John Robertson teaches Social Welfare Policy and Advocacy in Social Work Practice at the Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW). He received a Ph.D. in labor economics and social policy from CSSW in 1995, and an M.S. in casework from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 1990.
Dr. Robertson’s interests include neighborhood work with a focus on community development and organization, employment and family issues and the treatment of substance abusers. He is involved in community social work practice in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. He has worked on several national policy research initiatives relating to poor families, their employment, family formation and receipt of public assistance. His publications include: “Social work with families after PRWORA: family systems and rational choice models”; “Relational discord and depressive symptomatology among non-marital co-parents”; “Using geographical information systems to enhance community-based child welfare services”; “Young nonresidential fathers have lower earnings: Implications for increasing child support payments” and “Using the criminal justice system to prevent adolescent drug abuse.”
He has taught research methods and human behavior courses. He is presently developing community organization field placement for the Hunter School of Social Work and working with releasing Federal inmates as they return to family, employment and the community.