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Gary Bowen

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Gary L. Bowen, Ph.D., A.C.S.W. Gary L. Bowen, Ph.D., A.C.S.W.
Principal Investigator, SSP
Co-Principal Investigator, ESSP
Kenan Distinguished Professor,
School of Social Work, UNC-CH

Dr. Bowen is Kenan Distinguished Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Communication Studies at the UNC-CH, and is a Spencer Program Faculty Member, Spencer Foundation Education Policy Research Training Program, at Duke University. Dr. Bowen chairs the Direct Practice Concentration in the MSW program and serves as an appointed member of the Academic Affairs Institutional Review Board at the university level.

Dr. Bowen co-directed the development of the Ph.D. Program in Social Work at UNC-CH, and served as co-director of the program in its first three years of operation. Dr. Bowen is past president, Family Council of North Carolina; past membership vice president, National Council on Family Relations (NCFR); and incoming president-elect, National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Bowen co-directs the School Success Profile Project with Dr. Jack Richman and Dr. Natasha Bowen.

Dr. Bowen has consulted with Communities In Schools (CIS) programs at national, regional, state and local levels since 1992. He also serves as a senior social work consultant to the Family Advocacy Office, Office of the Surgeon General, United States Air Force (USAF). He and Dr. Dennis Orthner developed a planning and evaluation framework, Results Management, which is being used by public and private agencies across the United States.

Dr. Bowen is the author or co-author of more than 200 journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and technical reports. His scholarly work focuses on ways in which elements of the social structure frame and influence individual and collective orientations and behavioral choices. Dr. Bowen served as guest editor with Dr. Jack Richman of a special issue of Children & Schools: A Journal of Social Work Practice, which addressed schools in the context of communities. A special focus of Dr. Bowen's work has been the nature and consequences of neighborhood and school crime and violence in the lives of youth.

His honors include the Graduate Student of the Year Award in 1981 from the National Council of Family Relations, and an Alumni Pacesetter Award in 1998 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's School of Environmental Sciences "for actively making a difference in the lives of others and the world around them." In 2001, he was identified as NCFR Fellow for his enduring contributions to the field of family studies through a career of teaching, scholarship, outreach, professional service and leadership. Dr. Bowen received the "Most Innovative Professor Award" in 2002 from the Social Work Student Organization at the UNC-CH.

Dr. Bowen is married to Donna Green Bowen and has two grown children-Christopher and Natalie. He is the proud grandfather of Cameron Christopher Peterson and Susannah Temple Peterson.

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