Hal A. Lawson: Curriculum Vitae



Contact Information


Phone Numbers (518 area code for all of them):

School of Social Welfare: 442-5355


Department of Educational Administration and Policy: 442-5088


Home: 286.9922 (after 7AM and before 9PM eastern time, please)








Hlawson@csc.albany.edu (w).  Hlawson@nycap.rr.com (h)





B.A.                                         Oberlin College                                    1966

M.A.                                        University of Michigan                          1967

Ph.D.                                       University of Michigan                          1969



Selected Publications


Articles in Refereed Journals

(with D. Anderson-Butcher, et. al.). (in press).  Design teams as learning systems for complex systems change: Evaluation data and implications for higher education. Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 


(D. Anderson-Butcher, first author).  (in press).  An evaluation of child welfare design teams in four states. Journal of Health and Social Policy.


(2002).  Beyond community involvement and service learning to engaged universities.  Universities and Community Schools.  7(1-2), 79-94.


(with W. Sailor). (2000).   Integrating services, collaborating, and developing connections with schools.  Focus on Exceptional Children, 33(2), 1-22.


(1999).  Two new mental models for schools and their implications for principals’ roles, responsibilities, and preparation.  National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Bulletin, 83 (611), 8-27.


(1999).  Two frameworks for analyzing relationships among school communities, teacher education, and interprofessional education and training programs. Teacher Education Quarterly, 26(4), 9-30.

(1999).  Journey analysis: A framework for integrating consultation and evaluation in complex change initiatives. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 10, 145-172.

(1999).  Education for social responsibility: Preconditions in retrospect and prospect.  Quest, 51, 116-149.


(M. Surko, first author).  (1999). Launching a journey analysis of a community school initiative.  Universities and Community Schools, 6(1-2), 25-48.

(1998).  Rejuvenating, reconstituting and transforming school and community physical education to meet the needs of vulnerable children, youth and families.  Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 18, 2-25.

(1998).  Academically-based community scholarship, consultation as collaborative problem-solving, and a collective responsibility model for the helping fields.  Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 9, 195-232.

(1998).  Here today, gone tomorrow: A framework for analyzing the invention, development, transformation and disappearance of helping fields.  Quest, 50, 225-237.

(K. Briar-Lawson, H. Lawson, et. al.).  (1997).  School-linked comprehensive services: promising beginnings, selected lessons learned, and future challenges.  Social Work in Education, 19, 136-148.


(1997).  Children in crisis, the helping professions and the social responsibilities of the university.  Quest, 49(1), 8-33.


(With K. Briar-Lawson & M. Lawson).  (1997).  Mapping challenges for vulnerable children, youth and families: Implications for university-assisted community schools.  Universities and Community Schools, 5(1-2), 80-95.

(1996).  Expanding the Goodlad/NNER agenda: Interprofessional education and community collaboration in service of vulnerable children, youth and families.  Holistic Education Review, 9 (1), 20-34.

(K. Hooper-Briar, first author). (1995). Families and social development.  International Journal of Comparative and Social Welfare, XI, 1-26.

(1995).  Schools and educational communities in a new vision for child welfare.  Journal for a Just and Caring Education, 1(1), 5-26.

(1994).  Toward healthy learners, schools and communities.  Journal of Teacher Education, 45(1), 62-70.

(1993).  After the regulated life.  Quest, 45, 523-543.

 (1993).  School reform, families and health in the emergent national agenda for economic and social improvement:  Implications.  Quest, 45, 289-307.


(1992).  Beyond the new conception of teacher induction.  The Journal of Teacher Education, 43, 170-179.


(1992).  Toward a socio-ecological conception of health.  Quest, 44, 105-121.


(1991).  Specialization and fragmentation among faculty as endemic features of academic life.  Quest, 43, 280-295.


(1990).  Constraints on the professional service of education faculty. Journal of Teacher Education, 41(4), 57-70.


Recent Books

A. Sallee, H. Lawson, & K. Briar-Lawson. (Eds).  (2001). Innovative practices with vulnerable children and families.   Dubuque, IA: Eddie Bowers Publishers, Inc.


(K. Briar-Lawson, H. Lawson, et. al.).  (2001). Family-supportive policy practice: International perspectives.  New York: Columbia University Press.


(K. Hooper-Briar, first author).  (Eds.), (1996).  Expanding partnerships for vulnerable children, youth and families.  Washington, D.C.: Council on Social Work Education.



(K. Briar-Lawson, H. Lawson, et. al.).  (1998).  From Parent Involvement to Parent Empowerment and Family Support: A Resource Guide for School Community Leaders.  Oxford, OH: The Danforth Foundation & The Institute for Educational Renewal at Miami University


(With K. Briar-Lawson). (1997).  Connecting the dots: Progress toward the integration of school reform, school-linked services, parent involvement and community schools. Oxford, OH: The Danforth Foundation & The  Institute for Educational Renewal at Miami University.


