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Mark I. Singer

Leonard W. Mayo Professor in Family and Child Welfare

B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College
M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of
Applied Social Sciences

Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations
Room 216
Case Western Reserve University
11402 Bellflower Court
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Mark 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 Semi J. and Ruth W. 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.

Why I Chose this Profession

I enjoyed working with juvenile delinquents in Brooklyn, NY. There were no employment opportunities for philosophers (B.A. in philosophy).

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 Singer in the News

  • 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 [… […]

  • Singer Publishes Editorial on Improving Community Policing
    by Mandel School on August 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Are police officers enforcers or peacemakers, warriors or guardians? Mark I. Singer, PhD, Leonard W. Mayo Professor in Family and Child Welfare at the Mandel School and Deputy Director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education, and his co-author, former Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Chief Bernard Buckner, urge us to go back [… […]

  • Research Colloquium: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
    by Mandel School Calendar on October 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Friday, November 11, 2016, Colloquium: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST Meet the Speakers: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT All are invited to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: A Remedy That Needs More Than Medicine, a FREE research colloquium at 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. EST on Friday, November 11, 2016, in room #108 of the Jack, Joseph [… […]