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Mark I. Singer, PhD

Leonard W. Mayo Professor in Family and Child Welfare

Deputy Director, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education

BA, Baldwin-Wallace College
MSSA, Case Western Reserve University
PhD, Case Western Reserve

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Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel
Community Studies Center
Room 216
11402 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


MARK I .SINGER is the Leonard W. Mayo Professor of Family and Child Welfare at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. He is currently the deputy director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education and co-director of the Center on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness.
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Course List

  • SASS 608 Philosophy of Science and Theory Construction
  • SASS 564 Social Work Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
  • SSBT 501 Advanced Child/Adolescent Development and Dysfunction

Scholarly Interests

youth violence, adolescent behavior problems, co-existing drug and mental disorders, community policing.


Gearhart, M. C., Caporale, L., Baughman Sladky, M., Singer, M. I., Wheeler, M. Tuschman, P. (2017). Medication assisted treatment: Experiences from the field. Perspectives on Social Work. Perspectives on Social Work. 12(2), 4-11.Kobulsky, J. M., Minnes, S., Min, M. O., & Singer, M. I. (2016). Violence exposure and early substance use in high-risk adolescents. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 16, 46-71.Butcher, F., Kretschmar, J., Singer, M., & Flannery, D.J. (2015). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children in an at-risk sample of youth. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 6, 251-268.Kretschmar, J. M., Butcher, F., Flannery, D. J., & Singer, M. I. (2016). Diverting juvenile justice-involved youth with behavioral health issues from detention: Preliminary findings from Ohio’s Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) Initiative. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 27, 302-325.Singer, M.I., Flannery, D.J., Kretschmar, J., and Bartholomew, J. (2015). Brief report: A county-wide survey of residents’ violence exposure. Journal of Psychiatry, 18, 14-16.Flannery, D.J., & Singer, M.I. (2014). The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University. Research on Social Work Practice.Butcher, F., Kretschmar, J., Lin, Y., Flannery, D.J., & Singer, M.I. (2014). Analysis of the validity scales in the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children. Research on Social Work Practice, 24, 695-704.Bartholomew, J., Singer, M., Gonzalez, A. & Walker, M. (2013). Police assisted referrals: Empowering law enforcement to be first social responders.  Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 13(4), 38-49.

Singer, M. (2017, August 18). An epidemic about moral failure or a public health emergency? Akron Beacon Journal.Singer, M. (2017, July 23). Back to the future with community policing in Cleveland. Cleveland Plain Dealer.Singer, M. (2016, March 28). Here’s how witnessing violence harms children’s mental health. The Conversation.Singer, M. (2014, December 23). Police are first social responders; let’s help them work with citizens. St. Louis Post.Flannery, D. and Singer, M. (2012, March 4). Chardon school shooting shows us that lessons have been unlearned, the tragedy repeated. Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Singer, M., Gonzalez, A. & Walker, M. (2013, June).  Building trust to fight crime: Cleveland’s Police Assisted Referral Program.  Presentation at the Addressing Violent Crime in the 21st Century Conference, U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Department of Justice, Columbia,  South Carolina.

Mark I. Singer in the News

  • Begun Center Researchers Monitor Drug Court Success Over Time
    by Samantha Cocco on August 23, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    In a recent study, medication-assisted treatment use didn’t increase the odds of drug court graduation, but social supports and age may be possible factors, found a team of experts from the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve […]

  • Mark Singer Named Citizen of the Year by CMHA Police Department
    by Samantha Cocco on December 20, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Each year, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department awards the Citizen’s Award to a civilian who distinguishes themselves through the furtherance of law enforcement and community safety. On December 15, 2017, this award was given to Mark Singer, PhD, the Leonard W. Mayo Professor in Family and Child Welfare at the Mandel School and Deputy Director […]

  • Dean Grover C. Gilmore Awarded Honorary Fellow of AASWSW
    by Mandel School on November 12, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Grover C. Gilmore, PhD, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences, has been uanimously selected as an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), a status reserved for a very small number of major figures in social work who have uniquely supported the founding and […]