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Edwin Risler

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Curriculum Vitae

279 Williams Street
Rm 395B
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-8836

Teaching Specialties
Juvenile Delinquency
Social Work and Law
Assessment and Psychopathology
Cultural Diversity
Assessment and Measurement
Practice with Communities and Organizations
Social Policy

Research Interests
Juvenile Justice
Social Welfare
Social Work Practice
International Social Work

Edwin Risler

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. University of Georgia
MSW, University of Georgia

Ed Risler has over twenty years of practice experience in juvenile justice and work with families and troubled youth. Risler maintains his license as a clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist and serves on a variety of state and professional boards. He served for more than a decade on the board of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, during which period school programs for incarcerated youth were accredited for the first time by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Correctional Education Association (CEA).

While his research interests include poverty and international social work, Risler also consults with a number of human service organizations on program and practice evaluation in Haiti, Hong Kong and Canada.

Selected Publications

Risler, E., Nackerud, L., Kintzle, S. (2015). Haiti and the earthquake: Examining the experience of psychological stress and trauma. Research on Social Work Practice, 25, 251-256.

Porter, J.S. & Risler, E. (2014) The new alternative DSM-5 for personality disorders: Issues and controversies
Social Work Practice, 24, 50-56.

Risler, E. Nackerud, L., Larrison, C., & Rdesinski, R. (2000). The impact of Welfare reform's TANF program in Georgia: Criteria for exemption from its work requirement and time limits (69 pp.). Carl Vinson Institute of Government Public Policy Research Series, Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press.