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Scott D Ryan

Name

[Ryan, Scott D]
  • Dean, School of Social Work

Professional Preparation

    • 2001 Ph.D. in Social Work Practice & ResearchCase Western Reserve University
    • 1995 M.B.A. in Management & FinanceHoward University
    • 1992 M.S.S.W. in Clinical Practice & Children and FamiliesColumbia University
    • 1990 B.S.W. in Generalist PracticeFlorida Atlantic University
    • 1988 B.B.A. in MarketingFlorida Atlantic University
    • 1986 Unknown degree in AccountingPalm Beach Community College

Appointments

    • Jan 2009 to Present Dean/Jenkins Garrett Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington   Office of the President   Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs   School of Social Work
    • Jan 2008 to Present Jeanene M. Janes Endowed Professorship
      Florida State University   College of Social Work   Child Welfare
    • Jan 2006 to Present Editor
      Taylor & Francis Press   Adoption Quarterly
    • Jan 2005 to Present Director, Institute for Social Work Research
      Florida State University   College of Social Work
    • Jan 2005 to Present Associate Dean/Associate Dean for Research
      Florida State University   College of Social Work
    • Jan 2005 to Present Assoc Prof
      Florida State University   College of Social Work
    • Jan 2005 to Present Senior Research Fellow
      Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
    • Jan 2004 to Present Director of Field Instruction
      Florida State University   College of Social Work
    • Jan 2003 to Present Consultant
      University of Texas at Arlington   Office of the President   Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs   School of Social Work   Center for Adoption Studies
    • Jan 2003 to Present Doctoral Program Director (Interim)
      Florida State University   College of Social Work
    • Jan 2000 to Present Assist Professor
      Florida State University   College of Social Work
    • Jan 1999 to Present Resarch Assistant
      Case Western Reserve University   Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
    • Jan 1999 to Present Consultant/Trainer
      Case Western Reserve University   Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations
    • Jan 1998 to Present Director
      National Institute of Relationship Enhancement, Inc.   Organizational Training & Staff Development
    • Jan 1998 to Present Teaching Assistant
      Case Western Reserve University   Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
    • Jan 1998 to Present Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow
      Case Western Reserve University   Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences   Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Research Institute
    • Jan 1998 to Present Adjunct Instructor
      Case Western Reserve University   Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
    • Jan 1997 to Present Adjunct Instructor/Field Site Coordinator
      Dana College, Blair, Nebraska   Department of Social Work
    • Jan 1996 to Present Field Instructor
      Dana College, Blair, Nebraska   Department of Social Work
    • Jan 1996 to Present Assistant Supervisor/Program Coordinator
      Child and Family Services Administration   Department of Human Services
    • Jan 1995 to Present Associate Financial Analyst
      International Business Machines/PC Company
    • Jan 1993 to Present Social Worker – 11
      Child and Family Services Administration   Department of Human Services
    • Jan 1992 to Present Social Worker – 9
      Child and Family Services Administration   Department of Human Services
    • Jan 1991 to Present M.S.S.W. Intern
      The Association to Benefit Children, Inc.
    • Jan 1990 to Present Foster Care & Licensing Counselor
      Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services
    • Jan 1989 to Present B.S.W. Intern
      The Haven, Inc.
    • Jan 1989 to Present Assistant Events Coordinator
      Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Broward County, Inc.

Memberships

  • Membership
    • May 2013 to Present Child Welfare League of America
    • May 2013 to Present Child Welfare League of America
    • May 2013 to Present Council for Advancement and Support of Education
    • May 2013 to Present Ad Hoc Research Task Force
    • Aug 2001 to Oct 2003 Florida Association for Play Therapy
    • June 2000 to Mar 2007 Florida Association for Play Therapy

Research and Expertise

  • Research has been featured in:
    •    Rollot, C. (October 28, 2005). Les enfants des homosexuals sont eleves come les autres.  Paris, France:  Le Monde.
    •    Sheeran, T. (July 10, 2006). Gays add element to adoption debate. Associated Press.
    •    Ireland, J. (Producer). (2006). Finding family: Gay adoption in the U.S. [documentary]. Los Angeles, CA: John Ireland Productions.
    •    Lelchuk, I. (May 21, 2007). San Francisco’s same-sex couples asked to adopt foster kids. San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Chronicle.
    •    Courter, G. (Producer). (2007). Breaking the barriers to teen adoption [documentary]. Crystal River, FL: Courter Films and Associates

Publications

      Book Chapter 2011
      • Ryan, S., & Brown, S. (August 2011). Gay and lesbian adoptive parents: Stressors and strengths.  In D. Brodzinsky, A. Pertman, and D. Kunz (Eds.). Gay and Lesbian Adoption:  A New American Reality (pp. 184-203). New York: Oxford University Press.

