Areas of Interest
Women, Adolescents, Poverty, Social Work Practice
Activities and Acomplishments
Professor Ziefert has been at EMU since 1981. Prior to joining the EMU faculty, she was a lecturer at the University of Michigan for three years. Professor Ziefert has direct practice experience in Child Welfare, family counseling and psychiatric social work. She has also directed a youth services organization and was a staff member on the Interdisciplinary Project on Child Abuse and Neglect. Professor Ziefert has authored or co-authored numerous professional articles, book chapters, training manuals, and monographs. She has also made presentations at a wide variety of professional conferences. Professor Ziefert is an active member of several state and local service organizations and has written, received funding and administered several grants. Currently she is the Co-Director of a grant for FIA employees committed to Child Welfare work. This grant, formally entitled: "Professional Education for Existing Agency Staff," and is awarded to both BSW and MSW students.
M.S.W. - Columbia University
BA - New York University
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317 Marshall Main
Slamming the closet door: Working with gay and lesbian youth in out-of-home care. (March 2006). With Ragg, D.M.and Patrick, D. Child Welfare. LXXXV (2), 243-266.
The Independent Living Project: Training Manual, (2004). With Ragg, Davis and Mills. Eastern Michigan University.
Child Care Needs of EMU Students, (2002). With V. Polakow. (Unpublished).
Linking Research and Practice in Diverse Settings, (1995). With Brown and Krajewski-Jaime. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. 1 (1).
Utilizing International Clinical Practice to Build Intercultural Sensitivity in Social Work Students. (1995) with K. Brown, E. Krajewski-Jaime and E. Kaufman. Journal of Multicultural Social Work, 4 (2).
Making Connections with Homeless Families: Skill Building for Effective Intervention, (1991) with Kaaren Brown. Families in Society (formerly Social Casework), 72 (4)
Adolescent Abuse and Neglect: Identifying 'Read Flags' and Interviewing Adolescents in Preventing Abuse in Foster Care (1983). Emily Jean McFadden, ed. Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan University.
Continuing Family Education for the Prevention of Family Breakup. Adolescent Abuse: Prevention and Treatment (1983). Eastern Michigan University.
Causes of Child Abuse and Neglect with Kathleen Faller and Carolyn Jones in Social Work with Abused and Neglected Children: A Manual of Interdisciplinary Process. (1981). Kathleen Faller et. al., editors, New York: Free Press.
The Role of Social Workers in Multidisciplinary Collaboration with Kathleen Faller and Carolyn Jones in Social Work with Abused and Neglected Children: Manual of Interdisciplinary Process. Kathleen Faller et. al., editors, New York: Free Press, 1981.
$600,000.The Independent Living Project, three-year grant funded by DHHS/Children's Bureau
Co-Director, Child Welfare Traineeship Grant - DHHS/OCYF
Social Work Practice Experience
Co-Director of Child and Family Programs. Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities, Eastern Michigan
Social Work Consultant. Interdisciplinary Project on Child Abuse and
Family Therapist, Youth Counselor, Volunteer Coordinator. Special Approaches in Juvenile Assistance, Runaway Youth Service Project,
Psychiatric Social Worker. NYS Department of Mental Health,
Honors, Recognition, Special Awards
President of the Michigan Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (2009)
Current Professional Membership
CHHS Representative to the General Education Reform Committee
Transition Team for General Education Reform
Member, Board of Directors,
Chair, Leadership Identification Committee,
Member, Coalition for
2002-2005 Director, Undergraduate Social Work Program
2000-2004 Co-Director/Administrator, The Independent Living Project
2000-2002 Director, Center for Child and Family Programs, Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Communities
1996-1999 Undergraduate Social Work Program Coordinator, Department of Social Work
1980-Present Professor, School of Social Work,
1977-1980 Faculty, Interdisciplinary Project on Child Abuse and Neglect,
1975-1977 Director of Continuing Education,