Dr. Darcey Merritt Elected to the Board of the Society for Social Work and Research

Dr. Darcey Merritt
Dr. Darcey Merritt

NYU Silver Associate Professor Darcey Merritt has been elected to the 16-member Board of Directors of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) as a Member-at-Large. Her three-year term begins on February 1, 2019.

A non-profit, professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of social work research, SSWR has more than 1,800 members representing more than 200 universities and institutions around the world. “I am delighted to have been elected to serve on the SSWR Board of Directors,” Dr. Merritt said. “SSWR is closely aligned with my career and life goals of contributing to the betterment of society and mitigating the impact of deficient systems among plagued cultures.”

In addition to serving on NYU Silver’s faculty, Dr. Merritt is a Faculty Fellow at the School’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, and is an Associate Editor for Children and Youth Services Review (CYSR). Dr. Merritt is an expert in child welfare whose research interests include child maltreatment prevention; maltreatment type definitional issues; neighborhood structural impact on maltreatment; and experiences of those served by public child welfare systems. She also has extensive experience as a practitioner in the private and public child welfare systems.

Dr. Merritt’s research has been widely published in journals including Journal of Child and Family StudiesJournal of Public Child WelfareChild Abuse and NeglectJournal of OrthopsychiatrySubstance Use and Misuse, and Journal of Social Services Research, as well as CYSR. She also serves on the Child Maltreatment Prevention Committee of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and was lead author of the chapter on “Effective Program Models for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment” in the APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment, Fourth Edition.

Dr. Merritt earned her MSW and PhD in social welfare from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College.