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Paula Allen-Meares

Norma Radin Collegiate Professor Emerita of Social Work, Professor Emerita of Education and Dean Emerita

Paula Allen-Meares

Paula Allen-Meares served as dean of the University of Michigan School of Social Work from February 1993 to August 2008 and became dean emerita in January 2009, when she was appointed chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dean Emerita Allen-Meares' research interests include the tasks and functions of social workers employed in educational settings; psychopathology in children, adolescents, and families; adolescent sexuality; premature parenthood; and various aspects of social work practice. She is principal investigator of the School's Global Program on Youth, an initiative supported by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation; principal investigator of the Skillman Good Neighborhoods Grant and the NIMH Social Work Research Center on Poverty, Risk, and Mental Health; and a co-investigator on an NIMH research grant.

Dean Emerita Allen-Meares serves on numerous editorial boards and has served as editor-in-chief of many important journals. Additionally, she has served on numerous national professional and scientific committees promoting the intellectual and empirical advancement of the profession. She is a past member of the Institute for Advancement of Social Work Research, treasurer of the Council on Social Work Education, chair of the Publication Committee for the National Association of Social Workers, and vice president for the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work. Allen-Meares served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the William T. Grant Foundation, and has served as president of the Society for Social Work and Research and as a University of Michigan Senior Fellow.

Dean Emerita Allen-Meares is a New York Academy of Medicine Trustee and Fellow and a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine. She was inducted as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2005 and served on its Membership Committee as Chair of Section X. She is currently a member of the Institute’s Member Awards Committee. In addition, she has become active as a Board Member of the Civic Consulting Alliance, as a member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Equity, and as a board member of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities. Other areas of research/scholarly interest: school social work, racial issues, social work practice, mental health

Research Interests/Focus

Schools, adolescents, parenting.

Contact Information

(312) 996-4498[email protected]3752 SSWBUniversity of Illinois, Chicago
Dept of Medicine
373 CMET, MC735
Chicago, IL 60607
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Year Degree   School
1975 PhD Social Work and Educational Administration University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1971 MSW Child Welfare University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1969 BS State University of New York at Buffalo
1990 Cert Harvard University Graduate School Management Development Program
1993 Cert Management of Managers, UM Business School
Year Description
2020 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Fellow
2008 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award
2008 Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) Award
2006 Knee/Wittman (NASW) Lifetime Achievement Award
2006-2007 Who's Who Among American Teachers & Educators
2006-2007 Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare
2006 OUTstanding Ally of the Year Award-UM TBLG
2004 Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Buffalo
2004 The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
2003 One Thousand Great Intellectuals
2003 Who's Who in American Education
2003 Who's Who Among African Americans
2001-2003 Who's Who in America
2001-2003 Who's Who in the World
2001-2002 America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals
2001 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century, 1st Edition
2000 Woman of the Year in Leadership Award, Women of Color Task Force, University of Michigan
1997-1998 Who's Who of American Women
1996-1997 Who's Who Among African Americans
1996-1997 Who's Who in the Midwest
1995 Who's Who in American Education
1994 Who's Who Among Human Services Professionals
1994 Presidential Award for Excellence in Social Work Education-NASW
1993 Alumna of the Year, School of Social Work, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1993 Who's Who in the Midwest
1993 Delta Kappa Gamma, XI Chapter, International Honor Society of Women Educators
1993 Career Achievement Award, National Coalition for School Social Work
1992 Social Worker of the Year, NASW Illini District
1990 Medallion of Honor Recipient, University of Illinois
1990 Phi Delta Kappa
1989 Committee on Institutional Cooperation Professional Fellow, University of Illinois
1981-1982 Who's Who of American Women
1979 Outstanding Young Women in America
1975 Illinois Education Association Human Relations Award
1969-1971 Fellowship, University of Illinois
1966 Mothers Club Scholarship, Buffalo, NY
1966-1969 New York Regents' Incentive Award

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