Mary L. McCarthy

Mary L. McCarthy

Child Welfare, Organizational Culture and Climate, Implementation Research, Workforce focused practice and research

The World Within Reach
Mary L. McCarthy
Undergraduate Program Chair

School of Social Welfare
Director and Co-Principal Investigator

Social Work Education Consortium & National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

301 Richardson Hall




BA SUNY College Oswego, Oswego, NY
MSW University at Albany, Albany, NY
Ph.D. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's Newfoundland, Canada

Research Interests

Child Welfare
Organizational Culture and Climate
Implementation Research
Workforce focused practice and research



Briar-Lawson, K, McCarthy, M., Dickinson, N. (Eds.) (2013). The Children's Bureau: Shaping a century of child welfare practices, programs and policies. NASW Press, Washington, DC.

Book Chapters

Munson, S., McCarthy, M., Dickinson, N. (in press). The Child Welfare Workforce. In Mallon, G. and Hess, P. Child Welfare for the 21st Century. Columbia University Press, New York, NY.



Wu, L., Rusyidi, B., Claiborne, N., McCarthy, M. (2013). Relationships between work-life balance and job-related factors among child welfare workers. Children and Youth Services Review 35, 1447-1454.

Lawrence, C.K., Strolin-Goltzman, J.S., Caringi, J., Claiborne, N., McCarthy, M., Butts, E., and O'Connell, K. (2012). Evaluation in child welfare organizations. Administration in Social Work. 36(5).

Strolin-Goltzman, J., Lawrence, C, Auerbach, C, Caringi, J., Claiborne, N, Lawson, H., McCarthy, M. McGowan, B., Sherman, R., Shim, M. (2009). Design Teams: A Promising organizational intervention for improving turnover rates in the child welfare workforce. Child Welfare 88(5).

Strolin, J, McCarthy, M, Lawson, H, Smith, B, Bronstein, L. (2008). A Comparison Study Between High and Low Turnover Systems in Public Child Welfare: Participatory Research Initiated from the Source. Child Welfare. 87(4), 125-143.

Dorch, E., McCarthy, M. Denofrio, D. (2008). Calculating child welfare separation, replacement, training costs. Social Work in Public Health, 23(6), 39-54.

Caringi, J., Strolin-Goltzman, J., Lawson, H. McCarthy, M., Briar-Lawson, K., & Claiborne, N. (2008). Child Welfare Design Teams: An Intervention to Improve Workforce Retention and Facilitate Organizational Development. Research on Social Work Practice. 18(6), 565-574.

Strolin-Goltzman, J. Auerbach, C., McGowen, B., McCarthy, M. (2007) The Relationship between Organizational Characteristics and Workforce Turnover among Rural, Urban, and Suburban Public Child Welfare Systems. Administration in Social Work. 32(1), 77-91.

Strolin, J., McCarthy, M., Caringi, J. (2006). Causes and effects of child welfare workforce turnover: Current state of knowledge and future directions. Journal of Public Child Welfare.1/2.

Lawson, H., McCarthy, M., Briar-Lawson, K, Miraglia, P., Strolin, J., Caringi, J. (2006). A Complex Partnership to Optimize and Stabilize the Public Child Welfare Workforce. Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education 9(3) 122-139.

Fortune, A.E., McCarthy, M, Abramson, J.S. (2001). Student Learning Processes in Field Education: Relationship of Learning Activities to Quality of Field Instruction, Satisfaction, and Performance among MSW students. Journal of Social Work Education 37(1) 111-124.


McCarthy, M. (2006). The Context and Process for Performance Evaluations: Necessary Preconditions for the Use of Performance Evaluations as a Measure of Performance-A Critique of Perry. Research on Social Work Practice.16 (4) 419-423.

Zlotnik, J.L., McCarthy, M., Briar-Lawson, K. (2006/2006 Winter) Key Strategies to Educate Public Child Welfare Workers and to Foster Child Welfare System Improvements. The Evaluation Exchange XI(4) 10.

McCarthy, M., Ramos, B., Sofka, C., Lyman, S. (1999). Assessing Your Family of Origin. Exercise 17 in Social Work Practice: Cases, Activities, and Exercises. Kim Strom-Gottfried. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.