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Rebecca Davis

Associate Professor Director, Center for Global Social Work Studies

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 has 15 years experience in international social work and international development, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe. She lived and worked in Romania for 10 years, initially going on a Fulbright to teach social work ('92-'94). After that she worked on a number of different United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded projects in civil society development and international education with World Learning. From 1998-2002, she was the Director of the Child Welfare and Reform Protection Project, a $6.3 million USAID project granted to World Vision to reduce dependency on child institutionalization by piloting community care programs. Since returning to the US, she has completed a comparative country study on the evolution of community based services in the Former Soviet Bloc countries. She is a consultant on child welfare reform to Save the Children/UK in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to her international work, Dr. Davis worked in various clinical, management and educational positions in North Carolina. Dr. Davis received her Master of Social Work in 1974 from UNC/Chapel Hill and her Doctorate in Child and Family Studies in 1983 from UNC/Greensboro. She holds clinical social work licenses in New Jersey and North Carolina.

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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