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Mary C. Ruffolo

Rosemary A. Sarri Collegiate Professor Emerita of Social Work

Mary C. Ruffolo

Professor Mary Ruffolo’s research has focused on integrated behavioral health and primary care, organizational factors that influence sustaining evidence-based interventions/programs in community behavioral health settings, adapting efficacious interventions for children and youth experiencing serious mental health challenges, and addressing ways to disseminate interventions with at-risk populations. Recently, working with faculty in Norway, the UK and Australia, Ruffolo has been studying psychological well-being in adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research Interests/Focus Integrated behavioral health and primary care, behavioral health interventions for youth and adults, evaluation of the use of instructional technologies in social work education.

Research Interests/Focus

Integrated behavioral health and primary care, behavioral health interventions for youth and adults, evaluation of the use of instructional technologies in social work education

Education

Year Degree   School
1988 PhD Social Welfare Ohio State University, Columbus
1979 MSW Social Work University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
1978 BS Social Work and Spanish University of Dayton, OH
Year Description
2021 Ruffolo, M., Price, D., & Smith, A. (2021, January). Developing MSW Student Interprofessional Competencies to Work in an Urban High Need and Medically Underserved Community. International Social Work Education and Development Online Conference 2021.
2021 Ruffolo, M., Smith, M., Bornheimer, L., Slajeski, J., Li, J., Tucker, K., Hiltz, B., & Fischer, D. (2021, January). Training social work students using computerized clinical training simulations with clients abusing alcohol. Society for Social Research Virtual Conference.
2019 Ruffolo, M. (2019, July). Behavioral health workforce training: Preparing MSW students for work in behavioral health and integrated health settings. International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. York, England.
2018 Ruffolo, M., Price, D., & Fischer, D. (2018, July). University and community collaborations: Lessons learned. SWSD 2018 International Conference (Dublin, Ireland).
2018 Ruffolo, M., Lopez, K., Brezina, K., & Norway Partners (2018, July). A snapshot of MSW student learning in global field placements. SWSD 2018 International Conference (Dublin, Ireland).
2018 Ruffolo, M., Richards-Schuster, K., & Hiltz, B. (2018, July). Innovating practices to prepare students for graduate school: Lessons from a social work MOOC. SWSD 2018 International Conference (Dublin, Ireland).
2018 Ruffolo, M. & Lopez, K. (2018, July). Holistically preparing students for sustainable community engagement using a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). SWSD 2018 International Conference (Dublin, Ireland).
2018 Ruffolo, M., Richards-Schuster, K., Kwesele, C., & Hoffman, C. (2018, July). Global reach of social work: Exploring motivations and participation in the first known social work MOOC. SWSD 2018 International Conference (Dublin, Ireland).
2017 Ruffolo, M., Price, D., & Smith, A. (2017, September). Innovative university/county-level partnership building to deliver quality integrated healthcare. 2017 HRSA Virtual Behavioral Health Conference.
2017 Ruffolo, M. & Wesala, A. (2017, April). Distance Education: Reaching new Audiences. Social Work Distance Education Conference (San Antonio, TX).
2016 Ruffolo, M. (2016, June). Enhancing Multiple Group Family Psychoeducation (FPE) to Include Wellness/Primary Care Services. The 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. (Singapore).
2016 Ruffolo, M. & Lapidos, A. (2016, June). Interprofessional Learning in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Using Digital Instructional Technologies. The 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. (Singapore).
2016 Ruffolo, M. (2016, June). Enhanced Family Psychoeducation(FPE): Integrating Behavioral and Physical Health Care. The Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016 (Seoul, Korea).
2016 Ruffolo, M., Lopez, K., Voshel, E., & Richards-Schuster, K. (2016, June). Digital Education Innovations for Social Workers: Strategies Used at One University. The Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016 (Seoul, Korea).
2016 Ruffolo, M., Price, D., & Voshel, E. (2016, October). Innovative University/Agency Partnership Preparing the Workforce to Deliver Quality Integrated Healthcare. Council on Social Work Education Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA).
2016 Ruffolo, M. & Lapidos, A. (2016, June). Interprofessional learning in integrated behavioral health and primary care using digital instructional technologies. 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Singapore.
