University at Albany
Mary McCarthy

Mary L. McCarthy, Ph.D., MSW '82

Distinguished Continuing Professional Education Leadership Award of Excellence

Director of the Social Work Education Consortium and National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

Mary L. McCarthy, PhD, LMSW ’82 is director of the New York State Social Work Education Consortium, a partnership of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Bureau of Training, the New York State Association of Deans of Schools of Social Work, the social work education community, and local social services. The Consortium works to identify and implement programs and activities that promote a forward-looking approach to training and education, emphasizing workforce stabilization and professionalization.
Dr. McCarthy is also co-principal investigator for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), a service of the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NCWWI builds the capacity of the nation’s child welfare workforce and improves outcomes for children and families through activities that support the development of skilled child welfare leaders in public and tribal child welfare systems, and in private agencies that are contracted by the state to provide services traditionally provided by the public child welfare system.
Professional development and lifelong learning are constant and interwoven themes in Mary McCarthy’s work. From 1979-82, she worked as a project assistant and associate for the University at Albany’s Continuing Education Program (CEP), which later became the Professional Development Program (PDP). She serves as Region III representative to the board of directors for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and from 2006-08, she was president of the New York State chapter of NASW. Dr. McCarthy is a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the University at Albany President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
A faculty member at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare since 1988, Mary McCarthy earned her MSW from the University at Albany in 1982 and her PhD with distinction from Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada in 2003.