Biography Curriculum Vitae 

Zoë Breen Wood

Director, Office of Educational Outcome Assessment

Assistant Professor

PhD, Case Western Reserve University
MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University
BA, Sociology and Psychology, University of Illinois

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of
Applied Social Sciences

Room 102
Case Western Reserve University
11235 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Dr. Zoë Breen Wood is an Assistant Professor and member of the faculty and at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University with over 30 years’ experience as a practitioner, manager, trainer and consultant in the field of social work. She received her BA from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and her PhD from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Her research focuses on factors that contribute to positive adoption outcomes for children placed through the child welfare system.

In addition to her extensive child welfare background, Dr. Wood has worked for much of her career on the implementation and evaluation of competency based education, and provided consultation and training in leadership development.

Course List

  • Direct Practice Methods
  • Adoption Practice and Policy
  • Travel and Study to Guatemala
  • Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice


  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Child Welfare League of America
  • Council on Social Work Education

Scholarly Interests

  • Child welfare especially in the areas of child neglect and special needs adoption
  • Policy practice
  • Outcome based education/ Learning centered education

Why I Chose This Profession

Growing up, I always wanted to “make a difference” and initially thought about going into politics or international relations. One of my first jobs was supposed to be “only temporary”. As a child protective service worker in a rural area of the south I soon realized that working in the field of social work provided me with lots of opportunities to make a difference to individuals and families as well as to communities and organizations. I never left the field and each year become more certain that I made the right choice.


Recent Presentations

Wood, Z.B. (2012) Public child welfare adoption: The adoptive parent and adolescent adoptee perception of adoption outcomes. Unpublished Doctoral dissertation. Cleveland: Case Western Reserve University.

Wood, Zoe (March, 2011) Child Abuse & Neglect: Intake, Assessment, Planning & Intervention, Holt International, Zacapa, Guatemala.

Wood, Zoe (May, 2010) Post Graduate Adoption Certificate Program – Three days of training for masters’ level clinicians in issues related to adoption mental health. Planned and delivered for Berea Children’s Home May-July 2010 and December 2010-Februrary 2011 & for Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau September – November 2010.

Social Worker Know Thyself: Using Myers Briggs Type in Field Education – delivered multiple times per year for all incoming MSASS students from 2005 through 2010.

Utilizing Myers Briggs Type in Supervision – delivered yearly for MSASS Field Instructors from 2005-2010.

Leadership Institute – Six days of training and consultation utilizing Myers Briggs Type Indicator for Catholic Charities USA delivered yearly 1995-2011.

Developing a Continuum of Care in Child Welfare – Five days of training for Family Health International – Addis Abbaba Ethiopia May 2010.

Child Abuse – Assessment and Intervention– One day of training for Holt International – Antigua Guatemala March 2009.

Ethical Issues in Child Welfare – One day of training for Holt International – Antigua Guatemala March 2009.

Understanding & Working with Neglecting Families – University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, January 17-18, 2008 & May 29-30, 2008.

Openness in Adoption – Adoption Network Cleveland June 17-18, 2008; Summit County Children’s Services October 25-26, 2007.

Preparing for Permanency – Summit County Children’s Services Board June 9, 2008.

Services to Families Post Finalization – Adoption Network Cleveland August 2007; March 2008.

Assessment & Treatment Approaches for Adoptive Families: Toward Empirically Based Practice – Cleveland OH June 1, 2007.

Clinical and Practice Issues in Adoption Cleveland OH 2007.

Assessment and Treatment Approaches for Adoptive Families: Toward Empirically Based Practice – Cleveland OH 2007.

Key Issues in Adoption for Mental Health Practitioners
Project Director
Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners
2007 – 2008

Geriatric Practicum Partnership Programs
MSASS Project Director
New York Academy of Medicine
2007 – 2008

Zoë Breen Wood in the News

  • 2018 Donations Request for Guatemala Course
    by Mandel School on January 30, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    The Study Abroad course to Guatemala over Spring Break, led by faculty members Victor Groza and Zoe Breen Wood, accepts and distributes donated items to several charitable organizations in Guatemala — which they and the students personally transport in their luggage. These donations are always greatly appreciated and received quite warmly. Please consider donating any or several of the following list of [… […]

  • Lunch and Learn Series: Guatemala (1 PD hour)
    by Mandel School on September 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    The Mandel School International Education Program invites you to bring your lunch and learn more about their Guatemala study abroad course on September 19th or 27th. Attendance is only required for one. Hear from Dr. Victor Groza and Dr. Zoe Breen Wood as they host a lunch and learn session on “Guatemala: Land of Eternal Spring.” Each [… […]

  • Study Abroad in Nicaragua in June: Child Development and Welfare
    by Mandel School on March 3, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    The Mandel School has just announced a new short-term Study Abroad course, Child Development/Child Welfare in Nicaragua (SASS 375J/575), on June 1-30. Open to all Case Western Reserve undergraduates and graduate students, it offers unique international service learning placements, direct engagement with Nicaraguans, and immersive Spanish language instruction during the month of June. It is based in Granada, [… […]