Mary Beth Harris

Adjunct Associate Professor
Contact Information
Location
Virtual
Phone213.821.0900
E-mail
Department of Study 
Children, Youth and Families
Education 
PhD, University of Texas, Austin, 2000
MSW, University of Washington, 1974
BA, Scarritt College, 1968

MARY BETH HARRIS, a licensed clinical social worker, teaches in the Families and Children concentration, as well as in the foundation year practice sequence.

For more than 20 years, Harris was a clinical social worker with families and children in the border region of Mexico and West Texas. As a clinical administrator and family therapist, she worked with child sexual abuse and domestic violence victims, and served as an assessment trainer in the family court systems of West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

More recently, Harris developed a school-based group intervention for adolescent mothers designed to support high school graduation and economic self-sufficiency. She has conducted several effectiveness studies of the program and co-authored the book Taking Charge: A School-Based Life Skills Program for Adolescent Mothers, which includes the treatment manual for the program. Harris is also co-editor with Cynthia Franklin and Paula Allen-Meares of School Services Sourcebook, a comprehensive resource for school social workers and mental health practitioners.

Selected Publications

Harris, M.E. & Franklin, C. (2010). Best practices for helping pregnant and parenting adolescents. In C. Franklin and R. Fong (Eds.) The church leader’s sourcebook. New York: : Oxford University Press.

Harris, M.E., Franklin, C. & Riordan, C. (2009). The delivery of social work services. In P. Allen-Meares (Eds.) Social work services in schools, 6th Ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Harris, M.E., Franklin, C. & Riordan, C. (2009). The design of social work services. In P. Allen-Meares (Eds.) Social work services in schools, 6th Ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Harris, M.E. & Franklin, C. (2009). Helping Hispanic adolescent mothers succeed in school: A school-based evaluation of the Taking Charge group curriculum. Children & Schools, 30(2), 65-128.

Harris, M.E. & Allgood, J. (2009 September). Adolescent pregnancy prevention:Choosing a program that fits. Child and Youth Services Review, 21(12), 1314-1320.

Harris, M.E., Franklin, C. & Allen-Meares, P. (2008). The school practitioner’s concise companion to health & well-being. New York: : Oxford University Press.

Harris, M.E., Franklin, C. & Allen-Meares, P. (2008). The school practitioner’s concise companion to mental health. New York:: Oxford University Press.

Harris, M.E., Franklin, C. & Allen-Meares, P. (2008). The school practitioner’s concise companion to preventing violence. New York:: Oxford University Press.

Harris, M.E. (2008). Family life education. In T. Mizrahi & L. Davis (Eds.)Encyclopedia of social work, 20th Ed. Washington D.C. New York: : NASW Press,Oxford University Press.

Harris, M.E., Franklin, C. & Allen-Meares, P. (2008). The school practitioner’s concise companion to preventing dropout and attendance problems. New York: : Oxford University Press.

Harris, M.E. & Franklin, C. (2007). Taking Charge: A school-based, life skills group curriculum for adolescent mothers. New York: : Oxford University Press.

Harris, M.E. (2007 September). Ambassadors of Our Work: Communicating Social Work in the Schools. Keynote address, Florida Association of School Social Workers annual state conference. Stuart, FL.

Harris, M.E., Franklin, C. & Allen-Meares, P. (2006). The school services sourcebook: A guide for school-based professionals. New York: : Oxford University Press.

Harris, M.E. (2006). Best school-based practices for primary prevention of adolescent Pregnancy. In C. Franklin, M.B. Harris, & P. Allen-Meares (Eds.)The school services sourcebook: A guide for school-based professionals. New York: : Oxford University Press.

Harris, M.E. (2006). Best school-based practices with adolescent parents. In C. Franklin, M.B. Harris, & P. Allen-Meares (Eds.) The School Services Source-book: A guide for school-based professionals. New York: : Oxford Press.

Harris, M.E. & Franklin, C. (2006). The delivery of social work services. In P. Allen-Meares (Eds.) Social work services in schools, 5th Ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Harris, M.E., Franklin, C. & Hopson, L. (2006). The design of social work services. In P. Allen-Meares (Eds.) Social work services in schools, 5th Ed. Boston,: Allyn & Bacon.

Harris, M.E. (2006 November). Accountability and Evaluation: Communicating Social Work Services in the School. 7th Annual Conference, Indiana School Social Workers Association. Indianapolis.

Harris, M.E. (2006 November). Helping Adolescent Mothers to Graduate: The Taking Charge Curriculum. 7th Annual Conference, Indiana School Social Workers Association. Indianapolis.

Harris, M.E. & Franklin, C. (2003). Evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral skills interventions for adolescents in school settings. In A. Roberts & K.Yeager (Eds.) Handbook of practice based research. New York: : Oxford Press.

Harris, M.E. & Franklin, C. (2003). Effects of a cognitive-behavioral school-based group Intervention with Mexican American pregnant and parenting adolescents. Social Work Research , 27(2), 71-83.

Harris, M.E. (2003 February). Taking Charge: A Skills-Building Curriculum for Adolescent Mothers. 12th Annual Texas School Social Work Conference. Austin.

Harris, M.E. & Franklin, C. (2002). The design of social work services. In P. Allen-Meares (Eds.) School social work services, 4th Ed. Boston: : Allyn & Bacon.

Harris, M.E. (2002 January (1st Quarter/Winter)). A School-Based Cognitive Behavioral Group Intervention with Mexican American Adolescent Mothers: An Effectiveness Study. Society for Social Work Research, 6th Annual Conference. San Diego.

Harris, M.E. (1999 November). Planning Program Services for Pregnant & Parenting Adolescents in Public Schools. Texas State NASW Conference. Houston.

Harris, M.E. (1995 September). Community Systems for Treating Child Sexual Abuse. Southwest Regional Family Preservation Conference. San Antonio.

Harris, M.E. (1995 September). Treating the Non-Offending Parent in Child Sexual Abuse. Southwest Regional Family Preservation Conference. San Antonio.