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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) 996-4498pameares@umich.edu3752 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
  • Hollingsworth, L. D., Sanchez, N., Gant, L. M., Williams-Shanks, T. R., Allen-Meares, P,, & Miller, P. L. (2014). In E. Zambone & L Gonzalez (Eds.), Providing Technical Assistance to Urban Communities: A Guide of Case Studies and Advice for Community Members. Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library.
  • Allen-Meares, P. (2014). Social Work Services in Schools (7th ed.). New York: Pearson Education.

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