Elane Nuehring

Elane Nuehring



Professor Nuehring joined the faculty in 1976 and currently serves as Director of the Doctoral Program. She received a BA degree from Gonzaga University, an MSW from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. In addition to serving as a senior member of the school faculty, she served as Associate Dean for several years. Professor Nuehring's professional interests include program and practice evaluation, research design, community mental health services and systems, administration and work place issues, disaster and mental health, and homelessness. Professor Nuehring has published widely in the areas of risk management in the workplace, administrative issues and HIV, the mentally ill homeless, methods of practice evaluation, and community mental health. She consults extensively throughout the professional community in the areas of mental health programming and evaluation, crisis services, and program evaluation.

Teaching Philosophy

"My teaching in the School of Social Work focuses on research methodology and the centrality of social work research, centrally intervention research, in serving individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Empirically-based practice, for which outcomes can be documented, is integral to ethical and effective social work practice, and my teaching reinforces this message. I am also committed to educating for research that attends to cultural diversity in designing and implementing studies, and that focuses on the measurement of strengths and resources among our study participants. In the classroom, and in individual and small group educational activities with students, I strive for practical, applied contexts, collaborative, in vivo learning opportunities and skill-building by doing. I strive to know students as individuals, with unique backgrounds, interests and strengths and I seek ways to support the directions they seek to pursue. I am available to my students and encourage substantial out-of-classroom exchanges – in person, by telephone, by email, by Canvas discussion groups and chats. I see my students as colleagues and fellow social workers and try to join them in a mutual effort to advance their knowledge and skills in the interests of their effective social work practice."

Selected Publications

Kane, M. N., Houston-Vega, M.K., & Nuehring, E.M. (2002). Documentation in managed care: Challenges for social work education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, Winter.

Dodds, S.E., Bryson, B.J., Nuehring, E.M., Lizzotte, J.M., & Abruzzino, E. (2001). Peers as providers: Lessons learned from Project SAFE. The Source, Spring, 21-26. Berkeley, CA: UCB:Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center.

Dodds, S.E., Blaney, N.T., Nuehring, E.M., Blakley, T., Lizzotte, J.M., Potter, J.E., O’Sullivan, M.J. (2000). Integrating mental health services into primary care for HIV-infected pregnant and non-pregnant women: Whole Life – A theoretically derived model for clinical care and outcomes assessment. General Hospital Psychiatry, 22, 251-260.

Selected Professional Activities

Evaluation Director, Project SAFE, Children’s Home Society/ Barry University School of Social Work. Funded by the USDHHS, ACYF, US Children’s Bureau, Abandoned Infants Initiative (1996 – present).

University of Miami School of Medicine. Evaluation consultation to Projects Whole Life and Caring Connections, multi-site evaluations of HRSA-funded Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) designed to integrate mental health/substance abuse/family services into primary obgyn and pediatric care for HIV/AIDS infected and affected mothers and their children and families, and to outreach to unserved and under-served HIV infected women and their children (1996 – 2005). Consultation on Ryan White Title IV Pediatric AIDS Project: implementation/process evaluation and development of patient outcome evaluation for outreach, education, case finding, and family-centered health and psychosocial services to HIV infected children and their parents/caregivers, and siblings (2000-2002).