Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 


   
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brenda mcgowan, professor
james r. dumpson chair in child welfare studies
   

Dr. Brenda McGowan is the James R. Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare Studies at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.  She formerly served as the Ruth Harris Ottman Professor of Family and Child Welfare at Columbia University School of Social Work.  She has taught in the area of clinical and advocacy practice and family and children's services for over 30 years.  She previously engaged in child welfare practice in Boston and served as an associate in the Juvenile Justice Division of the Children's Defense Fund.  She has also been active in a number of child welfare advisory committees and has served as expert witness in several class action cases related to children's services in New York City.

Dr. McGowan is the author or co-author of five books as well as a number of articles and monographs related to the delivery of family and children's services.  These include several publications focused specifically on child welfare services in New York City.  The last book she co-authored with P. M. Hess, Nurturing the One, Supporting the Many, presents the results of a five-year study of the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (Columbia University Press, 2003).  More recently, she has focused on the development of neighborhood networks to support provision of child welfare services and issues of staff recruitment, job satisfaction, and retention in child welfare.  She is currently on the board of the Fund for the Advancement of Social Services and the Advisory Committee for the Fahs-Beck Fund at New York Community Trust, as well as several editorial advisory committees. 


Contact Information: (212) 636-7130 / brmcgowan@fordham.edu

 

SCHOLARLY INTEREST

Organization and delivery of child welfare services; Staff recruitment and retention of child welfare; Making research relevant to practitioners; Recruitment and retention of child welfare staff


EDUCATION

D.S.W.       Columbia University School of Social Work
M.S.W.       Boston College
B.A.            Wellesly College



SELECT PUBLICATIONS
  
BOOKS

P. Hess, B.G. McGowan and M. Botsko. Nurturing the One, Supporting the Many: The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.

B.G. McGowan and W. Meezan, eds. Child Welfare: Current Dilemmas, Future Directions. Itasca, IL: Peacock Publishers, 1983.

J. Knitzer, M.L. Allen, and B.G. McGowan. Children Without Homes. Washington, DC: Children's Defense Fund, 1978.

B.G. McGowan and K.L. Blumental. Why Punish the Children: A Study of Children of Women Prisoners. Hackensack, NJ: National Council on Crime and Delinquency, (Study replicated by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency in 1994).

A.J. Kahn, S.B. Kamerman, and B.G. McGowan. Child Advocacy: Report of a National Baseline Study. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1973.


ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS


B.G. McGowan, C. Auerbach, J. Strolin. "Turnover in the Child Welfare Workforce: A Different Perspective." Journal of Social Services Research, In press.

B.G. McGowan and E.M. Walsh. "Writing in Family and Child Welfare" in Writing in Social Work, W. Green and B.L. Simon, eds. NY: Columbia University Press, Publication anticipated, Fall 2009.

J. Strolin, C. Auerbach, B.G. McGowan, and M.L. McCarthy. "The Relationship Between Organizational Characteristics and Workforce Turnover in Rural Urban, and Suburban Public Child Welfare Systems." Administration in Social Work, 32(1), 2008.

C. Auerbach and B.G. McGowan. "How Does Professional Education Impactthe Job Outlook of Public Child Welfare Workers?" Journal of Public Child Welfare, I (3), 2007.

B.G. McGowan. "Historical Evolution of Child Welfare Services" in Child Welfare for the Twenty-First Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs. G. Mallon and P. Hess, eds. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.

B.G. McGowan and M. Mattison. "Professional Values and Ethics" in Foundations of Social Work Practice, 3rd Ed. M. Mattaini, C. Lowery, and C.M. Meyer, eds. Washington, DC.: National Association of Social Worker, 2002.

E. Van Bergeijk and B.G. McGowan. "Children in Foster Care" in Handbook of Social Work Practice with Vulnerable Populations, 2nd Ed. A. Gitterman, Ed. NY: Columbia University Press, 2001.

B.G. McGowan, "CUSSW and Child Welfare: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" in Columbia University School of Social Work: A Centennial Celebration, R.A. Feldman, and S.B. Kamerman, eds. NY: Columbia University Press, 2001.

P.M. Hess, B.G. McGowan, and M. Botso. "Preserving and Supporting Families Over Time: The Center for Family Life Preventative Services Program Model." Child Welfare, 79(3), (May-June 2000), 227-265.

B.G. McGowan and E.M. Walsh. "Policy Challenges for Child Welfare in the New Century." Child Welfare, 79(1), (Jan-Feb 2000), 11-27.

B.G. McGowan and M. Mattison. "Professional Values and Ethics" in Foundations of Social Work Practice, 2nd Ed. M. Mattaini, C. Lowery, and C.M. Meyer, eds. Washington, D.C.: National Association of Social Workers, 1998.

B.G. McGowan and S.P. Cohen. "Comments on Outcomes Measurement in Child and Family Services" in Outcomes Measurement in Human Services. E. Mullen and J. Magnabosco, eds. Washington, D.C.: NASW Press, 1997.

