Elizabeth Mutschler joined the Michigan faculty as assistant professor in 1979 and was promoted to associate professor in 1984. From 1975 to 1978, she had served on the faculty of the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She was named associate professor emeriti in 1997.
Associate Professor Mutschler's scholarly contributions centered on three areas: analysis of treatment procedures and therapists' behaviors that facilitate client change; evaluation of factors related to therapists' use of empirical procedures in clinical practice; and technology-based decision support and information processing to help therapists identity treatment objectives and monitor outcomes. Her work is highly regarded, particularly her important contributions on clinical evaluation and her activities in computer-assisted decision making. She conducted a landmark study of factors associated with therapists' use of empirical procedures in clinical agency settings and has made groundbreaking advances in adapting computer technology to enhance clinical decision making. She continues to be an international leader in computer technology for social work.
Within the School of Social Work, Associate Professor Mutschler is known for setting high standards in the classroom and for promoting the use of computers in social work courses and practice. Her considerable service contributions include her work on the University Research Priorities Committee and on the Senate Assembly. She assisted with management information systems development at area hospitals and has conducted workshops on technology for faculty and students.
She was director of a Training and Evaluation project funded by NIMH and chaired the Human Subjects Review Committee of the school. She was a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University, as well as at the School of Social Work, Freiburg.
Treatment procedures, therapist behaviors, computers in social work practice.