Maryland Commerce Supports Barth Professorship at the SSW


The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) received $2.3 million in awards to fund four research professorships through the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF). MEIF is a state program created to spur basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields at Maryland colleges and universities. The School of Social Work is the recipient of one of the awards.


The Richard P. Barth Professorship in Children’s Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) will work to accelerate the development of new treatments for clients within and beyond the state of Maryland, providing mentorship of the School’s graduate students, post-docs, trainees and faculty, and increasing the commercialization and establishment of new interventions, clinical technologies and services.

The school’s goal is for the future Barth Professor to bring additional resources and grants to Maryland to build programs for children that offset the State’s costs of remedial and corrective education, health and justice services.

The professorship is named after Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, shown here, professor and chair of the Executive Committee of the Grand Challenges for Social Work, and former school dean who stepped down this summer after 14 years at the helm.


“At this critical moment in our nation’s history, recruiting a Barth Professor will enable UMSSW to propel children’s services research and programs to new heights, building on former Dean Richard Barth’s legacy of creativity and innovation,” said UMSSW Dean Judy Postmus, PhD, ACSW. “By funding this prestigious Barth Professorship, UMSSW and the state of Maryland will recruit a leader in the field of child wellbeing services — services that are fundamental to building a better and just society.”



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