(With K. Hooper-Briar). (1994).  Expanding partnerships:  Involving colleges and universities in interprofessional collaboration and service integration.  Oxford, OH: The Danforth Foundation & The Institute for Educational Renewal at Miami University.


(K. Hooper-Briar, first author).  (1994).  Serving children, youth and families through interprofessional collaboration and service integration: A framework for action.  The Danforth Foundation & The Institute for Educational Renewal at Miami University.


Commissioned Evaluation and Planning Reports


(D. Anderson-Butcher, first author).  (2001). An Evaluation report for the Covington community schools initiative.   Prepared for the Covington Community Center and the Covington School District, Covington, KY.


(with D. Anderson-Butcher, et. al.).  (2000). The Learning Plus evaluation, phase 1:Assessing implementation dynamics, documenting progress indicators and achievements, clarifying key program features and interventions, identifying needs and lessons learned, and paving the way for an outcomes evaluation.  Prepared for the Salt Lake City School District, Salt Lake City, UT.


(and Associates). (1999).  Developing caring school communities for children and youth: Unity of purpose for strong families, schools, community agencies and neighborhood organizations.  An interprofessional leadership guide for facilitators, prepared for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City, MO. 


(with C. Barkdull).  (1999). Developing caring school communities for children and youth: Integrating school reform and caring communities.  A curriculum guide prepared for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City, MO.


Selected Book Chapters

(2002).  Strengthening democracy by expanding the boundaries of school reform and developing caring school communities for children, youth, and their families.  In W. Sailor (Ed.), (2002). Whole-school success and inclusive education: Building partnerships for learning, achievement, and accountability (vii-xii).  New York: Teachers College Press.


(with K. Briar-Lawson).  (2001).  Family-supportive community schools: Thirteen strategies.  In P. Senge, N. Cambron-McCabe, et. al., (Eds.), Schools that learn (pp. 534-536).  New York: Doubleday Currency.


(1998).  Collaborative educational leadership for 21st century school communities.  In D. van Veen, C. Day, & G. Walraven (Eds.), Multi-service schools: Integrated services for children and youth at risk (pp. 173-193).   Leuven/Apeldoorn, The Netherlands: Garant Publishers.


(With K. Briar-Lawson, first author).  (1997).  Collaboration and integrated, community-based strategies for individuals and families in rural areas.  In S. Jones & J. Zlotnick (Eds.), Preparing helping professionals to meet community needs: Generalizing from the rural experience (pp. 111-126).  Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.


(With K. Briar-Lawson).  (1997).  Toward family-supportive community schools. In C. Day, D. van Veen, & G. Walraven (Eds.),  hildren and youth at risk and urban education: Research, policy and practice (pp. 181-208). Leuven/Apeldoorn: The European Educational Research Association & Garant Publishers.


(With R. Flora, et.al.).  (1995).  Building links with families and communities.  In R. Osguthorpe, et. al. (Eds.), Partner schools: Centers for educational renewal (pp. 205-224).  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


(With K. Hooper-Briar).  (1994).  Issues of vision, innovation, mission and competent practice.  In L. Adler & S. Gardner (Eds.), The politics of linking schools and social services: The politics of education association yearbook (pp. 157-159).  London:  Taylor & Francis.


Recent Presentations

 (2002).  A hybrid evaluation exemplar for 21st century learning centers: Implications for social work.  Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA., January. 

(2001).  The roles of schools in addressing inter-generational poverty.  Capital Area School Development Association’s Executive Committee, Albany, NY.

(2001).  Social work in the engaged university and the engaged university’s social work. National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October.

 (2001).  Academically-based community scholarship, the development of professional practice theories, and the socially responsible, engaged university.  National Conference on Understanding Practice-Oriented education, Boston, MA, April.

(D. van Veen, first author). (2001).  Developing infrastructures for school-linked integrated services.  International Conference on School Linked Services, Amsterdam, April.

 (2001).  Reformulating the school violence problem: Implications for research, policy, and practice.   International Conference on School Violence, Paris, France, February. 

(2001).  An empowerment-oriented approach to action research and community partnerships.   Research Priorities: Perspectives from the Nonprofit Sector Symposium, Center on Women in Government, University at Albany, Albany, NY.

(2000).  Training systems, learning systems, and the challenges of intervention and evaluation.   National Child Welfare Conference: New Century Innovations for Vulnerable Children, Youth, and Families.  Snowbird, UT, September.

 (2000). Innovations to improve children’s well being and youth development in the United States: Opportunities in a climate of policy challenges and contradictions. Invited Address, Fédération Internationale des Communautés des Enfants (FICE), Maastricht, The Netherlands.


(with Dawn Anderson-Butcher).  (2000).  The social work of sport.  Invited plenary address, UNESCO-Sponsored World Congress, Sport for All. Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, May.


(2000).  Globalization and the social work imagination.  Refereed paper, Joint Conference of the International Federation of Social Workers and the International Association of Schools of Social Work, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July.


(M. Surko, first author).  (2000).  Theory-based evaluation of a collaborative community school initiative.  American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, August.

