PhD, Columbia School of Social Work
Focus: community organization and development, substance disorder treatment.
Research: clinical practice in neighborhood and community organizations, teaching social policy, advocacy for change in social work practice
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Dr. John Robertson teaches Social Welfare Policy and Advocacy in Social Work Practice at the Columbia School of Social Work. His interests include community development and organization, employment and family issues, and treatment for people struggling with substance abuse. He is involved in community social work practice in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, and has worked on several national policy research initiatives related 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”.
Dr. Robertson has taught research methodology and human behavior courses. He works with the Hunter School of Social Work to develop their community organization field placement program, and he works with newly released federal inmates as they return to family, employment, and their communities. Dr. Robertson holds a BA in Economics from St. John’s College, University of Manitoba; an MSW from Rutgers University; and a PhD in Labor Economics and Social Policy from the Columbia School of Social Work.