Robin Perry, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Associate Professor and Chair
Contact: Room 306, (850) 561-2253
Dr. Perry received his Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkley and his M.S.W. and B.S.W. from the University of Windsor in Canada. Dr. Perry has distinguished himself as a researcher and evaluator of child welfare programming. He has eight years of practice experience in child welfare and domestic violence settings, including serving as a child protective investigator and service worker for four years. He has worked as a researcher in the child welfare field for 15 years, and has published and presented extensively (over 80 papers) on child welfare topics including: professional training and development, performance of child welfare workers, workforce recruitment and retention, evaluation, human trafficking, supervised visitation, funding models, task analysis, child well-being, and performance measures. Over the past seven years, Dr. Perry has worked on research and evaluation activities collaboratively with the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Florida Coalition for Children, and a number Community-Based Care agencies throughout Florida. He has published extensively in the field, and has made numerous presentations related to child protection and service policies and programs. He has served as editorial reviewer and board member for several professional journals. He currently teaches graduate courses in research, evaluation, and program development and design.
Recent Select Publications and Presentations
Perry, R. & Ellett, A. J. (2012). Child Welfare and Social Work Practice, In C.N Dulmus and K.M. Sowers (Editors) Fields of Social Work Practice: Historical Trends, Professional Issues, and Future Opportunities. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.
Perry, R. (2012) Trafficking in Women and Children. In Charles Figley (Editor) Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
Perry, R. (2010). Child Welfare Outcome Measures That Are Respectful of Community Context. Paper presented at Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Portland, OR, October 17, 2010.
Perry, R. (2009). Evaluation with Workload Analyses and Resource Allocation. Paper presented at the National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit, Washington, D.C., May 29, 2009.
Perry, R. (2009). An Exploration of Alternative (Dynamic) Models for Evaluation of Training: Discussion, Debate, and Considerations. Proceedings from the 11th National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium (4-55). Berkeley, CA: California Social Work Education Center.
Perry, R. (2009). The Development of a Typology of Child Welfare Practice Tasks: Implications for Workforce Recruitment. Paper presented at the 17th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Atlanta, GA, April 1, 2009.
Perry, Robin (2009). Factors Influencing MSW Students’ Interest in Clinical Practice. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 29 (1/2), pp 47-70.
Perry, Robin & Murphy, Stephen (2008). A Critical Appraisal of What Child Welfare Workers Do: Findings from a Task Analysis Study in Florida. Protecting Children, 23 (3), pp. 44-73.
Perry, R. and Haines, J. (2008). Measuring What Matters. Paper presented at the 2008 Annual Conference of the Florida Coalition for Children: Strengthening Workforce, An Investment in the Future for Children, Families & Communities, Orlando, FL, November 7.
Perry, Robin and Ellett, Alberta (2008). Child Welfare: Historical Trends, Professionalization, and Workforce Issues. In Barbara White (Volume Editor) and K. M. Sowers and C. Dulmus (Editors-in-Chief) The Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare, Volume 1: The Profession of Social Work. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley and Sons.
Perry, Robin (2008). “How Should the Performance of Child Welfare Agencies be Measured?” Invited Speaker, University of Toronto, School of Social Work. Speaking engagement sponsored by the Research Institute for Evidence-Based Social Work, Bell Canada, and the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Well-Being, Toronto, March 11, 2008.
Perry, R. (2008). Improving the Lives of Children & Families: Redefining Performance Measurement for Florida’s Child Welfare System. Tallahassee, FL: Florida Coalition for Children.
Perry, R., Bazzi, M. and Robbins, P. (2007). The 2006 Florida Fact Book on Child Welfare. Tallahassee, FL: Florida Coalition for Children.
Perry, R. and Haines, J. (2007). An Empirical Look at CBC Performance: What is Happening, Why is it Happening, How Do We Drive Change? Paper presented at the 2007 Dependency Summit for Florida’s Child Protection Communities, Orlando, FL, September 6.
Perry, Robin (2006). Education and Child Welfare Supervisor Performance: Does a Social Work Degree Matter? Research on Social Work Practice, 16 (6), pp. 591-602.
Perry, Robin (2006). Competency is Not Guaranteed by the Letters that Follow Your Name: A Response to My Critics. Research on Social Work Practice, 16 (4), pp. 438-448.
Perry, Robin (2006). Do Social Workers Make Better Child Welfare Workers Than Non-Social Workers? Research on Social Work Practice, 16 (4), pp. 392-405.
Sellers, S.L., Mathiesen, S.G., Smith, T. and Perry, R. (2006). Perceptions of Professional Social Work Journals: Findings From a National Study. Journal of Social Work Education, 42 (1). pp.139-160.
Perry, Robin (2004). Factors Influencing MSW Students’ Interest in Public Child Welfare. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 10(2), pp. 1–31.
Perry, Robin and Limb, G. (2004). Ethnic/Racial Matching of Clients and Social Workers in Public Child Welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 26 (10), pp. 965–979.
Sellers, S.L., Mathiesen, S.G., Perry, R. and Smith, T. (2004). Evaluation of Social Work Journal Quality: Citation Versus Reputation Approaches. Journal of Social Work Education, 40 (1), pp. 143–160.
Dickinson, N. and Perry, R. (2003). Factors Influencing the Retention of Specially Educated Public Child Welfare Workers. In K. Briar-Lawson and J.L. Zlotnik (eds.), Evaluation Research in Child Welfare: Improving Outcomes Through University-Public Agency Partnerships (89–103). New York: The Haworth Press, Inc.
Limb, G. and Perry, Robin (2003). Public Child Welfare and the American Indian: A California Profile. Children and Youth Services Review, 25 (10), pp. 823–841.
Perry, Robin (2003). Who Wants to Work With the Poor and Homeless? Journal of Social Work Education, 39(2), pp. 321-341. This article was cited in 2006 as one of the ten “Best Books and Articles on Social Work and the Homeless” by sociology and anthropology Questia librarians. Questia is the world’s largest online library.