Early, Theresa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - University of Kansas, 1994
MSW - University of Kansas - Social Administration, 1990
BA - Texas Tech University - Journalism, 1981

Areas of Expertise
Mental health service systems research
Social science methodology
Children’s mental health, especially at the intersection with other child serving systems (child welfare, substance abuse, juvenile justice)

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Mental health services (adults or kids)
Cross system involvement for kids


With more than 20 years’ experience in mental health service system research, Dr. Early is an affiliate of the Center for Latin American Studies at OSU, a member of the 2012 Council on Social Work Education Research Delegation to Cuba, and serves as the Chair of the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work.  In 2011-12, she was a Fulbright-Garcia Robles research fellow at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.   She has published more than two dozen articles and book chapters in social work and mental health journals.  Her article on the strengths perspective in social work practice with families, appearing in the journal Social Work, was the 27th most highly cited article in social work journals in the decade from 2000-2009.  She has been awarded almost $1 million in grants and contracts for research and evaluation projects and mentored seven doctoral students to completion.   She has served as a consulting editor for Social Work Research, Children & Schools, Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, and Journal of Social Work Research and Evaluation:  An International Publication.