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Edward J. Mullen, DSW, PhD

Inducted in 2011

Current Position

Willma and Albert Musher Professor Emeritus, Columbia University


DSW, Ph.D., Columbia University

Edward J Mullen is the Willma and Albert Musher Professor Emeritus at Columbia University where he received his DSW and PhD in social welfare and where he served as Associate Dean. Previously he was Professor at the University of Chicago, Fordham University and Case Western Reserve University. His research and publications have focused on evidence-based policy and practice, outcomes measurement in the human services, mental health services research, and research applications in social work practice. In 2011 he was inducted as Fellow in 1st elected class of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. In recognition of his mentorship of doctoral students he received the Mentor Recognition Award from the Council on Social Work Education’s Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education. He has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service. In 2015 his contributions to social work were the subject of a book titled Social Work Practice to the Benefit of our Clients: Scholarly Legacy of Professor Edward Joseph Mullen edited by Haluk Soydan and published by the Bolzano University Press, Bolzano, Italy. In 2016 he was inducted into Columbia University’s School of Social Work Hall of Fame. He serves on the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada Standing Selection Committee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Industry Canada.
Professor Mullen was Principal Investigator for an NIMH funded predoctoral training program in mental health services research at Columbia University (1989-2007) and an NIMH funded predoctoral and postdoctoral training program at the University of Chicago (1984-1989). At Columbia University he has taught courses in evidence-based social work policy and practice, research methods, systematic review and meta-analysis methods, mental health services research, and social work practice.
Professor Mullen has been a social work practitioner in a number of organizations in Washington, DC and New York City. He has had a range of practice research positions with: Chapin Hall Center for Children, the University of Chicago; Family Focus, Inc., Evanston and Chicago, Illinois; Director of the Institute of Welfare Research Community Service Society of New York; Director of the Department of Research and Evaluation, Community Service Society of New York; Director of the Center for the Study of Social Work Practice, Columbia University and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. He is a founder of the European based Inter-Centre Consortium of Social Work Research Centers.

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