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Jack M. Richman, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator, SSP
Professor and Dean, School of Social Work, UNC-CH
Dr. Richman is Professor and Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Richman received his M.S.W. from the State University of New York at Albany and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Florida State University.
His research and scholarship have focused primarily on understanding the methodology and helping individuals, couples, and families develop and maintain the interpersonal and social processes that allow them to interface successfully with their ecological environment. This has manifested itself in four ways: (a) the development of valid and reliable measurement instruments; (b) the study of individuals, couples, and families in their interaction with their ecological environment to provide, access, and gain support; (c) the application and development of direct practice strategies; and (d) the testing of the best practice strategies that extend from this line of empirical research. He is currently working on the development, validation, and testing of two quantitative measures that have application and utility for practice: the School Success Profile and the Social Support Survey.
In partnership with Dr. Gary Bowen, he has received grants from the BellSouth Foundation and the Knight Foundation to work on behalf of students at risk of school failure. Dr. Richman and Bowen have developed the School Success Profile, which assesses risk and protective factors in the lives of children and youth and is an evaluation and practice monitoring instrument for practitioners, youth at risk of school failure and their families.
Dr. Richman's teaching areas for Ph.D. and MSW students are in social work theory and practice with individuals, couples, and families, as well as teaching courses that prepare doctoral students for university teaching roles. His research is focused in the areas of at-risk students, social support, and violence and trauma in childhood. In addition to being Co-Principal Investigator and co-developer of the School Success Profile, Dr. Richman has been the principal investigator for a multi-year research and training grant in the area of Violence and Trauma in Childhood and has published a recent book entitled, Resilience in Childhood: Theory and Application, that is co-authored with his colleague, Dr. Mark Fraser.
His professional interests include the School Success Profile for children at risk of school failure, social work practice with couples and families, and social support.