.


Kobulsky, J. M., Smith-Goering, E., Lee, B. R., Gray, C., Moon, C., Bright, C. L. & Goodwin, B. (2019). Virtual coaching for child welfare workers: a tool to promote learning. Journal of Public Child Welfare. Doi:10.1080/15548732.2019.1628867


Cosgrove, J. A., Lee, B. R., & Unick, G. J. (2019). A Longitudinal Evaluation of Wraparound’s Impact on Youth Mental Health Service Use. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.


Greeno, E. J., Lee, B. R., Tuten, M., & Harburger, D. (2019). Prevalence of substance use, housing instability, and self-perceived preparation for independence among current and former foster youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 36, 409-418.