M.A. Mattaini, B.G. McGowan and G. Williams. "Child Maltreatment" in Finding Solutions to Social Problems. M.A. Mattaini and B.A. Thyer, eds. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1996.

P. Hess, B.G. McGowan and C.H. Meyer. "Practitioners' Perspectives on Family and Child Services" in Children and Their Families in Big Cities. A.J. Kahn and S.B. Kamerman, eds. NY: Columbia University School of Social Work, 1996.

B.G. McGowan. "Values and Ethics" in Foundations of Social Work Practice. C.H. Meyer and M. Mattaini, eds., Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers, 1995.

B.G. McGowan. "Does Worker Discretion in the Implementation of Agency Policy Compromise Attainment of Agency Objectives?" in Controversial Issues in Child Welfare. E. Gambrill and T. Stein, eds., NY: Allyn and Bacon, 1994.

B.G. McGowan. "Can Changing the Workplace Change Child Welfare?" in Controversial Issues in Social Policy. H.J. Karger and J. Midgley, eds. NY: Allyn and Bacon, 1994.

B.G. McGowan. "Child Welfare: The Context for Reform" in Child Welfare Reform. NY: National Center for Children in Poverty, October 1991.

S. Leavitt and B.G. McGowan. "Transferring the Principles of Intensive Family Preservation Services to Different Fields of Practice" in Intensive Family Preservation Services: An Instructional Sourcebook. E.M. Tracy et al, eds. Cleveland: Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, 1991.

B.G. McGowan and E. Stutz. "Children in Foster Care" in Handbook of Social Work Practice with Vulnerable Populations. A. Gitterman, ed. NY: Columbia University Press, 1991.

B.G. McGowan and A. Kohn. " Social Support and Teen Pregnancy in the Inner City" in Advances in Adolescent Mental Health. A.R. Stiffman and L.E. Davis, eds. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1990.

B.G. McGowan. "Family-Based Services and Public Policy" in Improving Practice Technology for Work with High-Risk Families. J. Whittaker and E. Tracy, eds. Seattle: U. of Washington, 1988. (Reprinted in Reaching High Risk Families. J. Whittaker et al, eds. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine, 1990).

B.G. McGowan and E.M. Walsh. "Services for Children" in Setting Municipal Priorities, 1990. Charles Brecher and Raymond Horton, eds. NY: New York University Press, 1989.

B.G. McGowan. "Helping Puerto Rican Families at Risk: Responsive Use of Time, Space, and Relationships" in Ethnicity and Race: Critical Concepts in Social Work. C. Jacobs and D.D. Dowles, eds., Silver Spring, MD: NASW, 1988.

B.G. McGowan. "Child Advocacy in the USA: An Overview of Recent Developments" in Protection or Prevention?: A Critical Look at the Voluntary Child Care Sector. W. Stone and C. Warren, eds., London: National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organizations, 1987.

B.G. McGowan. "Advocacy" in Encyclopedia of Social Work, 18th ed., Silver Springs, MD: National Association of Social Workers, 1987.

B.G. McGowan and E.M. Walsh. "Social Policy and Legislative Change" in Handbook of Child Welfare. Joan Laird and Ann Hartman, eds. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1985.

B.G. McGowan. "Employee Counseling Boosts Well-Being and Output." World of Work Report, 9 (December 1984).

B.G. McGowan. "Historical Evolution of Child Welfare Services: An Examination of the Sources of Current Problems and Dilemmas" in McGowan and Meezan, op.cit., 1983.

J. Cohen and B.G. McGowan. "What Do You Do?: An Inquiry into the Potential of Work-Related Research in Social Work Practice" in Work, Workers, and Work Organizations: A View from Social Work. Sheila H. Akabas and Paul A. Kurzman, eds. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1982.

B.G. McGowan. "Translating Children's Needs Into Rights: The IYC Challenge." Junior League Review, LXI (September 1979).

B.G. McGowan. "Strategies in Bureaucracies" in Working for Children: Ethical Issues Beyond Professional Guidelines. Judith Mearig, ed., San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc. 1978.

B.G. McGowan. "The Case Advocacy Function in Child Welfare Practice." Child Welfare, LVII, (May 1978). (Reprinted in Agency-Based Social Work, H. Weissman, I. Epstein, and A. Savage. eds., Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1984).

B.G. McGowan and K.L. Blumenthal. "Children of Women Prisoners a Forgotten Minority" in The Female Offender, L. Crites, ed., Lexington, Mass: D.C. Heath & Co., 1976.

C. Grosser and B.G. McGowan. "Case Advocacy Practice" in Community Organizing: From Enabling to Advocacy, rev. ed., by Charles Grosser. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1976.

E.L. Delaney and B.G. McGowan. "The Wilder Case - A Different View." America, 132, (June 7, 1975).

A.J. Kahn, S.B. Kamerman and B.G. McGowan. "Research and Advocacy." Children Today, March/April 1972.


   

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