Mary L. Pfohl, M.S.W., Ph.D., L.I.S.W.
Associate Professor
Child Welfare Stipend Program Director
Department of Social Work
Office: 320-308-3011

Mary Pfohl

Name: Mary L. Pfohl

Title:    Associate Professor & Child Welfare Stipend Program Director

Brief Bio: My social work background has been in the area of public and private child welfare. Through my entrance into social work at a shelter facility for children and youth in Minneapolis I discovered my passion to serve and empower children and their families. My career carried me into facilitating mentoring relationships between children and families in St. Paul and facilitating socialization groups for children in Minneapolis Public Schools. While receiving my master’s degree I gained a deeper appreciate for the impact of divorce on parents, children, and families discovering discrepancies in services for persons who identified with the Japanese, Chinese, and African American communities of Seattle. My work as children’s mental health professional and Child Family Services Supervisor unveiled the unique challenges of rural child welfare practice. My professional direct practice experiences led me to an academic environment to be part of the teaching and learning environment for social work students.


M.S.W. in Administration from the University of Washington, Seattle

Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Minnesota as Child Welfare Scholar

Teaching Interests:   

Child welfare, social work values and ethics, group work practice, the generalist model, policy


Areas of Expertise:  

Child welfare, social work values and ethics, administration/program management.

Current Research Projects:

Decision-making in child welfare, pedagogy and child welfare competencies.

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