2007 Ruffolo, M. C., & Fischer, D. (2007, January). Evaluating cognitive behavioral group interventions for youth with depressive symptoms in school based health clinics. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.
2007 Ruffolo, M. C., & Neal, D. (2007, January). Implementing and integrating multiple evidence-based practices in a public mental health organization: Lessons learned. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.
2006 Ruffolo, M. C., & Saperstein, C. (2006, March). Support, empowerment, and education multiple family group: Lessons learned. Invited paper presented at Michigan Ready –Set-Go 2006 Conference Promising Practices, Dearborn, MI.
2004 Ruffolo, M. C. & DePanfilis, D. (2004, January). Invited IASWR Pre-Conference Workshop Speaker. The heart of the research proposal: Developing your research question and specific aims. 8th Annual Society for Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA.
2004 Ruffolo, M. C., Goodkind, S., & Sarri, R., (2004, January). Invited Paper, Longitudinal Analysis of Community-based programs for girls in juvenile justice. Annual Society for Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA.
2004 Ruffolo, M. C., & Neal, D. (2004, January). Implementing the multiple family group psychoeducation model in an integrated managed care environment. Poster presented at the 8th Annual Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.
2004 Ruffolo, M. C. (2004, February). Delinquents and at-risk adolescent girls: Examining risk and protective factors. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Research Conference Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health, Tampa, FL.
2004 Ruffolo, M. C., & Neal, D. (2004, May). Building consensus: Multiple family group psychoeducation in managed care. Poster presented at the Fourth International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Quebec, Canada.
2003 Ruffolo, M. C., Spencer, M., Bares, C., & Neal, D. (2003, January). Examining Mental Health Service Needs in pediatric primary care settings. Presented at the 7th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Washington, D.C.
2003 Ruffolo, M. C., Goodkind, S., Sarri, R., & Allen, J. (2003, January). Invited paper, Study of delinquent, diverted and high risk female adolescents: Implications for Social Work. Presented at the 7th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Washington, D.C.
2003 Ruffolo, M. C. (2003, April). Invited paper, Mental health service needs of children seen in pediatric primary care settings. Presented by D. Neal at 28th Annual Conference, Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, Atlanta, GA.
2003 Ruffolo, M. C. & DePanfilis, D. (2003, June). Invited Workshop Leader. Social Work Educators Research Technical Workshop, IASWR/Casey Family Services. Boston, MA.
2003 Ruffolo, M. C. (2003, May). WCHO family psychoeducation community consensus building and pilot study project: Implementing the multiple family group psychoeducation model in an integrated managed care environment. Poster sessions presented at the 14th Annual Albert J. Silverman Research Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
2002 Ruffolo, M. C., Spencer, M., & Neal, D. (2002, January). Invited paper.Assesing pediatric mental health needs and service use. Presented at 6th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work Research, San Diego, CA.
2002 Ruffolo, M. C., Allen, J., Sarri, R., Miller, D., Goodkind, S., & Neal, D. (2002, January). Invited paper. Evaluation study of gender specific programs for delinquent, diverted and high risk female youth. Presented at 6th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work Research, San Diego, CA.
2002 Ruffolo, M. C., Spencer, M., & Rushton, J. (2002, June). Invited paper. Examining mental health service needs in pediatric primary care settings. Social Work Research at NIMH Moving Forward Building on Social Work Contributions to Mental Health Research, Rockville, MD.
2002 Ruffolo, M. C., Sarri, R., & Goodkind, S. (2002, June). Invited Paper. Delinquency and diversion of high risk adolescent girls. Presented at Social Work Research at NIMH Moving Forward Building on Social Work Contributions to Mental Health Research, Rockville, MD.
2002 Ruffolo, M. C., Sarri, R., & Goodkind, S. (2002, November). Invited paper. Study of high risk female youth. Presented by J. Allen at the 130th Annual American Public Health Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
2002 Ruffolo, M. C. (2002, November). Invited Speaker. Developing gender responsive programs for femal adolescents in juvenile justice placements. Presented at Holy Cross Children's Services, Detroit, MI.
2002 Ruffolo, M. C. (2002, December). Invited Speaker and Trainer. Support, Empowerment, and Education: Implementing the S.E.E. Model of Intervention. Presented at Stepping Stones, Charleston, West Virginia.
