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James W. Drisko, M.S.W., Ph.D.

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Dr. James Drisko's areas of professional interest include clinical practice with children and families, reactive attachment disorder and its treatment, psychotherapy evaluation and qualitative research methods. He is author of "Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Social Work" with Melissa Grady, PhD, published by Springer Verlag. Dr. Drisko is also interested in psychosocial assessment, individual psychotherapy, time-limited and intermittent psychotherapy, play psychotherapy and service planning. For the past several years, he has explored technological innovations affecting social work research and social work education. Recent publications and presentations have focused on clinical practice with children, play therapy, practice evaluation, qualitative research methods, and teaching and advising methods.

Education

Ph.D., Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work

B. A., Amherst College

Professional Interests

Areas of Current Research

Selected Publications and Presentations


Drisko, J., & Grady. M. (2012). Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Social Work. New York: Springer Verlag.

Drisko, J. (2011). A Clinician-Researcher's Understanding of "The Effectiveness of Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.” Clinical Social Work Journal, 39(4), 334-339.

Drisko, J. (2011). Researching Clinical Practice. In J. Brandell (Ed.) Theory and Practice in Clinical Social Work (2nd Ed, pp 717-738). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Drisko, J. (2011). Qualitative Research. In E. Mullen (Ed.) Oxford Bibliographies Online (chapter with annotated bibliography), New York: Oxford University Press.

Drisko, J. (2011). Triangulation. In E. Mullen (Ed.) Oxford Bibliographies Online (chapter with annotated bibliography), New York: Oxford University Press.

Drisko, J. (2011). Technology in Teaching. In J. Anastas (Ed.) Teaching in Social Work: An Educator's Guide to Theory and Practice (pp. 115-150). New York: Columbia University Press.

Drisko, J. (2010). Book Review: Contemporary Psychodynamic Theory and Practice by William Borden, Social Service Review, 84 (1), 157-159.

Drisko, J. & Zilberstein, K. (2008). What Works in Treating Reactive Attachment Disorder? Parent’s Perspectives. Families in Society, 89(3), 476-486.

Drisko, J. (2008). How is Qualitative Research Taught at the Master’s Level? Journal of Social Work Education. 48, 85-101.

Everett, J., Homstead, K., & Drisko, J. (2007). Frontline Worker Perceptions of the Empowerment Process in Community Based Agencies. Social Work, 52(2), 161-170.

Drisko, J. (2005). Writing Up Qualitative Research. Writers at Work series, Families in Society, 86(4), 589-593.

Drisko, J. (2005). Intermittent Psychotherapy. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 75(2), 7-25.

Everett, J., Drisko. J. & Homstead, K. (2005). Casey Family Resource Center Implementation Study Final Report. Research report available through Smith College School for Social Work.

Drisko, J. (2005). Book Review: Cultural Issues in Play Therapy by E. Gil and A. Drewes, Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Drisko, J. (2004). Common Factors in Psychotherapy Effectiveness: Meta-analytic Findings and their Implications for Practice and Research. Families in Society 85(1), 81-90.

Drisko, J. (2004). Case Study Research. In D. Padgett (Ed.) The Qualitative Research Experience [revised ed.] (pp. 100-121). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Drisko, J. (2004). Qualitative Data Analysis Software: A User's Appraisal. In D. Padgett (Ed.). The Qualitative Research Experience [revised edition] (pp. 193-209). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Everett, J., Drisko, J., Lucas, G., & Homstead, K. (2003). Casey Family Resource Center Implementations Study: Central Staff Report. Evaluation documents available through Smith College School for Social Work.

Drisko, J. (2001). How Do Clinical Social Workers Evaluate Practice? Smith College Studies in Social Work, 71(3), 419-439.

Drisko, J. (2000). Play in Clinical Learning, Supervision and Field Advising. The Clinical Supervisor, 19(1), 153-165.

Selected Presentations

May 16, 2012: Teaching Qualitative Research: The Panoramic Vista or the Tight Focus? At the Seventh Annual International Congress of Qualitative Research, Champaign-Urbana, IL.

March 30, 2012: Understanding Evidence-based Practice: What Practitioners Need to Know. Juried paper presented at the Massachusetts NASW Symposium 2012, Framingham, MA.

March 29, 2012: Drisko, J., and the Greater Boston Hospital Social Work Administrators Group, & Byers, D. Unspoken Truths: What Social Workers Really Do In Hospitals? Juried paper presented at the Massachusetts NASW Symposium 2012, Framingham, MA.

October 30, 2011: Drisko, J., & Grady, M. Thorough Clinical Assessment: The Hidden Foundation of Evidence-based Practice. Juried paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council in Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.

October 29, 2011: Chandler, B., Drisko, J., Dungee-Anderson, D., Mariscotti, J., & Waites, C. (The Commission On Accreditation Assessment Committee). Exploring Standard 4 - Assessment. Juried paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council in Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.