        {Exhibition Catalog} [Refereed/Juried]

      • Journal Article 2011
        • Averett, P., Strong-Blakeney, A., Nalavany, B., & Ryan, S. (2011). Examining the gay adoption ban: Florida's adoptive parents speak out.  Journal of GLBT Family Studies7(1-2), 30-48.
          {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
        • 2011
          • Tyson, E., Teasley, M., & Ryan, S. (2011). Using the Child Behavior Checklist with African-American adopted children. The Journal of Emotional & Behavioral Disorders, 19(1), 17-26.
            {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
          • 2011
            • Ryan, S., Harris, G., Brown, D., Houston, D., Smith. S., & Howard, J. (2011). Open adoptions in child welfare: Social worker and foster/adoptive parent attitudes. Journal of Public Child Welfare 5(4), 445-466.
              {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

              Journal Article 2010
              • Goldman, G., & Ryan, S. (2010). Direct and modifying influences of selected risk factors on children's pre-adoption functioning and post-adoption adjustment.  Children & Youth Services Review, 33(2), 291–300.
                {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
              • 2010
                • Ryan, S., Hinterlong, J., Hegar, R., & Johnson, L. (2010).  Kin adopting kin: In the best interest of the children?  Children & Youth Services Review, 32(12), 1631-1639.
                  {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                  Journal Article 2009
                  • Ryan, S., Nelson, N., & Siebert, C. (2009). Examining the facilitators and barriers faced by adoptive professionals delivering post-placement services.  Children & Youth Services Review, 31, 584-593.
                    {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                  • 2009
                    • Brown, S., Smalling, S., & Ryan, S. The experiences of gay men and lesbians in becoming and being adoptive parents. Adoption Quarterly.
                      {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                    • 2009
                      • Nalavany, B., Glidden, L., & Ryan, S. Parental satisfaction in the adoption of children with learning difficulties: The role of behavior problems. Family Relations.
                        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                      • 2009
                        • Nalavany, B., Ryan, S., & Hinterlong, J. Externalizing behavior among adopted boys with preadoptive histories of child maltreatment. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.
                          {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                        • 2009
                          • Averett, P., Nalavany, B., & Ryan, S. Does sexual orientation matter?: A matched comparison of adoption samples. Adoption Quarterly.
                            {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                          • Technical Report 2009
                            • McGinnis, H., Smith, S., Ryan, S., & Howard, J. (2009). Beyond culture camp: Promoting healthy identity in adoption. New York, NY: Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.
                              {Technical Report} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                              Book Chapter 2008
                              • Tyson, E., Ryan, S., Gomory, T., & Teasley, M. (2008). Cultural issues: Diversity and child welfare. In R. Lee. (Eds.), Handbook of Relational Therapy for Foster Children and their Families (pp. 47-62). Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America.
                                {Book Chapter} [Refereed/Juried]
                              • 2008
                                • Ryan, S. (2008). Adoption, gay and lesbian. In V. Parrillo. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Problems (pp. 25-26). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
                                  {Book Chapter} [Refereed/Juried]

