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Laurie Friedman

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Assistant Professor of Instruction
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development


589 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122


  • PhD, Social Work, Bryn Mawr College
  • MPA, University of Pennsylvania 
  • MSW, University of Pennsylvania 
  • BS, Sociology, University of Notre Dame


Dr. Laurie Friedman is an assistant professor of instruction and the coordinator of continuing education and professional development in the School of Social Work within Temple University’s College of Public Health. She earned her PhD in Social Work at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. She completed her master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and her master’s degree in Public Administration at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Friedman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania, with over a decade of direct and administrative social work practice experience with children, youth and families in a number of settings. Her particular areas of interest are children and adolescents in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems as well as civic engagement. She has been trained in Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and focused her dissertation research on better understanding how potential foster parents experience the licensing process. Dr. Friedman is currently active in her community, serving on the township parks committee and supporting students’ field placements at legislative offices. 

Dr. Friedman is also interested in the areas of teaching and learning, both in the virtual and in-person spaces. She holds a teaching certificate from Bryn Mawr College in addition to Quality Matters’ teaching online certificate. She has presented at several teaching-focused conferences and is a faculty fellow at Temple’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Research Interests

  • Child Welfare
  • Foster Care