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Rebecca Davis

Rebecca T. Davis

Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Office of Global Social Work Programs

MSW, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, PhD, North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Davis's practice interests include case management practice globally, global social work education, child protection system strengthening in low and middle income countries, strengthening the link between global social work and social work with immigrants and refugees within the US, and online social work education. Dr. Davis's research interests include qualitative case study methods applied to the study of child welfare practice and systems, gender-based violence and equality in Sub Saharan Africa, and global social work education outcomes.

(848) 932-4489 x24489

redavis@ssw.rutgers.edu

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Bio: 

Dr. Rebecca Davis teaches foundation, clinical practice, and global social work courses. Dr. Davis directs study abroad programs to Romania and Mexico with a special focus on community engagement. Her global development work focuses on social work education and child protection system strengthening in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa with a special focus on ending violence against children and girls' empowerment. Her recent work includes a social service workforce assessment in Eastern Europe, strengthening case management services in Nigeria, Malawi, Swaziland, and Namibia, and evaluation of child protection reforms in Ghana. She authored a Case Management Toolkit for evaluating child welfare case management services in the former Soviet Bloc countries. She served as a Fulbright Scholar to Romania from 1992-94 and implemented a major child welfare reform project for World Vision Romania and USAID in 1998-2002. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance and represents the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) to the United Nations.  

Courses Taught: 

  • Global Social Work and Social Development
  • Summer Study Abroad to Romania
  • Social Work Practice I
  • Social Work Practice II
  • Clinical Social Work I
  • Clinical Social Work II
  • Clinical Social Work: Families
  • Clinical Social Work: Children

Selected Recent Publications: 

Davis, R. (in press). Construction a profession of social work: The role of social work supervision. Social Work Review, 1.

Davis, R. (2009). Human capacity within child welfare systems: The social work workforce in Africa. Report for the Global Health Technical Assistance Project, The QED Group, LLC, with CAMRIS International, and Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Davis, R. & Blake, A. (2008). Social work education and the practice environment in Europe and Eurasia.Report for the Social Transition Team, Office of Democracy, Governance and Social Transition of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/E&E/DGST) by Creative Associates International, Inc., and the Aguirre Division of JBS International, Inc.

Davis, R. (2006). A comparative country study of the evolution of community-based social services in the former Soviet Bloc. Report for the Social Transition Team, Office of Democracy, Governance and Social Transition of USAID by Aguirre International.

Davis, R. & Aulenbach, K. (2005). Emerging Practices in Community Based Services for Vulnerable Groups: A Study of Social Services Best Practices in Armenia. Report for the Social Transition Team, Office of Democracy, Governance and Social Transition of USAID by Aguirre International.

Davis, R. & Aulenbach, K. (2005). Promising practices in community-based social services in CEE/CIS/Baltics: A framework for analysis. Report for the Social Transition Team, Office of Democracy, Governance and Social Transition of USAID by Aguirre International.

Davis, R. T. (2005). Child Welfare Reform in a Global Context: A Blueprint for Analysis. Child Welfare Specialty Section. Washington, DC: NASW.

Edwards, R. E., Roth, M., Davis, R. T., and Popescu, L. (2000). The Role of Global Collaborative Efforts to Develop Romania’s Child Protection and Social Work Education Systems. Canadian Social Work, Special Issue, July, 2000.

Davis, Rebecca T. (1989). Elder Abuse and Neglect. In Staab, A. and Lyles, M. F. Manual of Geriatric Nursing. Lenview, IL: Scott, Little, Brown.

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