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Caren Putzu

Assistant Professor

Putzu 206P Marshall

734.487.4429

cputzu@emich.edu

Education

PhD in Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
MPA, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
MSW, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
BA in Sociology/Anthropology, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, P

Professional Summary

Practice Experience:

  • AmeriCorps VISTA, Choice Middle Schools Program, Hagerstown, MD
  • Site coordinator, Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area, Inc., Charleston, SC
  • Program manager, Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area, Inc., Charleston, SC
  • School-based Mental Health Counselor, Department of Mental Health, Charleston, SC

Research Interests:

  • School drop-out prevention
  • Youth resilience
  • The role of non-parental adults as a protective factor for youth
  • Education policy research
  • Program evaluation

Representative Courses Taught

SWRK 222: Social Welfare Policies and Services
SWRK 405: Analysis and Change in Social Welfare Policies
SWRK 430: Social Work Evaluation and Research: Qualitative and Statistical Methods
SWRK 565: Generalist Social Work Practice with Communities

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Putzu, C. L. (2014, June). Education Policy and School Dropout Prevention: Working in Concert or as a Solo Act? Paper presented at the Annual Public Administration Conference: Liverpool, England.

Putzu, C. L. (2014, October). Social Work, Education Policy, and the School Dropout Rate: Working in Concert or Solo? Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education’s 60th Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL.

Putzu, C. L., Grady, M., & Wike, T. L. (2015, October). Recent MSW graduates' experiences in using EBP in practice. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education’s 61st Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

Wike, T. L., Grady, M., & Putzu, C. L. (2015, October). Barriers and Promoters for Using EBP among Newly Trained Social Work Practitioners. Poster presented at the Council on Social Work Education’s 61st Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

Wike, T. L., & Putzu, C. L. (2014). Risk and protective factors for juvenile delinquency. In A. R. Roberts, W. T. Church II, & D. W. Springer (Eds.), Juvenile justice sourcebook: Past, present, and future. Oxford University Press Publisher

Additional Information

Honors/Awards:

2015    School of Social Work Elaine Rothenberg Award, Virginia Commonwealth University
2014    School of Social Work Service Award, Virginia Commonwealth University
2013    School of Social Work Service Award, Virginia Commonwealth University

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