Lawler, chair of the USD Department of Social Work since September 2010, is being honored for achievements throughout his distinguished career, including the development of several social programs as well as his dedication to education and training.

“This award is given in recognition of the outstanding work Michael has done throughout his career in educating and supporting the efforts to educate public human services staff," stated Rose Marie Wentz NSDTA Awards Chair

Prior to USD, Lawler was director of the Center for Human Services, co-director of the Center for Public Policy Research and department chair at University of California-Davis Extension. In addition to being the principal investigator for a number of federal, state, tribal and county grants, Lawler developed several outreach, education and research centers at UC Davis to address social welfare policy and practice. He earned degrees a Ph.D. in human development from UC Davis, a master’s degree from UC Berkeley, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lewis and Clark College, and he is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He and his wife, Kimberly, have an adult son who is currently attending college.

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