Mary McCarthy

Social work practitioner examines public policy for children, families and oppressed groups

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Mary McCarthy

Assistant Dean
School of Social Welfare
Department: Social Welfare

Child welfare; children and families; political social work

Campus phone: 442-5338
Campus email: [email protected]


The director of the Social Work Education Consortium and a lecturer at the School of Social Welfare, Mary McCarthy's practice experience as a caseworker and administrator in child welfare and education frames her interest in public policy for children, families, and oppressed groups.

In her role as director of the Social Work Education Consortium, McCarthy fosters the partnership between the New York State Deans of Schools of Social Work, the County Child Welfare systems and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. The Consortium is working on professionalization and stabilization initiatives for the public sector workforce. This involves funding to support interagency collaboration, community development and the education and training of child welfare practitioners.

McCarthy, who also serves as the assistant dean for school advancement at the School of Social Welfare, received her M.S.W. from UAlbany in 1982 and her Ph.D. from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2003. She was the NASW Northeast Division 1992 Social Worker of the year.