                                • Journal Article 2008
                                  • Hinterlong, J. & Ryan, S. (2008). Building grander families: Older persons adopting younger relatives. The Gerontologist, 48(4), 527-536.
                                    {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                  • 2008
                                    • Groza, V., Ryan, S., & Thomas, S. (2008). Institutionalization, Romanian adoptions and executive functioning. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 25(3), 185-204.
                                      {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                    • 2008
                                      • Nalavany, B., Ryan, S., Howard, J., & Smith, S. (2008). Pre-adoptive child sexual abuse as a predictor of moves in care, adoption displacements, and inconsistent adoptive parent commitment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32(12), 1084-1088.
                                        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                      • 2008
                                        • Pearlmutter, R., Ryan, S., Johnson, L., & Groza, V. (2008). Romanian adoptees and pre-adoptive care: A strengths perspective. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 25(2), 139-156.
                                          {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                        • 2008
                                          • Nalavany, B. & Ryan, S. (2008). Pre-adoptive childhood sexual abuse: What do we know?. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 1(2), 119-134.
                                            {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                                            Journal Article 2007
                                            • Brown, D., Ryan, S., & Pushkal, J. (2007). Open adoption myth scale: A validation study. Adoption Quarterly, 10(3/4), 179-196.
                                              {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                            • 2007
                                              • Ryan, S. (2007). Parent-child interaction styles between gay and lesbian parents and their adopted children. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 3(2/3), 105-132.
                                                {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                              • 2007
                                                • Ryan, S., Bedard, L., & Gertz, M. (2007). The influence of gender on the placement of children with gay or lesbian adoptive parents. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 3(1), 15-34.
                                                  {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                • 2007
                                                  • Ryan, S. & Madsen, M. (2007). Filial family play therapy with an adoptive family: An in-depth case study. International Journal of Play Therapy, 16(2), 112-132.
                                                    {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                  • 2007
                                                    • Ryan, S. & Whitlock, C. (2007). Becoming parents: Lesbian mothers
                                                      {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                                                      Book Chapter 2006
                                                      • Ryan, S. (2006). Gay- and lesbian-headed adoptive families. In K. Stolley and V. Bullough. (Eds.), The Praeger Handbook of Adoption (pp. 253-260). Westport, CT: Praeger.
                                                        {Book Chapter} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                      • 2006
                                                        • Ryan, S., & Cash, S. (2006). Des parents gays ou lesbians à la tête de familles adoptives: menace…ou resource cachée? [Gay and lesbian adoptive parents: Menace…or invisible resource?]. In A. Cadoret, M. Gross, C. Mécary & B. Perreau (Eds.), Homoparentalités: Approaches scientifiques et politiques, (pp. 175-186).  Paris, France: Presses Universitaires de France.
                                                          {Book Chapter} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                        • 2006
                                                          • Ryan, S., Glover, A., & Cash, S. (2006).  Conceptual mapping the challenges faced by adoptive parents in utilizing post-placement services.  In M. Dore (Ed.), The Post-Adoption Experience: Adoptive Families’ Service Needs and Service Outcomes (pp. 251-282). Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America.
                                                            {Book Chapter} [Refereed/Juried]

                                                          • Journal Article 2006
                                                            • Smith, S., Garnier, P., Howard, J., & Ryan, S. (2006). Where are we now: A post ASFA examination of adoption disruption. Adoption Quarterly, 9(4), 19-44.
                                                              {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                            • 2006
                                                              • Abrams, L., Phyllis, P., Algozzine, R., Miller, T., Ryan, S., Gomory, T., & Cooper, J. (2006). Clinical experiences of play therapists: Does race/ethnicity matter?. International Journal of Play Therapy, 15(2), 11-34.
                                                                {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                              • 2006
                                                                • Abell, N., Ryan, S., & Kamata, A. (2006). Assessing capacity for self-care among HIV-positive heads of household: Bilingual validation of the Parental Self-Care Scale. Social Work Research, 30, 233-243.
                                                                  {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                                • 2006
                                                                  • Abell, N., Ryan, S., Kamata, A., & Citrolo, J. (2006). Bilingual validation of the Family Responsibility Scale: Assessing stress among HIV+ heads of household. Journal of Social Service Research, 32(3), 195-212.
                                                                    {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                                                                    Book Chapter 2005
                                                                    • VanFleet, R., Ryan, S., & Smith, S. (2005). A critical review of filial therapy interventions. In L. A. Reddy, T. M. Files-Hall, & C. Schaefer. (Eds.), Empirically-based Play Interventions for Children (pp. 131-157). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
                                                                      {Book Chapter} [Refereed/Juried]

