Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Integrating Theory and Evidence-Based Practice

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John S. Wodarski, PhD, Sophia F. Dziegielewski, PhD, LCSW
Springer Publishing Company, Apr 1, 2002 - Social Science - 336 pages
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This comprehensive text offers a solid foundation for asssessment of human behavior in micro, mezzo, and macro settings. The editors offer practical and concrete consideration of how human behavior is affected in different systems: individual, biological, family, community, and organizations. These influences are reviewed in terms of implications for practice.

    The book assembles selected readings that:

  • provide a brief overview of each theoretical model
  • discuss how empiricism can be applied to the model
  • describe what methods, techniques, and interventions the model supports in order to change a client's behavior

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Integrating Theory and Empiricism
Micro and Mezzo Perspectives Individual Approaches to Human Growth and Development
Mezzo and Macro Perspectives Group Variables in Human Growth and Development
Curriculum Suggestions for Human Behavior

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John S. Wodarski, PhD, is Professor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's School of Social Work. He received his MSSW from the University of Tennessee and his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. His main interests include child and adolescent health behavior, including research on violence, substance abuse, depression, sexuality, and employment. He is the author of over 35 books and 355 journal publications and has presented his research at hundreds of professional meetings and conferences.

Dr. Wodarski has been the recipient of 57 Individual Awards from Federal, State, and private foundations and 21 institutional awards. He served as Principal Investigator of various grants; Director or Co-Director of three research centers; Department Chair; director of two doctoral programs; and Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research.

Sophia F. Dziegielewski, PhD, LCSW, is Professor and Dean at the School of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati. Her fields of interest primarily focus on two major areas: health and mental health in the time-limited practice setting. She supports her research and practice activity with over 95 publications, including 6 textbooks and 56 peer-reviewed articles all in the area of health and mental health. In addition, she has also conducted over 400 workshops and community presentations on health care topics such as psychopharmacology, herbal preparations, addictive disorders, mental health assessment, brief therapy techniques, evidence-based and practice-based practice strategy, ethical principles in health care research, and documentation and treatment planning in today's health care environment.

In addition to her administrative duties as Dean of the School of Social Work, Professor Dziegielewski remains active in the classroom and teaches courses in research methodology, practice evaluation, quantitative data analysis, psychopharmacology, and other courses in the area of health and mental health. Professor Dziegielewski has extensive clinical and administrative experience and in the national magazine "Social Worker Today" in 2003 a feature story about Dr. Dziegielewski referred to her as a "legend" in her field. Prior to serving as Dean at the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work and while at the University of Central Florida, she was the recipient of numerous awards including the University Faculty Mentoring and Leadership Award 2002, both the University and the College Teaching Awards in 2002, Social Worker of the year for the State of Tennessee, and The Director's Award in 1995 from the United States Public Health Service. In 2004 her project evaluation on foster care in the State of Florida received national attention and she accompanied agency personnel to present it as a model for the Commissioner on Health in Washington DC.

Professor Dziegielewski is a BA graduate in Sociology from the University of Central Florida and received her MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. Dr. Dziegielewski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her appointment as Professor and Dean in the School of Social Work in August of 2004.

Dr. Dziegielewski's publications include "The Changing Face of Health Care Social Work: Professional Practice in Managed Behavioral Health Care, Second Edition" (Springer Publishing, 2003).

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