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Frederic Reamer

Guardo Hall (GH) 108
(401) 456-8042
(401) 456-8248

Academic Background

  • Professor - 1983 to present
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration - May 1978
  • A.M., University of Chicago, Division of Social Sciences - May 1975
  • B.A., University of Maryland, Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology - May 1974



Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Social Work

On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice

Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action

Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services

Teens in Crisis: How the Industry Serving Struggling Teens Helps and Hurts Our Kids (with Deborah Siegel)

How to Find Help for Struggling Teens: A Guidebook for Parents and the Professionals Who Work with Them (with Deborah Siegel)

Heinous Crime: Cases, Causes, and Consequences

Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justice

Social Work Malpractice and Liability

Tangled Relationships: Managing Boundary Issues in the Human Services

The Social Work Ethics Audit – A Risk-management Tool

The Philosophical Foundations of Social Work

Social Work Values and Ethics

Ethical Standards in Social Work

Ethical Dilemmas in Social Service

Ethics Education in Social Work

Social Work Research and Evaluation Skills

Rehabilitating Juvenile Justice (with Charles Shireman)

AIDS and Ethics (editor and contributor)

The Foundations of Social Work Knowledge (editor and contributor)

The Pocket Guide to Essential Human Services

Various journal articles and book chapters on the subjects of professional ethics, social work ethics and values, risk management, criminal justice, affordable housing, and mental health policy.

Areas of Interest

Social welfare policy, social work research and evaluation, human behavior, criminal justice, professional and social work ethics.

Currently Teaching

Social work research and evaluation: I & II; Advanced Professional Development Seminar; Field Seminar

Areas of Expertise

social work ethics, forensic social work, criminal justice,
research/program evaluation

Past Experience

Member, Rhode Island Parole Board; social worker in various correctional settings; director of National Juvenile Justice Assessment Center, U.S. Department of Justice; senior policy advisor, Rhode Island Governor's Office; commissioner, Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation; editor-in-chief, Journal of Social Work Education; chair, NASW Code of Ethics Revision Committee.

Present Service Activities

Chair, Ethics Committee, NASW-RI; editorial board member for several social work journals; series editor, Columbia University Press, Social Work Knowledge Series. ​​​

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