(2000).  Expanding and enriching interprofessional education in the global age.  Invited feature address, International Conference on Interprofessional Education and Training, Towards Holistic Well Being: Promoting Effective Partnerships, Oulu, Finland, August.

(with K. Briar-Lawson, et. al.) (2000). A new model for uniting, harmonizing, integrating, and promoting action research, advocacy, systems change, partnerships, and research innovation, dissemination, and utilization.  Society for Social Work and Research, Charleston, SC, January.

(with K. Briar-Lawson).  (1999).  A saturation model for healthy children and youth, family support, and community development: Promoting community collaboration.  The Children’s Summit, California State University Fresno and The Children’s Hospital, Fresno, CA, November.

(1999).  A national perspective on community schools.  Improving America’s Schools: U.S. Department of Education Regional Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, November.

(With R. Boyer, P. Western, et. al.).  (1999).   Using collaborative action research to derive a practice model for middle managers of DCFS neighborhood-based, child welfare teams.  Family Preservation Conference, Austin, TX, September.

(1999).  A framework for integrating school reform and caring communities.  Missouri Caring Communities Conference, Lake Ozark, MO, June.

(1999).  The changing role of the principal in school-family-community partnerships.  Missouri Caring Communities Conference, Lake Ozark, MO., June.

(1999). Interprofessional leadership and the future of the helping professions.  Wheelock College Board of Trustees, President, and Faculty, Wheelock College, Boston, MA, May.

(1999).  Emergent challenges and next phases with school-linked services.  American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Quebec, April.

(with K. Briar-Lawson, et. al. ). (1999). The development of an empowerment-oriented model for interprofessional collaboration, organizational improvement, and policy change.  American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Quebec, April.

(1999). Scale and up sustainability issues for school-family-community partnerships.  Invited featured address, National Conference on School Reform and Integrated Services, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March.

(1999).  A theory of change evaluation design for interprofessional education and collaboration.  National Conference of Child Welfare Grantees, Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, March.

 (1998).  The context for urban, university-school community partnerships and interprofessional education.  Invited Conference on University-School Community Partnerships, Interprofessional Education Commission of Ohio, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, December.

 (1998).  Globalization and the social responsibilities of citizen-professionals.  Keynote Address, AIESEP International Conference, Garden City, NY, July.

 (With K. Briar-Lawson).  (1998).  Recent developments in interprofessional education and training.  Council on Social Work Education, Orlando, FL, March.

(1997).  Integrating family support and school reform.  Georgia Family Connection Conference, Augusta, GA., August.

(With K. Briar-Lawson).  (1997).  Interprofessional collaboration and teacher education.  Council on Exceptional Children and Office of Special Education Invited National Conference,  Washington, DC, July.


(1996). From interprofessional to community collaboration. Featured Address, Second Annual Conference on Collaboration; Effective Inteprofessional Practice Skills for Community Empowerment,  Fresno, CA., November.


Examples of Grants


(with R. Schimmer, Parsons Child and Family Center, PI).  (2001).  Mental health services for the Philip Schuyler Elementary School.  $145,000 per year, New York State Department of Mental Health.


(With A. Sasich, PI, et. al. Salt Lake City Schools). (1999). Learning plus: A twenty-first century learning center.  $2,100,000.  U.S. Department of Education.


(1998-99).  Training curriculum and resource manual for the integration of school reform and caring communities in Missouri.  $27,000.  Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


(With R. Jackson & E. Godber). (1998). Teacher-led, classroom-based teams for integrated services and teaching-learning.  $10,000.  Utah Department of Education, At-Risk Youth Division.


(With K. Briar-Lawson, N. Harris, Co-PI's).  (1998-2000).  Scale-up training and development for child welfare in Colorado.  $225,000.  Colorado Department of Child and Family Services. 


(With K. Briar-Lawson Co-PI).  (1997-2000). Interprofessional education and training for child welfare workers.  $450,000.  Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


(With K. Briar-Lawson Co-PI).  (1997-2000). New century child welfare practices.  $300,000.  Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


 (With K. Hooper-Briar, Co-PI). (1995). Advancing, evaluating and promoting successful schools.  $125,000.  The Danforth Foundation.


(With K. Hooper-Briar, Co-PI). (1995-97). Community schools proposal for the West end community of Cincinnati, OH.  $450,000.  U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


(With K. Hooper-Briar, Co-PI).  (1994). WEPIC replication project involving Miami University and the Bloom Middle School Community.  $180,000.  DeWitt Wallace Foundation and University of Pennsylvania.


(With K. Hooper-Briar, Co-PI).  (1994).  Planning for the Merger of School Reform and School-Based Services.  $56,000.  The Danforth Foundation.


(With K. Hooper-Briar.)  (1993).  The Enhancement of Healthy Learners. $52,958. The Danforth Foundation  .


(With K. Hooper-Briar, P.I.).  (1993). The United National International Year of the Family:  Building an International Family Support Agenda.  $40,000. The Ford Foundation .


Membership in Professional Associations

American Educational Research Association

Society for Social Work and Research