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Lynn Videka

Dean and Carol T. Mowbray Collegiate Professor of Social Work

Lynn Videka

Lynn Videka earned the B.S.N. degree with honors from the University of Illinois in 1972. She earned an A.M degree in 1976 and a Ph.D. degree in 1981 from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Dean Videka has a distinguished career in academic social work. Her research and teaching focus on families served by the child welfare system and persons with serious mental health disabilities. Her funded research totals over $11 million from agencies such as the Health Resources and Services Administration, the U.S. Children's Bureau, the National Institutes of Mental Health, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Dean Videka was an extremely effective leader as a dean and vice president for research at the University at Albany, SUNY, and as dean of the Silver School of Social Work at NYU. As vice president for research, she facilitated the founding of an RNA Institute, and had oversight for eight university level research centers and institutes in atmospheric sciences, social sciences, life sciences, and information technology. As dean of the Silver School at NYU, she and the faculty rededicated the school to social justice at every level, strengthened the Ph.D. program, created sustainable global programs, instituted curricular innovations, and increased the school's engagement with New York's high need communities.

Dean Videka has been the dean of the School of Social Work since August 2016. Since coming to the University of Michigan, she has engaged the faculty, staff, alumni, students and community partners in a strategic planning process that has resulted in an ambitious strategic vision for the school to lead the entire social work field into the next generation of research, educational innovation and service. The plan is action oriented and will result in a budget realignment in the school. In 2016-17, she and the SSW faculty successfully hired seven new faculty. She led implementation of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Plan, naming a faculty and an administrative leader to position the school to achieve its DE&I goals. In terms of university service, she was a member of the Provost Search Committee, the Ford School of Public Policy’s Dean Search Committee. She serves on the Health Science Deans’ Council and the Institute for Social Research Executive Committee.

Research Interests/Focus

Peer-helping models for people facing life crises; the effectiveness of social work practice; prevention services, especially to mental health and child welfare populations


Year Degree   School
PhD Social Service Administration University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
AM Social Service Administration University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
BSN Nursing University of Illinois, Chicago
Year Description
2015 Videka, L. (2015, March). Practice experience and doctoral education. National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work, San Diego, CA.
2015 Copeland, V. C., Heymann, J. C., Videka, L., & Sullivan, P. (2015, October). Preparing social work educators for health care reform: Interprofessional education within practice settings. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.
2015 Videka, L., Siegel, J., Mirabito, D., & Heckman, A. (2015, October). Integrated behavioral health for transition-aged youth: Recommendations for classroom and field curricula. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.
2015 Luce, V., Morton, P., Spier, S., & Videka, L. (2015, November). Interprofessional model of care delivery for community based social workers. Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, FL.
2014 Heymann, J., Copeland, V., Stanhope, V., Delva, J., Sullivan, W. P., & Schiefer, R. (2014, October). Integrated care and the future of social work practice: Challenges and opportunities. Think Tank at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL.
2014 Stanhope, V., Videka, L., McKay, M., Thorning, H., & Spier, S. (2014, October). Integrated health curriculum: Implementing diverse approaches and sustainability. Panel Presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL.
2013 Videka, L. & Sowers, K. (2013, January). The clinical doctorate in social work. Presentation to the Saint Louis Group, San Antonio, TX.
2012 Rajendran, K., Smith, B., & Videka, L. (2012, January). The role of social support and service use in promoting permanence among children in the child welfare system. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.
2011 York, R., Rubin, A., Thyer, B., Videka, L., & Littell, J. Evidence based practice or practice based evidence? Symposium Presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research, Tampa, FL.
2011 Videka, L. (2011, June). Outcomes of the Infant-Toddler-Parents Program: A community engaged study of a prevention program for immigrant families. Social Work and Social Policy International Conference, Shanghai, China.
2011 Videka, L. (2011, June). Child welfare policy in the United States. Presentation to the International Social Policy Conference, Renmin University, Beijing, China.
2011 Videka, L. (2011, October). The settlement house approach: American social work in communities. Changing Urban Life Conference, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.
2011 Anastas, J. & Videka, L. (2011, October). The practice doctorate in social work: Pros and cons considered. Think Tank at the Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.
2008 Videka, L., Blackburn, J., & Moran, J. A research university perspective on infrastructure for social work research. Invited Presentation to the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work, Albuquerque, NM.

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