January 16, 2011: Drisko, J. & Simmons, B. (2011). The Evidence Base for the Effectiveness of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Systematic Review. Juried paper presented at the Society of Social Work & Research Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

March 18, 2011: Simmons, B. & Drisko, J. (2011). The Effectiveness of Psychodynamic Therapy: Research Proof Is In - It Works! Juried paper presented at the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work 2011 Conference, Marina del Rey, CA.

May 18, 2011: Social Work Assessment as Qualitative Research: Enduring and Unexplored Commonalities. Juried paper presented at the 4th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL.

May 18, 2011: Qualitative Meta-Synthesis: A Critical Introduction to the Method and Its Use in Professional Practice Juried paper presented at the 4th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL.

January 17, 2009: Effective Therapeutic Interventions for Reactive Attachment Disorder: A Mixed-Method Systematic Research Synthesis. Juried paper presented at the Society for Social Work & Research Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

November 8, 2009: Teaching Qualitative Research: Strategies and Methods. Curriculum Development Workshop presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council in Social Work Education, San Antonio, TX.

March 13, 2009: Evidence-based Psychosocial Interventions: Strengths and Limitations. Invited paper presented to the Social Work Department of the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

March 13, 2009: Reactive Attachment Disorder: Issues in Diagnosis and Treatment. Invited paper presented to the North Carolina Clinical Social Work Society, Durham, NC.

May 17, 2008: Problematizing Diagnosis through Qualitative Research Synthesis: An Exploration of Reactive Attachment Disorder. Juried paper presented at the 4th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL.

May 16, 2008: Psychoanalytic Theory and Reflexivity: Revisiting the Personal Construction of Reality. Juried paper presented at 4th the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL.

Rigor and Relevance in Qualitative Research: Two Day Workshops on Methods and Tools. Invitational workshops on ATLAS.ti and qualitative research sponsored by many Schools of social work nationally (since 1997 and ongoing), and the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work research, Washington, DC summers since 2003-07.

June 25, 2007: Is Mental Health Dead? Invited lecture for the Smith College School for Social Work Summer Lecture Series.

January 12, 2007: Synthesizing Qualitative Research: Affirming and Critical Perspectives; Practical Challenges. Discussant paper to Oktay, J & Hughes, A. Synthesizing Qualitative Studies: Why? What? How? presented at the Society for Social Work & Research Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

February 18, 2006: Teaching Qualitative Research: An Innovative Survey Curriculum. Juried paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council in Social Work Education, Chicago, IL.

April 5, 2005: Empirically Based Practice: An Introduction and Critique. Invited workshop for the Behavioral Health Network, Springfield, MA.

January 14, 2005: "Success Stories:" Identifying "What Works" in Treating Reactive Attachment Disorder. Juried paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work & Research Annual Meeting, Miami, FL. (January 14, 2005).

January 15, 2005: Using Images, Sound and Video in Research: The Tools are Available Now! Juried workshop presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work & Research Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.

March 1, 2004: What Works in Treating Reactive Attachment Disorder: Clinical Practice and Educational Implications. Juried paper presented at the 50th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Anaheim, CA.

March 1, 2004: Averill, M.B., Corbin, J., & Drisko, J. What Do Recent MSWs Know About Informed Consent? National Survey Results. Juried paper presented at the 50th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Anaheim, CA.

January 18, 2004: Everett, J., Homstead, K., & Drisko, J. "Local Observers:" An Innovative Method of Data Collection for Community-based Research. Juried paper presented at the Annual Conference for the Society for Social Work & Research Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

April 16, 2004: Drisko, J. & Zilberstein, K. Success Stories: Parent's Views of What Works in Treating Reactive Attachment Disorder. Juried paper presented at the Massachusetts NASW Symposium 2004.

January 19, 2004: Corbin, J., Drisko, J., & Averill, M.B. Assessing Recent MSW's Knowledge of Research Ethics and Informed Consent: A National Outcome Survey. Juried poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work & Research Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

"Qualitative Research: Rigor and Relevance." Two, two-day, invitational workshops for faculty and doctoral students sponsored by IASWR in Washington, DC, with Deborah Padgett of New York University. (July 25 & 26 and August 8 & 9, 2003).

January 17, 2003: Improving Sampling Strategies and Terminology in Qualitative Research. Juried paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. (January 17, 2003).

January 19, 2003: AnSWR: Software for Large-scale Group Projects Involving Text Data. Juried workshop presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

February 27, 2002: Strengthening Research Ethics Education: The Integration of Social Work Ethics and Federal Human Subjects Requirements. Juried paper presented at the 48th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Nashville, TN.

May 10, 2002: Telehealth and Online Therapy: An Introduction and Critical Analysis. Juried paper presented at the Massachusetts NASW Symposium 2002, Marlborough, MA.