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Michael Lawler

Michael Lawler
Professor
School of Health Sciences
Phone: 605-677-5000
Bio:
Dr. Lawler is Dean and Professor, School of Health Sciences. He has 30 years of experience as a social work practitioner, educator, and researcher.
Teaching Interests:
Social welfare leadership, mental health, research, integration of biopsychosocial sciences
Research Interests:
Parent-child relationships, human development, transfer of learning, child well-being, child welfare, juvenile justice, foster care, inter-agency data sharing, forensic psychology, Native American disparities.
Education:
  • BA, Psychology, Lewis & Clark College,
  • MSW, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley,
  • Ph D, Human Development, University of California, Davis,
Research:
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe Attorney General's Children Exposed to Violence Demonstration Program: Phase I, Dept. of Justice
  • International Survey of Children's Well-Being, (2012)
  • South Dakota Survey of Children's Well-Being, (2012)
  • South Dakota Survey of Children's Well-Being, (2012)
Grants:
  • Anytime, Anywhere, Model Learning Systems and Technology Tools, NSF
  • Service Learning Course Development Grant , Center for Academic Engagement, (2011 - 2012)
  • Research Consultation, South Dakota Department of Social Services, (2011 - 2011)
  • Clarifying a theoretical construct for the Indian Child Welfare Act, Research Excellence Development Grant, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, (2010 - 2011)
Publications:
  • Newland, L., Lawler, M. J., Giger, J. T., Roh, S., Carr, E., Predictors of Children’s Subjective Well-Being in Rural Communities of the United States, Child Indicators Research.
  • Giger, J. T., Pope, N. D., Vogt, H., Gutierrez, C., Newland, L., Lemke, J., Lawler, M. J., Remote Patient Monitoring Acceptance Trends among Older Adults Residing in a Frontier State , Computers in Human Behavior.
  • Goldfarb, D. A., Goodman, G. S., Lawler, M. J., Children's evidence and the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child, Brill Nijhoff.
  • Lawler, M. J., Sayfan, L., Goodman, G. S., Narr, R., Cordon, I. M., (2014), Comprehensive residential education: A promising model for emerging adults in foster care, Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 38, pp. 10-19. (DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.01.003)
  • Curry, D., Barbee, A., Donnenwirth, J., Lawler, M. J., (2013), Transfer of learning in human services, Training and Development in Human Services, vol. 7, pp. 5-19.
  • Hobbs, S. D., Johnson, J. L., Goodman, G. S., Bederian-Gardner, D., Lawler, M. J., Vargas, I. D., Mendoza, M., (2013), Evaluating Eyewitness Testimony in Children, Wiley.
  • Newland, L., Giger, J. T., Lawler, M. J., Carr, E. R., Dykstra, E. A., Roh, S., Subjective well-being for children in a rural community , Journal of Social Service Research.
  • Newland, L., Lawler, M. J., Giger, J. T., Roh, S., Melmer, R., , , (2013), Yankton School District: Results from the South Dakota Survey of Children's Well-Being (SDSCWeB) .
  • Lawler, M. J., Bederian-Gardner, D., Goodman, G. S., (2013), Child Forensic Psychology: Conclusions and next steps for researchers and practitioners, Palgrave-MacMillan, pp. 273-286.
  • Seefeldt, T., Mort, J., Brockevelt, B., Giger, J. T., Jordre, B., Lawler, M. J., Nilson, W., Svien, L., , (2012), A Pilot Study of Interprofessional Case Discussions for Health Professions Students Using the Virtual World Second Life., Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, vol. 4, pp. 224-231.
  • Lawler, M. J., Talbot, E., (2012), Child Abuse, Encylopedia of Human Behavior (2nd) Elsevier Press, pp. 460-466.
