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Mary C. Ruffolo

Associate Dean for Educational Programs and Collegiate Professor of Social Work

Professor Mary Ruffolo’s research focuses on organizational factors that influence sustaining evidence based interventions/programs in community mental health settings, adapting efficacious interventions for children and youth experiencing serious mental health challenges, and addressing ways to disseminate interventions with at-risk populations (e.g., families of children with serious mental illness, adults with severe mental illness). She is involved in evaluating initiatives focusing on integrating behavioral health and primary care. She is committed to research that addresses the needs of vulnerable populations served by the health and behavioral health public systems.

As director of the continuing education program, she is facilitating the instructional technology initiatives within the school to better meet the needs of students and professionals. Her efforts focus on the development of courses and interdisciplinary web-based certificates using a range of digital and web-based instructional technologies to enhance learning.

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

Curriculum Vitae

Continuing Education Programs

Professor and Director of Continuing Education
University of Michigan School of Social Work

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

Lapidos, A. & Ruffolo, M. (2017). Access to Interprofessional Continuing Education in Integrated Care through Digital Instructional Technology. Journal of Social Work Education, 1-7.

Nicoll, K., Richards-Schuster, K. & Ruffolo, M. (2017). Beyond service-learning: Helping undergraduates define and plan for civic engagement. In Soria, K. & Mitchell, T. (Eds.), Educating for Citizenship and Social Justice: Practices for Community Engagement at Research Universities. Chicago: Lyceum.

Delva, J. & Ruffolo, M. (2017). Innovations in MSW education and training for practice in integrated care environments. Journal of Social Work Education, S1-S4.

Ruffolo, M. & Maker, C. (2017). Evidence-Based Group Work in Mental Health Practice. In Garvin, C., Gutierrez, L., & Galinsky, M. (Eds.), Handbook of Social Work with Groups (2nd ed.). NY, NY: Guilford Publications.

Richards-Schuster, K., Ruffolo, M. & Nicoll, K. L. (2015). Integrating social work into undergraduate education through a community action and social change multidisciplinary minor. Journal of Social Work Education, 51(2), 329-342.

Weaver, A., Ruffolo, M. & Capobianco, J. (2015). Systematic review of EBPs for SMI in rural America. Journal of Evidence-based Social Work, 12(2), 1-11.

Richards-Schuster, K., Ruffolo, M., Nicoll, K., Disletrath, C., Galura, J. & Mishkin, A. (2015). Exploring challenges and struggles faced by students in transitioning to social justice work in the real world: Implications for social work. Advances in Social Work, 16(2), 373-389.

Ruffolo, M., Perron, B. E., & Voshel, E. (2015). Direct Social Work Practice: Core Theories and Skills for Becoming an Evidence-Based Practitioner. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ruffolo, M. (2014). Practice interventions with adolescents. In Edward J. Mullen (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.

Perron, B., Vaughn, M., Ryan, J., Salas-Wright, C., Ruffolo, M. & Guerrero, E. (2014). Predictive validity of self-reported head injury among delinquent youth. In M. DeLisis & M. G. Vaughn (Eds.), International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology. New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Richards-Schuster, K. E., Ruffolo, M. C., Nicoll, K. L., Distelrath, C. & Galura, J. A. (2014). Using e-portfolios to assess program goals, integrative learning and civic engagement: A case example. International Journal of ePortfolio, 4(2), 133-141.

Ruffolo, M., & Allen-Meares, P. (2013). Intervention with children. In M. Holosko, C. Dulmas, & K. Sowers (Eds.), Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families: A Foundation of Social Work. Wiley Publications.

Ruffolo, M., & Capobianco, J. (2012). Moving an evidence-based intervention into routine mental health care: A multifaceted case example. Social Work in Health Care, 51(1), 77-87.

Perron, B. E., & Ruffolo, M. (2011). [Review of technology: Review of a web-conferencing technology: GoToMeeting]. Research on Social Work Practice.

Ruffolo, M., Nitzberg, L., & Schoof, K. (2011). One-session family workshops for bipolar disorder and depression. Psychiatric Services, 62(3), 323.

Perron, B. E., Ruffolo, M., Grogan-Kaylor, A., & Spencer, M. (2011). From SSWR to peer-reviewed publication: How many live, and how many die? Research on Social Work Practice, 21(5), 594-598.

Ortega, R. M., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Ruffolo, M., Clarke, J. & Karb, R. (2010). Racial and ethnic diversity in the initial child welfare experience. In M. B. Webb, K. Dowd, B. J. Harden, J. Landsverk, & M. F. Testa (Eds.), Child Welfare and Child Well-Being; New Perspectives from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ruffolo, M., Thoburn, J., & Allen-Meares, P. (2010). Children, young people, and families. In I. Shaw, K. Briar-Lawson, J. Orme & R. Ruckdeschel (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Social Work Research 378-391. London: Sage Publications.

Goodkind, S., Ruffolo, M., Bybee, D., & Sarri, R. (2009). Coping as a mediator of the effects of stressors and supports on depression among girls in juvenile justice. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 7, 100-118.

Ruffolo, M., Grogan-Kaylor, A. Ortega, R. M., & Clarke, J. (2008). Behaviors of youth involved in the child welfare system. Child Abuse and Neglect, 32(1), 35-49.

Ruffolo, M., Savas, S., Neal. D., Capobianco, J., & Reynolds, K. (2008). The challenges of implementing an evidence-based practice to meet consumer and family needs in a managed behavioral health care environment. Social Work and Health Care, 6.

Ruffolo, M. (2008). Enhancing skills with students vulnerable to under achievement and academic failure. In C. Franklin, M. Harris & P. Allen-Meares (Eds.), The School Practitioner's Concise Companion to Preventing Dropout and Attendance Problems 13-22. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ruffolo, M. C., & Allen-Meares, P. (2008). Intervention with children. In C. N. Dulmus, L. Rapp-Paglicci, W. Rowe, & K. M. Sower (Eds.), Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare: Social Work Practice, 3, 246-267. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

Ruffolo, M., Fischer, D., Frayley, S., Postlewaite, K., Hill, S., & Neal, D. (2008). Adapting, Manualizing and Evaluating an Evidence Based CBT Group Intervention for Youth with Depressive Symptoms for Delivery in School Based Settings. In C. Canali, T. Vecchiato, & J. K. Whittaker (Eds.), Assessing the Evidence-Base of Intervention for Vulnerable Children and their Families 110-112. Padova, Italy: Fondazione E. Zancan.

Capobianco, J., Svensson, J., Wiland, S., Fricker, C., & Ruffolo, M. (2008). Guide to Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Mental Health. Rockville, MD: National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

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