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Mary Harris - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Mary Harris Mary Harris

Adjunct Associate Professor | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Licensed Clinical Social Worker focused on children, youth, and families with expertise in adolescent mothers.



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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.

Education (3)

University of Texas: Ph.D. 2000

University of Washington: M.S.W. 1974

Scarritt College: B.A. 1968

Areas of Expertise (5)

Social Work Social Work Education Child Sexual Abuse Victims Domestic Violence Victims Adolescence

Industry Expertise (6)

Education/Learning Health and Wellness Mental Health Care Writing and Editing Health Care - Services Health Care - Providers


Articles & Publications (1)

Helping Adolescent Mothers to Achieve in School: An Evaluation of the Taking Charge Group Intervention Children & Schools

Mary Beth Harris Cynthia Franklin


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.

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