                                                                    • Journal Article 2005
                                                                      • Ryan, S., Wiles, D., Cash, S., & Siebert, C. (2005). Risk assessments: Empirically supported or values driven?. Children & Youth Services Review, 27, 213-225.
                                                                        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                                      • 2005
                                                                        • Nalavany, B., Ryan, S., Gomory, T., & Lacasse, J. (2005). Mapping the characteristics of a
                                                                          {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                                                                          Journal Article 2004
                                                                          • Ryan, S., Bedard, L., & Gertz, M. (2004). Florida’s gay adoption ban: What do Floridians think? Journal of Law and Public Policy, 15(2), 261-283.
                                                                            {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                                          • 2004
                                                                            • Ryan, S., & Cash, S. (2004). Adoptive families headed by gay or lesbian parents: A threat…or hidden resource?  Journal of Law and Public Policy, 15(3), 443-466.
                                                                              {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                                            • 2004
                                                                              • Howard, J., Smith, S., & Ryan, S. (2004). A comparative study of child welfare adoptions with other types of adopted and birth children. Adoption Quarterly, 7(3), 1-30.
                                                                                {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                                              • 2004
                                                                                • Ryan, S., Pearlmutter, S., & Groza, V. (2004). Coming out of the closet: Opening agencies to gay men and lesbian adoptive parents. Social Work, 49(1), 85-96.
                                                                                  {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                                                                                • Technical Report 2004
                                                                                  • Howard, J., Smith, S., Ryan, S., Zosky, D., Howard, A., & Shelvin, K. (2004). An analysis of changes occurring in DCFS adoptive families receiving adoption preservation services. Report of a grant funded by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Normal, IL: Illinois State University, School of Social Work, Center for Adoption Studies.
                                                                                    {Technical Report} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                                                    Book Chapter 2003
                                                                                    • Ryan, S. & Nordling, W. (2003). Adapting filial therapy in the face of adversity: The case of an inner-city family. In R. Van Fleet & L. Guerney. (Eds.), Casebook of Filial Play Therapy. Boiling Springs, PA: Play Therapy Press.
                                                                                      {Book Chapter} [Refereed/Juried]

                                                                                    • Journal Article 2003
                                                                                      • Groza, V., Ryan, S., & Cash, S. (2003). Institutionalization, behavior and international adoption: Predictors of behavior problems. Journal of Immigrant Health, 5(1), 5-17.
                                                                                        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                                                      • 2003
                                                                                        • Ryan, S. & Groza, V. (2003). Romanian adoptions: A cross-national comparison. International Social Work, 47(1), 53-79.
                                                                                          {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                                                        • 2003
                                                                                          • Ryan, S.; Nalavany, B. Adopted children: Who do they turn to for help and why?. Adoption Quarterly 2003, 7 (2), 29-52.
                                                                                            {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                                                                                          • Technical Report 2003
                                                                                            • Howard, J., Smith, S., & Ryan, S. (2003). Respite care needs of parents of adopted children with severe behavior problems. Report of a grant funded by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Children's Bureau. Normal, IL: Illinois State University, School of Social Work, Center for Adoption Studies.
                                                                                              {Technical Report} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                                                              Journal Article 2002
                                                                                              • Cash, S., Ryan, S., & Glover, A. (2002). Changing tides and changing focus: Mapping the challenges and successes of one State’s implementation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. Family Preservation, 6(2), 15-39.
                                                                                                {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                                                              • 2002
                                                                                                • Groza, V. & Ryan, S. (2002). Pre-adoption stress and its association with child behavior in domestic special needs and international adoptions. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 27, 181-197.
                                                                                                  {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                                                                • 2002
                                                                                                  • Ryan, S., Gomory, T., & Lacasse, J. (2002). Who are we? Examining the results of the Association for Play Therapy membership survey. International Journal of Play Therapy, 11(2), 11-41.
                                                                                                    {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                                                                                                    Journal Article 2001
                                                                                                    • Ryan, S. (2001). Does it take a village: Child care in the United States and Japan. Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 25(2), 77-90.
                                                                                                      {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                                                                    • 2001
                                                                                                      • Ryan, S., Delva, J., & Gruber, S. (2001). A study of family fighting and illegal drug use among adults who completed substance abuse treatment. Journal of Family Social Work, 6(1), 69-78.
                                                                                                        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                                                                      • 2001
                                                                                                        • Ryan, S., Tracy, E., Rebeck, A., Biegel, D., & Johnsen, J. (2001). Critical themes of intersystem collaboration: Moving from a “Can We” to a “How Can We” approach to service delivery with children and families. Journal of Family Social Work, 6(4), 39-60.
                                                                                                          {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                                                                                                        • Technical Report 2001
                                                                                                          • Ryan, S. (2001). Mapping the path to post-adoption service utilization: Examining the facilitators and barriers. Report of a grant funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Tallahassee, FL: Florida State University, College of Social Work, Institute for Social Work Research.
                                                                                                            {Technical Report} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                                                                                          • 2001
                                                                                                            • Falconer, M., Cash, S., & Ryan, S. (2001). Evaluation of community-based care in foster care and related services in Florida. Report of a grant funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Tallahassee, FL: Florida State University, College of Social Work, Institute for Social Work Research.
                                                                                                              {Technical Report} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                                                                                            • 2001
                                                                                                              • Cash, S. & Ryan, S. (2001). Mapping the state of Florida's implementation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act. Report of a grant funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Tallahassee, FL: Florida State University, College of Social Work.
                                                                                                                {Technical Report} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                                                                                Journal Article 2000
                                                                                                                • Ryan, S. (2000). Examining social workers’ placement recommendations of children with gay and lesbian adoptive parents. Families in Society, 81(5), 517-528.
                                                                                                                  {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                                                                                                                  Technical Report 1998
                                                                                                                  • Groza, V. & Ryan, S. (1998). Gay men and lesbians as foster and/or adoptive parents. Report of a grant funded by the Lorain County Children's Services. Cleveland, OH: Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.
                                                                                                                    {Technical Report} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                                                                                    Technical Report 1997
                                                                                                                    • Ryan, S. (1997). Cost-benefit analyses of the restructuring of caseworker roles and assignments. Unpublished manuscript, Department of Human Services, Child and Family Services Administration, Washington, DC.
                                                                                                                      {Technical Report} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Presentations

