7th Mandel School Faculty Member Elected AASWSW Fellow

Victor Groza Headshot

Victor Groza, PhD, the Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies, has been elected a 2023 Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), a distinguished honorific society of prominent scholars, top researchers and practitioners.

Groza is widely recognized as one of the major national and international researchers and thought leaders in child welfare, having authored numerous peer reviewed publications, book chapters and monographs and generating several million dollars in extramural funding. He has supported child welfare technical assistance, research and training projects in Romania, India, Ukraine, Guatemala and Ethiopia. More importantly, his research, training and technical assistance efforts have been used to change public policy, develop social services (particularly adoption services) and improve the quality of the workforce globally. Given his international impact, Groza has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the West University of Timisoara in Romania.

“Dr. Groza is an influential and well-respected scholar in child welfare, and I am thrilled that AASWSW has recognized his national and international impact,” said Mandel School Dean Dexter Voisin.

He will be formally inducted as an AASWSW Fellow during the January 2023 Society for Social Work and Research’s Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Groza joins colleagues David BiegelClaudia CoultonGrover “Cleve” GilmoreMark SingerElizabeth Tracy and Dexter Voisin as faculty members of the Mandel School who are also Fellows of the Academy.