  • Lawler, M. J., LaPlante, K., Giger, J. T., Norris, D., (2012), Overrepresentation of Native American children in foster care: An independent construct? , Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, vol. 21, iss. 2, pp. 95-110. (DOI: 10.1080/15313204.2012.647344)
  • Lawler, M. J., Curry, D., Donnenwirth, J., Mangrich, M. E., Times, T. N., (2012), Assessing transfer of learning potential with human services professionals, Journal of Social Service Research, vol. 38, iss. 3, pp. 402-412. (DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2012.669270)
  • Olagundoye, S. S., Lawler, M. J., (2011), Building effective program strategies for youth-adult partnerships: Reflections and guidance on promising practices, Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, vol. 24, iss. 4, pp. 63-73.
  • Curry, D., Lawler, M. J., Donnenwirth, J., Bergeron, M., (2011), Application Potential of Professional Learning Inventory - APPLI-33, Training and Development in Human Services, vol. 6, pp. 129-139.
  • Curry, D., Lawler, M. J., Schneider-Munoz, A., Fox, L., (2011), A child and youth care perspective for human services development, Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, vol. 24, iss. 1-2, pp. 148-161.
  • Lawler, M. J., Goodman, G. S., Cordon, I. M., O'Brien, S., (2011), Inter-agency data sharing and protection: Measuring child well-being in the United States, International Society for Child Indicators, vol. 3, pp. 51-52.
  • Haapanen, R., Wilson, K. J., Goodman, G. S., Lawler, M. J., Shaver, P. R., Cho, Y., (2011), Final Report: Evaluation of Training Online Program, California Department of Social Services.
  • Curry, D., Lawler, M. J., Donnenwirth, J., (2011), Application Potential of Professional Learning Inventory (APPLI-33), American Psychological Association.
  • Curry, D., Donnenwirth, J., Lawler, M. J., (2011), Scale reduction: Developing user-friendly human service training and development assessment instruments, University of California, Berkeley, pp. 5-30.
  • Lawler, M. J., Cordon, I., Thai, A., (2011), Revised Final Report: Community Reentry Challenge Grant, State of California, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
  • Lawler, M. J., Shaver, P. R., Goodman, G. S., (2011), Toward Relationship-Based Child Welfare Services, Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 33, pp. 473-480. (DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.06.018)
  • Lawler, M. J., Cordon, I. M., Thai, A., (2010), Final report: Community Reentry Challenge Grant Evaluation, State of California.
  • Curry, D., Lawler, M. J., Donnenwirth, J., (2010), Assessing potential for transfer of learning in human services, Kent State University.
  • Lawler, M. J., (2010), Emotionally responsive relationships for all children: A theoretical framework for child welfare services , State of California.
  • Lawler, M. J., Donnenwirth, J., Curry, D., (2010), Evaluating transfer of learning in public welfare training and development: Factors affecting the transfer of learning of California public welfare workers., University of California, Berkeley, vol. 13, pp. 109-110.
  • Bernotavicz, F., Curry, D., Lawler, M. J., Leeson, K., Wentz, R. M., (2010), A new key to success: Guidelines for effective staff development and training programs in human services agencies, American Public Human Services Association.
  • Goodman, G. S., Ogle, C. M., Troxel, N., Lawler, M. J., Cordon, I. M., (2009), Child victims in the judiciary system: Optimizing accuracy, avoiding rectimization, Childhood Brasil.
  • Armstrong, T. L., Lawler, M. J., (2009), Workload and program reconfiguration for California's Division of Juvenile Parole Operations: Current practices and proposed reforms , State of California.
  • Troxel, N., Ogle, C. M., Cordon, I. M., Lawler, M. J., Goodman, G. S., (2009), Child Witnesses in Criminal Court, Guilford Press.
  • Lawler, M. J., Lowery, D. Y., (2009), Stable and loving: Supporting quality relationships for maltreated children and their parents pre- and post-permanency, State of Calfornia.
  • Sensiper, S., Olson, K., Lawler, M. J., Pendleton, D., (2009), Promoting understanding with innovation in support of employees with disabilities: A series of teaching cases to involve executives, managers, and future business leaders in the discussion, University of California, Davis.
