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Phyllis Solomon, PhD

Inducted in 2010

Current Position

Professor, Associate Dean for Research, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania


BA, Russell Sage College; MA, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Phyllis Solomon, PhD is Kenneth L. Pray Chair in Social Policy & Practice, Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Policy and Practice and Professor of Social Work in Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine; Faculty Fellow at Center for High Impact Philanthropy and Ortner Center for Violence & Abuse in Relationships and Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research, which focuses on service delivery issues for adults with severe mental illness and their families, has been funded by numerous state and federal agencies and private foundations.
She has edited and co-authored six books including, Randomized Controlled Trials: Design and Implementation for Community-Based Psychosocial Intervention, and has over a 190 peer reviewed publications as well as 36 book chapters.
She is the recipient of a number of awards and honors including:
• First Place Research Award by Society of Social Work and Research for co-authored article on her RCT of family educational interventions for families of a relative with severe psychiatric disorder
• Outstanding Non-Psychiatrist Community Achievement Award given by the American Association of Community Psychiatrists
• The Knee/Wittman Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Mental Health Policy and Practice from NASW Foundation
• The University of Pennsylvania Provost Award for PhD Mentoring of Doctoral Students.
• Distinguished Career Achievement Award, Society for Social Work & Research
• Moses Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, New York
• Armin Loeb Award for Research in Psychosocial Rehabilitation, International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (currently Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association)
• Delivered the Annual Sidney Ball Memorial Lecture at Barnett House, University of Oxford.
• Visiting Scholar, University of Western Ontario, Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, London, Ontario

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