  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (1999, June). Filial therapy: Preserving families through play. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Northwest Play Therapy Institute, Pacific University, Portland, OR. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Falconer, M., & Ryan, S. (2002, January). Evaluation of community-based care in foster care and related services in Florida. Paper presented at the 14th Regional Southeast Evaluation Association Conference, Tallahassee, Fl. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2002, October). An introduction to concept mapping. Paper presented at the Southeast Evaluation Association Brown Bag Luncheon Series, Tallahassee, Fl. [invited]
  • Past
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      Barbanell, L., & Ryan, S. (2003, July). Adolescent adoptees ��" Who are they?: Research findings from a national survey of adopted adolescents and their parents. Paper presented at the 2003 Adoptive Family & Youth Training Seminar, Peachtree
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      Ryan, S., & Rosenberg, M. (1997, October). Child-centered play therapy with deaf children. Paper presented at the Gallaudet University/Department of Social Work, Washington, DC. [invited]
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2001, October). Grant opportunities: Partnering with universities. Paper presented at the Relationship Enhancement Conference 2001: Expanding Opportunities through the Latest Innovations and Applications, National Institute of Relationship Enhanc
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (May 3, 2002). Filial family play therapy: Helping caregivers help their children. Paper presented at the Children's Psychiatric Center, Miami, FL. [invited]
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2002, August). Child-centered play therapy. Paper presented at the Case Western Reserve University/Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences – Department of Continuing Education, Cleveland, OH. [invited]
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2004, January). Adoptions by gay men and lesbians: Who are they? and What do Floridians think of them? Paper presented at the Re-Framing the Debate: Legal and Social Implications of Lawrence v. Texas, 1st Annual UF Lambda Legal Alliance GLBT Law
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2008, March). Florida's adoptive families' post-adoption service needs. Keynote paper presented to the Office of the Governor's Adoption and Child Protection Advisory Council, Tallahassee, FL. [invited]
  • Past
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      Nalavany, B., & Ryan, S. (2005, January). The impact of pre-adoptive childhood sexual abuse on adoption displacement and parental commitment: Is there a relationship? Paper presented at the 9th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research,
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2000, February). Social workers' attitudes towards gay men and/or lesbians as adoptive parents. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Program Meeting. Council on Social Work Education, New York, NY. [refereed
  • Past
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      Ryan, S., Tyson, E., & Teasley, M. (2005, January). Cultural competence in the mental health assessment of adopted children: A cross-ethnic validity study of the CBCL. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2009, November). Examining the Gay Adoption Ban: Florida's Adoptive Parents Speak-out. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Program Meeting. Council on Social Work Education, San Antonio, TX. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Abell, N., & Ryan, S. (2004, January). Bilingual instrument validation for cross-cultural social work research. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Brown, S., & Ryan, S. (2007, October). The Experiences of Gay Men and Lesbians Becoming and Being Adoptive Parents. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Program Meeting. Council on Social Work Education, San Antonio, TX. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Ryan, S., & Gomory, T. (2004, January). Differential rates of mental health diagnoses among minority adoptees. Poster session presented at the 8th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Johnson, L., Goldman, G., & Ryan, S. (2008, January). The moderating effects of social supports on adoptive parent-child relationships. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Barbanell, L., Ryan, S., & Smith, S. (2003, August). Adoption disruption from a youth's perspective: Research findings from a national survey of adopted adolescents. Paper presented at the 29th Annual Conference of the North American Council on Adop
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2007, November). Gay and lesbian adoptive parents stress and coping. Paper presented at the Adoption Research and Practice Conference - Adoption in America 2007: What We Know and How it Matters for Children and Families. University of Maryland S
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2003, March). Examining the barriers and facilitators to post-adoption service utilization: Parent and professional perspectives. Keynote paper presented at the Adoption Opportunities Grantees Award Meeting, Department of Health and Human Servic
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2007, October). Mapping the path to post-adoption support service utilization. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Program Meeting. Council on Social Work Education, San Francisco, CA. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Ryan, S., Tracy, E., Rebeck, A., Biegel, D. & Johnsen, J. (2003, January). Critical themes of intersystem collaboration: Moving from a "Can We" to a "How Can We" approach to service delivery with children and families. Poster se
  • Past
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      Johnson, L., & Ryan, S. (2007, July). Adopted adolescents' relationships with their adoptive parents: Do social supports moderate the impact of stressors? Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the North American Council on Adoptable Child
  • Past
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      Abell, N., Ryan, S., & Kamata, A. (2003, January). Cross-cultural validation of scales for families infected/affected by HIV/AIDS. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2006, July). Parent-child interaction styles amongst gay and lesbian adoptive parents. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the North American Council on Adoptable Children, Long Beach, CA. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2002, November). Examining the facilitators and barriers faced by adoptive parents and professionals in utilizing/delivering post-adoption services. Paper presented at the 2002 National Adoption Conference - Lifetime Connections: Achieving Excell
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2005, May). Gay men and lesbian adoptive parents: Who are they? Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Adoption Policy Conference of the New York Law School, Center for Adoption Policy and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (Gay and Lesbian Adop
