MARY BETH HARRIS, a licensed clinical social worker, teaches in the Families and Children concentration, as well as in the foundation year practice sequence.
For more than 20 years, Harris was a clinical social worker with families and children in the border region of Mexico and West Texas. As a clinical administrator and family therapist, she worked with child sexual abuse and domestic violence victims, and served as an assessment trainer in the family court systems of West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
More recently, Harris developed a school-based group intervention for adolescent mothers designed to support high school graduation and economic self-sufficiency. She has conducted several effectiveness studies of the program and co-authored the book Taking Charge: A School-Based Life Skills Program for Adolescent Mothers, which includes the treatment manual for the program. Harris is also co-editor with Cynthia Franklin and Paula Allen-Meares of School Services Sourcebook, a comprehensive resource for school social workers and mental health practitioners.
University of Texas: Ph.D. 2000
University of Washington: M.S.W. 1974
Scarritt College: B.A. 1968
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A school social worker and three social work interns in a semirural alternative high school with a predominant Hispanic student enrollment evaluated the Taking Charge group intervention. The group is an evidence-based life skills intervention for adolescent mothers, and it was evaluated on its efficacy for improving participants' school achievement. The evaluation used a quasi-experimental design with pretest and posttest.