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 client 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.

Expertise & Interests

  • School-based Social Work
  • Advanced Practice with Children, Youth, and Families

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

Recent Publications


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.