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2002, August). Playing for keeps: Using filial family play therapy with adoptive families. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference: Winds of Change - New Directions for Families and Children, North American Council on Adoptable Children, Ch
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2008, September). Transracial adoptions. Paper presented at the Adoption Research and Practice Conference – Practice meets research: Key issues in adoptions today. Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children, New York, NY. [invited]
  • Past
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      Ryan, S., Abell, N., & Citrolo, J. (2002, June). The changing face of HIV/AIDS: Juggling the care-giver and care-recipient roles. Paper presented at the 14th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS - Entering the 3rd Decade of HIV/AIDS, Bos
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2007, October). Parent-child interaction styles between gay and lesbian parents and their adopted children. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Program Meeting. Council on Social Work Education, San Francisco, CA. [refereed]
  • Past
    •  
      McGinnis, H., & Ryan, S. (2007, July). Identity formation for transcultural/transracial Asian adoptees. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network Conference, Boston, MA. [refereed]
  • Past
    •  
      Ryan, S. (2001, June). Caregivers of children infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. Paper presented at the 13th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS - HIV/AIDS 2001: The Social Work Response, Boston College/Graduate School of Social Work,
  • Past
    •  
      Cash, S., Ryan, S. , & Glover, A. (2001, August). Mapping risk and safety assessment issues in child welfare: Part II - an exercise in concept mapping. Paper presented at the 15th Annual National Roundtable on Child Protective Services Risk Assessment, Ame
  • Past
    •  
      Cash, S., Ryan, S., & Glover, A. (2001, August). Mapping risk and safety assessment issues in child welfare: Part I - what risk and safety factors are/should be considered when assessing child maltreatment? Paper presented at the 15th Annual National Round
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2002, March). Examining the efficacy of utilizing filial family play therapy within an elementary school setting. Paper presented at the 5th National School Social Work Conference, School Social Work Association of America, Atlanta, GA. [refereed
  • Past
    •  
      Ryan, S. (2005, August). Coming out of the closet: Results from the Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Family Project. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the North American Council on Adoptable Children, Pittsburgh, PA. [refereed]
  • Past
    •  
      Ryan, S., Brown, D., & Pushkal, J. (2007, October). Openness in adoption: Perceptions, relationships, and adoptive family functioning. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Program Meeting. Council on Social Work Education, San Francisco, CA. [refereed]
  • Past
    •  
      Hansen, M., & Ryan, S. (2007, December). Adoption assistance research update. Paper presented at the 2007 National Adoption Conference - Shared Beliefs, Shared Values: Achieving Excellence in Adoption, Child Welfare League of America, New Orleans, LA. [ref
  • Past
    •  
      Goldman, G., & Ryan, S. (2009, November). How Bad Are They? Direct and Modifying Influences On Adoption Outcome. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Program Meeting. Council on Social Work Education, San Antonio, TX. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Nalavany, B., & Ryan, S. (2006, July). Impact of preadoptive childhood sexual abuse on adopted boys. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Adoption Research, Norwich, England. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (1998, October). Filial therapy within an intensive reunification program. Paper presented at the 15th Annual International Conference of the Association for Play Therapy, Phoenix, AZ. [refereed]
  • Past
    •  
      Johnson, L., & Ryan, S. (2006, July). Openness in adoptions: Comparing adoptive parent and adoptive adolescents' experiences. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Adoption Research, Norwich, England. [refereed]
  • Past
    •  
      Smith, S., Howard, J., McGinnis, H., & Ryan, S. (2010, July). Beyond culture camp: Promoting healthy identity formation in adoption. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Adoption Research, Leiden, Netherlands. [refereed]
  • Past
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      Ryan, S. (2005, October). Results from the Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Family Project. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on LGBT Families [Association of Lesbian & Gay Parents and Future Parents/International Lesbian & Gay Association-Europe
  • Past
    •  
      Ryan, S. (2006, October). Becoming parents: Lesbian mothers' adoption experience. Paper presented at the 1st International Forum on Childhood and Families, On philias and phobias: From biological to cultural kinship - adoption, homoparentality and o
  • Past
    •  
      Smith, S., Howard, J., & Ryan, S. (2006, July). A comparative study of adopted children from different adoption types and birth children. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Adoption Research, Norwich, England. [refereed]
  • Past
    •  
      Ryan, S. (1999, August). Adoption workers' attitudes towards gay men and lesbians as adoptive parents. Poster session presented at the International Conference on Adoption Research, University of Minnesota/Department of Family Social Science, Minnea
  • Past
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      Lacasse, J., Ryan, S., & Gomory, T. (2001, May). The web as an effective tool for knowledge development: A case example of potential innovations in research methodology. Paper presented at the 19th International Conference on Technology and Education, Tal
  • Past
    •  
      Ryan, S. (2001, May). Mapping the path to post-adoption service utilization: Examining the facilitators and barriers. Paper presented at the Adoption Research Roundtable, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Simsbury, CT. [invited]
  • Past
    •  
      Ryan, S., Gomory, T., & Lacasse, J. (2002, October). Who are we?: Findings from the Association for Play Therapy membership survey. Paper presented at the 19th Annual International Conference of the Association for Play Therapy, St. Louis, MO. [refereed]
  • Past
    •  
      Ryan, S., & Hinterlong, J. (2006, July). Kinship adoptions: Older persons adopting younger relatives. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Adoption Research, Norwich, England. [refereed]
  • Past
    •  
      McGinnis, H., & Ryan, S. (2007, July). Mapping the path to healthy identity formation in international adoptions. Paper presented at the 1st International Korean Adoption Studies Research Symposium, Seoul, Korea. [refereed]
  • Past
    •  
      McGinnis, H., Howard, J., & Ryan, S. (2006, July). Beyond culture camp: Promoting healthy identity formation in adoption. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Adoption Research, Norwich, England. [refereed]

