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Mary C. Ruffolo

Rosemary A. Sarri Collegiate Professor of Social Work

Mary C. Ruffolo

Professor Mary Ruffolo’s research focuses 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.

Professor Ruffolo is currently PI on two HRSA behavioral health workforce training grants in the Detroit community and was the PI on two other HRSA workforce training grants that ended in 2015 and 2018.

As Associate Dean for Education Programs, Professor Ruffolo has been working with faculty, field instructors and students to revise the MSW curriculum, strengthen the digital and web-based course offerings, develop the MicroMasters certificate, build global partnerships with other social work programs, and enhance the continuing education programs for alumni and professionals.

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


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

Richards-Schuster, K., Ruffolo, M., Hoffman, C., & Kwesele, C. (in press). The global reach of social work: Exploring motivations and participation in a social work MOOC. Advances in Social Work.

Smith, M. J., Bornheimer, L. A., Li, J., Blajeski, S., Hiltz, B., Fischer, D. J., Check, K., & Ruffolo, M. (2020). Computerized clinical training simulations with virtual clients abusing alcohol: Initial feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness. Clinical Social Work Journal.

Richards-Schuster, K., Ruffolo, M., & Hiltz, B. (2019). Innovating practices to prepare students for graduate school: Lessons from a social work MOOC. Journal of Social Work Education, 55(2), 314-326.

Lapidos, A., Jester, J., Ortquist, M., Werner, P., Ruffalo, M., & Smith, M. J. (2019). Survey of peer support specialists: professional activities, self-rated skills, job satisfaction, and financial wellbeing. Psychiatric Services, 69, 1264-1267.

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.

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.

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. C., Perron, B. E., & Voshel, E. H. (2016). Direct Social Work Practice: Theories and Skills for Becoming an Evidence-Based Practitioner. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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., 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.

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.

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.

Ruffolo, M. (2010). Sustaining Evidence-based Practices in the State of Michigan Final Report.

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. C. & Fischer, D. J. (2009). Using an Evidence-Based CBT Group Intervention Model for Adolescents with Depression Symptoms: Lessons Learned from a School-Based Adaptation. Child and Family Social Work, 14, 189-197.

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. 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.

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. (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.

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