Caroline Harmon-Darrow, PhD, MSW, LMSW, is committed to violence prevention, criminal justice diversion, conflict resolution and restorative justice interventions, and the prevention of human trafficking. She graduated in May 2021.
She completed her MSW at the University of Maryland Baltimore, with a BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. She is also a licensed LMSW macro social worker and certified mediator in Maryland.
During the PhD program, she has authored and co-authored eight manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, including Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, with six more under review. She has conducted research funded by the Maryland Judiciary, submitted a dissertation grant proposal to NIJ, and worked on research studies funded by DOJ-OVC, HHS-AFC, SAMHSA and NIDA with her mentors, Drs. Nadine Finigan-Carr and Nalini Negi.
Caroline Harmon-Darrow’s mixed method dissertation “Comparing the impact of community-based mediation vs. prosecution on assault recidivism among adults” represents her longstanding commitment to criminal justice diversion and decarceration, and the craft of community-based mediation, and led to the creation of a statewide working group on intimate partner violence screening in criminal cases. She has presented her research at multiple national conferences (CSWE, SSWR, ASC, NSWM, NOFSW, ACR) as well as to statewide and community groups. In 2016 she was honored with a National Institute of Justice research assistantship, a UMB dissertation grant, and first place in the Maryland Public Health Association’s student poster competition.
Teaching Interests and Experience
She has taught foundation courses including Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations in the MSW program online, hybrid, and in person, and on Social Work Policy in the Masters and Bachelors programs, having been mentored by Dr. Michael Reisch. She has also delivered guest lectures in the University of Maryland College Park’s Criminology program, and the UMB School of Law’s Mediation Clinic where she has mentored law students through co-mediation.
Practice Interests and Experience
Caroline Harmon-Darrow was a macro social worker and community mediator serving as a community organizer, nonprofit Development Director and Executive Director for 13 years prior to the PhD program. This practice experience informs her research questions, values, and connections. She served as President and founder of Creative City Public Charter School and raised nearly $1M for its launch in 2013, an arts- and place-based public elementary school that both of her children attended. Since beginning the PhD program, she has continued to volunteer there, with community mediation, and with Baltimore Ceasefire, a grassroots public health movement to end gun violence. She serves as co-chair of the Grand Challenges of Social Work’s Smart Decarceration working group on Policing.