Michaela L. Zajicek-Farber

Michaela L. Zajicek-Farber, MSW, LCSW-C, BCD, PhD, is Associate Professor with Tenure at the National Catholic School of Social Service.

Dr. Farber received her Ph.D. in Social Work from The Catholic University of America in 1990. Her dissertation was on Stress experience in parents raising a child with Down syndrome as related to the child’s transitional developmental period, parents’ appraisal of the child’s handicapping condition, and their personal coping and social resources. Dr. Farber also has an M.S.W. in Social Work from the same institution (1979), and a B.A. in Social Work and Psychology from Cleveland State University (1977).

Dr. Farber has over 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker combined with academic expertise in teaching, research, and community service, including case management, professional consultation, grant writing, project development, and practice and program evaluation in the context of agency services. She has primarily focused on addressing the needs and well-being of vulnerable, economically impoverished, multicultural families caring for infants, children, and adolescents with and without disabilities, who struggle with mental health, trauma, substance abuse, domestic violence, chronic poverty, immigration, and various disabilities. She maintains LCSW-C license in Maryland and has a Diplomate-level certification by NASW and Board Certified Diplomate (BCD) status at the American Board of Examiners for Clinical Social Work (ABECSW).

Dr. Farber's areas of expertise and current interests include parenting, Effects of adult-parental mental health on childrearing, Early childhood development, mentoring and training, and program and practice evaluation. In the latter category, she specifically looks at the presence of factors necessary for developing research-based evaluation; strategies for developing evidence-based practice in social work, and in health and mental health; and methods for documenting levels of effectiveness in therapeutic interventions or human service delivery.

You can learn more about Dr. Farber on the National Catholic School of Social Service website.

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