Child welfare; interventions; group work
Barbara Rittner was a direct practice social worker and
administrator in economic services and child welfare as part of the
State Welfare system in Miami, Fla. She earned a BA in English and
Philosophy at the University of Connecticut and an MSW and PhD from
Barry University in Miami, Fla.
After completing her PhD, she joined the faculty at the
University of Nevada-Reno (1992-1993). She also taught at the
University of Georgia (1996-1999). Rittner joined the faculty at
the University at Buffalo after leaving Nevada (1993-1996) and
returned to UB in 1999.
She publishes on factors associated with founded abuse in
families with children under CPS supervision, kinship and
non-kinships placement patterns of children in foster care, factors
associated with the functional adaptation of foster youth to foster
homes and factors associated with disengagement of children from
finalized adoptions back into the foster care system.
Rittner chaired the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral
Education (GADE), Social Work Leadership Forum (CSWE). She has been
a CSWE Board of Directors member and is on the Commission on
Research. She co-authored the CSWE position paper on advanced
practice DSW programs.
She teaches an online course on Psychopathology.