2002 Ruffolo, M. C., Rushton, J., & Bears, C. (2002, May). Examining mental health service needs in pediatric primary care settings. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Albert J. Silverman Research Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
2002 Ruffolo, M. C., Capobianco, J., & Schooler, R. (2002, May). WCHO family psychoeducation pilot study: Implementing the multiple family group psychoeducation model in community based settings. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Albert J. Silverman Research Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
2001 Ruffolo, M. C. & Savas, S. (2001, June). Invited paper. Evaluating the mental health needs of juvenile delinquents: Implications for relevant, effective treatment programs. Presented at National Conference on Research in Child Welfare and the CWLA Western Region Training Conference, Denver, CO.
2001 Ruffolo, M. C. (2001, March). Multiple family group psychoeducational intervention of parents of youth with SED: Results of a randomized trial. Keynote address presented at the Multiple Family Group Psychoeducation Annual Conference University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
2000 Ruffolo, M. C. (2000, February). Invited speaker. Results from an NIMH R29 Intervention Study Focusing on parents of youth with SED. Presented at University of Michigan, Department of Pediatrics, Ann Arbor, MI.
2000 Ruffolo, M. C. (2000, April). Invited paper presentation. Support, empowerment, and education group intervention for parents of youth with serious emotional disturbance: Results of a randomized experiment. Presented at Building on Family Strengths: Research and Services in Support of Children and Families Conference, Portland, OR.
2000 Ruffolo, M. C. (2000, October). Group Co-Facilitator. Multiple Family Group Psychoeducation training with Dr. William McFarlane. Washtenaw County Integrated Health Plan Workshop.
2000 Ruffolo, M. C. (2000, November). Invited paper. Mental health problems of adjudicated youth in residential care. Presented at American public health association conference-Eliminating health disparities, Boston, MA.
2000 Ruffolo, M. C., & Savas, S. (2000, May). Building resiliency-centered practice in child and youth settings. Presented at the Continuing Education Workshop Session, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2000 Ruffolo, M. C. (2000, May). Mental health issues of youth in juvenile justice. Keynote address presented at the Boysville of Michigan, Inc. Workshop.
2000 Ruffolo, M. C., & Savas, S. (2000, August). Practice monitoring and evaluation research. Video conference lecture presented at the University of Washington Advanced Standing Integrative Seminar.
1997 Ruffolo, M. C., Proctor, E., & Gillespie, D. (1997, March). Building research infrastructure in MSW programs. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education 43rd Annual Program Meeting, Chicago, IL.
1997 Ruffolo, M. C. (1997, March). Research curriculum module development: BPD-NIMH and GADE-NIMH initiatives. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education 43rd Annual Program Meeting, Chicago, IL.
1997 Ruffolo, M. C. (1997, March). Administrative structure to enhance research productivity of social work programs. NADD-NIMH Task Force panel presentation presented at the Council on Social Work Education 43rd Annual Program Meeting, Chicago, IL.
1995 Ruffolo, M. C. (1995, October). Enhancing inclusion of mental health research findings in the undergraduate social work curriculum. Presented at the 13th Annual BPD Conference, Nashville, TN.
1994 Ruffolo, M. C., Noble, D., & Frost, A. (1994, March). Get with the program! Developing a program of funded research. Presented at the 40th Annual Program Meeting for the Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.
1991 Rufolo, M. C. (1991, March). Developing a graduate psychogeriatric care management training program. Presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Pittsburgh, PA.
1990 Ruffolo, M. C. (1990, November). Innovative teaching methods for preparing undergraduate and graduate students for case management practice with populations at risk. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the New York State Social Work Educators Association, Buffalo, NY.
1990 Ruffolo, M. C. (1990, October). Psychogeriatric case management: Developing a model for practice. 118th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, New York, NY.
1990 Ruffolo, M. C. (1990, March). Social support theory and research: Implications for preventive geriatric practice and training. Presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Kansas City, KS.
1989 Ruffolo, M. C. (1989, November). Social supports and women with full-time work and parenting roles: Implications for practice. Presented at the Fifth National Symposium on Doctoral Research and Social Work Practice, Ohio State University.

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