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About Our Dean

Alan J. Dettlaff is Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston and the inaugural Maconda Brown O’Connor Endowed Dean’s Chair. Prior to entering academia, Dean Dettlaff worked in the child welfare system as a caseworker and an administrator. He received his bachelor’s degree in social work from TCU, and master’s in social work and PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dean Dettlaff’s work focuses on addressing and eliminating the impacts of structural and institutional racism on Black children and other children of color impacted by child welfare system intervention. He is co-founder of the upEND Movement, a collaborative movement that seeks to end the involuntary separation of children from their parents through abolition of foster care and the child welfare system.

Dean Dettlaff has published numerous book chapters and articles in peer reviewed journals addressing these topics. He is editor of Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in the Child Welfare System (Springer), and co-editor of Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in Human Services: Multisystemic Approaches (Columbia University Press). He serves on the editorial boards of Child Welfare, Child Abuse & Neglect, Journal of Public Child Welfare, and Urban Social Work. He formerly served as Vice President of the Society for Social Work and Research and as Chair of the Commission on Educational Policy for the Council on Social Work Education.

Contact Information

Room: 212 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-7819
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