Margaret Ann Paauw

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Assistant Professor

Social Work

206K Marshall


[email protected]


Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, Chicago, IL (2023)

M.S.W., Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, Chicago, IL (2015)

B.A., The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA (2011)


Dr. Margaret Ann Paauw is an assistant professor at Eastern Michigan University and licensed clinical social worker. Dr. Paauw has been practicing social work since 2012, working mainly with people experiencing homelessness/housing insecurity and serious mental illness. Dr. Paauw’s research background includes social work practice in libraries and multidisciplinary treatment for youth with first episode psychosis.


ResearchGate Profile

Peer-reviewed Articles

Giesler, M., Johnson, S. C., & Paauw, M.A. (2023). The Perceptions of Supervisors of 

Library Social Work Interns: Challenges and Recommendations. Journal of the 

Australian Library and Information Association.


Johnson, S. C., Paauw, M.A., & Giesler, M. (2023). “Spending a Year in the Library Will 

Prepare You for Anything": Experiences of Social Work Interns at Public Library 

Field Placements. Advances in Social Work. 23(1) 166-184. doi: 10.18060/26176


Klodnick, V. V., Brenits, A., Johnson, R. P., Cohen, D. A., Pauuw, M. A., Zeidner, E., &; 

Fagan, M. A. (2023). Evaluating and sustaining coordinated specialty care for a recent onset of psychosis in non-academic-affiliated community mental healthcare settings. Evaluation and Program Planning. 98. 


Klodnick V.V., Johnson R.P., Brenits A., Cohen D.A., Fagan M.A., Paauw M.A., & Schneider

A. (2021). Developing a community-based multidisciplinary service exit typology for young adults with serious mental health conditions. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 44(4):381-390. doi: 10.1037/prj0000486. 


Paauw, M.A. (2019). Impacts of Neoliberalism on the Clubhouse Model. PRAXIS, 19. 



The Public Library Association (In preparation. Es. 2024). De-Escalation Handbook. 

Public Library Association (PLA). 


The Public Library Association Social Work Taskforce (2022). A Trauma-Informed 

Framework for Supporting Patrons: The PLA Workbook of Best Practices. Public 

Library Association (PLA).


Book Chapters

Singer, J. B., Paauw, M.A. (2024). Suicide Risk and Trauma. In 

Jessica Stone, Robert J Grant, Clair Mellenthin (Eds.). The Repercussions of 

Individuals and Collective Trauma. John Wiley & Sons. 


Other Publications

Johnson, S. C., & Paauw, M. A. (2022). Partners in Libraries: Social work students and 

the justice-involved. Public Libraries, 61(3), 28–36.


  • SWRK 430: Introduction to Research Methods for Social Work
  • SW 695/696: Advanced Field Practice I & II

Scholarly/Research Interests

  • Library social work
  • Housing insecurity/homelessness
  • Food justice/Climate justice/Eco Social Work
  • Serious & persistent mental illness
  • First episode psychosis
  • Community outreach
  • Philosophy of science


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (IL)
  • Skilled Assessor, Homeless Management Information System
  • Certified Provider Illinois Medicaid Comprehensive Assessment of Needs and Strengths (IM+CANS)
  • Certified Recovery Support Specialist

Practice Experience

  • 2022-2023: Supervisor, Homeless Outreach Program, Chicago Transit Authority Unit Thresholds
  • 2019-2021: Library Social Worker, Chicago Public Libraries
  • 2018-2022: Field Supervisor & Coordinator, Glencoe & Winnetka Youth Services  
  • 2018-2019: Executive Director, Glencoe Youth Services
  • 2015-2018: Community Support Specialist, Thresholds Chicago
  • 2014-2015: Social Worker, Adolescent Unit, Chicago Lakeshore Hospital
  • 2012-2013: Case Manager, Sound Mental Health, Seattle, WA