Support & Funding

    • Jan 2009 to Present Communities Supporting Families Project sponsored by  - $250000
    • Jan 2007 to Present Creating Grander Families: Older Adults Taking Responsibility for Minor Children Later in Life sponsored by  - $31755
    • Jan 2006 to Present Adoption by Gays and Lesbians Policy Project sponsored by  - $66667
    • Jan 2006 to Present Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program sponsored by  - $384694
    • Jan 2005 to Present Transcultural Adoption & Identity: Adult Adoptee Experiences and the Formulation of Multicultura Families & Communities sponsored by  - $75000
    • Jan 2002 to Present Florida's Adoptive Families: A Longitudinal Look at Family Development sponsored by  - $165000
    • Jan 2001 to Present Playing for Keeps: Utilizing Filial Family Play Therapy with Post-Adoptive Families sponsored by  - $24896
    • Jan 2001 to Present Examining the Behavior of Adopted Children through a Filial Family Play Therapy Program sponsored by  - $2000
    • Jan 2001 to Present Mapping the Path to Post-Adoption Service Utilization: Examining the Facilitators and Barriers sponsored by  - $95525
    • Jan 2001 to Present Adoption and Safe Families Act Focus Group/Concept Mapping Project sponsored by  - $19005
    • Jan 2001 to Present Special Needs Adoption: The Impact of Early Childhood Trauma sponsored by  - $10000
    • Jan 2000 to Present Evaluate the Sarasota/Manatee YMCA Community-Based Foster Care Initiative sponsored by  - $128500

