Richard P. Barth is Dean, School of Social Work, University of Maryland. He has previously served as a chaired professor at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He has coauthored or edited 12 books and more than 200 book chapters and articles. He is a Fellow and President of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. He currently sits on numerous national research advisory boards including those of the Durham Family Initiative, the California Evidence-Based Practice Clearinghouse, and the Prevention and Family Recover Initiative. Dr. Barth has directed more than 50 studies. He served as Principal Investigator of Berkeley’s Child Welfare Research Center from 1990 to 1996 and as Co-Principal Investigator of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, the first national study of child welfare services in the US. He has served as a lecturer and consultant to universities and governments in many states and countries, and has been honored to testify before Congressional and state government sub-committees.