Graduate College of Social Work

Maxine Weinman Epstein

Professor of Social Work and Ph.D. Program Director
Room: 419 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-8102
Current Curriculum Vitae

Personal Statement:

During my 18 years at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, I have developed multiple teaching methods to provide professional education to social work students. I have combined my training in Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work and Public Health to provide a unique approach to teaching. From Anthropology comes my interest in culture, stories and folk tales as an approach to teaching about how various cultures approach illness and health. My research, theory based approach and interdisciplinary interests are part of my training in both Sociology and Social Work. This has enabled me to examine theoretical approaches and an understanding how roles and norms affect social work practice. My background in Public Health allows me to integrate a broader look at National data sets and how our society gathers and interprets information on topics such as managed care, maternal and child health statistics, pregnancy rates and mental health issues. In addition to didactic materials, I present examples from newspapers, literature, art, music and novels so that students develop an appreciation for the liberal arts environment, which broadens their understanding of culture and its influence on attitudes and behaviors. Both my research and teaching are greatly influenced by interdisciplinary experiences. My current research interest in adolescent health and young fathers developed from my array of experiences in both clinical and research centers in interdisciplinary environments. I have found that the best clinical findings, results from the expertise of many different professional approaches. This teamwork has produced exciting research findings and has given me the opportunity to develop and teach new research ideas.


B.A., Queens College, Flushing, New York Major: Anthropology/Sociology
M.S.W., University of Oklahoma, School of Social Work Norman, Oklahoma
Dr.P.H., The University of Texas, Health Science Center, School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
A.C.S.W. Certification
L.M.S.W.-A.C.P. Texas Certification

Licenses & Certifications:

Academy of Certified Social Workers, Licensed Master Social Worker and Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Areas of Specialization:

Adolescent Pregnancy, Adolescent Health Care, Young Fathers, Adolescent Depression, Adolescent Risk Behaviors, Adolescent Depression, Attachment and Resiliency

Courses Taught:

SOCW: Integrative Colloquium (PhD)
SOCW: Health Care Systems & Issues (MSW)
SOCW: Quantitative Methods (PhD)
SOCW: Pre-Dissertation Research (PhD)

Research Interests:

The major focus of my research is in adolescent pregnancy and adolescent health care in family planning and school settings. My association with Baylor College of Medicine, Teen Health Clinics and the Houston Independent School District (H.I.S.D.) has enabled me to pursue research interest on topics such as adolescent compliance to prenatal care, infant health care, parenting knowledge, risk behaviors and adolescent depression. My recent focus at Baylor College of Medicine, Teen Health Clinics has been on mental health and fatherhood programs. I have been working on developing and evaluating programs for young fathers and am interested in determining whether their needs and request for services are congruent with program services. In addition, my recent interest in depression among teens has included factors such as resiliency and attachment as well as family support.

Selected Publications:

  Walijarvi, C. M., Weiss, A. H., Weinman, M. L. (in press). A traumatic death support group program: Applying an integrated conceptual framework. Death Studies.

Buzi, R.S., Weinman, M.L., and Smith, P.B.(2010). Depression and risk behaviors among males attending family planning clinics. International Journal of Men's Health,9(2),91-101.

Small, E., Weinman, M.L., Buzi, R.S. and Smith, P.B.(2010) Explaining condom use disparity among Black and Hispanic female adolescents. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal,27(5), 365-376. DOI: 10.1007/s10560-010-0207-8.

Weinman, M.L., Buzi, R.S. & Smith, P.B (2010). Ethnicity as a factor in reproductive health care utilization among males attending family planning clinics. American Journal of Men’s Health, August 26, 2010, doi: 10.1177/1557988310373944

Small, E., Weinman, M.L., Buzi, R.S. & Smith, P.B. ( 2009). Risk factors, knowledge and attitudes as predictors of intent to use condoms among minority female adolescents attending family planning clinics. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 8,(3), 251 – 268.

Smith, P.B., Buzi, R.S., & Weinman, M. L. (2010). Mental health screening in family planning clinics: A sexual risk reduction opportunity. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy,36,181-192.

Buzi, R.S., Smith, P.B. & Weinman, M. L. (2009). Parental communication as a protective factor in increasing condom use among minority adolescents. International Journal of Adolescent Medical Health, 21(1), 51-59.

Weinman, M.L., Small, E., Buzi, R.S., & Smith, P.B. (2008). Risk factors, parental communication, and self and peers’ beliefs as predictors of condom use among female adolescents attending family planning clinics. Child & Adolescent Social Work, 25(3), 157-170.

Nevarez, L., Weinman, M.L., Buzi, R.S., & Smith, P.B. ( 2009). Ethnic and marital differences in family structure, risk behaviors and service requests among young minority fathers. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environmen,19(7),773-786.

Buzi, R.S., Weinman, M.L. & Smith, P.B.( 2007). The relationship between adolescent depression and a history of sexual abuse. Adolescence,42(168), 679-688.

Weinman, M. L., Buzi, R.S., Smith, P.B., Nevarez, L. (2007). A comparison of three groups of young fathers and program outcomes: Those in school, drop-outs and high school graduates. School Social Work Journal, 32(1), 1-13. Lead Article.

Saleh, M.F., Buzi, R.S., Weinman, M.L., & Smith, P.B. (2005). The nature of connections: Young fathers and their children. Adolescence, 40(159),515-523.

Weinman, M.L, Buzi, R.S, & Smith, P.B.(2005) Addressing risk behaviors, service needs and mental health issues in programs for young fathers. Families in Society, 86(2),1-6.

Buzi, R. S., Saleh, M. F., Weinman, M. L., & Smith, P. B. (2004)Young fathers participating in a fatherhood program: Their expectations and perceived benefits. The Prevention Researcher,11(4), 18-20.

Gossett. M., & Weinman, M.L. (2007) Evidence-based practice and social work: An illustration of the steps involved in evidence based practice. Health & Social Work,32(2), 147-150.

Smith, P., Buzi, R. & Weinman, M. (in press). HIV testing and counseling among adolescents attending family planning clinics. AIDS Care.

Weinman, M.L., Buzi, R., Smith, PB. & Mumford. (2003). The associations of family support, resiliency, and depression symptoms among indigent adolescents attending a family planning clinic. Psychological Reports, 93, 719-731.

Smith, P.B., Buzi, R., Weinman, M.L. (2002) Targeting males for teenage pregnancy prevention in a school setting. School Social Work Journal, 27(1), 23-36.

Weinman, M. L., Smith, P. B. & Buzi, R. S. (2002). Young fathers: An analysis of risk behaviors and service needs. The Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 19(6), 437-453.

Smith, P. B., Buzi, R. S. & Weinman, M. L. (2001). Programs for young fathers: Essential components and evaluation issues. North American Journal of Psychology, 4(1), 1-11.

Smith, P. B., Buzi, R. & Weinman, M. L. (2001). Mental health problems and symptoms among male adolescents attending a family planning clinic. Adolescence, 36(142), 323-332.

Smith, P. B., Buzi, R., Weinman, M. L. (2001). The use of a focus group to identify needs and expectations of young fathers in a male involvement program. Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, 26(2), 100-105.

Marino, R., Weinman, M. & Soudelier, K. (2001). Social Work intervention and failure to thrive. Health and Social Work, 26(2), 90-97.