  • Goodman, G. S., Ogle, C. M., Troxel, N., Lawler, M. J., Cordon, I. M., (2008), Crianças vítimas no sistema judiciário: como garantir a precisão do testemunho e evitar a revitimização, Childhood Brasil.
  • Goodman, G. S., Lawler, M. J., Iandoli, C., Wilson, K., O'Brien, S., Cordon, I. M., (2008), California Department of Social Services and Child Welfare Council data linkages project, State of California.
  • Lawler, M. J., (2008), Maltreated children's emotional availability with kin and non-kin foster mothers: A sociobiological perspective, Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 30, pp. 1131-1143. (DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2008.02.007)
  • Jetter, K., Lawler, M. J., Goodman, G. S., (2007), The economic benefits of increasing food stamp participation rates, California Department of Social Services.
  • Wilson, K., Augusti, E. M., Harkins, D., Ogle, C., Waring, M., Goodman, G. S., Lawler, M. J., (2007), Child care facilities health and safety, Phase II: Synthesized research review, California Department of Social Services.
  • Shaver, P. R., Augusti, E. M., Ogle, C. M., Harris, L., Lawler, M. J., Goodman, G. S., (2006), Final report to stakeholders: Child welfare budgeting, State of California.
  • Wilson, K., Goodman, G. S., Lawler, M. J., (2006), Inter-agency measurement of child well-being, State of California.
  • Curry, D., Lawler, M. J., Bernotavicz, F., (2006), The field of training and development in human services: An emerging profession? , Human Services Training and Development, vol. 4, pp. 5-11.
  • Wilson, K., Goodman, G. S., Lawler, M. J., (2006), Child care facilities health and safety: Review of research , State of California.
  • Wilson, K., Goodman, G. S., Lawler, M. J., (2006), Child abuse and neglect prevention: A review of the scientific research, State of California.
  • Lawler, M. J., Goodman, G. S., (2005), Emerging issues in data security, University of California.
  • Donnenwirth, J., Lawler, M. J., (2004), Human Services Staff Development and Training Roles and Competencies: Communication Specialist, American Public Human Services Association.
  • Lawler, M. J., (2003), Family violence institute: Integrating responses to all forms of family violence , University of California.
  • Wilcox, M., Greenwood, B., Lawler, M. J., Pendleton, D., Schutz, H., (2002), Best teaching practices in continuing and professional education, Training and Development in Human Services, vol. 2, pp. 108-113.
  • Lawler, M. J., Brooks, S., Donnenwirth, J., Harkins, D., Lobre, L., Yip, D., (2001), From anti-welfare to anti-poverty: Innovative responses to family poverty in the United States, International Forum for Child Welfare, pp. 14-18.
  • Bernotavicz, F., Lawler, M. J., McGroarty, J., Richardson, J., Wegenast, D., Wentz, R., (2001), Human services staff development and training roles and competencies: Instructor, American Public Human Services Association.
  • Donnenwirth, J., Lawler, M. J., Greenwood, B., (1998), Responses to welfare reform in the USA: Training and conflict resolution models, International Council on Social Welfare, vol. 28, pp. 5-10.
  • Lawler, M. J., Donnenwirth, J., (1996), Devolution and development: The role of continuing education in the emerging cycle of child welfare practice in the United States , International Association of Schools of Social Work and International Federation of Social Workers, pp. 182-185.
Awards and Honors:
  • Career Achievement Award, National Staff Development & Training Association, American Public Human Services Association, 2011
  • James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award, University of California, Davis, 2010
  • Excellence Award, Kent State University Teaching Council , 2010
  • Distinguished Service Award, Center for Public Policy Research, University of California, Davis, 2010
  • Joint Member Resolution and Commendation, California Legislature, 2010
  • Pro Humanitate Literary Award - Finalist, Center for Child Welfare Policy of the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare, 2010
  • Leadership Award, West Coast Child Welfare Trainers Association, 2002