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Deborah Gorman-Smith is Named Dean November 14, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Deborah Gorman-Smith, interim Dean and the Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, has been appointed the Dean of the School of Social Service Administration, effective today.

Deborah Gorman-Smith

Serving as interim Dean since July 2017, Deborah has provided vital leadership at the School of Social Service Administration. Her work has continued the momentum of the School, and we are confident she will provide exceptional leadership in the years ahead.

Deborah, who joined the University in 2012, is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, one of six national Centers of Excellence for Youth Violence Prevention funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Center, based at SSA, is devoted to studying and stemming the underlying causes of youth violence through evidence-based, collaborative interventions that focus on families and communities, linking them with schools, social service agencies, the justice system, and policy makers. Deborah has published extensively in areas related to youth violence, including the developmental impact of exposure to violence; the relationship between neighborhood characteristics, family functioning, and violence; and the effects of family-focused, school-based, and community-level preventive interventions.

In addition, Deborah has served as Deputy Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the School. She is a member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, a current Fellow and the past President for the Society for Prevention Research, and has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control, among other national and state committees.

She received her Ph.D. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Northern Illinois University.

The search for the Dean was informed by an elected committee of the School of Social Service Administration faculty, co-chaired by Julia Henly and Gina Samuels. We want to express our appreciation to the committee for their thoughtful work and their commitment to the School as well as the University.