Dr. Elizabeth A. Segal is a social policy analyst with a background in professional social work. She currently holds the position of Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. She has served on the faculties of three major universities and spent a year as a Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC through the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The focus of her scholarship has been on understanding our social welfare system and the impact of public policies and programs on disenfranchised populations, particularly poor families, and others who suffer from social inequities.
Serving as a legislative fellow provided first-hand experience in public policy-making, which has informed her writing. A number of her publications are in-depth analyses of social welfare policies, with particular emphasis on poor women and children, welfare reform, homeless youth, rural homelessness, and economic inequality. She has authored several books including a comprehensive text on social welfare policy analysis and public programs, as well as an introductory text for entry into the social work profession. In addition, Dr. Segal was a co-founder of The Journal of Poverty, which provides a scholarly forum for discussions on poverty and inequality from numerous perspectives and disciplines.
Dr. Segal’s current research is on social empathy, the application of empathic insights into creating social welfare policies and programs that promote social and economic justice. She has begun work on creating a compendium of methods to teach social empathy and an instrument to measure people’s inclination towards social empathy. The goal is to develop the instrument for use as a tool to gauge the effectiveness of methods designed to teach empathy.
Administratively while at Arizona State University, Dr. Segal served as Interim Director of the School of Social Work from 1998-2000 and again in 2010, held the position of Associate Dean of the College of Public Programs in 2005-06, and has been the director of the Doctoral program from 2000-01, 2002-05, and 2012-2013.
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