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Jeffrey Draine, MSW, Ph.D. Selected as New Chair of the School of Social Work

Message from the Dean

August 1, 2011

I am pleased to welcome Jeffrey Draine, MSW, Ph.D., in his new role as Chair of the School of Social Work. 

He joins us from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Policy and Practice, as Senior Fellow, at the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and as Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics.
Dr. Draine’s more than 20 years in the Social Work arena will offer a great deal of perspective and experience to his new role. He has an extensive academic and research history that includes a focus on behavioral health and its intersection with the criminal justice system, examining how policy and practice impact community inclusion of people with mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and HIV who come in contact with the law.
He has been the principal investigator on numerous federally-funded research grants, and his published articles, book chapters, and presentations address a range of social welfare issues including the criminalization of mental illness and HIV risk behavior, police and behavioral health, structural and psychosocial intervention, and prison and jail re-entry for people with mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV.
Dr. Draine has an accomplished academic career and received the excellence in teaching award at the School of Social Policy and Practice in 2006. He has taught courses on a number of topics including Action and Efficacy in Non Profit Leadership, Issues of Crime and Justice (taught in prison with a combined class of Penn grad students and prisoners) and American Racism.
Dr. Draine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Urban Affairs from Virginia Commonwealth University, an M.S.W. in Social Planning from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career doing organizing for housing and homelessness issues in Richmond Virginia.
Dr. Draine’s strong academic background, accomplishment of research and commitment to serving constituencies in need complement and align with the mission of the School of Social Work.  We look forward to an exciting new chapter.
All the best,
Michael Sitler, EdD
Interim Dean, College of Public Health
Posted:  August 1, 2011