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Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW is Dean, School of Social Work, University of Maryland and Co-PI for the Center. He is an active program developer and scholar in the areas of children’s services, parent training, evidence-based practice and evaluation. He has previously served as a chaired professor at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. His first book Social and Cognitive Treatment of Children and Adolescence focused on parent mediated interventions that trained parents to deliver treatment interventions. He has developed and evaluated a para-professional home visiting program in California in the 1980s. As part of a NIH-funded study on child and adolescent mental health services in child welfare he wrote a seminal review of the parent training literature in the mid-2000s. He is now completing a study on the common components of parent training programs for children 0-3 and, also, 4-8. This work is in conjunction with a larger project on implementing common elements of evidence-based practice as a complement to manualized parent training programs. He has also evaluated many programs—he is now developing and evaluating a program entitled “Parent University” which provides group based, interactive instruction on helping low-income parents to be more responsive and effective parents of their young children. He has also evaluated programs to help foster parents communicate effectively about reproductive health with their foster youth and the impact of parental drug treatment on subsequent child maltreatment, among other evaluation efforts. He has experience with randomized clinical trials and using propensity score matching to minimize the effects of selection bias in quasi-experimental designs.

His scholarship is often cited. He is the winner of the Peter Forsythe Leadership Award from the American Public Human Services Association, the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research, The Flynn Prize from USC, and the Presidential Award for Excellence for Research from the National Association of Social Workers. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar to Sweden and Australia.  He has recently been announced as the North American Council on Adoptions Friend of Children Annual Award. He is a Fellow and the inaugural President of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.