Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York



Dr. Shirley Gatenio Gabel is an Associate Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service.  Dr. Gatenio Gabel’s research increasingly focuses on how public policies improve the well-being of children from a child right’s perspective.  Dr. Gatenio Gabel has served as a consultant to UNICEF and UNESCO on child poverty and advocacy strategies, social protection in developing countries and social inclusive policies and programs in developing countries. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria in 2005-06 and a Fulbright specialist in 2014 to Argentina. She is a member of CSWE’s Board of Directors, chairs CSWE’s Commission on Global Education, a member of the Katherine A. Kendall Institute and the International Network on Leave Policies and Research.  She co-edited a special issue of JSWE on the globalization of social work education (with Lynne Healy) and is the editor of a book series on rights-based approaches to social work practice (Springer, 2015).  

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Peer-reviewed Journal Publications:

Gatenio Gabel, S. & Kamerman, S.B. (in press). A global review of new risks and new responses for children and their families. Asian Social Work and Policy Review, 3(1).

Gatenio Gabel, S. (2009). The great divide: The marginalization of young Roma children in Bulgaria. International Journal of Social Welfare. (Published online March 2008).

Kamerman, S. B. & Gatenio Gabel, S. (2007). Social protection for children in low and middle–income countries in Asia. Malaysian Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 1, July.

Kamerman, S. B. & Gatenio Gabel, S. (2007). Early childhood education and care in the United States: An overview of the current policy picture. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 1(1), November.

Gatenio Gabel, S. & Kamerman, S.B. (June 2006). Investing in children: Public commitment in 21 industrialized countries, Social Services Review, 80 (3), 239-266.

Books and Book Chapters:

Gatenio Gabel, S. & Kamerman, S.B. (in press). Effective policy writing for diverse Audiences. In B. Simon & W. Green (Eds.) Columbia University guide to socialwork writing in the 21st century, Columbia University Press.

Meyers, M. & Gatenio, S. (in press). Child care in the New York welfare state. In I. Garfinkel & M. Meyers (Eds.) The welfare state of New York City. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Kamerman, S. B. & Gatenio Gabel, S. (2007). Social protection for children and their families: A global overview. In A. Minujin, (Ed.) Social protection initiatives for children, women, and families: An analysis of recent experiences (pp. 91-127). The New School for Social Research and UNICEF.

Kamerman, S.B. & Gatenio, S. (2003). Overview of current policy context. In D. Cryer & R. Clifford (Eds.) Early childhood education and care in the United States. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co.

Gatenio, S., Kahn, A.J., & Kamerman, S.B. (2002). Profile of child and family benefits in the United States. In J. Bradshaw & N. Finch (Eds.) A comparison of child benefit packages in 22 countries (pp. ). UK: Department for Work and Pensions.

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