CWRU Board of Trustees Approves New Faculty Appointments

On Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, Case Western Reserve University’s Board of Trustees approved the faulty appointment recommendations made by President Barbara Snyder. Congratulations to the following Mandel School staff on their new appointments:

Elizabeth Tracy, PhD, Grace Coyle Professor Emerita

Dr. Elizabeth Tracy taught courses in direct social work practice theory and methods in the master level program and a seminar in social work education and teaching in the doctoral program. She has also directed the school social work program that leads to licensure through the Ohio Department of Education for master level and post master level students. She has served on the advisory board to the Center for Math and Science Education, UCITE, as faculty associate of the Schubert Center for Child Development and as a University Affiliate of the Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success, promoting expanded school based mental health services in Ohio.

Megan Holmes, PhD, Associate Professor with tenure

Dr. Megan Holmes joined the faculty at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences as an Assistant Professor in July of 2012. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and her Masters and PhD in Social Welfare from University of California Los Angeles. Using her clinical experience with families from domestic violence households to set the foundation for her research, the overarching goal of her work is to contribute to the optimal development of children who have been exposed to family violence (i.e., child maltreatment; intimate partner violence IPV, also known as domestic violence) by identifying risk and protective factors that will be translated into interventions. Dr. Holmes is also the Founding Director of the Center on Trauma and Adversity at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The Trauma Center was launched on April 2, 2018 with the aim to respond to the need for trauma-focused research and the development of trained social workers who can effectively assess, intervene, and treat people and communities affected by trauma—to help them experience healing, overcome adversity, reduce suffering, and achieve recovery and resilience.

Zoë Breen Wood, PhD, Associate Professor

Dr. Zoë Breen Wood has over 40 years’ experience as a practitioner, researcher, educator, and consultant in the fields of social work practice, policy, and education. She received her BA from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and her PhD from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Her research focuses on factors that contribute to positive adoption outcomes for children placed through the child welfare system. In addition to her extensive child welfare background, Dr. Wood has worked for much of her career on the implementation and evaluation of competency based education, and provided consultation and training in leadership development.