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Department of Social Work
1339 Wahnish Way
300 Benjamin Banneker, Building B
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Robin Perry, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Associate Professor
Contact: Room 307, (850) 561-2253
Email: robin.perry@famu.edu

Dr. Robin Perry obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., he had eight years of practice experience (casework and clinical) in child welfare and domestic violence settings, including serving as a child protective investigator and service worker for four years. Following the receipt of his M.S.W. degree, he developed and implemented a group treatment program for children who were victims and witnesses of domestic violence. Dr. Perry has an outstanding reputation and has distinguished himself as a researcher and evaluator.  Prior to obtaining his position at Florida A&M University, he was on faculty in the College of Social Work and Associate Director of the Institute for Health and Human Services Research at Florida State University. He is the former MSW Program Director and Social Work Department Chair at FAMU. He has worked as a researcher for over 20 years and has published and presented extensively (over 100 conference papers, research reports, monographs, book chapters, and refereed journal articles) on topics including: program and outcome evaluation, child well-being, funding models for child welfare systems, domestic and sexual violence, task analyses and workforce issues, professional training and education of child welfare workers, child welfare performance measures, family group decision making, child maltreatment fatalities and child abuse prevention.

His research has received national and international attention. In 2012, his 2006 article entitled “Do Social Workers Make Better Child Welfare Workers Than Non-Social Workers?” (Research on Social Work Practice, 16 (4), pp. 392-405) was the recipient of the 2012 Pro Humanitate Human Service Professional Development and Training Literary Award. This award was co-sponsored by the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare, National Staff Development and Training Association/American Public Human Services Association, and the International Institute for Human Service Workforce Research and Development. In addition to his own research activities, he currently serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Work in Public Health, and Journal of Public Child Welfare.

Dr. Perry has worked collaboratively with Florida Department of Children and Families, the Florida Coalition for Children, and a number Community-Based Care agencies throughout Florida on research and evaluation activities, some of which have impacted policy and practice initiatives in Florida. His professional and community contributions are numerous. He has held an elected office/position (2009-2012) with the Council on Social Education (the accreditation body for the BSW and MSW programs), and has had special appointments by various state and federal agencies to serve as a member of special commissions, workgroups, and committees on child and family/community welfare issues. Currently he serves on the Florida Child Abuse Death Review (CADR) Committee (special appointment of the Surgeon General, elected as Chair by members); the Statewide Critical Incident Rapid Response Team (CIRRT) Advisory Committee (special appointment by DCF Secretary); The Panhandle Fetal & Infant Mortality Review Project Case Review Team; the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) Research Advisory Committee (United Way of Florida); and, the United Way ALICE National Consequences Report Advisory Committee.