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Rich Furman, Ph.D.

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Social Welfare
Yeshiva University
University of Pennsylvania


Rich Furman, MSW, PhD, is Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington, Tacoma. He is also affiliated with the Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies program and teaches in the Freshmen Core at UWT. He is the 2011 recipient of the University of Washington Tacoma distinguished research award. Rich has published over 100 scholarly articles, books, and book chapters. His most recent books are Social Work Practice with Men at Risk, Transnational Social Work Practice, Social Work Practice with Latinos: Key Issues and Emerging Themes, An Experiential Approach to Groupwork, Navigating Human Service Organizations and Practical Tips for Publishing Scholarly Articles. Rich's main areas of research are men at risk and applied masculinities, social work practice with transnational populations, and the use of the arts and humanities in social work practice, research and education. He has conducted research, practiced, volunteered, taught and consulted on social work education Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Cambodia. A qualitative methodologist, Rich is dedicated to innovations in expressive and creative approaches to research. His practice background includes ten years experience in direct practice and administration. Rich also teaches in the Doctor of Social Work program of the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.