Courses

      • SOCW 2325-001 Social Work Statistics

        This course is designed to enhance students skills as research consumers and in performing research and

        statistical analyses in social work and social science. Included in the course are descriptive statistical

        procedures including measures of central tendency, variability, shape and distribution along with associations

        between two variables. In addition, inferential statistics are covered including estimation and hypothesis

        testing.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 2325-001 Social Work Statistics

        This course is designed to enhance students' skills as research consumers and in performing research and

        statistical analyses in social work and social science. Included in the course are descriptive statistical

        procedures including measures of central tendency, variability, shape and distribution along with associations

        between two variables. In addition, inferential statistics are covered including estimation and hypothesis

        testing.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours

Other Service Activities

  • Uncategorized
    • May 2013 Credentials & Therapy Externships
      Licensed Clinical Social Worker (SW6454 - Inactive)
      Qualified Supervisor - Clinical Social Work/Mental Health Counseling
      State of Florida

      Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor (S524 - Inactive)
      International Association for Play Therapy

      Post-Structural/Feminist Family Therapy
      Marianne Walters, M.S.W. - Family Therapy Practice Center, Inc.
      Washington, D.C.                                October 1997 - May 1998

      Child-Centered Play Therapy & Filial Family Play Therapy
      Louise Guerney, Ph.D. - National Institute of Relationship Enhancement, Inc.
      Silver Spring, Maryland                            June 1997 - March 1998

      Structural Family Therapy
      Salvador Minuchin, M.D. - The Minuchin Center, Inc.
      New York, New York
    • May 2013 Florida State University Service
      2008-2009 Academic Year
      Member - Diversity Committee, College of Social Work
      Chair - Research Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Distance Learning Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Select Committee on Strategic Planning, College of Social Work
      Member - Dean’s Advisory Committee, College of Social Work
      Chair - Reaccreditation Self-Study Group (Research), College of Social Work
      Member - Reaccreditation Self-Study Group (Practice), College of Social Work
      Member - Reaccreditation Self-Study Group (Field), College of Social Work
      Member - Council of Associate Deans for Research, FSU
      Member - Council of Assistant & Associate Deans, FSU
      Member - Institutional Review Board, FSU
      Member - Dissertation Research Grant Selection Committee, FSU

      2007-2008 Academic Year
      Member - Diversity Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Research Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Distance Learning Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Select Committee on Strategic Planning, College of Social Work
      Chair - Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities Hearing Panel, FSU
      Member - Council of Associate Deans for Research, FSU
      Member - Council of Assistant & Associate Deans, FSU
      Member - Institutional Review Board, FSU
      Member - Dissertation Research Grant Selection Committee, FSU

      2006-2007 Academic Year
      Chair - Research Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Promotion and Tenure Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Select Committee on Strategic Planning, College of Social Work
      Member - Select Committee on Field Seminar, College of Social Work
      Chair - Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities Hearing Panel, FSU
      Member - Council of Assistant & Associate Deans, FSU

      2005-2006 Academic Year
      Chair - Research Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Promotion and Tenure Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Select Committee on Strategic Planning, College of Social Work
      Member - Select Committee on Field Seminar, College of Social Work
      Member - Select Committee on Administrative Evaluations, College of Social Work
      Chair - Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities Hearing Panel, FSU
      Member - Council of Assistant & Associate Deans, FSU
      2004-2005 Academic Year
      Chair - Field Instruction Committee, College of Social Work
      Chair - Field Instruction Community Advisory Board, College of Social Work
      Chair - Select Committee on Field Seminar, College of Social Work
      Member - Dean’s Advisory Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Institutional Review Board, FSU
      Member - Florida Field Director’s Consortium

      2003-2004 Academic Year
      Chair - Doctoral Program Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Faculty Affairs Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Dean’s Advisory Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Institutional Review Board, FSU
      Member - Graduate Policy Committee, FSU

      2002-2003 Academic Year
      Chair - Human Behavior & the Social Environment (HBSE) Committee, College of Social Work
      Chair - Sequence/Concentration Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Faculty Affairs Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Merit Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Curriculum Coordinating Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Institutional Review Board, FSU

      2001-2002 Academic Year
      Chair - Human Behavior & the Social Environment (HBSE) Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Bylaws Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Undergraduate Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Curriculum Coordinating Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Institutional Review Board, FSU

      2000-2001 Academic Year
      Member - Clinical Concentration Committee, College of Social Work
      Member - Student Affairs Committee, College of Social Work